What's up this week? Recent bushfires in Australia might have yielded significant environmental benefits and more.

  • In Australia, the recent bushfires might have yielded significant environmental benefits. Indeed, researchers noticed that a tiny algae plant used the ashes that fell into the ocean to flourish, offsetting the fire’s carbon emissions. They expect these findings to extend beyond Australia and will pursue their study in the hope of finding solutions to climate change.
  • The government of Alabama, USA, is amending its constitution to remove discriminatory language and the last remnants of the Jim Crow laws, which enforced racial segregation in the Southern states.
  • According to research, new generations are more and more generous, and 84% of millennials donate to charitable organizations despite having a lower available income.
  • Climate change experts predict that the ozone layer will fully heal within 50 years. Since the Montreal Protocol of 1987 banned CFCs, the layer has recovered at a rate of 1-3% per decade. At this rate, the northern hemisphere ozone should fully heal by the 2030s, followed by the southern hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.
  • After Japan and South Korea, China has pledged to stop building coal-fired power plants abroad. This move could be instrumental in driving carbon emissions down. Indeed, these three nations are responsible for funding 95% of overseas coal-fired power plants.