Good News Friday

  • The poverty rate in Vietnam dropped from 16.8 to 5 percent between 2010 and 2020, and over 10 million people were lifted out of poverty. World Bank.
  • There are 1.4 million fewer Canadians living in poverty. Straight.
  • A cutting-edge form of urban energy independence could make cities more resilient to blackouts — and greener in the process. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • There has been a nearly 40% decrease in motor vehicle–related deaths among young people between 2000 to 2020. New England Journal of Medicine.
  • The Texas university that charges low-income students precisely zero. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • Endangered condors are soaring again over Northern California’s coastal redwoods for the first time in more than a century. NPR.
  • More employers offering child care benefits to lower-wage workers. The Hechinger Report.
  • California just shy of 100% powered by renewables for first time. Desert Sun.
  • To decarbonize the grid, we need extraordinary power storage. This new device gets us closer. Anthropocene.
  • A road surface not to be sniffed at: the highway made of used nappies. Positive News.
  • US hits a record 20% of electricity from wind and solar in April. electrek.
  • This high schooler invented a low-cost, mind-controlled prosthetic arm. Smithsonian Magazine.
  • Hawaii Legislature passes bill raising minimum wage to $18. AP News.
  • Over 60 million Americans have taxes so simple the IRS could do them automatically. Vox.
  • Record number of women appointed to Fortune 500 boards. Axios.
  • Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. Vox.

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

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