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Global efforts are shrinking the hole in the ozone layer, purchase of land near Barrier Reef to create conservation corridor and Britain's heritage apple boom

Imagine more of this ... thanks to global efforts since the mid-1980s to ban the emission of ozone-depleting chemicals, the giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer, is

shrinking and has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988; a purchase by the Rainforest Trust of 700,000 acres at the crossroads of Australia's most biodiverse regions – the Daintree and Cape York tropical forests to the Great Barrier Reef – is creating a conservation corridor; and Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market.

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• How farmers are turning trash into energy. Read more here

• How NT rangers are bringing an Arnhem land ecosystem back from the brink. Read more here

• How Vegas is becoming a leader in solar power with its city government promising to power all its municipal and public buildings entirely with renewable energy. Read more here

• How Tasmania's Flinders Island is swapping fossil fuel for green energy, enabling the island to be powered by 60 per cent renewable energy on average and boasting a future target of being 100 per cent renewable. Read more here

• How a farm situated in the middle of the M62 motorway in Yorkshire is set to become a wildlife haven, as part of a new initiative to promote agricultural sustainability, wildlife biodiversity and water quality in the region. Plans include the restoration of a peatland bog to lock carbon dioxide into the land to help reduce global warming Read more here

• How a historically large land purchase by the Rainforest Trust, strategically situated at the crossroads of Australia’s most biodiverse regions – the Daintree and Cape York tropical forests to the Great Barrier Reef – now ensures a permanent connection, in a conservation corridor, for a vast network of protected areas that spans over 700,000 acres. Read more her

• VIDEO: How Parliament on King is a Sydney cafe where refugees and people seeking asylum learn skills, earn a living and make friends. View here

• How Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market. Read more here

 

• How, thanks to global efforts since the mid-1980s to ban the emission of ozone-depleting chemicals,the giant hole in the Earth's protective ozone layer is shrinking and has shriveled to its smallest peak since 1988. Read more here

• Photos of The Big Fix joining Boomerang Bags Blackheath in the Rhododendron Festival parade. View here

 

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