OGN Monday

Another new week brings more good news...

  • Good news for Colorado as Governor Jared Polis declares that the state will rely on 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, saying “It’s very much in our interest to do our part. We have a climate-driven economy. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Colorado are climate-dependent. And we want to position Colorado as a climate and green energy leader.”

  • Star power: Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks to offer distraction from steel ring around Joe Biden's inauguration. Stars hope to lighten the mood as security is ramped up for unprecedented ceremony.

  • Cells from critically endangered species to be cryogenically stored in Europe’s first ever 'biobank' to save them from future extinction.

  • Good news for British payments processing business Checkout.com as its valuation climbs to $15bn, making it the most valuable technology start-up in the UK.

  • Last Friday was the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King - and, after extensive historical research, Jordan J Lloyd has added digital colour to black-and-white photographs of Dr King and other public-domain images of the US civil rights movement in the 1960s. "People have a right to access their history," Lloyd told BBC News. "And colour removes a level of abstraction that usually distances ourselves from the past. "All of a sudden, the photo feels real, more visceral." Lloyd's photos are available to be freely used and adapted, at Unsplash.

  • In good news for Britain's fight against Covid (and any variants that may rear their ugly heads), the country will be able to vaccinate the entire nation against new strains within four months after a £158m super-factory opens later this year in Oxfordshire.

  • Have you noticed that, when trying to type the word Trump into the auto-cue on your iPhone, you now have to type the whole word? Not so long ago, Tru got you there.

  • We have the dream job for you if you like rugged wilderness and rustic living. Owners of a coffee shop and four rental cottages on Great Blasket Island are in search of an intrepid duo to take up concierge duty for the tourist season from April to October. Located just off the coast of Ireland’s County Kerry, the isolated island is a hiker’s paradise during the height of the summer, with hundreds of visitors daily. Caretakers will be provided with accommodation, food, and glorious views of some of Mother Nature’s most spectacular seaside scenery. Apply here

  • Love goes full circle: Fred and Florence first met 68 years ago in a Canadian bayside town....

  • 4 major Asian nations cancel 80 percent of planned coal power projects after fossil fuel prices collapsed in 2020. Indonesia, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the Philippines have all canceled projects; including 29 new plants in Bangladesh alone.

  • Tintin cover art sells for record-breaking €3.2m. Hergé’s original artwork for Le Lotus Bleu was rejected as too expensive to reproduce in 1936 and given to editor’s son, who kept it in a drawer for decades. The previous record, set in 2014, for an original and pristine copy of the Action Comics #1, the first comic to feature Superman, that once sold for 10 cents in the US, traded on an eBay auction for $3.2m (€2.6m; £2.3m).

  • The marine industry is one of the dirty secrets of climate change as marine transport emits 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for 2.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to the dirty fossil fuel burned for propulsion. New hydrogen powered shipping is about to change that.

  • Sensational drone footage of Italy's majestic Dolomite mountains. Beautiful and breathtaking. 4 minutes of wonder.


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