- 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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