Earth News|Collected: A round-up of this week’s good news for the planet

Boeing ‘recycles’ retired F-16 fighter jets into drones

What does one do with a fighter jet when it has come to the end of its working career? Well, setting a brilliant example for the industrial sector, Boeing has embraced the idea of the circular economy and found a way to install technology into retired F-16 jets that turns them into drones, for use in training exercises.

At the very aptly named ‘Boneyard’ in the conversion hangar at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group in Tucson, Arizona, end-of-life planes are repurposed and reused in the Air Force fleet. When they have completely reached the end of their lifespan, they can be scrapped for steel and aluminium recycling. Excellent news.

Source: NatGeo

Bird poop spotted from space helps locate new emperor penguin breeding sites in the Antarctic

It’s said to be lucky if a bird poops on you – the jury is still out on that. However, for the most iconic of Antarctic residents, large patches of sea ice stained with bird poop is indeed a very lucky sign. The poop stains allowed satellites to find a raft of new emperor penguin breeding grounds in the Antarctic, lifting the global emperor population by 5-10%, to perhaps as many as 278,500 breeding pairs! A very happy discovery, given the species is likely to come under severe pressure this century, as the White Continent warms due to global heating.

Source: BBC

Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa saves rhinos from poachers

In more good news for our animal friends, restriction of movement associated with coronavirus in South Africa has helped fuel the ongoing decline in rhino poaching in the country, according to the the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy.

Continuing a downward trend over the last five years, thanks to “a decade of implementing various strategies”, rhino poaching has decreased by almost 53% in the first six months of 2020, which included a report of zero rhinos being killed in the Intensive Protection Zone of Kruger National Park – something this has not happened in almost ten years.

Source: Good News Network

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Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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