Hopescrolling: The good news timeline
The good news timeline
The Prince of Wales unveiled the five inspirational winners of the annual Earthshot Prize this week in Singapore. The prize was awarded to a variety of fantastic organisations, including Acción Andina, an amazing initiative restoring forests all along the Andes mountain range that was co-founded by our partner Global Forest Generation alongside ECOAN.
Museums across the UK have committed to taking collective action against the climate crisis after the first-ever UK Museum COP was held at the Tate Modern. The sector has pledged to “engage audiences with the climate crisis and inspire them to take positive action”, as well as reduce its environmental impact.
The Galápagos’ Española Island has seen a remarkable resurgence of giant tortoises, where their numbers have surged from a mere 14 to approximately 3,000, thanks to a successful, decades-long conservation effort.
The Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located off England’s north-eastern coast, has successfully generated its inaugural power supply. This significant milestone marks a major step towards sustainable energy solutions, as the project harnesses the power of wind to contribute clean electricity to the UK grid.
The EU is intensifying its efforts to combat microplastic pollution after successfully banning glitter. The new proposal seeks to cut plastic pellet pollution by 74% by 2030, showcasing the EU’s commitment to reducing plastic waste and its harmful impact on ecosystems.
In Somerset, a stretch of the Mendip Hills is to become a new ‘super nature reserve’, helping to boost biodiversity in the area. The creation of this expansive reserve offers a vital sanctuary for wildlife, aiding in the protection of diverse ecosystems and contributing to the preservation of precious natural habitats.
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington, USA, rejoices as salmon return to their ancestral waters after a century. This remarkable event signifies a powerful reconnection between the tribe and nature, highlighting successful conservation efforts and the revival of a vital ecosystem.
The US Department of Justice has deployed an environmental justice coordinator in each of its 94 local attorney offices, forming a formidable alliance to combat pollution in vulnerable communities. This significant move underscores a commitment to address environmental injustices and protect marginalised populations from the harmful effects of pollution.
The article reports on a significant milestone in London, where the first baby beaver in 400 years has been born. This marks a remarkable comeback for these creatures, which were once extinct in the area. The event highlights successful efforts to reintroduce beavers and restore the local ecosystem.
Countries worldwide have pledged to raise $12 billion to fund coral reef protection. This collective commitment demonstrates a global effort to safeguard these vital ecosystems. The financial support will aid in conserving coral reefs, preserving marine biodiversity, and combating the impacts of climate change on underwater habitats.
Brazil’s Supreme Court has upheld the land rights of Indigenous communities in a landmark decision, marking a significant victory for conservation. The ruling safeguards vital ecosystems and the rights of Indigenous people, setting a precedent for environmental protection and social justice in the region.
The High Seas Treaty, aimed at protecting biodiversity in international waters, moves closer to reality as 67 countries sign it. This milestone signifies global commitment to safeguarding marine ecosystems and shows progress in international efforts to preserve the high seas and promote sustainability and conservation.
A conservation initiative by African Parks is set to release 2,000 Southern white rhinos into the wild over the next decade. This ambitious effort aims to bolster rhino populations and protect these endangered animals in their natural habitat.
Groundbreaking achievement of the world’s first electric aircraft flight powered by a new liquid hydrogen technology, which sustained a three-hour flight. This development is a significant step towards sustainable aviation and reducing carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
Six young individuals, aged 11 to 24, are taking the world’s largest climate legal action at the European Court of Human Rights. They seek to compel 32 nations to intensify emissions reductions due to their experiences in the 2017 Leiria wildfires, which claimed 66 lives and devastated 20,000 hectares of forest.
15 Earthshot finalists were announced at New York Climate Week, including Acción Andina – co-founded by our Ecologi partner Global Forest Generation, as well as ECOAN. Find out more about the Ecologi supported reforestation project in South America here.
Denmark has pledged to donate around $22 million to Brazil’s Amazon Fund, in order to fight deforestation. The announcement was made this month by the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jorgensen, along with his Brazilian counterpart, the Environment Minister Marina Silva.
The return of the takahē, a flightless bird standing around 50cm, to the mountains of the South Island has marked a big conservation victory in New Zealand. Eighteen of the birds were released in the Lake Whakatipu Waimāori valley, onto alpine slopes that they hadn’t roamed for the last 100 years.
A new study led by Dr. Luis Mata from the University of Melbourne has revealed the amazing potential of boosting plant diversity in urban landscapes. The study finds that increasing plant variety can dramatically restore urban ecosystems, increase insect populations and boost biodiversity.
A new study suggests the benefits from clean air might be even greater than previously thought. Researchers have looked at the closure of a coal processing plant near Pittsburgh in the US in 2016, that produced coal-coke for steelmaking for about 100 years. The closure of the plant led to an immediate 42% decrease in emergency room visits for heart problems and further declines until the study was concluded.
The United Kingdom recorded a major spike in solar panel and heat pump installations in the first half of 2023. There was a 62% increase in solar panel installations over the previous year, with almost 17,000 installations on average each month.
Ecuadorians have voted to cease the development of new oil wells in the Yasuní national park. The historic referendum will help protect nature in this part of Amazon, which is one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. With 90% of the vote counted, there was reportedly more than 58% in favour and 41% against.
Bangladesh conservation efforts see record number of olive ridley turtles this nesting season. Extensive conservation action and the awareness programmes in the local communities are the key reasons behind this success.
600,000m² of Brazilian landfill restored to mangroves. This landfill was deactivated 11 years ago and through an environmental project the area has been replaced by greenery.
A new poll commissioned by the Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has found that 70% of the public support the current target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. This is compared to just 18% who oppose the goal.
India and Bhutan have reported significant increases in their wild tiger populations. India’s tiger population has had an annual increase of 6%, while Bhutan recorded 131 tigers – up 27% from its last count in 2015.
The discount German supermarket chain, Penny, has raised the prices of nine products, mainly dairy and meat, to reflect their true cost on health and the environment. The week-long experiment will run across all 2,150 branches of the Penny chain.
Three Gorges Energy has successfully connected the world’s first 16-megawatt offshore wind turbine to the power grid. The MySE 16-260 wind turbine has a 260-metre diameter rotor, and can power about 36,000 Chinese homes with renewable energy.
A new study by researchers at Oxford University has found that if all regular meat-eaters in the UK cut just some of it out of their diet, it would have the same impact on the climate as taking 8 million cars off the road.
Eight new seahorse hotels, made from biodegradable metal, have been installed in Sydney’s harbour, providing much-needed homes for over 350 endangered White’s Seahorses.
Indigenous communities in the Lower Omo River Valley, Ethiopia, have taken on the ownership and management of the Tama Wildlife Reserve by setting up the Tama Community Conservation Area (TCCA). The TCCA spans 197,000 hectares, making it Ethiopia’s largest community conservation area.
A new program in Hawaii is set to restore 120 miles of coral reef, to the west of the Big Island, which have been declining over the last 50 years. The program will include the building of a new research and coral propagation facility in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island, benefitting the local community.
The European Parliament has voted to pass a new law to restore degraded natural ecosystems. This fiercely contested new legislation was narrowly passed with 336 votes in favour, 300 against, and 13 abstentions. The text will now be negotiated, with the aim to finalise before the 2024 EU Parliament elections.
A huge phosphate rock deposit has been found in Norway, which has enough minerals to satisfy demand for batteries and solar panels for the next 100 years, according to Norge Mining, the company that discovered the deposit. Phosphate rock contains high levels of phosphorus, a key component of green technologies.
Spain is on course to generate over half of its power from renewable sources this year according to Rystad Energy forecasts. If it does so it will be the first of the top five European countries by power demand to accomplish the feat.
A scientific expedition in June has discovered two new deep-sea octopus nurseries, which are located in hydrothermal vent sites off the west coast of Costa Rica. They are two of only three known deep-sea octopus nurseries in the world.
The Australian government is planning to put in place compulsory climate-related financial disclosure requirements for businesses and financial firms from 2024, according to a consultation paper released by the Australian Treasury.
Iceland’s government has suspended this year’s whale hunt until August 31. This is a result of animal welfare concerns following a monitoring report by the country’s Food and Veterinary Authority, which found that the killing of the animals was in breach of the Animal Welfare Act.
United Nations members have agreed the first-ever treaty to protect ocean life in the high seas. The high seas include all water outside national boundaries and cover nearly half of the Earth’s surface. This historic treaty has been under discussion for more than 20 years.
LinkedIn’s Global Green Skills Report 2023 has revealed that jobs linked to sustainability make up 33% of its job postings in the UK. But the growth in demand for green skills is outpacing supply, with only one in eight workers around the world having one or more green skills.
Devon’s Wildlife Trust is planting a temperate rainforest right here in the UK. It will take up to 100 years to grow, but will create a perfect home for rare birds, plants, fungi and all sorts of different wildlife.
Co-op and the RSPB have teamed up on an ambitious three-year partnership to restore, protect and manage UK peatland. The project will initially focus on areas of RSPB-owned peatland in Scotland and Wales, equivalent to around 400 football pitches.
Breweries in the US are using special techniques, originally developed by NASA, to capture the naturally produced carbon from the fermentation process and prevent it from entering the atmosphere.
New Zealand has launched its most ambitious emissions reduction project to date, with a historic switch from coal to renewable energy at the country’s largest steel factory in Glenbrook. It’s expected to remove emissions equivalent to 300,000 cars.
A Ukrainian startup is making ‘polystyrene’ out of mushrooms. Despite fleeing Ukraine when war started, S.Lab is now winning awards and securing customers for its innovative biodegradable alternative.
According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), investment in clean energy technologies is surpassing expenditure on fossil fuels. This trend stems from growing affordability and security concerns triggered by the global energy crisis. An expected USD 1.7 trillion will be invested globally in clean tech this year.
The Science Based Targets Network has unveiled the first science-based targets for nature, allowing companies to kick-start ambitious and measurable efforts for both climate and nature at once. This stems from a remarkable collaborative effort within the Network since the publication of the Initial Guidance for Business in 2020.
Spain is a leading global player in the movement toward renewable energy, and it just reached a new milestone. For a nine-hour working day last month, the country could power itself entirely through renewable energy.
According to a new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), utilising existing technologies while implementing substantial policy changes and market adjustments might reduce plastic pollution by 80 percent by the year 2040.
MEPs have supported a proposed law aimed at enhancing the labelling and longevity of products while curbing deceptive claims. This new legislation intends to empower consumers by providing guidance towards greener options, while incentivising companies to make goods that are more durable.
The sighting of dolphins in the Bronx River indicates a positive shift in the overall health of the river’s ecosystem. This incredible progress is a result of the dedicated efforts of diverse groups working together to enhance water quality, restore habitats, and promote fisheries.
MEPs have supported a proposed law aimed at enhancing the labelling and longevity of products while curbing deceptive claims. This new legislation intends to empower consumers by providing guidance towards greener options, while incentivizing companies to make goods that are more durable.
The Wildlife Trusts and Clear Channel have joined forces to expand vibrant green-roofed bus stops across the UK. This innovative partnership, spanning five years, will make a real difference in conserving wildlife in urban areas.
According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest electric vehicle outlook, the demand for electric cars is reaching new heights. In 2023, electric vehicles are expected to make up 18% of global car sales, a big increase from the 4% observed in 2020.
Fossil fuel giants have faced a significant setback as the US Supreme Court has made a pivotal decision by refusing to hear their appeals in climate-related cases. With the worsening climate crisis, local governments have been actively pursuing legal actions against energy giants.
The European Parliament has just passed a groundbreaking law aimed at halting the import, sale, and export of products that contribute to deforestation within the EU. This is the first time that agricultural and forestry businesses will have to show that goods such as wood, rubber, leather, and palm oil are sourced without causing any harm to forests.
An incredible discovery has been made off the coast of Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands — a vibrant coral reef teeming with marine life. During a scientific expedition, researchers traced this remarkable 1.2-mile-long reef to the summit of an underwater mountain formed through volcanic activity. Scientists had previously believed that only a single reef existed in this volcanic archipelago.
The world’s very first rewilding centre has officially opened its doors, providing access to the UK’s most extensive nature recovery site. Nestled in Glenmoriston, near the renowned Loch Ness, the Dundreggan Rewilding Centre stands proudly on what used to be a deer-stalking estate.
The Clean Creatives campaign group has announced a significant milestone. More than 500 organisations and individuals from the advertising and PR industry have joined their cause by pledging not to collaborate with fossil fuel companies in various ways, including communications and recruitment.