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

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

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This week we have a guest post by Sharon Michelle, MSc Psychology who tells us about the importance of talking about how we feel about nature. We also have stories about companies that are investing in emission reduction projects, facts about red pandas, Panama’s restoration strategies, Honolulu’s win in a big oil climate lawsuit, and underused plants that can help feed 2 billion people.

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The Fairy Shrimp That Stops the Army in its Tracks

Guest Post by: Sharon Michelle, MSc Psychology

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I’d like to talk about finding kindred spirits and hope in unexpected places. But before I do it’s confession time. I pick up worms from pavements when I see them struggling to find a way back to the earth after a heavy rainfall. Yuck, I know but I don’t want them to struggle or die in vain especially when it is us that put concrete barriers in their way in the first place. You might think this is ridiculous or extreme, however, I love and value even the wriggly worms. They are fascinating and work diligently to help keep the soil fertile so why wouldn’t I help them?

And why am I telling you this?

You may never know what people might actually be feeling. I am a professional woman with a serious and responsible occupation that has nothing to do with conservation… [read more].

The Happy Eco News Weekly Top 5

  1. Chanel, L’Oréal and Nespresso Embrace This Novel Decarbonization Approach

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  • Carbon insetting is when a firm invests in projects that generate carbon and emission reductions within its value change.
  • Companies such as Kering, Chanel, L’Oreal, Nespresso, and Accor are hoping to push carbon insetting into the mainstream.
  • These companies are members of the International Platform for Insetting which looks to encourage companies to invest in emission reduction projects such as regenerative agriculture programs or forest conservation projects…[read more].

2. Before Seeing ‘Turning Red,’ Learn These Amazing Red Panda Facts

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  • Red pandas are technically carnivores but they rarely eat meat, they switched to a bamboo-based diet more than two million years ago.
  • These animals have extremely flexible ankles and are one of the few animals that can climb down trees head-first.
  • When winter comes Red pandas are able t conserve energy by slowing their metabolic rate and their big tails act as built-in blankets to keep them warm…[read more].

3. From Teak Farms to Agroforestry: Panama Tests Reforestation Strategies

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  • Panama’s public and private sectors have embarked on forest restoration and reforestation efforts to meet their 2025 carbon emissions reduction targets.
  • They are looking to restore 50 000 hectares of forest and researchers are looking to determine which technique will offer the best ecological, social, and economic silviculture solution.
  • These projects are looking into restoring tropical forests on land that has been degraded by cattle and efforts to improve forest hydrology…[read more].

4. A Win for Honolulu in Big Oil Climate Change Lawsuit

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  • Hawaii’s court has ruled in favor of Honolulu as the city fights to hold oil companies (Sunoco, Chevron, ExxonMobil ) accountable for global warming.
  • While Honolulu is not suing oil companies over climate change this is the first time a judge in the US has ruled to reject an argument from fossil fuel companies.
  • Honolulu is one step closer to getting big oil to the stand…[read more].

5. 2 Billion People Suffer From Malnutrition – These Plants Can Help

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  • Scientists have found that there are 1044 underused plants that could be potential sources of vitamin B which could help feed 2 billion people who suffer from malnutrition.
  • Examples of these places include European oat species, fonio (a wild grass grown in West Africa), and fruits and seeds of some baobabs in Madagascar.
  • “We need to pay more attention to the incredible diversity of edible plants to better understand how they can contribute to human nutrition and what we need to do to preserve them for future generations,” said study Aoife Cantwell-Jones, the lead author of the study at Imperial College London Department of Life Sciences Ph.D…[read more].

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