OGN Sunday

Uplifting collection of good news nuggets from around the world.

  • Since the use of gillnets was banned along the California coast a decade ago, the population of harbour porpoises has rebounded. It's actually one of the smallest toothed whales on Earth and the ban has added at least 8,200 new porpoises to the ocean.

  • Renewables overtook fossil fuels as the main source of electricity in the UK for the first time in 2020. A record 42 percent of electricity was generated by renewables, compared to 41 percent by fossil fuels, driven by a rise in wind power. Afterall, as OGN reported recently, the UK is now the Saudia Arabia of wind energy.

  • Perhaps as famous as the Super Bowl itself is the advertising dollars spent on creating ingenious campaigns during the broadcast. This year, Anheuser-Busch, which usually runs their iconic Budweiser ads during the Super Bowl (7 Feb), has decided to divert those dollars to something more meaningful and will donate the money to coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts. Budweiser said the exact donation amount has yet to be revealed, but it will be a “multi-million dollar” commitment.

  • Whales help cool the planet: The world's largest animals are unusually good at taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

  • Dramatic drop in Covid cases gives India hope of return to normal life. Swimming pools, cinemas and theatres to be allowed to operate at full capacity from 1 February. That's great news, but did you know that India is the vaccine capital of the world? If you missed it 4 days ago on OGN, the tale of how an Indian family became the world’s vaccine kings, fighting off stiff competition from some of the world’s biggest companies, is as curious as it is remarkable.

  • Successor for Concorde: The race is heating up to produce the first supersonic passenger aircraft to enter commercial service in more than 50 years. The AS2 will be 'boomless' and will not use fossil fuels.

  • The National Galleries of Scotland has presented an exhibition of the work of JMW Turner every January for more than a century. But, sadly, not this year. However, if you're in need of a cultural fix, the good news is that anyone from anywhere can now enjoy his work online.

  • General Motors has announced all its new cars, SUVs, and light pickup trucks will have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, in a dramatic shift by the largest U.S. automaker away from gasoline and diesel engines.

  • After her poetry reading at Biden's inauguration, Amanda Gorman's year just gets better and better. The meteoric rise of a poetry superstar....

  • Speaking of Cinderella stories, here's another: An Australian Twitter user caused a flurry of excitement last week when she posted about a bargain find at a thrift shop in Canberra - designer Manolo Blahnik shoes worth $2,125 for a steal at $35. And not just any pair of Manolo Blahniks, but the same blue satin jewel buckle pumps that Carrie Bradshaw wore during her proposal and marriage in the 2008 Sex and the City film.

  • Is it a universal truth? Brits are increasingly avoiding the news, according to Ofcom, the media regulator. Their research proves that what people actually want is good news. Not necessarily all of the time, but definitely more of the time.

  • We’ve all heard of bike-sharing, but what about ski-sharing? In the Finnish city of Lahti, a first-of-its-kind programme allows residents to borrow some skis for a quick ski trip to the store when snow hits the city. Lahti has laid out urban ski trails in the city centre, and residents are free to pick up skis from one of the ski-sharing stations to run errands or simply to get some exercise.

  • World's surface fun facts: There are over 510 million sq. km of area on the surface of Earth, but less than 30 percent of this is covered by land. The rest is water. Russia, the world's largest country is just over 3 percent of the planet's land...

  • Doorbell camera captures the heartwarming happy dance of a grateful Amazon driver who found free snacks left out by a kind home owner in Delaware. Best with sound on!