Poachers in Africa are encroaching on wildlife land and killing rhinos in travel hot spots now devoid of visitors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
World’s most polluted cities
Dopo la notizia sui livelli di polveri sottili fuori controllo rilevati a Pechino, l’Economist ha pubblicato il grafico delle città più inquinate al mondo.
Last week, Beijing has been hit by a cloud of fine dusts, particularly Pm2.5 and Pm10, which reduced visibility and led Chinese authorities to ask those who are more at risk, such as children and elderly people, to do not spend much time outdoor, in order to avoid breathing in particles causing lung disorders. On this occasion, the British weekly newspaper The Economist republished the graph of the most polluted cities in world’s biggest economies, realised according to the World Health Organisation’s data. Alarming figures are several. For example, Beijing is not the Chinese most polluted metropolis, but Lanzhou, prefecture-level city in the northwest of the country. Ludhiana, India, is the most hazardous city for people’s health. Negative figures also come from our country, Italy, since Turin is the first European city in the list, followed by Seville, Zaragoza, and Paris.
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.