Some good news for a change

Roelien Vorster. Editor: Roodepoort Record

Despite war-mongering, the incitement of hatred of those in power and natural disasters, every so often we can regain our faith in humanity.

Here are 20 good news stories from across the world that you probably have not heard about yet. I saw this on Facebook and thought I should share this.

*The Giant Panda is no longer an endangered species.

*The Ocean Clean-up Project plans to clean up 40 per cent of ocean plastic, starting this year.

*China announced plans to end the ivory trade in their country.

*US Veteran homelessness has declined by 50 per cent in the last 10 years.

*The Ice Bucket Challenge has provided ALS research with enough money to identify a gene associated with the disease. ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and affects the spinal cord and brain.

*China put a ban on new coal mines and 15 per cent of their economy will use renewable energy by 2020.

*The Manatee is no longer on the endangered species list.

*The Columbian government and FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels signed a peace agreement ending a war that has left seven million people dead or homeless.

*A drone called Juno flew over 445 million miles to orbit Jupiter and learn about the origin of our solar system.

*Canada protects 85 per cent of the Great Bear Rainforest, part of the world’s largest temperate rain forest.

*Measles has been eradicated from North, South and Central America.

*Malawi saw its HIV rate among children drop by 67 per cent.

*Twenty countries created 40 protected marine parks covering an area the size of the USA.

*Israel produces 55 per cent of its fresh water from the sea, thus turning the desert into farmland.

*An Ebola vaccine was developed by the Canadians with a 100 per cent success rate.

*World hunger has reached its lowest point in 25 years.

*Tiger numbers are on the rise for the first time in 100 years.

*After more than a century, Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves has been proven correct.

*About 90 per cent of Costa Rica’s electrical grid now runs on renewable energy.

*India planted 50 million trees in 24 hours with 800 000 thousand volunteers doing the work.

Until next week, take care of one another.


Roelien Vorster

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