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Good News about Conservation of Resources and Environment

As luck would have it, the good news about C.O.R.E has not ended yet. So in continuation to last week’s article, let’s see some more happy events with respect to sustainability.

For the first time ever, in 2021, wind and solar power generated over 10% of the world’s electricity. After the highest demand for electricity since 1985, and extreme temperatures in the most unexpected countries, close to 50 countries transferred about a tenth of their energy production to wind and solar power. This helped reduce the use of sources like coal.

In the last five years, over 422 Dugong whales have died because of commercial fishing nets around the great barrier reef in Australia. So, a few Australian NGOs along with WWF put forward a proposal to ban fishing in certain areas around this ocean. They successfully banned it in 100,000 square kilometres, around the reef.

The population of the world is nearing 8 billion, due to which the demand for food has highly increased. So, for all the food that is needed, the crops need to be strong enough to withstand extreme climates and diseases. To help attain this, a new crop bank has recently opened in Colombia. This bank has new technologies that will take crop research to an extremely high level making it last long and cater to the growing demand.

The Batman River loach (Paraschistura chrysicristinae), which is a small freshwater fish had not been spotted since 1974, which is for a period of almost 50 years. This fish species came under the category of the 10 most wanted fish on the planet and was recently seen in the Batman River, Turkey. This certainly is good news, because it means that the species is not extinct.

The Hawaiian Red Algae, (which is also known as Limo Kohu in the local language) along with 40 other species of algae had started to decline and be less visible over a period of the last 50 years. However, now, Malia Heimuli, a native Hawaiian, has started a partnership known as Limu Hui, which collects and restores these algae species, thus helping to build back the ocean ecosystems. The Annamite Mountains are a mountain range, which extends for about 1,100 kilometres across Laos and Vietnam. These mountains are home to various species, especially mammals, that are not found anywhere else on the planet.

The Annamite striped rabbit and Annamite dark muntjac were the animals that started slowly declining in 2000 and were soon on the IUCN Red List. Now, however, their population is gradually increasing, which gives us hope that these species will not be hitting extinction anytime soon!

All this positive environmental news is exactly the motivation all of us need to solve the other problems our planet is facing so that we head for a sustainable and eco-friendly future.

Written by Anaiya Gaire (MYP 2A)