Good News Friday

  • The proportion of European children classified as ‘severely deprived’ has decreased from 22.8% in 2009 to 14.6% in 2021. European Parliment (PDF link).
  • In the last decade, global cases of visceral leishmaniasis have decreased from 64,223 in 2011 to 11,689 in 2021, the lowest since 1998. WHO (PDF link).
  • Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away nearly $2 billion to 343 organizations over the past seven months. Medium.
  • U.S. military suicides drop as leaders push mental health programs. PBS.
  • Paris, one of the world’s priciest cities, turbocharges affordable housing. Bloomberg.
  • The largest fish in the Amazon, the pirarucu, has been saved from extinction thanks to a community campaign to impose strict fishing regulations. ABC.

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Good News Friday

  • New data shows 11% decline in veteran homelessness since 2020—the biggest drop in more than 5 years. HUD.
  • From 2020 to 2022, Hispanic people saw a 53 percent jump in health insurance coverage rates through the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplace, Black people 49 percent and Native Americans 32 percent. Washington Post.
  • Cigarette smoking in the United States has declined from 20.9% in 2005 to 12.5% in 2020. CDC.
  • Between 2000 and 2016, the age-adjusted prevalence of dementia among the nation’s elderly fell by 30 percent. The Hill.
  • Blindness and visual impairment in India reduced by 47.1% and 51.9% respectively in 2019 in overall population as compared to WHO’s figures of 2010. The Times of India.
  • Minor police encounters plummet after LAPD put limits on stopping drivers and pedestrians. Los Angeles Times.
  • Dilip Mahalanabis has died. He pioneered the use of oral rehydration therapy during a refugee crisis which helped save 54 million lives over the past half century. Financial Times.
  • Samuel L. Katz, a developer of the measles vaccine, dies at 94. Worldwide, measles killed 2.6 million people a year before the availability of vaccines. The New York Times.
  • Chile leads the way in solar energy, far exceeding its goal to reach 20% of energy production from renewable sources by 2025. El Pais.
  • US wholesale inflation eases to 8%, 4th straight slowdown. AP.

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Good News Friday

  • Covid-19 vaccines saved an estimated 20 million lives during their first year. The Economist.
  • Safety net programs in California moved nearly 1.7 million children out of poverty. PPIC.
  • Europe’s improved air quality has saved millions of lives in the last few decades. In the early 1990s, nearly a million premature deaths a year were caused by fine particulate pollution. By 2005, that number had been more than halved, and in 2021 dropped to around 300,000. Euronews.
  • Lab-grown blood given to people in world-first clinical trial. BBC.
  • The movement to replace police with mental health providers for some 911 calls is gaining traction in rural America. Yes! Magazine.
  • Voters in four states have approved ballot measures that will change their state constitutions to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime. AP.
  • This coral reef resurrected itself — and showed scientists how to replicate it. NPR.
  • Coming soon: A $25,000 solar-powered electric SUV. Axios.
  • Mixed-race neighborhoods are now the norm in America. Back in 1990, 78 percent of White people lived in predominantly White neighborhoods, where at least 4 of every 5 people were also White. In the 2020 Census, that’s plunged to 44 percent. The Washington Post.

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Good News Friday

  • Between 2000 and 2020, the global population with access to safely managed drinking water services has increased from 3.8 billion to 5.8 billion people. WHO.
  • Although significant gaps remain, disparities between Black and White people continued to narrow at nearly every stage of the criminal justice process between 2016 and 2020. In some cases, the pace of the decline slowed; in others, the disparity gap closed entirely. Council on Criminal Justice.
  • In 2011, 39 percent of Nepalis were multidimensionally poor. The percentage dipped to 17.5 in 2019. The Kathmandu Post.
  • New vaccine to protect people in the EU and worldwide against dengue. European Medicines Agency.
  • Pakistan reduced malaria cases by 45% from 2015-2020. Gavi.
  • In 1993, more than one in four children in the US lived below the poverty threshold. 26 years later, that number has fallen to roughly one in 10. Child Trends.
  • Pilot programs launched across the US and the rest of the world in the last few years have repeatedly shown that universal basic income pulls people out of poverty, improves health outcomes, and makes it easier for people to find jobs and take care of their children. Washington Post.
  • Since 1990, the bipartisan Clean Air Act has reduced fine particulate matter pollution by 41 percent, preventing 370,000 premature deaths each year. NRDC.
  • Clean energy has a tipping point, and 87 countries have reached it. Bloomberg.
  • Same-sex marriage is now legal in all of Mexico’s states. ABC News.
  • Ozone hole continues shrinking in 2022. NASA.

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