The Garden of Eden

Where the good news still grows.

In the spirit of the inimitable Mark Twain who proclaimed:

How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!” *

this is a corner of our (virtual) orchard where you can harvest good news (with cited sources) shared as an antidote to mainstream mind manipulation.

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

Makes you think:

A global-scale analysis of 221 islands in the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans reveals “a predominantly stable or accretionary trend in the area of atoll islands worldwide” throughout the 21st century. The Maldives islands alone expanded by 37.5 km² from 2000 to 2017.

Doesn’t it?

New Study: 62 km² (+6%) Net Expansion In 100s Of Pacific-Indian Ocean Island Shorelines From 2000-2017

Update: the good news goes on, more than a once off 🙂

NASA Vegetation Index: Globe Continues Rapid Greening Trend, Sahara Alone Shrinks 700,000 Sq Km!

globe of Earth from North Pole perspective

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

A recent interview in my local paper here in Germany with Austrian mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner reminded me to get this piece of good news out there. In amongst Messner’s many interesting perspectives in the interview (here’s the original if you are fact-checking as you should be 😉 https://www.nordbayern.de/region/erlangen/reinhold-messner-die-situation-ist-mehr-als-ernst-1.9665238?fbclid=IwAR3Jkk7AYlFu0jEuwrldLAs0NaFCASvT_y7YZsGIERwSjMn8zQ2rWHItw0c) came the mantra-like “Large areas of desertification, in North Africa in particular, are increasing…

In fact, the Earth is getting greener.

Take a look at this from April 2016:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/carbon-dioxide-fertilization-greening-earth

Revisited by Lonely Planet this year, 2019:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/nasa-study-green-planet.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

  • Autobiographical dictation, 2 December 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 (University of California Press, 2013)