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130,000 trees to be planted in English cities and towns
21 May 2019 - More than 130,000 trees are to be planted in English towns and cities over the next two years as part of the nation's battle against global heating. The scheme, which will be administered by the Forestry Commission, will be open to individuals, local authorities, charities, and NGOs. Grants will be given to pay for the planting of trees and for the first three years of their care in order to ensure they flourish. (more)

India's 'Tiger state' reports at least 11 rare cub sightings
20 May 2019 - Forest officials in Madhya Pradesh state, in India, have reported several tiger cub sightings, the first for years in some parts of the region. At least 11 cubs have been sighted in the last week, including five in Panna Tiger Reserve and three each in Nauradehi and Ratapani sanctuaries. (more)

Paraguayan indigenous community goes digital to protect ancestral lands
20 May 2019 - Rumilda Fernandez's indigenous community has long tended its ancestral lands in Paraguay, marking boundaries with an ancient system of names for trees and streams. Now, squeezed by deforestation and farming, the community is going digital to defend itself. (more)

Why the UK is getting 130,000 more trees
20 May 2019 - 130,000 trees will be planted across England's towns and cities in a bid to do more for the environment. Experts say that planting more trees is crucial in the fight against climate change and it doesn't just stop there; trees in urban areas can absorb noise, reduce flood risk, lower temperatures through shading, and create green spaces for communities to come together. (more)

India: Breathing new life into Yamuna floodplains, one wetland at a time
19 May 2019 - Yamuna floodplains, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), and the Delhi University (DU) have started developing an integrated floodplain wetlands system at the city's seventh biodiversity park next to Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway. The area, located on the western banks of river Yamuna, between the marginal bund and DND Flyway, will soon have large wetlands, 100 metre-wide greenways, 6.8km-long walking trails, and recreational parks. (more)

Senegal: Diplomats visit a key biodiversity site
19 May 2019 - Diplomats visiting the city of Dakar in Senegal were taken to a wetland reserve to learn about its importance to the area and to nature. Additionally, they learned about vulture conservation. The great Niaye of Pikine, commonly known as the Technopole, is an exceptional urban wetland located in the heart of Dakar. It is one of the five wetlands within the Niayes, an Important Bird Area, with lakes Tanma, Mbaouane, Retba, and Mbeubeusse. (more)

US: The importance of Missouri wetlands
19 May 2019 - May is American Wetlands Month. That means this time of year is a good opportunity to focus on a habitat most people have heard of ... Today, the values of wetlands are being re-discovered. Many people are realizing the important roles wetlands play in re-charging and stabilizing underground aquifers, moderating flood waters, and governing the flow of water. (more)

Finland: Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environments
18 May 2019 - The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Attempts to rectify the situation have been made with the help of agri-environment-climate subsidies. A recent study conducted in Finland [indicated] the proximity of organic animal farms increased the numbers of birds in agricultural environments. In contrast, most of the other environmental subsidies only had a minor impact on bird numbers. (more)

US: New York officially bans plastic bags statewide
18 May 2019 - Yesterday [Monday, 22 April], New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. It is estimated that New York uses 23 billion plastic bags every year with 50 percent of those plastic bags ending up in landfills and around the city and waterways. Governor Cuomo signed the legislation on Earth Day, which will take effect next March [2020]. New York is the third state to completely ban plastic bags after California and Hawaii. (more)

By 2040, more than half of new cars will be electric
15 May 2019 - Electric cars make up only a tiny fraction of the automobiles sold worldwide, but that will change quickly, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. By 2040, electric cars could make up 57 percent of all passenger car sales worldwide, the report found. Electric cars are coming close to matching gasoline- and diesel-powered cars in purchase price and they already cost less to operate. (more)

Light physical activity might help keep the brain young
15 May 2019 - A recent study suggests that light physical activity may help stave off signs of aging in the brain. The human brain typically shrinks as people age ... Nicole Spartano of Boston University School of Medicine and colleagues explain in JAMA Network Open. Their new research, done in middle aged adults, found that each additional hour spent in light physical activity was associated with 0.22 percent higher brain volume. (more)

Glasgow aims to become UK's first net-zero emissions city
14 May 2019 - Glasgow aims to become the first city in Britain to be carbon-neutral in a drive to tackle climate change. The Scottish city plans to reach the goal by consuming greener energy and promoting a mass electric car charging scheme, as well as boosting investment in the renewable electricity grid. (more)

US: Jury returns $2 billion verdict against Monsanto for couple with cancer -- the biggest so far
14 May 2019 - A jury handed an unparalleled $2.055 billion verdict in favor of a couple in California who say their cancer was caused by long-term exposure to Monsanto's popular weed killer Roundup, according to the plaintiffs' attorneys. It follows several recent losses the company has faced in court concerning Roundup. Thousands of similar cases are pending at the federal or state level. (more)

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills
14 May 2019 - If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, say new World Health Organization guidelines for preventing dementia, released on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (more)

IMO, Norway launch project to help shipping sector cut emissions
13 May 2019 - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has launched a joint project with Norway to help the shipping industry cut emissions by at least 50 percent from 2008 levels by 2050, the UN's shipping agency said on Monday [13 May]. More than 50 countries across the world are expected to participate, with eight countries from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Pacific region taking pilot roles. (more)

US: Chobani founder and CEO donates for student lunches
12 May 2019 - The schools in Warwick, Rhode Island, can put those sun butter and jelly sandwiches away: Someone is stepping up to pay the massive lunch debt of some of its students. That 'someone' is yogurt company Chobani, which is paying off $47,650 of the $77,000 debt. 'For every child, access to naturally nutritious and delicious food should be a right, not a privilege. When our children are strong, our families are stronger. And when our families are strong, our communities are stronger,' Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said in statement. (more)

India: Jaipur to soon get 600 eco-friendly buses
11 May 2019 - Jaipur City Transport Service Ltd (JCTSL) at its board meeting has decided to purchase 600 eco-friendly buses for the city. (more)

Extinct species of bird came back from the dead, scientists find
10 May 2019 - A previously extinct species of bird returned from the dead, reclaiming the island it previously lived on and re-evolving itself back into existence, scientists have said. The white-throated rail colonized the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean and evolved to become flightless, before being completely wiped out when the island disappeared below the sea around 136,000 years ago. ... The extremely rare process is known as iterative evolution -- the repeated evolution of a species from the same ancestor at different times in history. (more)

Forget A to B, electric cars can now get you from London to Paris
10 May 2019 - In the past, when people thought about electric cars they probably envisaged being stranded at the side of the road, an empty battery and not a charging point in sight. The thought of even getting from home to work and back was worrying enough, and the idea of making it from one country to another was, frankly, absurd. Fast forward to 2019 and electric vehicles have come a long way. (more)

Gangs to gardens: Kenyan youth shun crime to create green spaces
10 May 2019 - People's Park was a dumping site and a crime hotspot in Nairobi, now it's been transformed into a well-manicured park and a popular spot for residents to meet and play. As a young man, Moses Muchina used to rob people who were unlucky enough to have to cross through the Kenyan slum of Korogocho after dark. But today, People's Park is no longer a 'no-go zone', as Muchina called it. And it was Muchina, along with a group of former gang members, who led the transformation. (more)

UK: 'Young People's Forest': First trees planted in Derbyshire
10 May 2019 - Youngsters have begun planting trees at Britain's first 'Young People's Forest' on the site of a former open cast mine. The Woodland Trust has bought part of the 162-hectare (400 acre) site near Heanor in Derbyshire, which is known as Mead. Mass planting will take place in the autumn and about 250,000 trees will be planted there over the next few years. (more)

US: A 2,624-year old tree has just been found growing in a swamp in America
10 May 2019 - Along the Black River in North Carolina, bald cypress trees have been quietly growing for millennia. Quite literally so: Scientists recently found trees over 2,000 years old -- including one that is at least 2,624 years old. It has been known for decades that some of the trees in the region are ancient. But this new discovery significantly pushes back the known age of the trees by nearly a millennium. (more)

US: New York adopts rules to phase out coal power plants by 2020
10 May 2019 - New York environmental regulators adopted rules to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants that will force generators to stop burning coal in the state by the end of 2020. Coal generated less than 1 percent of the electricity in New York in 2017, the most recent year available according to state and federal data. (more)

US: Scientists discover a 2,600-year-old bald cypress tree in North Carolina
10 May 2019 - A bald cypress tree in North Carolina has been dated to the year 605 BC, making it one of the oldest known trees alive on earth. Scientists studied the tree's growth rings and used radiocarbon dating to determine that it is at least 2,624 years old, putting it at fifth-oldest in the world, the study says. The tree was one of 110 sampled along North Carolina's 65-mile-long Black River. The cypress there are the oldest known living trees in the U.S. outside of California, and the oldest known wetland tree species in the world, according to the study. (more)

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