Good News Friday

  • In Tanzania, there has been a 27 percent decline in tuberculosis incidence and a 52 percent reduction in TB deaths. The Citizen.
  • Brazil reports almost 28% decrease in malaria from 2017 to 2021. In the Americas overall between 2000 to 2020, malaria cases decreased by 58%. Outbreak News.
  • In Kenya, child mortality is about half of what it was 20 years ago. Nation.
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces it will spend more than $7 billion over the next four years to support African countries and institutions working to confront hunger, disease, gender inequality, and poverty. Gates Foundation.
  • Overall crime in the United Kingdom is now at its lowest level since the 1980s. ONS.
  • The governor or Oregon grants pardon for marijuana offenses. Approximately 45,000 people will be impacted. More than $14,000,000 in fines and fees will be forgiven. State of Oregon.
  • South Korea has almost zero food waste due to mandatory composting. Guardian.
  • Efforts to save the endangered Fender’s blue butterfly in Oregon have quadrupled the population and saved its host plant from extinction as well. The butterfly is slated to be downlisted from endangered to threatened. High Country News.
  • Electricity from snow? A Japanese city believes it can be done. Nikkei Asia.
  • Promising universal flu vaccine could protect against 20 strains. NewScientist.
  • A hundred UK companies sign up for four-day week with no loss of pay. The Guardian.

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

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