Good News Friday

  • Overall, the practice of female genital mutilation has been declining over the last three decades. In the 30 countries with nationally representative prevalence data, around 1 in 3 girls aged 15 to 19 today have undergone the practice versus 1 in 2 in the late-1980s. Unicef.
  • There’s been a 48% drop in Rubella cases between 2012 and 2020 due to the rubella vaccine. WHO (PDF)
  • In the two decades since Portugal decriminalized the personal possession of all drugs, new HIV infections, drug deaths, drug-related crimes, and the prison population all fell sharply. Transform.
  • The number of euthanized dogs has hit record low, saving millions of lives. Time.
  • In 2021, Indonesia rehabilitated 300,000 ha of peatlands, representing 25% of its four year target. Mongabay.
  • In Australia, wind and solar provided five times more power than gas in 2021. Coal is down to 62.8% too. The Age.
  • New minimum wage announced for South Africa. Business Tech.
  • Federal internet program reaches 10 million households. Axios.
  • Texas restaurant workers are eligible for free child care. Eater.
  • MIT scientists create a super plastic that’s two times stronger than steel. Fast Company.
  • A twist on stem cell transplants could help blood cancer patients. Wired.
  • Immunity-boosting breast cancer drug could save thousands, finds UK research. The Guardian.
  • Revolutionary ‘bionic’ pacemaker capable of reversing heart failure now set for human trials. Study Finds.

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

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