Good News Friday

  • Insecticide-spraying drones have reduced malaria incidence in Rwanda by 90.6%. Freethink.
  • Solar pumps are helping Kenya’s farmers access water. Good Good Good.
  • Egypt has ended their 2017 state of emergency which curtailed constitutional rights. Aljazeera.
  • Stacey Abrams group donates $1.34M to wipe out medical debts. AP.
  • Thanks to science, cancer deaths are rapidly decreasing. Good Good Good.
  • This new concrete soaks up a greenhouse gas. Freethink.
  • US wages jump by the most in records dating back 20 years. AP.
  • COVID-19 pandemic drove flu to historic lows, and may have eliminated one virus type completely. ABC Science.
  • In Senegal, rate of access to sanitation in urban areas has risen from 61.7% in 2013 to 74% in 2020, and in rural areas from 38.7% to 50.7% during the same period. Afrik21.
  • Strokes are the second-leading cause of death worldwide, but between 1990 and 2019, the age-standardized incidence of strokes has decreased by 17%, and deaths by 36%. The Lancet.
  • In Pakistan between 1990 and 2019, life expectancy at birth increased by 7.2 years, average schooling increased by 2.9 years, average income rose by 64%, and poverty declined from over 50% to just over 20%. UNDP.
  • The Saharan gazelle saved from extinction in southern Spain. El Pais.
  • For the first time in 60 years, cheetahs have returned to Mozambique. Daily Maverick.
  • Sea turtle populations are thriving in Cape Verde, with the number of nests increasing from 10,000 to almost 200,000 in the past six years. The Guardian.

For more good news, check out The Progress Network, Future Crunch, and Reasons to be Cheerful.

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