Good News Friday

  • AIDS-related deaths have decreased. In 2021, around 650,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide, compared to 2 million people in 2004 and 1.4 million people in 2010. UNAIDS (PDF link).
  • Leprosy has decreased from over five million cases a year in the 1980s to just 133,802 in 2021. WHO (PDF link).
  • Since 2008, the UNFPA Supplies Partnership, which supplies reproductive health services, has prevented 254,000 maternal deaths and saved 1.6 million children.
  • In Tanzania, deaths due to malaria have decreased by 71% from 6,311 in 2015 to 1,811 in 2021. For children under 5, malaria-related mortalities declined by approximately 50% between 1999 and 2016. Global Citizen.
  • By 2020, the number of violent crime arrests involving youth reached a new low, 78% below the 1994 peak, and half the number 10 years earlier. US Department of Justice (PDF link).
  • A series of bipartisan bills has led to a 21% decline in prison populations in Oklahoma in the past five years. The Crime Report.
  • Texas bail reform reduced jail time and crime, new study says. Bloomberg.
  • Seven years ago, the homicide rate in El Salvador was 103 homicides per 100,000 people – the highest in the world. In 2021, that had dropped to 18 per 100,000, and the downward trend has continued into 2022. El Salvador Info.
  • Aggregate global wealth grew by 12.7% in 2021, which is the fastest annual rate ever recorded. It’s not just the rich getting richer. Global wealth inequality has fallen this century because emerging economies are growing faster. Global median wealth has risen approximately twice as fast as global wealth per adult. Credit Suisse.
  • All fifty states greenlit to move EV charging networks forward, covering 75,000 miles of highway. US Department of Transportation.
  • In a bipartisan vote, US Senate ratifies pact to curb potent greenhouse gases. New York Times.
  • Phoenix plans to build affordable housing on vacant city land. Axios.

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Good News Friday

  • Ozone-killing materials in Earth’s stratosphere fell over 50% to levels seen before the ozone hole became a problem. DW.
  • Tiny new tree frog species found in rewilded Costa Rican nature reserve. Mongabay.
  • Dutch students have invented a zero-emissions car that captures carbon as it drives. Euronews.
  • Scientists hail autoimmune disease therapy breakthrough. The Guardian.
  • The Nigerian project helping babies to be born free of HIV. The Guardian.

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Good News Friday

  • Measles cases in southeast Asia declined by 92% between 2002 and 2020, and the death rate decreased by 97% – saving an estimated 9.3 million lives. WHO (PDF link).
  • Maternal mortality rates in Zimbabwe declined from 657 deaths per 100,000 births in 2007, to 217 per 100,000 births in 2019. Significant improvements in maternal, neonatal and child health as well as interventions to reduce HIV, malaria and TB are working. BMJ (PDF link).
  • Trials showed new malaria vaccine provides up to 80% protection against the deadly disease. BBC.
  • Iran close to eradicating illiteracy. Tehran Times.
  • The average life expectancy in India in 1947 was around 32 years and now it has increased to 70 years. Times Now.
  • More people now work in clean energy than in fossil fuels. Quartz.
  • In the US, child poverty fell by 59 percent from 1993 to 2019. The New York Times.
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released its Goalkeepers Report on global progress. Since 1990, poverty and hunger have declined dramatically while life spans have increased on every continent. The share of global smokers has declined by about 20 percent; children are roughly 30 percent less likely to be malnourished or stunted; rates of tuberculosis have declined by about one-third; maternal deaths per live births have declined by 40 percent; the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases such as dengue and leprosy has declined by roughly 70 percent; and the share of the global population with access to toilets and safe plumbing has increased by 100 percent. The Atlantic.

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Good News Friday

  • Cooperation among strangers has increased for the past 60 years. SciTech Daily.
  • China’s CO2 emissions fall by record 8% in second quarter of 2022. CarbonBrief.
  • By 2020, the number of violent crime arrests involving youth reached a new low, 78% below the 1994 peak, and half the number 10 years earlier. US Department of Justice (PDF link).
  • The worldwide suicide rate has went down 40% since 1990. Our World in Data.
  • Chinese researchers create the first successful, living mammals with a fully-reconfigured genome. ZME Science.
  • California passes bill banning long-term solitary confinement in prisons and jails. KTVU.
  • 11,000 federal inmates were sent home during the pandemic. Only 17 were arrested for new crimes. Reason.
  • 3 ways our work-life balance and education have gotten better – in data. Euronews.
  • Labor market added 315,000 jobs in August, a bright spot in the economy. The Washington Post.

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Good News Friday

  • When Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an ambitious programme to put piped water in all of India’s roughly 192 million rural households by 2024, only about one-sixth had the luxury of doorstep-water supply. Now, 52% have it. Hindustan Times.
  • Togo achieves major feat of eliminating four neglected tropical diseases. The Guardian.
  • Hearing aids can now be bought over the counter. Slate.
  • The USDA is sprinkling fish-flavored vaccines from the sky to fight rabies. CNN.
  • Wind, solar provide 67% of new US electrical generating capacity in first half of 2022. Electrek.
  • The expanded child tax credit kept 4 million kids out of poverty. Vox.

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Good News Friday

  • Child mortality worldwide has declined from 12.6 million under-5 deaths in 1990 to only 5 million in 2020. WHO.
  • How Rwanda could become one of the first countries to wipe out cervical cancer. The Guardian.
  • Teenage pregnancies are declining across the world, with only a third of all women bearing children in adolescence compared to 50% sixty years ago. ORF.
  • Scientists unveil method to destroy certain ‘forever chemicals’. The Hill.
  • California becomes 1st state to offer free meals at school for kids. ABC News.
  • Here are some signs that inflation is calming down. Axios.

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Good News Friday

  • This group’s wiped out $6.7 billion in medical debt, and it’s just getting started. NPR.
  • A bipartisan act is quietly about to invest billions in boosting green technology. The Atlantic.
  • A bioengineered cornea can restore sight to blind people. MIT Technology Review.
  • Lyme disease vaccine in late-stage trials would be first in 20 years. The Washington Post.
  • Parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef show highest coral cover in 36 years. Reuters.
  • Healthy life expectancy in Africa rises by almost ten years. WHO.
  • Researchers agree: The world can reach a 100% renewable energy system by or before 2050. Helsinki Times.
  • Saiga antelopes have increased 10-fold after mass die-off in 2015. New Scientist.
  • This 17-year-old designed a motor that could potentially transform the electric car industry. Smithsonian Magazine.
  • Nuclear fusion breakthrough confirmed: California team achieved ignition. Newsweek.
  • Hydrogel that outperforms cartilage could be in human knees in 2023. New Atlas.
  • New ‘Parp inhibitors’ could prevent certain tumours appearing. The Guardian.
  • Karuna’s experimental schizophrenia drug succeeds in advanced study. Boston Globe.
  • Scientific discovery may facilitate speedy, objective, and accurate diagnosis of PTSD using saliva. Tel Aviv University.

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Good News Friday

  • Seven years ago, only 19% of India’s 1.3 billion people had access to the internet. That figure now stands at nearly 60%. BBC.
  • Number of uninsured Americans drops to record low. ABC News.
  • Three reasons why a radically better future is more likely than we think. The Progress Network.
  • Cuba boasts 144 new protected areas in its geography. ACN.
  • First 100,000 kg removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Ocean Cleaup.
  • New AR glasses allow deaf people to ‘see’ conversations by turning audio into subtitles. Euronews.
  • Genetic heart conditions could be cured for first time in ‘defining moment’. The Guardian.
  • Climate change bill would cut U.S. air pollution deaths by up to 3,900 per year, study finds. Yahoo!
  • Fourth patient seemingly cured of HIV. BBC.
  • Algorithm that detects sepsis cut deaths by nearly 20 percent. Scientific American.
  • Majority of U.S. workers changing jobs are seeing real wage gains. Pew Research Center.
  • The poverty rate in Cambodia fell to 17.8% in 2020 from nearly 40% in 2009. Vietnam Plus.

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Good News Friday

  • How progress compounds and why it matters. Farnam Street Blog.
  • Once nearly extinct, bison are now climate heroes. The Washington Post.
  • All of America will benefit from investment in clean energy and climate solutions. Watson Institute.
  • The death toll from extreme weather events in Bangladesh has drastically decreased due to a multi-layered early warning system. BBC.
  • House passes bill codifying same-sex marriage with significant GOP support. The Hill.
  • Financial services can help people escape poverty. In 2021, 76 percent of adults worldwide had an account at a financial institution, up from 51 percent in 2011. World Bank.
  • Energy crisis is hastening end of fossil fuel era, India says. Bloomberg.
  • In Alaska, coal is dwindling as green energy is on the rise. High Country News.
  • After the failure of the state’s power grid in February 2021, solar power is bailing Texas out this summer. Texas Monthly.
  • How Germany’s new immigration law gives refugees hope. DW.
  • Mother to child HIV transmission in Botswana has fallen from 40% in 1999 to 1% in 2021. Guardian.
  • After 45 years of public health efforts, Niger is on the verge of becoming the first country in Africa to end onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness. Gates Foundation.
  • Between 2000 and 2021, Indonesia reduced the share of people living below the national poverty line from 20% to 10% – lifting around 25 million out of poverty. Noahpinion.
  • Transformational therapy cures haemophilia B. BBC.

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