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 Ferrand Higgins

After a decade working for global and boutique PR and Marketing agencies in Sydney, with clients that included some of the biggest consumer brands in the world, Charli returned to her homeland of the UK in 2017 and decided the time had come to use her professional skills and experience for good. She has since split her time between supporting passionate, purpose-driven small and medium-sized businesses to grow through conscious content marketing, managing and editing the planet-positive content hub Earth Collective (, and hosting the podcast Easy Being Green? Lessons in sustainable business for SMEs.

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