OGN Thursday

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Collection of positive news snippets from around the globe.


  • Ecuador: A giant Galápagos tortoise credited with saving his species from likely extinction has been put out to pasture and returned to his native island after 25 years of breeding.

  • Israel: Renewables are about to welcome a new member into the family of clean energy sources, thanks to researchers who have managed to generate voltage using water vapor in the atmosphere.

  • Good news for bargain hunters as charity shops expect a deluge of clothes and other items, after everyone has spent the last few weeks clearing out their wardrobes and tidying up their homes.

  • English Premier League kicked off last night (under stringent rules).

  • Thailand: No new cases of Covid-19 for more than three weeks, as the country continues to recover from the impact of the virus.

  • Germany: The contact-tracing app which has been rolled out nationally was downloaded 6.5 million times within 24 hours of its launch.

  • Australia: Beer and algae? There are numerous new and innovative methods for fighting climate change, as this example piloted by Young Henrys brewery further demonstrates.

  • UK: Sign outside recently reopened pub: "We can only open at one third of our capacity. Those who cannot drink for three are kindly asked to leave their place to the professionals." That's got to be good news for someone!

  • Uganda: Startup recycles plastic bottles into PPE face shields for hospitals.

  • Space: In good news for astronomers and astrophysicists, a surprise discovery points to the source of the cosmic oddity of fast radio bursts.

  • US: Officials have promised that as and when there is a coronavirus vaccine, it will be available free for those who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

  • Lockdown has taken a toll on all of us, and some friends and family may need extra support over the coming months. To help people become better mental health supporters, Johns Hopkins University is now offering a free online course in psychological first aid. Course has received a score of 4.8 out 5 by those who have already taken part.

  • Most of us have been missing out on hugging our friends during lockdown, but let's not forget that animals love a good hug too! As this charming video amply demonstrates.

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