The buffalo are roaming, the ozone hole is repairing, the planet is greener everywhere but Greenland, and “Extinction Rebellion” is protesting Google.
A series of news reports seem to give evidence that global conditions are getting increasingly better, which should bring climate alarmists, green justice warriors, and Extinction Rebellion cultists cause to celebrate.
To begin with, the American bison (i.e., buffalo) were on the verge of actual extinction. Now, their herds have increased to the point officials have reintroduced the animal to an area of the Badlands National Park area. Those will be the first bison in that area in about 150 years.
For the first time in nearly 150 years, bison will roam a new corner of a South Dakota national park. It’s a vital step in growing the population of America’s national mammal.
Badlands National Park officials released four bison into a newly expanded range on Friday. And if the way they careened out of their trailer onto the snow-covered plains is any indication, it seems the bison immediately made themselves at home.
The new real estate came from a land swap with a local ranch that blocked bison from entering the less rugged side of the park. Park officials worked with the US Forest Service and World Wildlife Fund among others to secure the additional 22,000 acres of land in 2014, according to the National Park Foundation.
In 1884, there were 325 bison left in the United States. Now, there are over 500,000. I would say there is cause for joy.
Remember the dire predictions that the hole on the ozone layer, caused by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in our hairsprays and cooling units, was going to kill us? The 1980’s panic led to the 1987 Montreal Protocol limiting the use of CFCs substantially.
The ozone layer, which protects us from ultraviolet light, looks to be successfully healing after gaping holes were discovered in the 1980s.
The Northern Hemisphere could be fully fixed by the 2030s and Antarctica by the 2060s.
Next, NASA is reporting that the Earth is getting substantially greener.
NASA has some good news, the world is a greener place today than it was 20 years ago. What prompted the change? Well, it appears China and India can take the majority of the credit.
In contrast to the perception of China and India’s willingness to overexploit land, water and resources for economic gain, the countries are responsible for the largest greening of the planet in the past two decades. The two most populous countries have implemented ambitious tree planting programs and scaled up their implementation and technology around agriculture.
India continues to break world records in tree planting, with 800,000 Indians planting 50 million trees in just 24 hours.
Finally, on October 15, the climate news was all about the Greenland glaciers melting because of warming oceans. The same day, an analysis was published indicating that extreme snowfall event last year in northeast Greenland resulted in a major reproductive failure.
Now, the catchphrase may end up being “climate variability.”
The Arctic was subjected to a large amount of snow in 2018, which didn’t melt until late summer. In the journal PLOS Biology, researchers examined the consequences of this incident by comparing the more extreme year to the previous two decades.
…Although the impact of longer-term change is well-documented, researchers know much less about how climate variability and extreme weather events affect the Arctic.
This potpourri of good news needs a dash of schadenfreude. In this case, the “Extinction Rebellion” crew is protesting one of the biggest proponents of green justice inanity: Google.
Nursing mothers and youths blockaded Google’s London headquarters on Wednesday in protest at the company’s funding of climate deniers, as Extinction Rebellion defied a police order by continuing to stage actions in the capital.
A Guardian investigation revealed last week that Google had made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington, despite its insistence that it supports action on the climate emergency.
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