Global reforestation drive grows fast as governments grasp benefits

Good News Notes:  “The world’s largest reforestation push, now almost a decade old, has beaten its 2020 target, as countries use their pledges to tackle national priorities including job creation, food security and climate change, researchers said on Wednesday. The Bonn Challenge – launched in 2011 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and…

MacKenzie Bezos donates $1.6B to charity

Good News Notes: “MacKenzie Bezos said she has given away more than $1.6 billion to a variety of causes over the past year. Bezos divorced Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos last year after 25 years of marriage. She received a 4 percent stake in the business as part of their divorce and has a net worth of $36 billion, according to Forbes….

How cities are using nature to keep heatwaves at bay

Good News Notes: “The more the planet warms, the more cities are finding they need new ways to keep urban temperatures down and protect their residents. Heatwaves are already by far the deadliest weather-related disasters in Europe; 140,000 deaths associated with 83 heatwaves have been recorded since the beginning of this century. Today, only 8…

Greta Thunberg wins Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, will donate money

Good News Notes: “Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg is pledging to donate $1.15 million she’s won in prize money to groups working to fight climate change. Thunberg was selected to win the inaugural Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity from 136 nominees from 46 different countries, the foundation said in a statement. She was chosen because of the way she “has…

Pakistan’s tree-planting push has a sweetener: more honey

Good News Notes: “When authorities started planting millions of trees in eastern Pakistan’s Changa Manga Forest five years ago, the idea was to bring back life to forest land that had been destroyed by illegal logging, water scarcity and fires. Now that the trees have matured, they are having an even sweeter side-effect – helping…

University of Minnesota-Morris says it now has a net zero carbon footprint

Good News Notes: “After years of nationally renowned sustainability efforts, the University of Minnesota-Morris says it has achieved carbon neutrality. This means the campus produces the same amount of energy it consumes, eliminating its carbon footprint. Clean energy sources that don’t give off carbon dioxide, such as wind, solar panels and a biomass-burning facility allow…

Green Building Gains Territory

Good News Notes: “The coronavirus outbreak amplified the discussion around healthy buildings, which started years ago as the world began responding to the effects of climate change. The experience of the COVID-19 crisis can help update the textbook for healthy developments and be used to ensure people stay safe amid other pandemics.” View the whole…

To Boost Renewable Energy, Australia Looks to Water and Gravity

Good News Notes: “Fires aided by climate change wrecked havoc last year across Australia. Now there’s a chance that water could help save the country from an even worse fate—and not just as a way to extinguish future blazes. An Australian utility has drawn up plans that would marry the country’s renewable energy power with…

A private initiative is trying to rebuild endemic forest in Mauritius

Good News Notes: “Mauritius was once covered by forest, but not much is left. Indigenous plants are endangered. Ebony Forest, a private enterprise, is reforesting an area it bought for that purpose with mainly endemic species, which only thrive in specific localities. Conservation manager Nicolas Zuël explains the work.” View the whole story here: https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/private-initiative-trying-rebuild-endemic-forest-mauritius

When it comes to sustainability, “blue foods” may be the answer

Good News Notes: “Climate change is accelerating, and a livestock-based food system is a huge part of the problem. Experts agree that eating less meat (and even just eating less in general) could have tremendous positive impacts on our planet by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which means we ought to seek out alternative protein sources. There are…