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.

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

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