The Top 5 Happy Eco News Stories for July 4, 2022

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This week we have a guest post by Job van Hooijdonk, the co-founder of Regreener who tells us why growing forests are so important for the planet. We also have stories about the UK’s super wetland reserve, NASA’s first electric airplane, successful conservation stories, the rise of wild bears and bison in Europe, and the fall in the cost of solar.

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Why Growing Forests Is Awesome 

Guest Post byJob van Hooijdonk , co-founder of Regreener 

In 2016, a record of 29.7 million hectares of forest disappeared. That’s 290,000 square kilometres. Over 50% of the world’s forests have been cut down in the last 100 years. A lot of deforestation took place in third-world countries.

Globally, one-fifth of the Earth’s land area (more than 2 billion hectares) are degraded, an area nearly the size of India and the Russian Federation combined. Land degradation is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people, driving species to extinction and intensifying climate change. Can we fix this? Of course, we can (you’re visiting Happy Eco News after all!). I believe it can be done by planting many trees if we do this correctly.

Is planting trees as good for the Earth as everyone says? Let’s be clear: I don’t believe we will save our planet by just planting trees. Of course, a major turnaround (in both thinking and doing) is needed to save our planet. We need to reduce emissions and maybe even adjust a lot of the systems that are currently in place. However, I believe that growing forests (if it’s done right) will play a very important role in fighting climate change…[read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Here’s How One Nation is Using Wetlands to Help Tackle Climate Change

Takeaways:

  • Somerset, UK’s 15 000 acres “super reserve” can help create nature-based solutions to tackle climate change.
  • Protecting wetland areas can control water flows, maximize biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Protecting these areas will also help the UK reach their net-zero goals in the coming years…[read more].

2. NASA to Test the World’s First Electric Airplane

Takeaways:

  • NASA is planning to fly its new all-electric plane this fall.
  • The plane is designed to run entirely on electric batteries.
  • The plane is lightweight, which will help use less power over the same distance…[read more].

Takeaways:

  • Some conservation success stories include the success of captive breeding for the Chinese alligator and the attempt by the Chinese government to create habitats in other provinces where captive-bred animals can be reintroduced.
  • Successful protection and management measures have helped increase the population of the Southern White Rhinoceros to 18 000 individuals in the wild.
  • The kakapo is an unusual species of green-feathered parrot native only to New Zealand, which has been saved from extinction due to a successful relocation and recovery program supported by the New Zealand government…[read more].

4. Wild Bears and Bison are on the Rise in Europe. What’s Behind the Numbers?

Takeaways:

  • As a result of adequate protection against hunting, overexploitation and destruction of habitats, wild bears and bison populations are increasing.
  • European bison numbers have increased 30 times since 1960, and brown bears have doubled.
  • Moreover, agricultural land use has declined across Europe, which has allowed natural habitats to return…[read more].

5. Just The Facts: The Cost Of Solar Has Fallen More Quickly Than Experts Predicted

Takeaways:

  • The price of residential solar power has dropped significantly from 2010, when it was $7.53/W, to $2.65/W in 2021.
  • This is primarily a factor in decreasing the price drop for technologies.
  • More Americans will have access to solar power due to the Defense Production Act, accelerating domestic solar panel production in the country…[read more].

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