A Bit of Good News - Big bucks for bananas
September 28, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 37
Honoring those with appealing ideas
Students at Yale University recently won a contest aimed at reducing waste in the fashion industry.
Yale School of the Environment student Jinali Mody and her team won the Hult Prize -- and $1 million -- for creating a new type of plant-based leather. Banofi Leather looks and feels just like the real thing and it's vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable. It also helps to deal with the 80 million tons of banana waste that is created each year.
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The return of rhinos
African rhino populations are on the rise, thanks to protection and biological management initiatives that have been exacted across the continent.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, black rhino populations have recently increased by 4.2% to a population of 6,487. The number of white rhinos has also risen by 5.6% to a population of 16,803, That's the first time in more than a decade that this "near threatened" species has seen a positive population trend.
“With this good news, we can take a sigh of relief for the first time in a decade. However, it is imperative to further consolidate and build upon this positive development and not drop our guard,” Dr. Michael Knight, chair of the IUCN African Rhino Specialist Group, stated.
The efforts to save these creatures continues. Earlier this month, the African Parks Foundation announced plans to release 2,000 rhinos into the wild over the next 10 years. If it occurs, it will be Africa's largest rewilding program of any species.
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It's never too late to do what's right
I have a terrible habit of keeping library books past their due date. Although I view the fines as my personal penance and vow to do better, sometimes life just gets in the way. At my worst, I've held onto library books for up to two weeks, but someone in St. Helena, Calif., recently returned a tome to the library that was due in 1927.
Yep, 96 years ago!
Although the patron who returned "A History of the United States" by Benson Lossing could've owed about $1,700, he's in the clear. The St. Helena Public Library has already done away with the practice of charging such fees.
"It just goes to show, it's never too late to return your library book," the library noted on Instagram:
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Sing it, sweetie!
Public Service Announcement
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Consuming that first pumpkin-spiced drink or dessert of fall
* Switching from the summer to the autumn whirligigs
* Reveling in September's cooler temperatures
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Come, little leaves," said the Wind one day. "Come to the meadows with me and play. Put on your dresses of red and gold; For Summer is past, and the days grow cold." --George Cooper
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to Vije Vijendranath, Unsplash, the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, the Hult Prize, Banofi Leather, YouTube, the Wege Prize, CT Insider, IUCN, the Red List, the African Parks Foundation, ABC News, CBS Sacramento, KMBC News, the St. Helenea Public Library, Instagram, People Magazine, Russ Tafari, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Prchi Palwe and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
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