Good News Friday

  • Sweden sends just 1% of its trash to landfills. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • How a homeless shelter in a school paid off in the classroom. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • This startup designed an electric cargo ship to cross the ocean. Fast Company.
  • Argentina’s new genetically engineered, drought-tolerant wheat could have large environmental benefits. The Breakthrough Institute.
  • Largest double-sided solar farm in Europe opens in Greece, supplying power to 75,000 households. Euronews.
  • Researchers have rejuvenated a 53-year-old woman’s skin cells so they are the equivalent of a 23-year-old’s. BBC.
  • World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia. Freethink.
  • Advocates back new federal legislation to end homelessness across the country. The Progressive.
  • New blood test predicts risk of heart attack and stroke with twice previous accuracy. The Guardian.
  • New UV light safely kills 98% of airborne pathogens indoors. Freethink.
  • Disney creating over a thousand affordable housing units in Central Florida. The Hill.
  • Community land trusts are making housing affordable because it’s owned by the community. Goodgoodgood.
  • Medical drones in Rwanda deliver blood faster than by road, and there’s been a 67% decrease in blood product expiration. The Lancet.
  • Instead of a wall, the cities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico are building a binational park on the border for citizens of both countries to share. Dezeen.
  • Massachusetts, which now has its lowest incarceration rate in 35 years, is closing its oldest prison. WBUR.
  • Indonesia passes landmark bill to tackle sexual violence. Al Jazeera.
  • India’s maternal mortality rates are in decline. The Telegraph.
  • India has almost wiped out extreme poverty. Hindustan Times.
  • Wind power has become the main source of electricity generation in Spain. Tech Xplore.
  • By 1952, Svalbard’s walruses were nearly gone, due to more than 300 years of ivory hunting. The latest study, in 2018, put that number at 5,503. Smithsonian.
  • Fishing net deaths of endangered sea lions drastically reduced in South Australia. ABC.

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

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