Lately, the media has been filled with frightening news and events, the biggest of them being this pandemic. But, did you know that there are good things happening in the world too? Specifically in our environment. So today, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate all the positive things that have been going on in the environment since March of this year.
Carbon Emissions are Down
Since we’ve been quarantined, the air that we breathe has improved. People aren’t traveling around as much. The significant decrease in travel has shown to have decreased air pollution, most noticeably in Italy and China.
Invasive Hippos Aren’t So Invasive
Pablo Escobar was known to have non-native animals that were to roam around his Columbia’s compound. Among these animals were hippos, which have multiplied from a mere 4 to a whopping 80. Researchers wonder if perhaps the hippos, with similar grazing habits and diets as Llamas, are actually filling the ecological holes left by the extinct Llama-like animal, Hemiauchenia paradoxa.
Welsh National Forest
Wales announced that they have a government-led project to create a national forest to preserve nature, sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and improve biodiversity. They’re committed to tackling climate change and have plans to plant on 5,000 acres each year to hopefully reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
A young Dutch engineer made history by removing two shipping containers worth of garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But now, he has his sights set on the most polluted rivers in the world. Boyan Slat has decided to include rivers in his organization’s, The Ocean Cleanup, mission statement once research revealed that “1,000 of the world’s rivers are responsible for depositing 80% of all trash that is currently swirling in the ocean.”
So the brilliantly scientists of this world are on the cusp of being able to generate renewable energy from carbon dioxide through artificial photosynthesis. If this was done in large amounts, it would be a huge step toward mitigating climate change. There are still some obstacles to over come, of course, such as being able to make energy in terawatts and making liquid hydrocarbon fuel. The fact is, though, we are making progress.
Now these are just a few of the many wonderful things that have been happening since quarantine began. This is only the beginning. This is a sign that our planet can become better. We can be better. So let’s keep moving forward. Let’s keep getting better.
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