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Increase in cycling, a species of lynx saved from extinction, deforestation at its lowest in Indonesia … 5 good news for the planet.
The Iberian lynx saved from extinction
In Spain and Portugal, the Iberian lynx has escaped extinction. In 2002, this species had disappeared from Portugal and there were less than 100 individuals left in Spain. Several measures have been put in place to try to stop his disappearance. For example, captive-bred lynxes have been reintroduced into the wild and parts of their habitat have been reforested. Other measures include the construction of tunnels to allow them to cross busy roads and awareness campaigns to reduce the impact of hunting. Today, there are around 1000 Iberian lynxes throughout the peninsula.
Stopping gas flaring in Ecuador
In the Amazon rainforest, a court has ordered gas flaring to stop. This technique consists in burning at very high temperature natural gas discharges from oil exploitation in order to eliminate them. Ecuador has nearly 450 flares in the Amazon. Since early 2020, they have been at the heart of a legal battle between the Ecuadorian state and nine young plaintiffs. In early 2021, a local court finally ordered the practice to be suspended. According to the court, ending the flaring could reduce Ecuador’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 24%.
On the European side, the development of cycling
It is in particular the Covid-19 crisis which greatly accelerates the development of cycling. In reaction to the pandemic, more than 1,400 kilometers of cycling infrastructure have been created in European cities and more than 1 billion euros invested. Since the start of the health crisis, London has started building 100 kilometers of cycle paths. In less than 2 years, cycling has increased by 22% in the outskirts of the city. In Paris, bicycle use has increased by 70% since spring 2020 and 50 kilometers of temporary tracks must be made permanent.
In Indonesia, the lowest level of deforestation
This is historic: the country has experienced its lowest level of deforestation since the first monitoring in 1990. In 2020, 1150 km² of forest were lost across the country, ie 75% less than in 2019 and nearly 10 times. less than in 2014-2015. In Indonesia, the forest still covers half of the country.
In Borneo, a bird reappears
On the island of Borneo, the black-browed akalat had not been seen in the wild for over 170 years … It had been discovered between 1843 and 1848 and since then it had not been reported, leaving consider its extinction. In October 2020, two inhabitants of Borneo photograph a bird they do not know. In February 2021, after comparing it with the image of the only known specimen of black-browed akalat, birders finally concluded that it was indeed the same species.