Art & Good News 3-4-2023

Starting with some art…

Bluebells are some of my favorite flowers. I had them at my wedding, and they are planted in my garden. This sketchbook drawing was inspired by the color blue and was just a way for me to play with digital colored pencils. I hope your week was amazing and full of wonderful things.

Good News Roundup

Two stories about solar and renewable energy becoming more commonplace and possibly reducing overall emissions. Nokia is creating a fix-it-yourself smartphone designed with longevity in mind. A city in Portugal devastated by wildfires has been rebuilding and reforesting for the better. All this and many more amazing stories are in this week’s roundup.

Wow! News

New study shows that California’s diesel regulations are paying off

While no city in California is perfect (I’m looking at you L.A.), the state has some of the most comprehensive and strict air pollution laws in the United States. Scientists at Berkeley have recently studied diesel particulate in the air from 1990 to 2014 and found that there was an almost 80% drop in air pollution compared to a 51% reduction nationwide in the same period. This is proof that stricter air quality laws can make a huge difference in the quality of life.

Dunedin opens Gladys E. Douglas Preserve after citizens helped save it

A community lead initiative in Florida stopped development and saved what will now be a 44-acre forest preserve. This preserve will be extended to 124 acres by 2025 and will include lake access, a boat launch, and a fishing pier among other amenities. The best part is this initiative will leave much of the preserve closed off to the public for conservation efforts. While we need places to live, we also need to maintain space for nature, so I am super glad to read about this wonderful effort and its success.

Seed-Planting Drones Are Reforesting Canada With Lightning Speed

Two brothers from British Columbia, Canada were inspired by a forest fire that hit in their own backyard in 2003 to create Flash Forrest. It is a company that uses drones and seed mixes designed by plant scientists to reforest areas hit by wildfires with a dense biodiverse mixture of seeds. Their goal is to plant over 1 billion trees by 2028 and they focus on areas that are not easily reforested by human planters.

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