- ‘Extinct’ Taiwanese Leopard Spotted for the First Time Since Disappearing in 1983
- Why Canada’s boreal forest is gaining international attention
- 10 things you’ve always wanted to ask the students skipping school to fight climate change
- Serial Vegan-Investor Leonardo DiCaprio Believes Beyond Meat Is Pioneering the Future of Protein
- The real clean food: How to eat well for yourself and the planet
1) ‘Extinct’ Taiwanese Leopard Spotted for the First Time Since Disappearing in 1983
The Formosan clouded leopard hadn’t been officially sighted since 1983 and was declared extinct in 2013.
The leopard had been spotted prowling in the countryside near Taitung County’s Daren Township, where the area’s Paiwan tribal authorities had formed indigenous ranger groups to patrol the region and guard sensitive areas.
According to Taiwan News, the rangers spotted the leopard–known as Li’uljaw and holding a sacred status for locals–suddenly climbed a tree before scrambling up a cliff to hunt for goats. Another group witnessed the Asian cat dart past a scooter before quickly climbing a tree and disappearing from sight.
The significance of the find is striking for locals, who held tribal meetings in Alangyi Village to determine how best to move forward.
2) Why Canada’s boreal forest is gaining international attention
The green ribbon that makes up 75 per cent of Canada’s forests is among the largest intact wildernesses on the planet. Environmentalists call it ‘one of the last great conservation opportunities.’ What do we need to do to save the boreal? As the world’s ecological crisis becomes better understood, the boreal forest is becoming somewhat of a celebrity because of one jaw-dropping stat: the Canadian boreal represents 25 per cent of the planet’s remaining intact forest, leading the world alongside the Amazon. What’s more, around 80 per cent of Canada’s boreal is still relatively intact — a rare thing in today’s world. But the boreal is facing threats from logging, mining, fires, pests and the many ways those factors interact with climate change. “We have to recognize that this is one of the last great conservation opportunities in human evolution on Earth,” says Jeff Wells, science and policy director for the Boreal Songbird Initiative. The boreal is one of our best hopes for mitigating the effects of climate change and keeping the Earth habitable.
3) 10 things you’ve always wanted to ask the students skipping school to fight climate change
“Adults — if you feel uncomfortable now, you’re going to feel uncomfortable for a while. Because we’re never going to back down.” Youth Climate Strike US co-leader Isra Hirsi just turned 16 years old. To celebrate, she came home from school and spent three hours on conference calls. Isra, a student at South High School in Minneapolis, is one of thousands of students around the world planning a massive Youth Climate Strike for March 15. With a few weeks to go, there are already strikes planned for 47 countries and almost all 50 states . Isra is one of three organizers who are bringing the movement — inspired by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s weekly climate strikes — to the United States.
4) Serial Vegan-Investor Leonardo DiCaprio Believes Beyond Meat Is Pioneering the Future of Protein
In a recent Facebook post , actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio shared a link to a Fast Company article featuring Beyond Meat, asserting that vegan meat is “the future of protein.” DiCaprio’s involvement with this booming vegan meat company isn’t new; the company officially announced his investment in October 2017. The legendary star was not vegan at the time, and he has yet to publicly make the commitment, but he has continuously shown his support for smart plant-based products that show promise. As a recognized and respected environmentalist , DiCaprio is well aware of the deleterious impact of the animal agriculture industry, and his investment in Beyond Meat helps to champion the cause for a more sustainable, plant-based global food system.
5) The real clean food: How to eat well for yourself and the planet
Dine in or eat out – Which is better for you and the planet? LOW fat, low salt, wholegrain, heart healthy, vegan, organic, free-range, grass-fed, low carb, no added sugar. All these buzzwords, combined with shape-shifting guidelines and fad diets wrapped up in pseudoscience, can make buying groceries these days fraught. That’s partly why anything that claims to cut a clear path through the confusion has ready appeal: witness the rise of the “clean eating” movement in the past few years. The rigid rules set out by self-appointed blogger gurus have since been shouted down as nonsensical notions of purity rather than coherent nutritional science. But the clean eating evangelists found a following because they promised to simplify, to make decisions about food less overwhelming – and to provide a world view to match.