Social media “likes” turn into real life environmental action (mother nature network)
- Every like, tweet +, and stumble will help preserve 43.5 square feet of coral reef. That means that for every 100 likes, Click it for Good will preserve 4, 350 square feet.
A REDD+ agency is coming back to Indonesia to make sure the fight is still on against deforestation (Mongabay)
- “The REDD+ agency will be tasked with coordinating activities related to Indonesia’s REDD+ program, including establishing an independent and reliable deforestation monitoring system, preparing national strategies for reducing deforestation and forest degradation, monitoring the implementation of the President’s moratorium on new forestry concessions in primary forests and peatlands, and implementing the country’s REDD+ pilot project in the province of Central Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.”
Several states, California the most current, and countries have followed suit with the shark fin ban/legislation. Now eyes look to Hong Kong for action (The New York Times)
- If Gov. Jerry Brown decides to sign the California bill then California will “become the largest economy in the world to take a strong stand against the shark fin trade so far.”
- In countries worldwide such as Chile and the Bahamas, shark fishing has been banned, but now the pressure is on Hong Kong to not just ban but give some kind of tougher discouragement of the consumption and trade of shark fins.
Decades of destruction have turned productive lands into desert across the Horn of Africa, worsening a devastating famine (Yale Environment 360)
- “A new study by the Center for International Forestry Research , conducted in 25 countries, shows that forests provide about one-quarter of household income for people living in or near them, offering a critical defense against poverty.”
- “In parched regions like the Horn of Africa, forests help retain moisture and soil nutrients, providing a defense against wind erosion and a source of food and energy.”
The Citizen Action Group in Mumbai highlights mission for a mangrove protection act among other eco-friendly demands (Hindustan Times)
- Members of the CAG have “raised the issue of clean and 24-hour water supply and expressed concerns over water contamination.”
- “The presentation…calls for a separate state law to conserve mangroves, upgradation of sewage treatment plants, plugging leakages in water supply, and noise mapping for the city and creation of more open spaces”