OGN Tuesday

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

Tuesday's upbeat collection of good news snippets.

  • The US Department of Agriculture has announced an end to large-scale old growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, “returning stability and certainty” to the conservation of 9.3 million acres of the world’s largest temperate old growth rainforest. The USDA will also move to restore the two-decades-old ‘Roadless Rule’ protections at Tongass, which were stripped in 2020 by the Trump administration.

  • Whether you’re from the U.S. and call it a “Beltway” or Europe and call it a “Ring road,” Madrid will be calling it the “green way” soon enough, as the Spanish capital aims to combat their city’s island of heat by encircling themselves with a sea of green. Their urban forest project will involve planting nearly a half million trees on a 46 mile perimeter (75km) around the city. When the trees have reached maturity, they should absorb around 175,000 tons of CO2 per year. Meanwhile, the Dutch city of Utrecht has ripped up its ring road (which covered the city's historic moat) and is once again circled by water and greenery rather than asphalt and exhaust fumes.

  • 17-year-old Matteo DiFolco from Canada received a very special greeting for his birthday. The teen is a brain cancer patient that loves construction. He often sits by his hospital room window and watches the construction site across the street.⁠ For his birthday, dozens of workers waved at him. They even made a big sign which read “Hi Matteo”.⁠

  • A study by UK consumer watchdog Which? has found that branded printer ink remains "staggeringly" more expensive than third-party alternatives. In some cases printer ink is pricier than Champagne. The good news is that non-branded ink cartridges are much cheaper and perform as well or better than their branded alternatives.

  • Swedish energy firm Vattenfall has been given a permit to build a project in the Netherlands that plans to combine solar power with farming, in the latest example of how renewables and agriculture can potentially dovetail with one another. Vattenfall’s head of solar development for the Netherlands, explained the project would “alternate rows of panels with strips where various crops are grown for organic farming.”

  • Samoa will be led by a female prime minister for the first time in its history after an appeals court ruling ended a months-long constitutional crisis in the Pacific island nation. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa was declared the winner, ending four decades of rule by Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's party.

  • Charles Dickens summed up today's environment rather succinctly: “The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

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