• 4 Tuna Species Recovered After Decade of Fishing Quotas–With Albacore in Stores Being Truly Sustainable

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    Things are looking up for four species of albacore! Read on.

    Original article by Good News Network

    Four commercially-fished tuna species are on a significant path to recovery thanks to the enforcement of regional fishing regulations over the last ten years, according to yesterday’s update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

    “Today’s IUCN Red List update is a powerful sign that, despite increasing pressures on our oceans, species can recover if states truly commit to sustainable practices,” said Dr Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General.

    States and others are now gathered at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, to work towards binding targets that will increase and maintain biodiversity across the planet.

    “The newly released results on…

  • Oregon will allow for human composting as a final resting option

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    Check out this great article about Oregon’s newest final resting option – human composting! Cool!

    Original article by Destiny Johnson (KGW) and Katherine Cook, KGW8

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an amendment to House Bill 2574 to allow for the “natural organic reduction” of bodies into soil.

    It follows the move Washington made in 2019 when it became the first state to legalize human composting.

    The process can be lengthy and in both Washington and Oregon, a site has to be licensed in order to house bodies that go through the decomposition process to become compost soil. The Herland Forest Natural Burial Cemetery in Klickitat County, Washington, houses the remains of more than…

  • Good News! 7 Positive Environmental News Stories from August 2021 that Will Make You Smile

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    Here is a nice compilation of Positive News from One Tree Planted that is sure to put a smile on your face. Enjoy!

    Wow! Can you believe we’re already closing out the summer? Any day now we will be pulling out the comfy-cozy sweaters, heading out to go leaf peeping, and we know some of you have already started indulging in your pumpkin spice lattes! Environmental wise, this has been one of the most eye opening summers when it comes to climate change. The NOAA declared July 2021 as Earth’s hottest month on record and of course we are all aware of the wildfires surging across the west coast and other areas of the world. But this is not the…

  • How the Largest Direct Air Capture Plant Will Suck CO2 Out of the Atmosphere

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    This makes so much sense, right? Surely we can figure out problems like the over saturation of the climate with carbon emissions with the will and human ingenuity. Have a ‘Positive’ day out there #backyardbend.

    From The Verge by Justine Calma

    The biggest industrial plant yet to suck tons of planet-heating carbon dioxide out of the air came online yesterday in southwest Iceland. Direct air capture plants like this one have been hyped up lately by world leaders and giant corporations — notably Microsoft — that are looking to erase their legacy of greenhouse gas pollution.

    This particular operation is ideally located to test the emerging technology. The new plant, built by Swiss company Climeworks, is powered by renewable energy from…

  • Okay, This is Just Darn Fun to Watch. 11-year-old Girl Drummer, Nandi Bushell, Finally Joins Foo Fighters on Stage

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    This just makes you feel good when watching it and that dreams do come true. Have a great Labor Day #backyardbend.

    From The Good News Network

    “It Happened!!!,” Nandi Bushell wrote on the YouTube video shot by her dad which tallied 1.1 million views this week.

    In her grunge flannel shirt, the 11-year-old drummer took the stage at the Los Angeles Forum to finally meet her rock star idol in person—and play alongside Dave Grohl and his world-renown Foo Fighters.

    Nandi accepted the invitation and traveled with her parents from Ipswich, England, where she’s been playing since she was five-years-old.

    It was a bright spot during the pandemic in August 2020 when she made a video challenging Grohl to an…

  • Women's Empowerment Helps Restore Landscapes In Rwanda

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    KULA FELLOWSHIP COMBINES REFORESTATION AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT IN RWANDA

    From One Tree Planted by Diana Chaplin + Meaghan Weeden

    Between the intersection of reforestation and women’s empowerment lie incredible opportunities to improve the lives of women and their families — and enact lasting change within local communities and environments. While many of our reforestation projects benefit women and communities, our Kula project in Rwanda stands out.

    Through this ongoing project, we’re working with Kula to provide coffee and shade trees to three communities of smallholder coffee farmers in Rwanda. The project will provide an increase in harvest and income, empowering over 200 coffee farmers to invest in their futures and create thriving communities. Together, we’ve already planted 160,000 trees, and…

  • France’s ‘Peevolution’ Is Irrigating Farms With Liquid Gold

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    Seems we will need to continue to think of creative and positive ways to heal this beautiful planet we call home. These folks from France are innovating ways to do just that in their backyard.

    From Reasons To Be Cheerful by Peter Yeung

    It was early 2018 when Matthieu Préel complained to his friend Michaël Roes about how costly and complicated it was to get rid of all the urine received by his waste management company in Bordeaux, France.

    Surely there was some way to make use of this abundant liquid, Préel said to Roes, because paying to chemically dispose of the urine was beginning, frankly, to take the piss.

    “Matthieu wanted to know if there was some way it…

  • Altruism - What Makes People Selflessly Give to Others?

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    We thought we would start the week out with something ‘Positive’ about Altruism. From Envision Kindness.  Have a great Monday #backyardbend.

    Altruism, or the selfless concern for the well-being of others, is another trait that has mystified researchers and us average folk alike. Why – WHY – would someone give up something of themselves or put themselves at risk for someone else? Economics tell us that people are self-interested and rational, but altruism, in general terms, is neither of these things. How do we explain it?

    Kin altruism, or sacrifice to help a family member, makes more sense biologically. Our imperative is not just to survive as individuals, but to sustain our lineage. We can think of this as sustaining…

  • Klamath River Renewal Corporation

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    Did you know there is a group of tribal nations, farmers, businesses, agencies, and environmentalist working together to protect water quality, fisheries and the Klamath Basin economy? This is the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

    This effort will remove old and outdated Klamath River dams and restore the river to health for the community. South of Central Oregon lies the Klamath Basin – a region rich in history, agriculture, and wild and scenic places.

    Could this be the future path to healthy ways to manage natural resources? We hope so. Take a look at what this group is doing, we think you will be surprised at the diverse people and organizations working together for the betterment of their community.

     

  • Cleaning Up Rivers Is Saving the Oceans

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    Stay Cheerful and look for the positive. This story comes from Reasons To Be Cheerful by Michaela Haas.

    In 2012, Marcella Hansch was enjoying a dive near North Africa’s Cape Verde archipelago when she was startled by a fish bumping into her leg. When she looked underwater, she saw that it wasn’t a fish, but a plastic bag — the sea was filled with them.

    The experience stayed with her. “Ever since, I’ve been seeing the plastic problem everywhere — on the streets, in the supermarket, in my own kitchen,” she says via Zoom from her office in a converted clothes factory in Aachen, Germany. “I couldn’t look away anymore.”

    She decided to tackle the most visible symptom of the…

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