Team Planet Earth

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Time to clear up those Monday blues with some more conservation good news stories from across the web.

First stop on the Dodo Express is Mexico.

Fireflies help stave off deforestation

The Guardian reports that in the village of Nanacamilipa, tiny fireflies are helping save the towering pine and fir trees on the outskirts of Mexico City.

2850-1 Camp spaces in Piedra Canteada park sold out weeks in advance to see thousands of fireflies light up the night. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP

For years, economic forces, including low prices for farm produce, forced rural communities like Piedra Canteada to cut down trees and sell the logs. Then, in 1990, community leader Genaro Rueda Lopez got the idea that the forest could bring tourism revenue from campers.

With business slow for years, the community members realized the millions of fireflies that appear between June and August could draw tourists from larger cities where…

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Author: Anita Lubesh

I write poetry/prose/stories/short stories/verses for children/sketch/and have 6 chapters of a novel sitting there like that half eaten trifle in the fridge or bottle of Jack Daniels because something makes you afraid to eat it or drink... right now.. I am a proud Geordie from England's northern hemisphere and the beautiful city of Newcastle upon Tyne. I live with my lovely husband who came all the way from sunny California just for me, and my favourite animal, Bobble, our dog. I am a member of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth and wish we could all do more, especially today, when such a lot is wrong.

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