What I love about blogging is coming back to old posts with new developments and ideas. Years ago I was wondering what was the most sustainable : blue roofs (with solar panels) or green ones. Some people combine both ideas and this is a GREAT idea. Read more →
The huge global loss of biodiversity is such a big problem that it is seen by specialists as the Sixth Mass Extinction. Lucky for us, the Huffington Post published an article on ten ways citizens can change that. Read more →
We have all read news on how our civilization with deforestation, pollutions of all kinds and climate change – and more – is wiping off entire species of animals to the point that we may be on the verge of a great extinction.
But don’t worry, some animals have no problem with global warming temperatures : cockroaches, fire ants, asian tiger mosquitoes jellyfish, ticks… You see, our civilization is endangering biodiversity in another big way.
Yes, you read that right, you just found yet another reason to fight climate change. So we’d better start decreasing our energy consumption NOW !
More good news people ! New Caledonia – and France – are creating a marine protected area (MPA) of huge size : 1.3 million square kilometers : the parc naturel de la mer de Corail.
This park will be amongst the largest MPAs in the world. Thanks to that, 16 percent of the waters under French jurisdiction are now under an MPAs status, compared to just four percent before.
The management and the financing will be done by the local government, while France will care about the security and police of this critical hot spot for biodiversity. Read more →
To TreeHugger and Science Daily, protecting a mere 17 percent of the land surfaces against human exploitation would protect two third of the plant species. However, there is a catch as we have to protect the right places…
So if we have to protect the most of our biodiversity, we have to find a way to help developing nations in protecting these natural areas. Financing these efforts by the global community will have to be done. This has failed recently in Ecuador.
But as Treehugger notes, ” that doesn’t mean the global community can’t and shouldn’t try again. “ Given how biodiversity is crucial to Mankind, it has to be hoped that we will succeed the next times.
According to the WWF : ” In 50 years of conservation, we have never seen wildlife crime on such a scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species—elephants, rhinos and tigers. “
” The global value of illegal wildlife trade is between $7.8 and $10 billion per year. It is a major illicit transnational activity worldwide—along with arms, drugs and human trafficking. High-level traders and kingpins are rarely (…) punished for their crimes.”
” Even more worrying, these species cannot survive high levels of poaching for long.” Please check out their page for more details on how you can help.
To the Agence France Presse : ” The world’s third-largest paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper said Tuesday it had stopped using logs from Indonesia’s natural forests, after fierce campaigning by green groups against the company.”
” The firm has in recent years lost packaging contracts with big brands such as foodmaker Kraft and Barbie’s Mattel after Greenpeace accused APP of clearing carbon-rich forest, home to endangered Sumatran tigers and orangutans. “
These are truly good news. We have seen time and again that deforestation in Brazil is at its lowest levels in decades and keep on decreasing. Read more →