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5 Amazing Wins for Mother Earth in 2017:
Good News from Around the World

environment good news, good news earthGood news! It’s not all doom and gloom for planet Earth. Positive changes are happening all around the world in a big way. Governments, citizens and non-profits are working together to protect endangered species and their habitats. Cities and countries are going green by embracing new technologies, reducing their dependency on oil and gas, and banning disposable plastics. The global shift to care for our planet is happening at an accelerated rate, and it’s unstoppable.

Here’s some good news to start off 2017:

1. Grrreat News for Tigers

Since this is a cat blog, let’s start off with some grrreat news for big cats. The wild tiger population is on the rise for the first time in a century. A 2016 survey counted 3,890 tigers, which is an increase from an estimate of 3,200 tigers in 2010. Tiger numbers are up in India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan as these countries work to protect tiger habitats and discourage poaching.

Source: National Geographic

2. Pandas Are No Longer Endangered

There’s even more great news for cats. The giant panda was downgraded from endangered to threatened. Why is it good news for cats? Because in Chinese, the literal translation of the Chinese characters for panda is “bear cat.”
Some encouraging numbers:

  • 17% increase in the number of giant pandas from 2004 to 2014
  • 1,864 wild pandas living in their natural habitat (not in zoos)
  • 67 panda reserves protect almost two-thirds of the wild panda population

Source: World Wildlife Fund

3. China Announces Ban on Ivory Sales

It’s a landmark year for elephants because the Chinese government is on track to ban commercial processing and ivory sales by March 2017. The ban reflects a dramatic change in public opinion over ivory. A recent study by Save the Elephants found that 71% of Chinese citizens were opposed to the ivory trade. That’s a huge shift in consciousness because in 2012, less than half of those surveyed were opposed to ivory trading. This big change has resulted in an 85% decline in ivory purchases. With less demand, the price of ivory has fallen sharply from $4,600 to $2,400 per pound. Less money = fewer poachers = more elephants in the future.

Source: Good News Network

4. Netherlands’ Electric Trains Now Run on Wind Energy

The Dutch keep leading the world with sustainable transportation. In addition to their extensive network of bicycle paths, every electric train in the country is now powered by wind energy. What’s even more amazing and inspiring is that Dutch railway companies made this pledge in 2015, and reached their goal a full year ahead of schedule. Just goes to show that when cities are committed to making a positive impact, they can change like the wind.

Source: Good News Network

5. Delhi Recently Bans All Disposable Plastics

Delhi is the third largest city in the world, with a population of 18.9 million. This Indian city recently voted for a complete ban on disposable plastics. Because Asian countries are the biggest consumers of these plastics, the ban will significantly help to reduce plastic waste. And the ban is inspiring enterprising businesses to develop new technologies such as edible plastics.

Source: TreeHugger

Be the Change You Want to See

While governments have been instrumental in many of these changes, the initiative for change always begins with citizens at the individual level. People make the difference. Education and raising awareness make a difference.

Will you help be the change you want to see?

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Good News for the Environment: Big Cat Success, From the President, and a Windy Amazon

Sometimes it seems like all the news about the environment is BAD news. When I worked at World Wildlife Fund, I was amazed at how much good news there was, but it just didn’t get picked up by mainstream media.

Here’s the latest round-up of good stuff happening for our planet:

1) Tiger Populations Are on the Rise in India

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WWF International reported some great news for big cats. Seeing as this is a blog for cat lovers, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that tiger populations in Indian have dramatically increased by over 50% from 2006 to 2014.

As reported by WWF-International:

India’s tiger population has significantly increased according to the 2014-15 India tiger estimation report released today. Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in numbers– from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,226 in 2014.

The increase in the tiger population can be largely attributed to better management and improved protection within tiger reserves and other tiger bearing protected areas. Poaching remains the greatest threat to wild tigers today with tiger parts in high demand throughout Asia.

Discover what’s helping India’s tiger population bounce back >>

2) President Vows to Take Action on Climate Change

In President Obama’s State of the Union Address, he stated:

“No challenge, no challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.

This was reported hot off the press on the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) staff blog:

President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to tackling climate change in his State of the Union Address. As the president laid out his plans to revitalize the economy, strengthen security, and expand opportunity, he made it clear that the path to a brighter tomorrow leads straight through climate action.

Find out what the President plans to do to tackle climate change >>

3) Amazon’s Powering Up with Wind Farms

As consumers, we’re often looking at how we can reduce our power consumption by purchasing energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. However, that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to how much energy is used to power the data centers that are the backbone of the Internet.

Amazon with its cloud services and web services is one of the biggest online players. It’s been a bit slow to switching to sustainable energy, but recently made a commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for their global infrastructure footprint. Their plans include building a 150-megawatt wind farm that will generate approximately 500,000 MWh of energy each year. That’s equivalent to what’s used by 46,000 homes!

Learn which are the most and least eco-friendly Internet companies >>

Latest Good News for the Planet – Whales and Carbon Emissions

When I worked at World Wildlife Fund, I was amazed at how much good stuff was going on for the environment. Prior to working at WWF, it seemed like there was only BAD news. It made me realize that a lot of the positive work to improve the planet doesn’t get reported by mainstream media. That’s why I’ve decided to start posting articles to share some of the great work that’s going on right now.

Here’s what I learned from the Summer 2014 edition of Nature’s Voice, the member’s newsletter published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

A Whale of a Victory for Whales!

In March 2014, the U.N. International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s Antarctic whaling program is illegal. Japan got around whaling bans by claiming that their whale hunting activities were for “scientific research” as opposed to the sale and consumption of whale meat.

photo 1(9)Thankfully, Japan is going to abide by the ruling and halt their whaling activities. Yay for whales! Speaking of which, we had the chance opportunity to see whales last weekend. If you look closely in the water, there is a small white blur above the ocean’s surface. That’s a whale blowing spray up in the air. I also spotted many tails and the occasional fin. I estimate there were about a half dozen different whales. Absolutely magnificent!

Bye Bye Dirty Power

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. The new plan includes new national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Allowable emissions are to be reduced to 30% below 2005 levels.

These new regulations will help to eliminate dirty power sources that generate a lot of pollution and shift the emphasis to clean and renewable resources such as wind, sun or hydroelectric.

Of course, there’s a lot of protest from the industry and its supporters. That’s why I like to support the NRDC’s work. They focus on getting legislation passed that helps the environment. If you’d like to support them or learn more about what they do, visit their website at www.nrdc.org.


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