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Pro-planet initiatives acan help build a healthy future.

The pandemic has given us a unique opportunity to pause, reflect and rethink how to balance our relationship with nature to ensure a harmonious relationship. The learnings are many; one of the key takeaways was the way nature has responded to the lockdown through cleaner skies, fresh air to breathe, and the often-unexpected return of wildlife in some parts of the world. Situations like these give us a moment to recognise the impact of our actions on mother Earth.

Isn't it time we all came together as responsible citizens to rejuvenate and restore her? Aptly, World Environment Day celebrated on June 5 is focused on just that -- restoring ecosystems.

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Carbon must exist in the right proportion to support life on the Earth. Pixabay

Carbon survived an interstellar journey to reach the Earth, entirely avoiding vaporization, as believed earlier, according to a new study. Carbon is the backbone of life on Earth. It is responsible for regulating climate and making Earth a habitable planet. The study, detailed in the journal ‘Science Advances, showed that most of Earth’s carbon was inherited directly from the interstellar medium — the material that exists in space between stars in a galaxy.

This likely happened after the cloud of dust and gas that circled our young sun and contained the building blocks of the planets, formed and warmed up. Further, carbon was also likely isolated into solids within one million years of the sun’s birth, said the research team from the University of Michigan in the US. The team quashed the previously believed condensation model saying that the gas molecules that carry carbon would not be available to build the Earth because once carbon vaporizes, it does not condense back into a solid-state.

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Between 2012 and 2020, fossil fuel issuance fell by 85 percent, from $70 billion to $10 billion. Pixabay

The value of share offerings in fossil fuel producing and related companies dropped by $123 billion in the last decade underperforming a key world equities index by 52 percent, while levels of new shares issued in the sector fell sharply, a Carbon Tracker study published on Wednesday said.

This trend was in marked contrast to activity in clean energy initial public offerings (IPOs) which overtook carbon-heavy flotations worldwide for the first time last year, suggesting investors are shifting finance towards a low-carbon future as the coal, oil, and gas industries have struggled.

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In just two years, the region treated with a thick layer of coffee pulp transformed into a small forest. Pixabay

Coffee pulp, a waste product of coffee production, could be used to speed up tropical forest recovery on post-agricultural land, suggests a new study.

In the study published in the journal ‘Ecological Solutions and Evidence’, the team spread 30 dump truck loads of coffee pulp on a 35-40m area of degraded land and marked out a similar-sized area without coffee pulp as a control.

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