My husband has been concerned that I have posted more on this forum about “to do” items of concern with respect to the environment, rather than blog entries reporting beneficial developments. I do believe that it is good for morale to acknowledge when good situations happen. And we’ve had some decent helpings of nice news lately:
- The proposed Keystone XL project has been removed from the transportation bill, as had a coal ash rider, which could’ve hindered EPA regulation of coal ash.
- The New Jersey legislature approved a measure to ban fracking waste.
- A moratorium on mountaintop removal for coal mining was introduced. Hopefully it the moratorium will take effect.
- People are mobilizing more to prevent fracking in the state of New York by means of utilizing “home rule.”
- A Japanese panel of experts acknowledged in a report that the nuclear disaster at Fukushima could’ve been averted by following better procedures. It’s good that they acknowledged this because understanding what went wrong helps people understand how to better make decisions, although hopefully they will decommission all their nuclear plants. (They had, but they then recently recommissioned one.)
- A panda was born naturally in a Japanese zoo, the first born without artificial insemination in a Japanese zoo in 24 years. Hopefully the wild habitats can be restored to many areas and made safe so that many more pandas and other species that have been endangered can thrive again in the wild. Wild habitat restoration is already happening in some areas of the world.