OGN Monday

Collection of good news snippets for a positive start to the week.

  • Sea turtles, whales, and dolphins will soon be free of the deadly possibility that they will get entangled in the huge driftnets floating off the coast of California. The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill to phase out the use of the harmful mesh gillnets in federal waters there - the only place the nets are still used in the United States.

  • Aspiration Debit Card: An innovative idea of 'rounding up' card transactions to fund mass tree planting. It's only 3 months old but has already succeeded in planting one million trees.

  • A man from North Carolina has collected more than 7,000 bags of trash throughout his life in a bid to help the environment and keep his local area clean. He eventually went on to set up a GoFundMe page called ‘Mission to Beautify Our Communities’, where enough money was raised for him to buy a truck that enabled him to collect even more rubbish.

  • Covid Kerching: 'Major' breakthrough in Covid-19 drug makes three UK professors millionaires.

  • Since COVID-19 swept across the globe earlier this year, scientists have documented the ways that the virus emerged from - and worsened because of - human interaction with the air we breathe, the food we eat, the wild spaces that surround us. There are 5 key lessons humanity needs to learn and act upon.

  • Germany: To end the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste. The move means the sale of single-use cutlery, plates, stirring sticks, and balloon holders, as well as polystyrene cups and boxes, will be banned from 3 July 2021.