Between this whole unfortunate Brexit business, Trump doing whatever it is that he is doing, and a gaggle of Instagram ‘influencers’ trampling the California #superbloom…well, there will always be some not-so-nice news out there in the world, won’t there? But, fear not, because there are also really positive things happening in the world too!
It’s been a little while since the last installment, but here now are three more news stories highlighting positive developments for nature and out planet as a whole.
+++ First Wolves Settle in The Netherlands in Over a Century +++
There’s great news for fans of re-wilding, as ecologists in The Netherlands have confirmed the country’s first resident wolf population in over 140 years. Analysis of paw prints and scat confirm that one female is firmly established in the Veluwe area. Data about another female is still be assessed to determine whether she is now resident too, and at least one male has been observed in the area as well. (Via BBC News)
+++‘Attenborough Effect’ Contributes to Significant Drop in Single-Use Plastics+++
According to a recent study of US and UK consumers, over 50% of people claimed to have reduced the amount of disposable plastics they’ve used in the past year. In general, research revealed that people were becoming more concerned about the welfare of the environment, as well as more mindful of the sustainability of the products they were considering for purchase. The report claims that recent series such as Blue Planet II are having a positive impact on people’s behaviors. (Via Metro)
+++ New York Bans the Selling of Plastic Bags +++
In the US, New York has become the third state – after California and Hawaii – to ban the sale of plastic bags. These thin, filmy bags are difficult to recycle, with a lot of municipal recycling plants unwilling to take them as they can clog up machinery. While there will be a few exemptions from the statewide ban due to be enacted early next year, it’s still a step forward toward the significant reduction of worldwide plastic pollution. (Via National Geographic)