OGN Sunday

Updated: Mar 16

Collection of positive news nuggets to help ensure it's a sunny Sunday.

  • Their courtship dances have inspired ballets, while some cultures worshipped them as gods. Now cranes are soaring again in the UK, some 400 years after they were wiped out by hunters. A census published this week revealed that 23 crane chicks were born in the UK last year, pushing the national population past the 200 milestone. The birds returned to Norfolk in the 1970s under their own steam and have spread to Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Somerset thanks to ongoing efforts to restore their wetland habitats.

  • Pizza delivery man gets new car as a tip! Local community wanted to reward him for doing such a great job.

  • The 'magic' has started: early data shows Israel's vaccination campaign is working, now that 40 percent of the population has received at least one jab. It took longer than expected but there is now 'real world' evidence to show the Pfizer jab is both saving lives and reducing infections.

  • U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (pictured) has reappointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his special envoy on climate ambition and solutions 'to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action' ahead of a global summit in November. The media mogul will support Guterres in 'growing and strengthening' a coalition of governments, companies, cities, and businesses committing to net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the goals of the 2015 global climate deal struck in Paris, the United Nations said.

  • Man Spends 2 Years Studying a Hedge: 10 years ago, on a long car journey with a friend, UK ecologist Rob Walton accepted a rather unusual challenge. Little did he know that his endeavours would help influence fundamental policy to help the UK reach net zero carbon by 2050.

  • If the Netflix film The Dig has inspired you about Anglo-Saxon archaeology, this curator’s introduction to the British Museum’s treasures from the real Sutton Hoo ship burial is a good place to start. Just one of a great many treasures.

  • The 8th Continent is an award-winning design that restores ocean health and recycles plastic along the way.

  • Google is to open its first centre (in Dublin) dedicated to tackling harmful content online ahead of the UK’s incoming Duty of Care laws. The tech giant said its new facility would focus on child safety and extremism, to ensure it meets the new safety regulations in the UK, as well as in the EU. Companies can be fined up to 10 percent of their global revenue, which could mean fines of up to £11 billion for Google, if they are found to have not protected users from harm.

  • Act of Kindness: On an icy cold day in the Windy City last week, Chicago man drives past a shivering street vendor selling Mexican tamales. He stopped, purchased all the food she had on her stall (over 100 tamales), gave her a big tip, and suggested she go home and get warm. He then drove off and gave the food to homeless people. Nice!

  • Time for a face mask upgrade? Someone was bound to come up with an innovative tech version, and now they have.

  • Infectious - but in a really good way! Passer by couldn't resist joining in as street performer sings Bob Marley classic. Guaranteed to lift your spirit!