Pollution has been a huge problem all over the world for a very long time. People have tried continuously to find ways to reducing it in an attempt to finally end the problem once and for all.
Of course, the reality is that we can’t entirely stop pollution in its track unless the world’s governments and citizens take drastic action together. However, an Australian town is taking one step at a time and has come up with a genius way to at least make their river less polluted.
The City of Kwinana, near Perth, Australia installed two drainage nets in Henley Reserve in an attempt to reduce waste seeping through the town’s drainage system. Photographs of the bizarre-looking contraption have been posted online, with eco-activists hailing the project as “genius.”
The nets were attached in March this year, and by July they had already caught waste weighing almost 370kg.
Mayor Carol Adams said:
“We know that the Kwinana community is very passionate about environmental initiatives and rallies around actions with positive environmental impact and if it was not for the drainage nets, 370kg of debris would have ended up in our reserve.”
The simple yet genius and effective way of stopping water pollution quickly went viral after the city officials made a post on Facebook about the project.
The Mayor shared:
“The success of the post with over 27k shares, 92k likes and 13k loves in just 48 hours from people all over the world, just goes to show how important it is for government at all levels to really start to focus on environmental initiatives such as these and realize that small actions can have big impacts.”
The council plan to install two additional drainage nets in the year 2019. They also hope that their efforts will inspire other initiatives in other parts of the globe.
This Town In Alaska Is Now Experiencing 65 Days of Darkness
Residents there won’t see the sun until January 23, 2019.
Are you the type of person who prefers cold winter nights over blazing hot summer days? If you answered ‘yes’ then this city in northern Alaska with only about 4,000 residents is probably perfect for you.
Formerly known as Barrow, the town of Utqiagvik is currently experiencing sun-less days and reports are telling us that they won’t see any sunlight starting last November 18, 2018 when it set - until it rises once again come January, 23, 2019.
The natural phenomenon is actually called ‘polar night’ and it happens when Earth tilts away from the sun’s most direct radiation.
Good News! Mountain Gorillas Are No Longer Considered ‘Critically Endangered’
This is a conservation win!
Back in 2008, we only had about 680 mountain gorillas in the planet which was an alarming count that led to them being categorized as Critically Endangered. Fast forward to today, the good news is that they are now officially out of the classification – thanks to successful conservation efforts!
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), mountain gorillas are now considered Endangered instead of Critically Endangered.
Ozone Hole Is Gradually Healing
A three-decades-old international treaty to phase out chemicals that deplete the ozone layer protecting our planet from harmful solar radiation is finally paying off. The UN released a report this month showing the ozone layer is healing, with the hole over the South Pole expected to close completely by 2060.
Thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer continues to recover, according to the 2018 Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion released by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Program. Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment is very optimistic about the positive update.