5 Environment News That Matter This Month
In case you haven’t heard, this month is Plastic Free July! In honor of that, we are celebrating by giving out discounts on all Green Island products!
In addition, we are sharing 5 important environment news topics we think you should know about:
1. Global plastic pollution is at a tipping point.
According to Science Daily, current climate effects from plastic emissions surveyed in a recent study are irreversible. A threat to our planet, this is a cause for concern. Plastic is literally everywhere and is used every day for many unnecessary purposes.
In addition to the entanglement of wildlife in plastic products, plastic emissions pose serious threats to climate change. I think we can confidently say that we should all be taking action to reduce plastic emissions in order to preserve the environment.
2. Planting trees might boost rainfall.
BBC recently came out with an article about how planting trees across Europe will boost rainfall and help combat climate change. According to researchers, adding trees changes the wind patterns and creates the conditions needed for rain. If there was a 20% increase in forests across Europe, this would boost rainfall and offset the dry conditions.
3. Endangered antelope population is increasing.
The Saiga is a type of endangered antelope in Kazakhstan with a distinctive large, bulbous nose. In 2015, the antelope was said to be nearing extinction; their numbers decreased by more than 90% in the late 20th Century due to habitat threats and infrastructure for oil and gas industries.
But good news! This antelope is making a comeback, thanks to the work of conservationists organizations in the country. After a recent consensus, surveyors are seeing a growth in population around 500,000 over the course of 6 years.
4. Plan to decrease climate change in South Africa is concerning.
Advisors on climate change are saying that new oil and gas projects in South Africa need to end in order to meet the 2030 climate goal. The government said it will aim to eliminate emissions completely by 2050, but in order to do that, there needs to be a shift away from coal.
In order to do this, it’s estimated the country will need $8 million from the international community per year. That’s no small feat, especially considering that in 2020, coal made up over 86% of the country’s electricity. That makes it one of the most coal-reliant countries in the world!
5. Canadian Minister prioritizes fighting climate change.
Climate Change News released an article about Catherine McKenna, the Canadian government minister who is planning to leave the political sphere. She was quoted saying that after COVID-19, she realized that what was most important were two things: her kids and climate change. So she is leaving parliament next election to focus all her efforts on combating the climate crisis. Can someone say eco-warrior?