Reading or watching the news can often be a depressing experience; that’s why I believe it’s important to be reminded as often as possible of some of the positive things going on in the world at large.
It has been a while since I last shared a selection of interesting and positive news stories about the environment, so here we go! Read on, and let the good feelings grow…
+++Scientists Use AI to Identify Coral Reefs Resistant to Climate Change
50 Reefs, a partnership of conservation groups and philanthropic organizations looking to identify a “portfolio of coral reefs with a good chance of both surviving the impacts of climate change and being able to help repopulate neighboring reefs,” recently made use of artificial intelligence to quickly analyze coral photographed in Indonesian waters. With the help of this technology, scientists were able to determine that Sulawesi’s reefs are actually in better condition now than four years ago, offering hope of identifying other reefs worldwide which are similarly heat-resistant. (Via Futurism)
+++A New Effort Hopes to Clean Up the Pacific’s Great Garbage Patch
Non-profit The Ocean Cleanup, backed by the Dutch government and several other major investors, aims to have virtually eliminated all the pollution floating in what is called The Great Garbage Patch by 2040. The project employs an enormous U-shaped tube with a fish-friendly screen hanging a bit below the water’s surface to passively collect plastic in its path. Every six weeks, a ship will travel out, scoop up the plastic rubbish, then take it to be recycled into a range of products “to be deliberately marketed as ‘made from ocean plastic’ and sold at a premium price.” There is some debate as to just how effective this new system will be, but at the very least a great deal of attention is being brought to this major issue. (Via BBC News)
+++An Endeavor Launched to Restore Celtic Rainforest in Rural Wales
The Snowdonia National Park Authority, the Welsh government, and the European Union have launched a project to protect and restore four areas of wet and temperate forests in north and mid-Wales. These areas are currently threatened by “issues ranging from the planting of conifers, the invasion of species such as Rhododendron ponticum to grazing by sheep and deer.” (Via The Guardian)