A success story: The blue iguanas have been saved from the brink of extinction (The New York Times)
- A successful captive breeding program has released 500 iguanas to the wild and they are successfully breeding.
- In 2002, there were only 12 Blue Iguanas left in the wild.
Poo’s second chance: Developers are creating toilets that convert human feces into energy (EcoFriend)
- The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has put $42 million into creating toilets that can convert human waste into energy and fuel.
- “The purpose is to help people living in poorest countries lead a healthy and clean life and at the same time get power supply also.”
Our biggest impact? Wiping out apex predators (Matter Network)
- Loss of predators causes a “trophic cascade,” when ecosystems decline due to imbalances in predator prey relationships.
- Scientist are realizing the crucial role of large animals that can be linked to forest fires, parasites, health of kelp forests and selfish populations etc.
- “The loss of apex consumers is arguably humankind’s most pervasive influence on the natural world.”
Amazon tribes win support to protect 46 million hectares of Amazon forest (Mongabay)
- A new initiative called the “biocultural conservation corridor” will protect over 114 million acres of rainforest.
- “This initiative provides significant support for the Surui people since it helps to mobilize our people to defend the environment and our culture.” – Chief Almir Surui
A toad found only under a Tanzanian waterfall is extinct in the wild after a dam was built, but is thriving in the lab (National Geogrpahic)
- These unique frogs give live birth, and require 22 hours a day of misting or being sprayed from the waterfall.
- Scientists are hoping that these “prolific breeders” can be released to the wild once more.