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OGN Thursday

Updated: Jun 29, 2020

Snippets of positive news from around the world, on land and beneath the oceans.

  • France: A handkerchief belonging to Marylin Monroe has single-handedly saved a historic Paris theatre from bankruptcy after its owner auctioned the legendary Hollywood actress’s ephemeral possession for €300,000 (£270,000). 

  • Amazon has launched a $2 billion venture fund to invest in companies developing ways to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. It said the fund would focus on startups that could help it achieve “net zero” emissions by 2040. But that's changing rapidly.

  • Ocean mapping: One of today's strange facts is that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our planet's ocean floor. Brazil: In good news for the rest of the country, a judge tells Bolsonaro to behave and wear a face mask, reminding the President he's not above the law and risks fine if he continues to break rules.

  • Italy: There's been a surge in bicycle sales since the government ended lockdown and people steer clear of public transport, responding to significant government incentives to help the environment.

  • US: Twitter hid yet another of President Trump’s tweets yesterday with a warning label - the fifth tweet from the president that twitter has labeled in the past several weeks - saying the tweet violates its policy prohibiting abusive behavior and specifically “the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group.” Good news for common sense!

  • Apple Maps to help remove 'range anxiety' by plotting road trips that are best for EV charging stations en route, factoring in a driver's battery status, range, and EV model. That's good news for EV owners and the environment, as it should help persuade more to switch to electric.

  • Canada: Well done teenager, Darius Sam, who decided to turn his life round by giving up weed and alcohol, and runs an ultra-marathon. Raising $80,000 for local food bank.

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