This week its almost all about good news. The world is awakening to climate change and major organizations started taking big actions to make a difference. Sadly, the poor animals and species in our ecosystem are still affected and the current mass extinction is ongoing, but it’s never too late to save what’s left.
Are Koalas Really Gone Extinct?
We’ve been hearing about koala’s extinction after the recent (Nov 2019) Australian bushfires.
Climate change has been causing a mass extinction in recent years.
It is said that human’s bad habits had caused a wipeout of as much as 60% of the earth’s wildlife in around 45 years. We’ve lost different species of birds, sea animals, wild animals, and even plants.
However, the question still remains, are we really losing the koalas?
Koalas are tree-dwelling animals mainly settling in Eucalyptus forests. Their population has been decreasing due to many factors. A recent bushfire in Australia wiped out most of its habitat; which left people thinking they were “functionally extinct”.
“Functionally extinct” refers to a species that can no longer reproduce further generations.
The good news is, scientists proved this to be an overstatement. An article went viral on social media, leaving people thinking koalas are almost gone, and that nothing can be done about it.
It’s true that we cannot prove koalas to be completely gone; however, their population is declining rapidly (by up to 80%). They’re very slow and helpless when it comes to fires, so it usually just ends up taking away their lives.
In the recent bushfire, much more of their habitat was wiped out than normal. Eucalyptus forests can adapt to fires and grow back in a very short time. The scale of the recent fires is much higher than normal, and this is causing a deficit.
Irish Teenager Wins Global Science Award for Removing Microplastics
Fionn Ferreira is an 18-year-old who developed a device to pick up microplastics from oceans. This project got the first place prize in the 2019 Google Science Fair competing with 24 global finalists. He discovered that magnets pick up microplastics from water surfaces. He, therefore, used a liquid called ferrofluid that attracts plastics and eases their removal from water. This removed up to 88% of microplastics in water samples. The inspiring young scientist claims that even though his project might help clean oceans but it’s not the solution. “The solution is that we stop using plastic altogether”.
Ikea Investing €200 million to Go Green
Inter Ikea Group, the largest furniture retailer in the world, is willing to invest €200 million on renewable energy, to go eco-friendly by 2030. The investments will go into reforestation and using more environmentally friendly methods of production. They’re aiming to use 100% renewable energy through all stages of production and compensate for the emissions they ever had to make.
South Korea Contributes to Reduce Air Pollution
South Korea is willing to shut down a quarter of its coal-fired plants, to reduce air pollution. There has been excess air pollution in previous years caused by these plants, which is estimated to decline by 44%. Even though South Korea relies on coal for electricity, and demand for electricity increases during winter; the energy ministry explained to Reuters that the remaining plants will supply enough electricity.
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