Ireland on Thursday moved to pull its public funds out of fossil fuels, a development that marks the most significant advance to date for a divestment campaign pushed by environmentalists worldwide.
When invasive rats chow down on island seabirds, coral reefs suffer. Researchers studied islands with and without the rodents in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. On rat-free isles, there were on average 1,243 birds per hectare compared with about two birds per hectare on rat-infested islands, the team found. And these rodentless islands had healthier coral reef ecosystems. The secret: Bird poop, naturally rich in nitrogen, washes into the ocean and helps keep reefs productive, the scientists report in the July 12 Nature.
One organization in Mexico City is making their city into a better place one concrete pillar at a time. Via Verde is a project that is working to convert at least 1,000 grey highway pillars into vertical gardens that can soak up pollution and smog.
“Keep Pensacola Beautiful is an outstanding organization for the Pensacola Community. They continue to find innovative ways to make Pensacola more beautiful, on land and even in the water. Partnering with Keep Pensacola Beautiful has helped us reach a new volunteer base and get more great projects out for the community to be proud of. It’s always a pleasure to work with them!”
--Beth Fugate, Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves 2017
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