Good News Friday

  • Poverty is down in Indonesia. The number of those living on less than $3.20 a day dropped from 61% in 2002 to 16% in 2022. World Bank (PDF link).
  • In Uganda, new HIV infections declined by 39% between 2010 and 2021, and AIDS-related deaths fell from 51,000 a year to 17,000 a year, a decline of 67%. New Vision.
  • Philippines rescues over 1,000 trafficking victims. The Straits Times.
  • Black rhino populations are starting to thrive in Zimbabwe for the first time in decades. ABC News.
  • British wind power overtakes gas for the first time in Q1 2023. Reuters.
  • About 80 percent of new cars sold in Norway are battery-powered. As a result, the air is cleaner, the streets are quieter and the grid hasn’t collapsed. New York Times.
  • In San Francisco, Waymo is now covering the entire peninsula, operating a free, 24/7 robotaxi service and Waymo’s service area in Phoenix is doubling. The Verge.
  • Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon falls 68% in April. Reuters.
  • Bangladesh eliminates lymphatic filariasis. WHO.
  • Thai voters choose democracy in a stunning election. Vox.

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

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