Good News Friday

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Good News Friday

  • The poverty rate in Vietnam dropped from 16.8 to 5 percent between 2010 and 2020, and over 10 million people were lifted out of poverty. World Bank.
  • There are 1.4 million fewer Canadians living in poverty. Straight.
  • A cutting-edge form of urban energy independence could make cities more resilient to blackouts — and greener in the process. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • There has been a nearly 40% decrease in motor vehicle–related deaths among young people between 2000 to 2020. New England Journal of Medicine.
  • The Texas university that charges low-income students precisely zero. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • Endangered condors are soaring again over Northern California’s coastal redwoods for the first time in more than a century. NPR.
  • More employers offering child care benefits to lower-wage workers. The Hechinger Report.
  • California just shy of 100% powered by renewables for first time. Desert Sun.
  • To decarbonize the grid, we need extraordinary power storage. This new device gets us closer. Anthropocene.
  • A road surface not to be sniffed at: the highway made of used nappies. Positive News.
  • US hits a record 20% of electricity from wind and solar in April. electrek.
  • This high schooler invented a low-cost, mind-controlled prosthetic arm. Smithsonian Magazine.
  • Hawaii Legislature passes bill raising minimum wage to $18. AP News.
  • Over 60 million Americans have taxes so simple the IRS could do them automatically. Vox.
  • Record number of women appointed to Fortune 500 boards. Axios.
  • Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. Vox.

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Good News Friday

  • When the University of Michigan made a minor change to how it talks about financial aid, enrollment among kids from low-income families surged. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • A new bipartisan act aims to make America get along. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • New Mexico to offer a year of free childcare to most residents. The Washington Post.
  • Reading and math skills have improved for students since the 90s. The New York Times.
  • Researchers build a portable desalination unit that generates clear, clean drinking water without the need for filters or high-pressure pumps. MIT News.
  • Dartford warbler is welcomed back from near-extinction. The Guardian.
  • Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions fall to lowest on record. Al Jazeera.
  • Plastic-eating enzyme could eliminate billions of tons of landfill waste. UT News.
  • The global decline of polio. Our World in Data.
  • US pediatricians’ group moves to abandon race-based guidance. AP News.

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Good News Friday

  • Malaria vaccine reaches more than one million children in Africa. Africanews.
  • 10 recent climate policies that could make a difference. The Washington Post.
  • Army approves sweeping new parenthood policies. Military.com.
  • California advances bill to improve air quality in country’s top polluted region. The Hill.
  • Study shows ‘procedural justice’ police training led to better interactions with residents, fewer arrests, and a reduction in crime. CommonWealth.
  • Harvard will establish a $100 million fund to actively address the impacts of slavery that it benefitted from in its earliest years. NBC News.
  • The brain-reading devices helping paralyzed people to move, talk and touch. Nature.
  • For kids with Down syndrome, a new device offers hope for treating difficult sleep problems. STAT.
  • Unbelievably sensitive NACHOS satellite is ready to save lives by providing an early warning system for volcanoes. Freethink.
  • YouTube algorithms don’t turn unsuspecting masses into extremists, new study suggests. Reason.
  • Since the Kansas City nonprofit started planting gardens and orchards in 2013, its footprint has expanded to more than 330 orchards in 10 cities. The Kansas City Beacon.
  • A simple chemical twist turns plastic waste into a carbon-soaking sponge. Anthropocene.
  • Federal buildings agency cuts emissions 51% since 2008. Axios.
  • Fewest Americans collecting jobless aid since 1970. AP News
  • There are 1.4 million fewer Canadians living in poverty. Straight.
  • Bangladesh’s poverty declines to 11.9%. The Daily Star.
  • Humans destroyed forests for thousands of years – we can become the first generation that achieves a world in which forests expand. Our World in Data.
  • 10 practical ways to improve happiness. The Atlantic.

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Good News Friday

  • Abandoned oil and gas wells could be used to generate geothermal energy which would help people who work in oil and gas extraction to transition into clean-energy jobs. Vox.
  • Wildflower believed to be extinct for 40 years spotted in Ecuador. The Guardian.
  • Multiple sclerosis breakthrough as scientists reverse condition with transplant of immune cells that fight glandular fever. Daily Mail.
  • French tech company is building an exoskeleton that helps wheelchair users walk. Euronews.
  • These upcoming cancer vaccines may prevent tumors before they appear. Freethink.
  • Silencing one gene with CRISPR boosts crop yields by 10%. Freethink.
  • Hospital robots are helping combat a wave of nurse burnout. Wired.
  • 3D printing saved this Brazilian town’s coral reef. Grist.
  • A community in Austin, Texas is using geothermal energy to cut home energy bills to just $1 per month. Big Think.
  • Biden student loan pause could give 7 million borrowers a higher credit score. The Wall Street Journal.

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Good News Friday

  • Sweden sends just 1% of its trash to landfills. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • How a homeless shelter in a school paid off in the classroom. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • This startup designed an electric cargo ship to cross the ocean. Fast Company.
  • Argentina’s new genetically engineered, drought-tolerant wheat could have large environmental benefits. The Breakthrough Institute.
  • Largest double-sided solar farm in Europe opens in Greece, supplying power to 75,000 households. Euronews.
  • Researchers have rejuvenated a 53-year-old woman’s skin cells so they are the equivalent of a 23-year-old’s. BBC.
  • World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia. Freethink.
  • Advocates back new federal legislation to end homelessness across the country. The Progressive.
  • New blood test predicts risk of heart attack and stroke with twice previous accuracy. The Guardian.
  • New UV light safely kills 98% of airborne pathogens indoors. Freethink.
  • Disney creating over a thousand affordable housing units in Central Florida. The Hill.
  • Community land trusts are making housing affordable because it’s owned by the community. Goodgoodgood.
  • Medical drones in Rwanda deliver blood faster than by road, and there’s been a 67% decrease in blood product expiration. The Lancet.
  • Instead of a wall, the cities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico are building a binational park on the border for citizens of both countries to share. Dezeen.
  • Massachusetts, which now has its lowest incarceration rate in 35 years, is closing its oldest prison. WBUR.
  • Indonesia passes landmark bill to tackle sexual violence. Al Jazeera.
  • India’s maternal mortality rates are in decline. The Telegraph.
  • India has almost wiped out extreme poverty. Hindustan Times.
  • Wind power has become the main source of electricity generation in Spain. Tech Xplore.
  • By 1952, Svalbard’s walruses were nearly gone, due to more than 300 years of ivory hunting. The latest study, in 2018, put that number at 5,503. Smithsonian.
  • Fishing net deaths of endangered sea lions drastically reduced in South Australia. ABC.

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Good News Friday

  • In 2021, clean electricity sources generated more of the world’s electricity than coal. Ember.
  • New Jersey’s last coal plants to close, saving customers as much as $30 million. Bloomberg.
  • Despite the $4.3 million that Amazon spent on anti-union consultants in 2021, workers at a Staten Island Amazon warehouse successfully voted in a union. CNBC.
  • Guinea worm has nearly been eradicated. Cases have dropped from 3.5 million in 1986 to just 15 cases in 2021. The National.
  • The most accessible tuition-free college plan just became law in New Mexico. Jezebel.
  • House passes bill to limit cost of insulin to $35 a month. The New York Times.
  • The World Happiness Report says we became kinder and more generous last year. Giving, volunteering, and helping strangers were all up 25%. The Nonlinear Life.

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Good News Friday

  • New unemployment claims drop to lowest level since 1969. Axios.
  • The portentous comeback of humpback whales. Nautilus.
  • Biden administration takes on racial disparities in home valuations. Bloomberg.
  • Skilled-trades programs are booming. NPR.
  • First ever gene therapy gel corrects rare genetic skin condition. New Scientist.
  • Drugs seem to help regenerate mouse lungs damaged by cigarette smoke. New Scientist.

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Good News Friday

  • Between 2000 and 2020, 52 out of the WHO’s 59 priority countries achieved elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus, global cases decreased by 88%, and deaths decreased by 92%. WHO. (PDF link)
  • In the past decade, the Clean Cooking Alliance has helped over 400 million people access clean cooking fuels and technology, saving an estimated 4.6 million lives from premature deaths linked to household air pollution. Clean Cooking Alliance.
  • Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated more than $3.8 billion to 465 non-profit organizations, including Planned Parenthood and Habitat for Humanity since last June. Reuters.
  • After a decrease at the beginning of the pandemic, black business ownership is now higher than pre-pandemic. Women are driving that growth. NPR.
  • The Nigerian state of Zamfara is close to eliminating lead poisoning cases among children linked to hazardous gold mining in the region. The Guardian.

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Good News Friday

  • Endangered bat not seen in 40 years found in Rwanda. The Guardian.
  • NIH launches clinical trial of three mRNA HIV vaccines. NIH.
  • In Sweden, drones are beating ambulances to the scene — and saving lives. Reasons to be Cheerful.
  • In a remote corner of California, a state program successfully shelters homeless people. LA Times.
  • Covid restrictions prevented dengue in hundreds of thousands of people in 2020. The New York Times.
  • New Mexico’s governor just signed a bill to make college tuition-free. CNN.
  • New York closes 6 state prisons as inmate numbers drop. NBC New York.
  • EPA OKs plan to release 2.4 million more genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida and California as part of an expanded effort to combat transmission of diseases like Zika, dengue fever and canine heartworm. NBC News.
  • “Drug factory” beads implanted in mice take out tumors within a week. New Atlas.
  • State-of-the-art “living” concrete alternative soaks up carbon and heals itself. Anthropocene.

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