Can Mushrooms Actually Help Save the Planet?

Good News Notes: “In college, Eben Bayer grew mushrooms under his dorm room bed. The mechanical engineering student, who had grown up on a Vermont farm, was convinced the fungus was one of nature’s most effective “technologies” and could be used to overhaul the way we make a range of everyday products. Thirteen years later,…

Scientists discover two new shark species with chainsaw-like noses

Good News Notes: “Researchers have identified two new species of shark in the waters off eastern Africa. The rare little creatures range from about three to four-and-a-half feet in length and belong to a group called sixgill sawsharks. Their discovery came as a surprise to scientists, who previously knew of only a single species of…

Cher Sells Original Portraits to Raise Money for Captive Wild Animals

Good News Notes: “Singer, actress, and television personality Cher is collaborating with artist Zoobs Ansari to sell 11 original portraits of herself to raise money for captive wild animals. The portraits are multimedia works inspired by Cher’s recent tours and will be priced starting at $10,000. All proceeds from the sales will go directly to…

Prada partners with UN on 10-city ocean education project – The Washington Post

 Good News Notes: “Italian fashion house Prada is helping to fund a United Nations program that will enlist high school students from 10 cities to spread awareness about how humans impact the world’s oceans, organizers said Wednesday. The Sea Beyond project is part of a wider, decade-long initiative to promote ocean science and sustainability being…

ZSL London Zoo Gives Animals Pumpkins Ahead of Halloween

 Good News Notes: “Asim the tiger batted around his big, orange ball of a pumpkin before sinking his teeth and claws into the gourd, while the ring-tailed lemurs took a few moments to admire the carvings before noshing on the treats for breakfast.” “Nicky the pygmy hippo didn’t waste her time on gourd-gazing, she powerful…