London Conservation Summit shares positive stories to combat negativity

Trying to combat huge challenges facing our planet is a big ask, so the conservation summit in London have shared the stories of conservation success. The Conservation Optimist Summit was born in response to the fact that in 40 years, over the half of the world's wildlife has disappeared.  The University of Oxford's Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation …

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The Living River

A river in New Zealand has become the first ever river to receive the same rights as a human being. After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand's parliament have approved a bill that gives the Whanganui river in New Zealand the same legal rights as humans. Since the 1870s, the Mauri tribe of New Zealand …

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Cheerios Giving Out Thousands of Free Seeds to Help Save the Bees

Bees are amazing insects, not only providing us with honey and beeswax but also providing a vital ecosystem service through pollination.  So what's the story on bees? There are about 20,000 known species of bee in the world today. Many more likely await discovery, yet the current global figure equates to the roughly the combined …

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The Forest that Combats Pollution

The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution. Work is under way on a ‘vertical forest’ in eastern China: two towers that will be covered in 1,100 trees and …

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Iowa is devoting 1,000 acres of land to save honeybees

Honeybees. The dying race. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon first noticed in the USA whereby entire colonies of bees simply died out thanks to hitherto unexplained circumstances. It is also put forward as a possible cause but is dismissed by those in the know. One theory that does hold some water is the …

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Jumpers in Size Elephant

These pachyderms may be big, but they’re still just as susceptible to the cold as we are. That’s why the villagers of Mathura, Uttar Pradesh are knitting giant sweaters called Jumbo Jackets for their elephant neighbors. The Jackets may take over 4 weeks to make, but the recipients are grateful for the warmth since India …

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Work-Life balance: Resetting the scales

Is the tide changing for the overworked? Being overworked is a problem for many households throughout the world.  Not only is a daily commute of two hours or more a reality for 3.7 million workers in the UK, according to the Trades Union Congress, but new research suggests some of us even work in our …

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