Good News Friday

  • Rubella eliminated from Singapore. WHO.
  • Over the past 30 years, Cambodia has cleared landmines from a total of 2,531 sq km, making the land safe for an estimated nine million people to use for the construction of houses, schools, hospitals, bridges, roads and farming. The Phnom Penh Post.
  • Bangladesh attains huge success in reducing infant, maternal mortality. The Business Standard.
  • Canada’s overall poverty rate fell from 14.5% in 2015 to 6.4% in 2020. This means that Canada has met its target of reducing poverty by 50% by 2030 ten years ahead of time. National Advisory Council on Poverty (PDF link).
  • Abu Dhabi reduces number of single-use plastic bags by half a million per day. The National News.
  • The cost of college has stopped rising faster than inflation for the first time since the 1980s. The Hechingerr Report.
  • Here are all the positive environmental stories from 2022 so far. Euronews.
  • New Mexico voted a child care guarantee into its constitution. CNN.
  • Critically endangered tiny gecko comes back from the brink. New Scientist.
  • Kenyan female innovator awarded $1.2M for providing clean cooking stove. Africanews.
  • Renewable energy sources accounted for 47.1% of Greece’s electricity generation in the first 10 months of the year, surpassing the share of fossil fuels. Ekathimerini.
  • Captioned smart glasses let deaf people see, rewind conversations. CBS.
  • Immigration naturalizations in the US highest in a decade. Changing America.
  • U.S. jobless claims fell last week, showing solid labor market. The Wall Street Journal.

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

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