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Discovered in 1913, the ozone layer protects the earth from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Since a large hole was discovered in 1985, there has been an international effort to reduce substances such as chlorofluorocarbons that were once commonly used in aerosols and as refrigerants. The hole is now around two and a half times the size of Australia. Researchers expect the hole to return to 1980 levels by around 2070.
Link : bit.ly/ozonelayerhole
Shocked by how much food was wasted, she set up ‘Stop Spild Af Mad’ (Stop Wasting Food). Starting with only a Facebook page, she created clever campaigns such as having a monthly clearout to eat UFOs (Unidentified Frozen Objects). Now, supermarkets encourage shoppers to buy single food items, labeled “Take me, I’m single” and Denmark has more initiatives against food waste than any other country in Europe.
Until then, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Activist Manal Al-Sharif, who was imprisoned briefly in 2011 for driving unaccompanied, tweeted … “Today the last country on earth to allow women to drive … we did it.”
Link : bit.ly/SaudiWomenDriver
At 148,000 sq km, it has been dubbed ‘The Galapagos of North America’ and will protect hundreds of species of animals and plants, including giant rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.
Link : bit.ly/Mexico-ocean
The European Union and nine nations, including the US, Russia, China and South Korea reached a deal to make the Arctic off-limits to commercial fishers for the next 16 years. The agreement gives scientists more time to understand the region’s marine ecology and the potential impacts of climate change.
Link : bit.ly/ArcticFishing