12 Days of (2017) Good News

Anyone got the blues at work today? Never fear, it’s time to get happy with our annual 12 days of good news. For a daily dose of optimism, you can follow on Instagram, or scroll down for the complete series. Feel free to share, just make sure to credit the work to Brand by Name.

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the smallest it's been since 1988

GOOD NEWS FACT #1

The ozone hole is the smallest it’s been since 1988.

Discovered in 1913, the ozone layer protects the earth from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Since a large hole was discovered in 1985, there has been an international effort to reduce substances such as chlorofluorocarbons that were once commonly used in aerosols and as refrigerants. The hole is now around two and a half times the size of Australia. Researchers expect the hole to return to 1980 levels by around 2070.

Link : bit.ly/ozonelayerhole

Denmark has reduced food waste by 25% in five years

GOOD NEWS FACT #2

Denmark has reduced food waste by 25% in five years, credited largely to one dedicated woman, Selina Juul.

Shocked by how much food was wasted, she set up ‘Stop Spild Af Mad’ (Stop Wasting Food). Starting with only a Facebook page, she created clever campaigns such as having a monthly clearout to eat UFOs (Unidentified Frozen Objects). Now, supermarkets encourage shoppers to buy single food items, labeled “Take me, I’m single” and Denmark has more initiatives against food waste than any other country in Europe.

Link : http://www.stopspildafmad.dk and bit.ly/DenmarkFoodWaste

Saudi Arabian women hailed the end of the driving ban in September 2017.

GOOD NEWS FACT #3

Saudi Arabian women hailed the end of the driving ban in September 2017.

Until then, only men were allowed licences and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. Activist Manal Al-Sharif, who was imprisoned briefly in 2011 for driving unaccompanied, tweeted … “Today the last country on earth to allow women to drive … we did it.”

Link : bit.ly/SaudiWomenDriver

For the first time in history, 50% of people with HIV are receiving treatment

GOOD NEWS FACT #4

Deaths caused by Aids around the world have dropped by half since 2005, and life expectancy of people with HIV in Europe and North America is now ‘near-normal’ thanks to new drug treatments. Link : bit.ly/HIV-50
Snow leopards have been taken off the endangered species list

GOOD NEWS FACT #5

The Snow leopard’s status has been improved to ‘vulnerable’ (an estimated population of under 10,000 breeding animals and a population decline of at least 10% over three generations). The rarely-sighted animals were first listed as endangered in 1972. Link : bit.ly/Snow-Leopards
Mexico created the largest ocean reserve in North America

GOOD NEWS FACT #6

At 148,000 sq km, it has been dubbed ‘The Galapagos of North America’ and will protect hundreds of species of animals and plants, including giant rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.

Link : bit.ly/Mexico-ocean

Clean energy jobs in the US outnumbered fossil fuel jobs by over 2.5 to 1

GOOD NEWS FACT #7

Clean energy jobs (solar, wind, energy efficiency, smart grid technology and battery storage) vastly outnumbered fossil fuel jobs (coal, oil and gas). The solar industry alone accounts for 1 in 50 new US jobs in 2017.

Link : bit.ly/USEnergyJobs and bit.ly/USSolarJobs

Commercial fishing is banned in the Arctic Ocean for the next 16 years

GOOD NEWS FACT #8

The European Union and nine nations, including the US, Russia, China and South Korea reached a deal to make the Arctic off-limits to commercial fishers for the next 16 years. The agreement gives scientists more time to understand the region’s marine ecology and the potential impacts of climate change.

Link : bit.ly/ArcticFishing

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