Good News: Cities Rebuild Bee Populations + Other Stories

Every week, I round up stories of innovation, science, technology and conservation that are making big strides in creating that better future we are all hoping for.

This week: cities rebuild bee populations, 2 billion investment in forests, tiger sharks helping sea grass and hydrogen cars.

 Photo: Jason Kay

Photo: Jason Kay

Urban Refuge: How Cities Can Help Rebuild Declining Bee Populations

Yale Environment 360

With bees threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change, researchers are finding that planting flower patches in urban gardens and green spaces can help restore these essential pollinators. The results are already being seen in cities from Chicago to London to Melbourne.

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$2 billion investment in forest restoration announced at COP23

 

Mongabay

On November 15, at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany (known as COP23), the World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that $2.1 billion in private investment funds have been committed to efforts to restore degraded lands in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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2-in-1 Device that can power computers 

lso uses supercapacitor to store energy that could power computers and smartphones. Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to UCLA invention

UCLA Newsroom

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars.

 A tiger shark swimming above seagrass. Image via  Florida International University .

A tiger shark swimming above seagrass. Image via Florida International University.

How tiger sharks are helping seagrass

EarthSky

A heatwave along Australia’s western coast in 2011 killed off many of the region’s treasured seagrass beds. While recovery of the marine ecosystem has been slow, scientists have discovered that tiger sharks are aiding in the regrowth of seagrass beds by scaring off grazers such as dugongs.

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