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Good News Thursday

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Collection of positive news snippets from around the world.

  • Lucky Boris: Queen allows UK Prime Minister to exercise in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

  • Twitter slaps false claim warnings on Trump tweets.

  • World’s largest all-electric aircraft (9 seats) set for first flight today and will produce zero carbon emissions.

  • Italy: The Colosseum, which is Italy’s most visited tourist destination, will welcome visitors from next Monday for those looking to enjoy Roman ruins from a social distance.

  • California: World’s largest green hydrogen plant will soon be turning trash into ultra-cheap fuel.

  • New Zealand: No patients are in hospital with coronavirus for the first time since the country went into lockdown on March 25.

  • England: Surrey pensioner has become the UK's oldest coronavirus survivor. Freda Hodgson, aged 106, has been nursed back to health at the Whiteley Village care home. Freda, who also survived the Spanish flu as a child, has no fewer than 52 great-grandchildren.

  • Kenya: Maasai Mara conservation area seeks financial aid and 100,000 people respond.

  • Germany: A startup in has developed what it says is the world’s first floating ocean hybrid platform, which combines wave, wind and solar power. Sinn Power says the platform will be able to supply renewable energy to different islands and wants to provide people “all over the world” with access to clean electricity.

  • BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, lodged multiple votes against ExxonMobil at its annual shareholder meeting yesterday over its concern about the oil company’s failure to make progress on its climate change targets.

  • UK’s first car battery ‘gigafactory’ to be built by two startups. AMTE Power and Britishvolt to invest up to £4bn in plant, likely to be in Scotland, similar to Tesla facility in US.

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