Green News Update took readers on a whirlwind tour in 2016 – Cuba, the Iron Curtain Trail, Chernobyl on its 30th anniversary, the oceans, environmental heroes on several continents, and innovative plans for Canadian and US waterfronts.
These top-notch places and people are among our favorite stories of 2016. Here’s your chance to go back and see what you may have missed:
The Iron Curtain Trail
Get ready for the cycling experience of a lifetime – hikers and walkers welcome too – on the 10,400-kilometer-long Iron Curtain Trail (ICT) which stretches through 20 European countries from Norway and the Russian-Finnish border to Turkey. Plenty of tips and resources for you. Read our article.
Cuba Series: Bienvenidos
What is the essential Cuba ? Authentic is the word used by “people to people” visitors who see Cubans through the lens of local artistic, cultural, social, and everyday experiences. Five savvy travelers from recent tours to Cuba share what you should seek – and what you will love –if you’re interested in seeing the real Cuba. Here’s the lineup. You can access the portal to four stories and photo galleries
Then jog over to the underwater mangroves and coral reefs of Cuba, called Jardines de la Reina—an underwater time capsule –in a photo essay by renowned underwater photographer David Doubilet.
Depending on where you live, being an advocate for the environment and just causes is a deadly occupation. In 2016 we reported on the death of Berta Caceres, a beloved Honduran activist gunned down in her own home.
Just a year before, Berta was named a 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize winner. We saluted in April 2016 the half-dozen Goldman Prize winners from Cambodia, Slovakia, Peru, Tanzania, Puerto Rico and the United States. Read our story to learn more about them.
In 2016, we recognized NOVA, the 42- year- old PBS television series, as citizen science’s best friend – thoughtful, balanced, free of charge, and available to millions of people via several media platforms.
Another of our heroes, Frans de Waal is a celebrated primatologist who lives in two worlds – as a serious researcher who has devoted nearly 40 years to the study of primate behavior and social intelligence, and as an author-communicator, with some dozen popular books.
Ray Dearlove is another uncommon hero. A South African native, he is translocating the highly endangered white rhinos to a safe haven and breeding sanctuary he is creating in western Australia, with the goal of eventually repatriating these magnificent animals back to their home continent.
Chernobyl at 30
The former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl (Ukraine, formerly part of the USSR) is now covered with a gigantic structure. In 2016, we commemorated the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster (yes, they say, worse than Fukushima in 2011) and the effects still being felt in wildlife that remain in the “Exclusion Zone” and humans who fled the contamination. Scientists continue to study how exposure to high levels of radiation are affecting everything from spiders and birds, to wild dogs and wolves. Read our story
World Oceans Day
On World Oceans Day in 2016 we honored the oceans – and the life that resides in them—with a selection of 15 books. These writers explore species that have prevailed for millions of years –broadbill swordfish, sharks, eels, horseshoe crabs – with amazing adaptations and evolutionary advantages; and the human toll on our watery world. It makes you think about what it means to conserve oceans and their living abundance for future generations. See the book reviews, videos, excerpts and interviews.
Our Cities column in January 2016 tracks a half-dozen cities where waterfront redevelopment and new public space amenities are underway to revitalize post-industrial areas, piers and abandoned sites. Come along with us to learn about what’s happening — New York’s Hudson River piers, Berlin, Toronto, Rotterdam, Philadelphia and Camden NJ.
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