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US: A good year for puffins and terns
19 August 2022 - A remote Maine island finds puffins and terns rebounding. This summer, relatively cooler waters have resulted in a breeding bonanza of 93 puffin burrows with 73 chicks hatching on Maine's Petit Manan Island. Over the last half century, the bird has been restored from the brink of extinction in Maine, the only state where it breeds. Petit Manan is located about 20 miles east of Acadia National Park and is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. (more)

This group has rerouted 250 million pounds of surplus food to feed people in need
18 August 2022 - Since 2020, Cherokee Nation residents have been able to access produce at two Talequah, Oklahoma community centers that receive fruits and vegetables from Vegan Outreach and its partner, Food Forward, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that aggregates pallets and truckloads of surplus produce from growers and shippers in Southern California that might otherwise go to waste. (more)

New online resource can help users 'bee' friendly when it comes to planting for pollinators
17 August 2022 - An online database developed at the University of Sussex which documents pollinator-plant interactions, could help the public understand how to plant for pollinators and support biodiversity. Dr. Nicholas Balfour, researcher at the University of Sussex within the School of Life Sciences, says that the 'database summarizes a wealth of information on plant-pollinator interactions that were previously buried in the scientific literature. This unique resource can be used to answer fundamental ecological questions on pollination interactions, as well as applied questions in conservation practice.' (more)

US: Infrastructure money to almost double zero-emission buses on road
16 August 2022 - The infrastructure law is set to almost double the number of zero-emission buses on U.S. roads with a single year's funding, the Federal Transit Administration announced Tuesday. The agency said it has awarded $1.6 billion through a pair of programs to transit operators across the country. The money will be used to purchase about 1,800 buses -- including 1,100 that aren't dependent on fossil fuels -- and to construct maintenance and charging facilities while training workers. (more)

US: New downtown Anchorage mural puts Alaska's Indigenous cultures front and center
15 August 2022 - A number of new murals have been installed downtown during recent years as part of the Alaska Mural Project, which was formed by the Anchorage Museum in 2020 to improve the community through public art. Crystal Worl, who is Tlingit, Athabaskan, Yupik and Filipino, said she was eager to bring Indigenous culture into everyday life for people in Anchorage. She recently finished a mural on civil rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich in Juneau (more)

Chasing green goals, corporations push car fleet managers toward EVs
14 August 2022 - Large corporations are jumping on the 'green' bandwagon left and right, which in turn is pushing firms that lease and manage car fleets to convert to electric vehicles (EVs) faster than they had ever thought possible. (more)

Greece's islands are zero-waste laboratories
14 August 2022 - The tiny Greek island of Tilos has built a reputation as a testing ground for Greece's green ambitions, becoming the first Greek island to ban hunting in 1993 and, in 2018, becoming one of the first islands in the Mediterranean to run mainly on wind and solar power. For its 'Just Go Zero' project, the island teamed up with Polygreen, a Piraeus-based network of companies promoting a circular economy, which aims to design waste and pollution out of supply chains. (more)

Germany: 'Ventilation corridors' funnel cool mountain air into steamy Stuttgart
13 August 2022 - Stuttgart may be the only major city in the world intentionally designed to cool itself with the naturally lower air temperatures that drape the terrain beyond its borders. It is a remarkable example of what scientists call 'nature-based responses' to climate change -- solutions that leverage the earth-cooling tools readily available to us in the natural world. (more)

Portugal to speed up solar parks to cut gas use - energy secretary
13 August 2022 - Portugal will accelerate construction of solar parks to replace gas-fired electricity generation and hit an EU target to cut gas use, Energy Secretary Joao Galamba said. (more)

US: Ford to use renewable energy sources to make vehicles in Michigan
13 August 2022 - Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday [10 August] every vehicle it manufactures in Michigan would be assembled using solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025, as the automaker aims to lower its emissions. (more)

Australia: Government will cover cost of connecting massive new Queensland wind farm to national grid
12 August 2022 - The federal government has agreed to cover the multi-million-dollar cost of connecting what will be one of the world's biggest wind farm precincts to Australia's power grid. Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the investment was a 'game changer'. 'A better future is powered by cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy,' he said. (more)

US: University of Minnesota organic field school draws farmers to learn about Extension research
12 August 2022 - How much interest is there in organic farming in Minnesota? Using Extension's organic field school as one measuring stick, the answer is 'lots.' On July 26, more than 80 people came to the event at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus. Compare that to 2018, when enrollment totaled a mere three individuals, forcing cancellation due to lack of interest. (more)

Access to clean and healthy environment a universal human right
11 August 2022 - Recently, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. 'The resolution will help reduce environmental injustices, close protection gaps and empower people, especially those that are in vulnerable situations, including environmental human rights defenders, children, youth, women and indigenous peoples', said UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. (more)

Indigenous women's work to preserve traditional knowledge celebrated on International Day
10 August 2022 - Indigenous women are the backbone of indigenous peoples' communities and play a crucial role in the preservation and transmission of traditional ancestral knowledge. They have an integral collective and community role as carers of natural resources and keepers of scientific knowledge. Many indigenous women are also taking the lead in the defense of indigenous peoples' lands and territories and advocating for indigenous peoples' collective rights worldwide. (more)

London museum to return 72 Benin treasures to Nigeria
10 August 2022 - A London museum is to return 72 treasured artifacts, including its collection of Benin bronzes, to Nigeria in what experts described as an 'immensely significant' moment. It makes the Horniman, which won museum of the year in July, the first government-funded institution to hand back treasures looted by British forces from Benin City in 1897. (more)

'Incredibly promising': the bubble barrier extracting plastic from a Dutch river
9 August 2022 - Five years ago, Claar-els van Delft began to suspect that plastic waste on the beach at Katwijk in the Netherlands did not come from visitors, or the sea, but from the mouth of a nearby river. Fast forward to July 2022, and Katwijk is the site for the world's first river 'bubble barrier' -- an experimental concept where a 120-meter stream of rising bubbles, plus the water current, pushes plastic waste to one side in order to be collected. (more)

'Spiderwebs' to the rescue for Indonesia's coral reefs
9 August 2022 - Ultra-strong fibers, multi-legged robots, pain relievers -- all are human innovations inspired by spiders. Now, conservationists in Indonesia are rehabilitating coral reefs using what's known as the coral spider technique. The method is a type of reef restoration project involving the installation of man-made 'spiderwebs' onto which new corals are grafted. (more)

Rare gibbons boosted by Cambodia conservation project
9 August 2022 - The population of an endangered species of gibbon is being boosted thanks to a special project in Cambodia. Conservationists in the Angkor Wat forest have been working hard to increase numbers of pileated gibbons in the wild. Since 2013, when the first breeding pair -- Baray and Saranick -- were introduced to the forest, four new pairs have joined and there are seven baby gibbons too. (more)

US returns looted relics of 'extraordinary cultural value' to Cambodia
9 August 2022 - New York officials have returned 30 cultural artifacts to Cambodia, including a 10th-century Khmer sculptural 'masterpiece,' after the items were illegally sold to private collectors and a US museum. On Monday [8 August], the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York hosted a repatriation ceremony for the works, with Cambodia's ambassador to the US, Keo Chhea, in attendance. (more)

US: How Colorado is preventing toxic chemical contamination
8 August 2022 - In June, Colorado became the first state to ban the use of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) during oil and gas extraction -- and now, in light of recent research finding the potential for widespread contamination, some are calling for a similar ban in Pennsylvania. In Colorado, a the bill restricts PFAS in products like carpets and furniture, fabric treatments, cosmetics, food packaging and children's products; and bars the use of PFAS in any type of oil and gas extraction, including fracking. (more)

Scottish rewilding project hits GBP2.2m buyout target
7 August 2022 - A rewilding project on a former grouse moor at Langholm in southern Scotland has doubled in size after a 'rollercoaster' fundraising campaign by local activists. The Langholm Initiative announced on Friday [5 August] it had finally raised the GBP2.2m needed to buy out a further 2,415 hectares (5,300 acres) of moorland from one of Scotland's largest hereditary landowners, the Duke of Buccleuch. (more)

India: A simple but a highly successful story of organic farming
7 August 2022 - Over the years, Prakash Organics in Honnihal village has built its own brand and a niche market in organic food items. It sells over 10 tonnes of organic jaggery a year, apart from cold press turmeric powder and paste, the local scented rice called Belgaum Basmati, unpolished Sona Masuri rice and Soya bean, and some fruits and vegetables. (more)

UK museum agrees to return looted Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
7 August 2022 - A London museum agreed Sunday [August 7] to return a collection of Benin Bronzes looted in the late 19th century from what is now Nigeria as cultural institutions throughout Britain come under pressure to repatriate artifacts acquired during the colonial era. The Horniman Museum and Gardens in southeast London said that it would transfer a collection of 72 items to the Nigerian government. (more)

UK sports clubs boost biodiversity by letting nature go wild on their grounds
6 August 2022 - Across the UK, cricket and golf clubs are starting to do their bit for local biodiversity by ditching the pesticides and nurturing wildlife. Last year, Whalley Range cricket club in south Manchester won the Cricketer magazine's inaugural UK Greenest Ground award for its work encouraging biodiversity. (more)

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