Poachers in Africa are encroaching on wildlife land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Climate: here is what will disappear from the United States
From the Statue of Liberty to Jamestown: here are the sites that will vanish from the United States because of climate change.
According to a report published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, more than two dozen historical sites in the U.S. are likely to disappear due to severe natural disasters including floods, drought and fires caused by climate change.
From the Statue of Liberty to Jamestown, the first English settlement in Virginia, from Boston’s historic districts to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument, Maryland and, finally, the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The city of Jamestown, for example, may be completely flooded due to sea level rise, as well as Fort Monroe, that will probably be an isolated island in 70 years.
In California, on the other hand, fires are the most alarming problem – a dozen of the 20 most dangerous wildfires since 1932 broke out from 2002 forward – as well as the drought, which cost Central Vally farmers more than 1.7 million dollors.
Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has contributed two million dollars to a fund to protect Virunga National Park in Congo from threats such as terrorism, the coronavirus and poaching.
Bangladesh suffered widespread damage as a result of Cyclone Amphan. Yet the Sundarbans mangrove forest acted as a natural barrier protecting the country from further destruction, as it has done countless times before.
For the first time in seventeen years, Iceland’s two main whaling companies won’t resume whale hunting. The announcement concerns this year’s season but could carry into the future.
The relationship between the coronavirus and wildlife is complex: while the pandemic may lead to a reduction in the illegal trade in wild animals, it may also encourage it in other respects.
The largest coral reef in the world is severely threatened by climate change, but researchers are developing strategies that could contribute to saving the Great Barrier Reef.
NGO Free the Bears has opened a mountain sanctuary for moon bears in Laos. With the government’s help, it aims to close all bile farms by 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a planetary wake-up call from the Earth to humanity. On Earth Day, over 500 organisations launched a global call for urgent action with the health and wellbeing of all peoples and the planet at its core.
Pollution in India has fallen drastically without the fumes of cars and factories. It’s been thirty years since the Himalayas were last visible from such a distance.