Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Here you can find the article of last week. Shall we begin?
So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?
COP26 has begun, this means that we'll talk about it a lot for a while. Good news is already here, as this article by the BBC tells us: 100 world leaders have promised to put an end to deforestation by 2030. Among the countries that have agreed to this there is Brazil, home of the Amazon Forest, and generally speaking this promise would cost around 19 billion dollars. Not exactly like buying dry shampoo, let's say.
In total, the countries that have agreed to this proposal are home to the 85% of all world forests and it looks like a special role is reserved to indigenous populations that inhabit them. Let's see if they'll keep this promise, for the meantime it is a step in the right direction.
Alright, I don't remember the last time that I actually celebrated by birthday with balloons, but it's better this way I suppose. We read on this article by The Guardian that rubber balloons are not good for wildlife and for the environment. In particular, a study from 2019 shows that the debris from these balloons is the most likely cause for the death of seabirds (like albatross). Even if in some cases they are made in a biodegradable material, it still takes a few years for it to decompose properly. And I'm afraid a few years is more than enough timer some animal to choke, unfortunately.
illustrations by Gabriela