Month in Review: Happy Headlines of October 2022

Happy November! Time is certainly flying, and we are back with another batch of climate news highlights from the month of October. Take a break from the usual news stress by reading through these headlines as a reminder of the amazing climate work going on around the world! 


Week of Oct. 7

In a first, U.S. appoints a diplomat for plants and animals
Monica Medina has been appointed for a new diplomat position that advocates for biodiversity and water resources. She currently serves as the assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs. Learn more here!

Seastock completes first harvest of methane-reducing seaweed asparagopsis
In Western Australia, researchers have found that a naturally-occurring seaweed nearly eliminates methane emissions when added to cattle feed. Read more here

Developers of new, easy-to-use, low-cost device looking to make deep sea accessible 
A device, called Maka Niu, looks like a small pipe and can capture video, temperature, and salinity at extreme depths. The device gives hope to making sea exploration possible for wider audiences. Discover more here

A birds eye view of a scuba diver in a shallow rocky shore are holds a yellow milk crate with the white tubular maka niu tool.

Photo: Vanessa Kahn, New England Aquarium

South-west Victorian coastline picked as possible home of wave energy technology
A report identified potential locations for an above-water wave energy power generator due to the characteristics of the areas. Australia has been described as “on the cusp of a wave-power boom.” Read more here!


Week of Oct 14

Once devastated, these Pacific reefs have seen an amazing rebirth 
Near the southern Line Islands, protected coral reefs have seen a surprisingly fast recovery from the impacts of the heat from the 2015-2016 El Niño. The discovery marks one of the most astonishing coral rebirths. Learn more here

Fishermen Getting Paid to Collect Plastic Trash at Sea, As Indonesia Slashes Pollution
The country’s Ministry of Fisheries announced around 1 billion rupiah (or $70,000) for the project, which hires local fishermen as part-time ocean cleanup workers. Find more information here

Photo: Anton Wisuda/Mongabay Indonesia

World’s Largest Container Line is Rerouting to Avoid Collisions with Endangered Whales 
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is altering fleet lanes off the coast of Sri Lanka to avoid interfering with the habitat of blue whales and other ocean animals. Read more here

How This Solar Town Survived Hurricane Ian Shows Promise of Green Energy Future
Near Ft Meyers, the Babcock Ranch community–Florida’s first fully solar-powered community–never lost power during Hurricane Ian, showing the importance of resilient, low-carbon infrastructure. Learn more here!


Week of Oct 21

Spain Makes History by Giving Personhood Status to Salt-water Lagoon
Due to the efforts of 600,000 citizens, Mar Menor lagoon will now have extended protections and is legally represented by a group of caretakers. Spain has approved millions in water improvement aid. Find out more here!

Return of large fin whales to historical whaling grounds in the Southern Ocean
Brought to near-extinction by industrial whaling, the fin whales of the Southern Hemisphere have returned to their ancestral feeding grounds in the Antarctic in high densities, according to a report published in July. Learn more here!

Recently-Discovered Sunfish May be the Biggest Bony Fish Ever 
Researchers found a sunfish weighing as much as an S.U.V. near the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists cite this as a sign that the sea’s largest creatures can survive if we let them. Read about it here

A large, dirty white fish carcass sits on the ground of a harbor with cables and a hook hanging over it. A man wearing blue gloves inspects the fish to its right. A hillside, several buildings and some boats are behind the man and the fish.

Photo: Atlantic Naturalist

US Homes Add Rooftop Solar at a Record Clip to Cut Power Bills
Solar panel installation by United States residents will jump by 5.6 GW in 2022. This record-breaking increase is three times more than the amount of solar added by commercial users. Discover more here!


Week of Oct. 27

Australia Announces Plan to Halt Extinction Crisis and Save 110 Species
The goal serves as just one part of the country’s plan to protect 110 species and 20 places. The 10-year plan also includes protecting an additional 50m hectares of land and ocean by 2027. Learn more here!

Oysters and Students May Revive New York’s Famed Harbor
City school kids in New York City are helping an organization restore depleted oyster beds in the waters around the city. The return of the animals will help clean the water and protect the shoreline. Read more information here

Rarest Sea Turtle on Planet Hatches in Louisiana for First Time in 75 Years 
Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the smallest and most endangered sea turtle in the world, have hatched on a remote island in Louisiana. Discover more here!

As Seas Rise, Bangladesh Farmers Revive Floating Rafts
Farmers in low-lying areas of Bangladesh are turning to old practices of growing crops on floating rafts to combat the effects of sea level rise and increased storm flooding. Learn about it here!

The Wider Image: Bangladesh farmers revive floating farms to fight climate change

Photo: REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain


I hope you are feeling inspired by these headlines and all of the great work happening right now. With important events such as CNN’s Call to Earth Day and the UN’s COP 27 conference currently underway, we are excited to see what climate headlines are still to come! 

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