On the Web This Week, 24 January

On the Web This Week, 24 January

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The National Trust is going to plant trees on 44,000 acres of land.

Around half of this is grazing land, currently used by dozens of sheep and cattle farmers, who will have to reduce their herds.

Over the next decade, the environmental and heritage conservation charity plans to grow around 20 million trees. According to director-general Hilary McGrady, The National Trust will plant some of these trees, and in areas where livestock is removed, some will be allowed to self-seed.

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Ekoru.org is a search engine dedicated to saving the planet. The company donates 60% of revenue generated from clicks on sponsored search results to partner organizations who work on climate change issues. Presently, Ekoru has joined forces with Big Blue Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit that helps clean and protect the world’s oceans, and Operation Posidonia, a cutting-edge project by University of New South Wales which is reforesting oceans by replanting seagrass meadows that generate oxygen and trap CO2. 

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Online calls grew Sunday to help save five “malnourished and sick” African lions held at a park in Sudan’s capital, with some demanding the creatures be shifted to a better habitat.

The five lions are held in cages at Khartoum’s Al-Qureshi Park in an upscale district of the capital, but for weeks now they have been suffering from shortages of food and medicine.

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A seaweed species crucial to the survival of coral reefs may be able to gain resistance to ocean changes caused by climate change, new Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington research recently published in Nature Climate Change shows.

The research, led by Dr. Christopher Cornwall from the University’s School of Biological Sciences, showed that coralline algae can build tolerance to ocean acidification, one of the major side-effects of climate change over multiple generations.

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Four shareholders in China’s giant supplier of electric-vehicle batteries have built a combined fortune of $17 billion. An Australian businessman has created a $7 billion net worth from recycling. A ten-figure stake in a hydrogen fuel cell trucking company has minted an American billionaire.

These are among the 10 largest fortunes derived primarily from the growing business of climate solutions, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. With a combined green net worth of $61 billion at the end of 2019—about three times the market capitalization of oil services firm Halliburton—the billionaires on this list represent the emergence of a superrich vanguard in the fight against global warming.

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A growing body of research points to the beneficial effects that exposure to the natural world has on health, reducing stress and promoting healing. Now, policymakers, employers, and healthcare providers are increasingly considering the human need for nature in how they plan and operate.

In a study of 20,000 people, a team led by Mathew White of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don’t. 

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