Earth Day celebrated by one billion

From CNN…

earthMore than one billion people celebrated  Earth Day Wednesday.

Since its creation by United States senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day’s reach has spread around the world and is now marked in about 175 countries.

Earth Day Network, the organizers of Earth Day, are launching the “Green Generation” campaign.

The campaign will last two years and Earth Day’s organizers hope it will raise awareness on how to reverse dangerous environmental trends.

Indonesian orangutan population discovered

From the UK Guardian

Conservationists have discovered a new population of orang-utans in a remote area of Indonesia, giving a rare boost to one of the world’s most endangered great apes.

A team surveying mountainous forests in eastern Borneo counted 219 orang-utan nests, indicating a “substantial” number of the animals, said Erik Meijaard, of the US-based charity The Nature Conservancy.

“We can’t say for sure how many,” he said, but even the most cautious estimate would indicate “several hundred at least, maybe 1,000 or 2,000 even”.

New national park for UK

From BBC News

The South Downs area has been given national park status almost 60 years to the day since it was recommended.

The South Downs, which covers parts of Sussex and Hampshire, was among 12 areas identified for national parks in the 1940s.

Environment Minister Hilary Benn has said the area will become England’s ninth national park.