Australia Votes 2022

Australia Flag Australia – federal elections will be held on May 21, 2022 to elect members of the 47th Parliament of Australia. Voting is mandatory for citizens over 18. More than 17.2 million people – 96% of eligible voters – are enrolled for this election. All 151 seats in the lower house, the House of …

May 12 is the International Day of Plant Health

Photo: Rojas de Cuauhtemoc (Some rights reserved) A legacy of the the 2020-2021 International Year of Plant Health and starting in 2022, May 12 is the International Day of Plant Health. Hashtag: #PlantHealthDay Key Linksfao.org/plant-health-dayInternational Day of Plant Health: Get Involved! (PDF)@FAO Press ReleasesPlant health summit aims to boost food security, safeguard human healthPress Release: …

Impact of COVID19 on Tourism

Photo: Ron Mader, Ferguson’s, Downtown Las Vegas (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on the impact of COVID19 on travel and tourism with a spotlight on upcoming events and webinars: HeadlinesHow long-haul travel will change post-Covid – BBCAdapting and reacting to Covid-19: Tourism and resilience in the South Pacific (2022)Return of international tourists ‘very close’, says Home …

Climate 2022

Photo: Ron Mader, Fox Glacier (Some rights reserved) Headlines and features related to climate in 2022 Januaryphotos: 2021’s devastating climate disastersEarth’s climate went off the rails in 2021, reports show2021 Tied for 6th Warmest Year in Continued Trend February IPCC issues ‘bleakest warning yet’ on impacts of climate breakdown April‘A year after year disaster:’ The …

City Nature Challenge

Artwork Attention biodiversity and citizen science fans, please turn on your phones, download the requisite apps, and take some photos on self-guided and community nature walks. City Nature Challenge returns around the globe at the bottom of April and top of May. Get outside! Hashtags: #CityNatureChallenge #RetoNaturaListaUrbano Key [email protected] The challenge takes place in two …

Tren Maya = Maya Train

Logo Mexico – Tren Maya (Maya Train), the proposed train service in the Yucatán Peninsula, is under scrutiny. Scheduled to be operational in December 2023, the 1,500km track will have sections open from Chetumal-Escárcega and Chetumal-Cancún.  Key Linkstren-maya.mxEl Tren y la Tierra (PDF)@[email protected] HeadlinesPolos dedesarrolloIs Mexico’s ‘Mayan Train’ a Boondoggle? – The Nation @mbeatley @SamShepEdwards …

Ukraine 2022

Screenshot: Flight Aware (March 24, 2022) Rolling coverage of the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Hashtags: #BlueandYellow #StandWithUkraine #WeStandWithUkraine HeadlinesSaving Ukraine’s cultural heritageWhy can’t the UN Security Council save Ukraine?How Putin’s War in Ukraine Changed a Century – Foreign PolicyDonbass: The Ukrainian satire that’s too realScoop: Ukrainians flock to U.S.-Mexico borderWatching the Coverage of the Invasion …

Recycling Day

Roofdog (Some rights reserved) There have been efforts to celebrate recycling around the world with Global Recycling Day on March 18 and International Recycling Day on May 17. Special kudos to Rio Muchacho in Ecuador and the town of Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico for showing in practice how recycling and reusing are part of daily …

15th Biodiversity COP (2021-2022)

Poster Kunming, China hosts a hybrid event, the 15th Biodiversity COP – cbd.int/meetings/COP-15 – with the theme “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.” Delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Hashtags: #COP15, #SBSTTA, #Post2020 The first part of the meetings took place virtually from October 11-15, 2021, with the second part …