The UK Government seems to have given up on the idea of selling off England's forests.
Nocton Dairies have not been given permission to build a huge factory farm for cows in Lincolnshire.
Japan has suspended its annual whaling cull after pressure from the environmental group Sea Shepherd
Plans for a polluting coal fired power station in Sabah Borneo have been abandoned in favour of renewable energy.
These victories have come about largely as a result of campaigning from environmental organisations and concerned indlviduals. But while we celebrate these successes there's still a lot of bad news for the environment:
Polar bears could be facing extinction
The Tanzanian Government seems intent on going ahead with the road through the Serengeti, despite international outcry and concern this road could end the areas great migrations.
This article shows how devastating a road can be if it passes through pristine areas of forest, those areas don't stay pristine very long.
It's good to see that people across the world are increasingly campaigning on these issues:
Amazonian peoples call on Brazil's president to stop the Bel Monte dam
It is vital to be engaged, to take part in campaigns. The first four links in this post demonstrate that campaigning can be effective, while links 5 - 7 to show how much more needs to be done!
And finally a question - can we find a balance that enables sustainable economic growth that allows us also to conserve wild areas and biodiversity?
As ever, text in red contains hyperlinks to other websites where you can find out more.