March’s Positive News

And just like that we are another month into 2021! Although we got off to a rocky start, particularly here in the UK, things seem to be looking up and I think March was a good month for positive environmental news too.

Saving one of the World’s most endangered toads from extinction

For the first time the Harlequin Toad has been successfully bred in captivity. This has been part of a three-year collaboration between Panama Wildlife Charity PWCC, Manchester Museum, and the Faculty of Medicine, Biology and Health at the University of Manchester in the UK. Because the toads could be bred in captivity and reintroduced into the wild it is hoped that the toads will no longer be at risk of extinction.

Another species that may be being brought back from the brink of extinction is the Iberian Lynx.

Conservation success for the Iberian Lynx

Conservation professionals have used a range of tools to run a successful campaign that has seen number of Iberian Lynx in the wild jump up to over 1,000. In 2002 they were extinct in Portugal and there were only 100 individuals left in Spain.

The programme used a mixture of captive breeding and addressing wild threats to achieve this success. You can read more about it here.

Iberian lynx in Spain. Image by Frank Vassen via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Food waste jet fuel lowers aviation emissions

A study published in PNAS in March found that using jet fuel made from food waste can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 165%! This is because less food waste is sent to land fill and there are less emissions from the fuels being used by jets.

The aviation sector accounts for 2.5% of global emissions so the industry is in a race to make significant reductions to meet global climate change targets. This seems like really exciting progress! Read more about it in this BBC article.

That’s it for this month’s positive news. A short and sweet one. If you want to see anymore of the positive news story head here. See you this time next month for another instalment.

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