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Good News Only Friday

Updated: Apr 15

Wrapping up the week with some positive news nuggets.


Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon.
Circle of Life

Mules living in the Grand Canyon are doing their part to help the planet and their neighbors. Through a program called Operation Shrivelly Apples, scraps from the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, like carrot peels and broccoli stems, are fed to the mules. They produce close to 2 million pounds of manure annually, which is used by area farmers and nurseries. In the last 11 years, 35 tons of food remnants have bypassed landfills and gone straight to the mules.


Clean Cooking

A new report from the Clean Cooking Alliance says that more than 1.5 billion people have gained access to clean cooking (i.e. not using biomass, kerosene, or coal) since 2010, and that last year saw significant accomplishments, with new commitments from national governments and record levels of investment. That's good news for the health of the people involved and the health of our planet.


Oldest known arrowheads, from 74,000 years ago
Credit: Blue Nile Survey Project
Oldest Ever Found

Archaeologists discover oldest-known arrowheads, dating to roughly 74,000 years ago in what is now northern Ethiopia; time period coincided with the Toba super-eruption, which spread ash and gas worldwide. They say the discovery provides evidence for bow and arrow use prior to the dispersal of modern humans out of Africa.


Stat of The Day

50: The percentage of competitors in the Paris 2024 Olympics who will be women, making the upcoming Games the first to achieve gender parity for athlete participation.


Southern Ocean

The UK government just announced full protection for an additional 65,000 square miles (166,000 km2) surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in the South Atlantic, home to one of the largest and most varied aggregations of wildlife on the planet. Full protections within the Marine Protection Area now encompass approximately 17,375 square miles (450,000 km2).


Star Wars

In good news for Star Wars fans, Disney has just released the trailer for its newest Star Wars series The Acolyte, which is set to stream on Disney+ June 4. The series takes place 100 years before the franchise’s prequel trilogy during the High Republic era of the Star Wars universe, which is the furthest back in the timeline Star Wars has gone in a live-action production. Click here to watch the trailer.


School meal at a primary school in the Congo
Credit: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua
School Feeding

School meals are World Food Programme’s key focus in the Republic of Congo where the organisation now feeds 173,000 leaners in 532 primary schools, such as the one pictured. Better yet, WFP says school feeding policies are now in place in 48 out of 54 countries in Africa, supporting 15 percent of all students in low-income countries and more than half of students in upper-middle-income countries. Meals are also becoming healthier and more diverse, including legumes, vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy. Studies show that school meals not only reduce hunger and improve health and nutrition, but also boost countries’ productivity and allow children to better understand the links between what we grow and what we eat.

 

“Friday sees more smiles than any other day of the workweek!” Kate Summers

 
On This Day

22 March 1934: The Augusta National Golf Club hosted the first Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

 





 
Mood Booster

Body-Popping Sage Grouse: One of nature's greatest dancers.



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