Good News Friday

  • The overall cancer death rate dropped by about a third from its peak in 1991 to 2019, averting about 3.5 million deaths, CNN.
  • Uganda has immunized eight million children against polio in just three days. Uganda has achieved incredible results in childhood health over the past 20 years, with the mortality rate for under fives dropping by more than half. The East African.
  • Child mortality rate worldwide has also dropped by half over the past 20 years. UNICEF.
  • Tanzania has lifted a 20-year ban preventing adolescent mothers from attending school. The Citizen.
  • Fatal police shootings in America dropped by 13% between 2020 and 2021, reaching the lowest annual number on record. ABC.
  • The Philippines has banned child marriage. South China Morning Post.
  • Technology, education, and community efforts have helped Bangladesh reduce cyclone-related deaths more than 100-fold since 1970. The New Humanitarian.
  • Giraffe populations across Africa have rebounded by 20% since 2015. National Geographic.
  • Mexico’s endangered jaguar population increased by 20% between 2010 and 2018. Mongabay.
  • South Australia set an impressive new renewable energy record in the final days of 2021, with the state’s solar and wind farms and rooftop solar systems supplying an average of just over 100% of local demand every day for a period of almost one week. Renew Economy.

For more good news, check out The Progress Network, and Future Crunch.

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