OGN Tuesday

Today's round up of good news snippets from around the world.

  • Singapore is planting one million native trees to protect the species, boost the eco-system and put a park within 10 minutes of every citizen.

  • Seagrass Restoration: At a time when capturing carbon has never been of more importance, seagrass restoration projects are exactly what the world needs. According to the UN Environment Program, the mostly 'unseen' seagrass can capture carbon an amazing 35 times faster than rainforests.

  • The Orionid meteors appear every year and the best time to see them is tonight and tomorrow night. The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph and are known for their brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky.

  • Major Fashion Houses try Mushrooms: Gucci, Adidas, Stella McCartney and Lululemon expect to be selling faux leather products made from mushrooms next year.

  • A new digital “health passport” is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time this week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel. The CommonPass system is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus.

  • It's hard to believe, but it's been nearly three years since SpaceX launched Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket. So, where is it now?

  • YouTube and Facebook crack down on vaccine misinformation. The tech giants have both made moves to cut down on the proliferation of anti-vaccination content on their sites.

  • EU Tackles Chemicals Market: The strategy, approved by the European Commission, represents some of the most ambitious policy recommendations on the planet.

  • It's good news for Alexei Navalny, Russia’s charismatic opposition leader, as he continues his recovery and has started giving interviews again, from Berlin. The Kremlin’s refusal to investigate the poisoning, and its willingness to shatter relations with Germany and the EU in order to cover it up, confirm Mr Putin’s involvement, he argues. So does Mr Putin’s explanation, in a conversation with Emmanuel Macron, the French president, that Mr Navalny poisoned himself to discredit the Kremlin. It was a line so insultingly absurd that Mr Macron leaked it to the media.

  • Take inspiration from Mitchell Couch, a carpenter from California, who noticed a growing number of families with school kids were forced to accommodate distance learners, who would use the dining table for their schoolwork. “I made a desk for my kids to start with, and I made it for, like, 20 bucks,” Mitchell said. He posted pictures of his work on social media, and the extraordinary attention he received amazed him. “It went crazy,” he recalls. “I had 200 messages the following morning.” Soon after, local supermarket, Grocery Outlet, asked Mitchell if he was willing to make more desks if they provided him with materials. The dad accepted the challenge and made 35 desks, which Grocery Outlet donated to local schools for kids in need.