Good News Friday

  • Nineteen countries including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Malawi, and Uganda, have reduced child mortality by more than 75% since 1990. Unicef.
  • Average net primary school enrollment in Western and Central Africa is close to universal, rising from 50% in the 1990s to nearly 90% today. The World Bank.
  • Unemployment rate is the lowest in 50 years. The New Republic.
  • Median weekly earnings rose 7.4% last year, outpacing inflation. Biggest pay raises went to Black workers, young people and low-wage earners. The Wall Street Journal.
  • Over the first two decades of the 21st century, the disparity between Black and White state imprisonment rates fell by 40%; in 2020, Black adults were imprisoned at 4.9 times the rate of White adults, down from 8.2 times in 2000. Council on Criminal Justice.
  • 2022 saw one of the lowest ever death rates from natural disasters. Our World in Data.
  • For more sustainable affordable housing, just add mushrooms. Architect David Benjamin is bringing his biology-inspired recipe for construction materials to an affordable housing project in Oakland, California. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • Women in Sierra Leone can finally own land. Quartz.
  • Wind farms deliver economic jolt to rural middle America. Pew.
  • Wind and solar were EU’s top electricity source in 2022 for first time ever. Carbon Brief.
  • Maryland lawmakers eye four-day workweek. Changing America.

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

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