The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for May 16, 2022

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This week we have two guest posts. The first one is by Devon M. Whalen, the co-founder of Green Whale who tells us about the benefits of including kids in gardening. The second post is by Lotl Love who tells us about some of the new wildlife corridors in the US. We also have stories about Finland’s largest nuclear reactor, the US’ plan to protect old-growth forests, a zero-emission hydrogen-powered ferry, renewable energy projects in tribal nations, and red wolves born in the wild for the first time in four years.

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Planting Seeds & Blossoming Kids: Why You Should Incorporate Kids in Gardening

Guest Post by: Devon M. Whalen, co-founder of Green Whale

For some of you, the concept of gardening with your children is a no-brainer! We love that.  But my husband and I are suburbanites who didn’t grow up in families that gardened, which made the decision to garden with our children a more challenging one.  Firstly, it didn’t immediately dawn on us as something we should do. And secondly, we weren’t sure what we were doing!

In fact, the only time I had attempted to grow anything other than an occasional potted plant—that promptly died of neglect—was when I was about four years old and my mother had just read me the book The Carrot Seed.  Of course, I wanted to grow a carrot like the character in the book. So, with the help of my mom and my Babci— the Polish-American word for grandmother—I planted a carrot seed and waited for it to grow.  I was really proud when I pulled my carrot from the ground by its leafy greens. I never even questioned the ease with which it came up or how clean it was…[read more].

New Wildlife Corridors & Success Stories

Guest Post by: Lotl Love, Axolotl VTuber

In the United States, road mortalities are a danger to the survival of at least 21 threatened and endangered species. As urban development continues, it’s more important than ever to look for ways to prevent the fragmentation of critical habitats. Failing to do so would be a tremendous blow to the native wildlife populations everywhere. Thankfully, many states are incorporating wildlife crossings and corridors. Bridges and tunnels that go over or under traffic have been popular in Europe since the 1950’s when the first one was built in France, however, they’re starting to become more common in the U.S. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, they tend to look like a typical overpass for cars. In reality, they are decked out with native flora and serve as a safe way for animals to cross from one side to the other. Although people tend to think of wildlife bridges over highways, there are also under crossings which go underneath highways to offer a path for shyer and smaller animals…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Finland Is On The Brink Of A Nuclear Power ‘Game Changer

Takeaways:

  • Finland is building the largest ever nuclear reactor that will produce about 14% of the country’s electricity.
  • This nuclear plant is being built to last for 100 000 years.
  • Finland is hoping to show the world how to preserve our climate and modern industrial society for future generations…[read more].

2. Biden Will Order a Study of Old-Growth Forests in an Earth Day Executive Action

Takeaways:

  • President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to inventory and protect old-growth forests.
  • After data is collected, the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture must come up with new policies to manage and conserve the forests.
  • Additionally, the plan includes reducing or eliminating U.S. purchases of agricultural commodities grown on illegally or recently deforested lands…[read more].

3. Zero-Emission Hydrogen-Powered Ferry Coming to San Francisco

Takeaways:

  • A zero-emission ferry called Sea Change will soon be in operation in San Francisco Bay.
  • The ferry is propelled by hydrogen fuel cells which only emit water and heat.
  • While the world has seen clean energy for trucks, cars, trains and luxury boats, this is the first time hydrogen cells have been used for passenger ferries…[read more].

4. Renewable Energy Projects Power Up in Tribal Nations

Takeaways:

  • From Florida to Alaska, dozens of tribes are working to harness energy from the wind, sun and water.
  • Doing so will help generate millions of dollars in revenue, create short- and long-term jobs, and reduce utility costs for citizens.
  • Tribal nations control more than 50 million acres of land in the U.S. 6.5% that are well-suited for the development of renewable energy…[read more].

5. For the First Time in 4 Years, a Litter of Red Wolf Pups was Born in the Wild

Takeaways:

  • For the first time in 4 years, wild red wolves have been born in the wild.
  • The pups were found in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge along the coast of northeastern North Carolina.
  • As of today, there are an estimated 15 to 17 red wolves living in the wild, which makes this new litter very important for the endangered species…[read more].

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