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Three retail giants are giving up selling glitter for Christmas. These tiny pieces of single-use plastic take hundreds of years to degrade in the environment. The Morrisons supermarket chain said the move is expected to remove 50 tons of plastic from its shelves during the holiday season. « This means that we are now 100% glitter free in all of our brand lines, which is an important step in the fight against plastic pollution.« said Christine Bryce, Morrisons commercial director.
The government bans all mining in the country’s nature reserves. The move follows pressure from several associations after a Chinese company obtained a license to explore the coal resources of Hwange Park, a nature reserve home to more than 45,000 elephants. « Mining in areas held by national parks is prohibited with immediate effect. Steps are taken to immediately cancel all mining titles held in the parks national, « said the Ministry of Information, Advertising and Broadcasting.
The government wants to limit the impact of mass tourism. At the beginning of September, he announced that he would close 150 national parks between 2 and 4 months a year in order to give the ecosystems time to regenerate. This decision was encouraged by the positive effects on the environment, particularly related to containment. In the south of the country, 11 leatherback turtle nests were discovered this year, a record for 20 years.
A 400 hectare park will be created in the north of the country to serve as a refuge for birds, crocodiles, otters … This reserve is part of Singapore’s project to plant a million trees from here 2030, while the city-state has lost 90% of its mangroves since 1800.
26 Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced. 3000 years after disappearing from the continent. The species has so far only survived on the island of Tasmania, where it is threatened by a contagious form of tumor. Their reintroduction off the island should help preserve a healthy population, which could save the species if it were to disappear from Tasmania. If successful, the Tasmanian Devil would also reclaim its place in an ecosystem long deprived of one of its iconic predators.