Good News of the World.

By Hugo Amat, writer at The Global Gazette

During the last few years, we’ve heard everywhere that the world is in bad shape because of mankind; and that if we do nothing, we would soon run out of solutions. We also hear very often that mankind has led to the extinction of many species due to poaching and pollution.

Today we’ll try something else, let us tell you what is good on the planet. Here are 5 pieces of Good news about mankind, animals, and the planet.

Animals are Stronger.

In 2010, there were only 3,200 Indian tigers in the world. Within the last 4 years, the population increased by 30%. Same for the Humpback Whale. They can be found in every ocean, but they almost disappeared in the South Atlantic area: at the end of the 20th Century, there were only 450 whales. Today there are more than 25,000 Humpback Whales in that area.

A turtle called “chelonoidis phantasticus” that no one had seen in the past 100 years reappeared in the Galapagos last February. Last month, scientists observed that a small frog called “gastrotheca cornuta” made its return in South America. It was the first time anyone had seen it in 14 years. The Dugongs were 600 in number in 2011. There are now 5,000 Dugongs in the South Australian ocean.

Air is Better.

According to a report published by Nature Climate Change, in February, 18 countries have reduced their CO2 emissions during the 2005-2015 period. France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Italy, and the United States are part of those countries. This improvement is mostly due to the switch to renewable energies and reducing the use of fossil fuel. These changes happened after the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. Thanks to Cop 21, 22 and 25 (which won’t happen because of the riots in Chili), those improvements should continue.

Earth is Greener.

Once again, according to a study, from NASA this time, Earth will be greener. Indeed, the planet has gained 5% of total green surface between 2000 and 2017. That is to say, the equivalent of the Amazon Rainforest. This improvement is a consequence of combined efforts from China and India in reforestation and development of their land, respectively.

On the same topic, we also learned in March that 33 cocoa companies committed to creating a plan to stop deforestation. This plan concerns the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which are the principal producers of cocoa in the world (approximately 65%).

The Sky is more Whole.

In 2017, the hole in the ozone layer was at its smallest size in 30 years. According to the specialists, the “hole” keeps showing signs of reinstatement. Since 2000, its recovery has progress of 3% by decade, which makes us believe that the ozone layer will be filled by 2030 for the Northern hemisphere and the average latitudes. However, for the southern hemisphere and the polar regions, the completion date could be pushed back to 2060. This assessment is very promising and shows that we have to continue our efforts, if we want to solve this problem.

States are Wiser.

- In Kenya, the government has inaugurated the biggest wind farm on the African continent. 365 wind-turbines have been erected in the northern part of the country, in a particularly strong natural wind corridor. This $680 million project has permitted Kenya to increase its electricity production by 13%, but also to get closer to their objective: utilizing 100% renewable energies by 2100.

- In Brazil, the state of Paraná forbade hydraulic fracturing on its ground. This extraction technique has been criticized because it is extremely pollutant.

By forbidding this practice for environmental reasons, the State of Paraná guaranteed that this important shale gas reserve will stay under the ground.

- In Ethiopia, 353 million trees have been planted in a day. This operation from the government enters into a larger initiative that aims to reduce the effects of global warming in the country. The government plans to plant 4-billions trees on a surface of 18 million hectares. Even though all of these are great news for our planet, it has happened because we all made an effort and we have to know that we can do even better each year by pursuing our goals. Every day, we have to think of the planet we live in, and we have to make an effort to make it into a better place.

Hugo Amat