Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Eden (re)discovered

this story from the BBC makes me so happy this morning. all the bad news about the way we are destroying God's creation and then this wonderful discovery.

New species found in Papua 'Eden'
The first photo of Berlepsch's six-wired bird of paradise An international team of scientists says it has found a "lost world" in the Indonesian jungle that is home to dozens of new animal and plant species.

"It's as close to the Garden of Eden as you're going to find on Earth," said Bruce Beehler, co-leader of the group.
The team recorded new butterflies, frogs, and a series of remarkable plants that included five new palms and a giant rhododendron flower. The survey also found a honeyeater bird that was previously unknown to science. It's beautiful, untouched, unpopulated forest; there's no evidence of human impact or presence Bruce Beehler, Conservation InternationalThe research group - from the US, Indonesia and Australia -trekked through an area in the mist-shrouded Foja Mountains, located just north of the vast Mamberamo Basin of north-western (Indonesian) New Guinea.

the complete article is here


David said...

It's a lovely news story - let's hope and pray that it will remain Eden-like.

Another good-news story was on the BBC TV News at 6 p.m. yesterday evening. Oxfam had been selling ethical Christmas gifts through its charity shops here in England and one 15-year-old girl had been 'given' a goat for a community in Rwanda.

The BBC and Oxfam flew her over to Rwanda to see what a difference the goat would make to this very poor community and it was a really moving piece of film. The goat had been given to a 15-year-old Rwandan girl, who was overjoyed because now she intended to breed her goat and raise a herd which would benefit not only herself and her family, but her whole village.

I pray that many more people in the UK will buy these 'ethical gifts' as a result of seeing this story and realising the positive difference that they can make to people's lives.

dwain said...

I'm just sad that we found it. Already several paths have been "cut" into it, a phrase that makes me cringe.