Month in Review: November Happy Headlines

Now that December is here, we are faced with a busy month, from the important meetings at COP15 to the lively holiday season and end of a year. Despite the busy times ahead, we are taking a moment to look back on some of the climate headline highlights from November!

Week of 3 November

Lula Victory Spurs Hope for Amazon, Fight Against Climate Crisis
Brazil’s president-elect has promised to boost protection of Amazon rainforest after surge in deforestation under Bolsonaro, creating new hope for the future of the largest rainforest on the planet. Read more here

Rights of Nature Movement Celebrates Victories and Plots Strategy in a Time of ‘Crises’
The movement seeks to advance that ecosystems and animals in the wild should have rights similar to humans. Despite its unorthodox nature, these ideas have now become “legitimate subjects of debate.” Learn more here

How Australia is Seeing a ‘Big Shift’ on Plastic Waste
In an effort to reduce waste, several types of single-use plastic will soon be banned in New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. The ban includes straws, cutlery, and micro beads in shampoo. Find out more here

Vast Marine Protected Area ‘Boosts Tuna Stocks’
Evidence shows positive effects of marine protected areas for both fish and fishermen, as a large Pacific marine reserve is helping recover tuna and other fish in the area outside its borders. Learn more here

Week of 1o November 

France’s Macron Joins Growing Chorus Calling for Deep-Sea Mining Ban 
Emmanuel Macron called for a total ban on deep-sea mining at the COP27 climate conference, becoming the first head of state to do so. Several other countries have called for a “precautionary pause” on the mining. Find out more here

Pyramid Made of Plastic From Nile River Sparks Plan to Fund Massive Clean-ups
In Egypt, activists built a 20-ton pyramid of plastic in an attempt to bring attention the problem of plastic pollution and fund clean ups through the 100YR CLEANUP initiative. Read more here

Photo: 100 Year Cleanup

Living Near Water as a Child is Linked to Better Mental Health and Well-being
A recent study concluded that adults with better mental health were more likely to report spending time near water as children, based on research collected from 18 countries. Learn more here

Cane Farmers on Great Barrier Reef Adopt Irrigation Automation to Improve Water Issues
Farmers hope new automated irrigation systems will help decrease issues around rising groundwater and water salinity, as well as preventing runoff and using less water overall. Read more here

Week of 17 November 

54 species of shark awarded increased protections by the 19th Conference of the Parties (CoP19)
This news places nearly all shark species traded internationally for their fins under CITES oversight and controls, up from only 25% prior to CoP19. Read more here

Biggest Rainforest Nations Form Triple Alliance to Save Jungle
Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Indonesia have announced a partnership for forest preservation after a decade of alliance discussions. The countries are the world’s three largest rainforest nations. Find out more here

Japan Plans $500m in Loans for Indonesia’s Clean Energy Shift
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced a collaboration agreement to help Indonesia adopt renewable energy and expand decarbonization grid networks. Learn more here

A Better U.S.–China Relationship Is Good for the Planet
The United States and China have resumed climate talks this week after tension following Nancy Pelosi’s previous visit to Taiwan. The resumed talks are a positive sign for preventing climate disasters. Read more here

This Plastic Packaging Alternative Can Compost in a Year
Shellworks, a British startup, is working to create a plastic alternative that can be turned into fertilizer. The vegan material, called Vivomer, is made from microbes found in the soil. Discover more here

Week of 28 November 

COP27 delivers €15 million to protect Egypt’s coral reefs
Egypt announced new protections for the Great Fringing Reef after new funding agreements at COP27. The reefs are home to thousands of species of fish and 350 types of coral, which the fund will now help protect. Learn more here

COP27: New UN early warning system could save billions and many lives
The UN announced plans for a system of early warnings for climate disasters. This could be instrumental for the developing world, as the plan would deliver warning systems to the entire planet within 5 years. Read more here

Breeding success raises hopes for future of endangered African penguin
In South Africa, two African penguin chicks hatched in a colony that has been abandoned for more than 10 years. The hatching brings hope to the survival of a species threatened due to declining food access. Learn more here

The Undersea Art Gallery That Ensnares Illegal Trawlers
A new sculpture project, Casa dei Pesci, seeks to prevent dangerous nets from damaging fish stocks and seagrasses. The sculptures are large marble blocks that help by snagging the nets of trawlers. Find out more here

Photo: Carlo Bonazza/Case dei Pesci

Hopefully these exciting headlines leave you feeling inspired in the month to come and ready to carry this climate momentum into the new year! 

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