OGN Monday

Selection of uplifting nuggets of good news to get the week off to a positive start.

  • Oxford vaccine a 'winning formula,' says AstraZeneca chief executive. The vaccine is set to start being rolled out in the UK on 4 January and the expectation is that it may be even more effective than first thought. The Government is aiming for two million people to receive their first dose of either the Oxford vaccine or the Pfizer jab within a fortnight as part of a major ramping up of the inoculation programme.

  • In more good medical news, a new antibody treatment with the potential to give people immediate protection after being exposed to Covid-19 and prevent illness is being trialed in the UK.

  • Tesla's Holiday Update software includes a noisy and controversial new feature which allows drivers (of later models) to customise their horn and make the honk sound like a goat, applause, La Cucaracha or a fart, among a range of other sound effects. This new feature also enables Teslas to make different EV in-motion driving sounds (because there's no combustion engine, the cars are silent), so expect to hear the theme tune to Jaws or the sound of a Star Wars fighter jet coming to a street near you.

  • World's biggest garbage dump becomes a green oasis: Picture New York’s Central Park with rubbish piled 20 stories high. Now multiply that by three. That’s how ghastly the Staten Island garbage dump used to be.

  • Allowing trees and woodland to regenerate through the natural dispersal of seeds should become the default way to restore Britain's forest cover, according to a new report. Natural regeneration brings the most benefits for biodiversity, is cost-effective and may sequester more carbon than previously thought, argues Rewilding Britain.

  • E-bike buyers guide: The variety of electric bike models, ranges and batteries can be confusing - here’s what you need to know. Including how to pay (a lot) less.

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts, has become the first US city to mandate the placing of stickers on fuel pumps to warn drivers of the resulting dangers posed by the climate crisis. The bright yellow stickers include text that warns drivers the burning of gasoline, diesel and ethanol has “major consequences on human health and the environment including contributing to climate change”.

  • The Notre Dame cathedral choir sung inside the gothic landmark for the first time since last year's devastating fire - complete with hard hats, protective clothing and social distancing in place. The choir performed beneath stained-glass windows for the Paris concert that was recorded last month and broadcast on Christmas Day.

  • Fun, entertaining and uplifting. This gorgeous video is definitely worth 5 minutes of your time to enjoy a mix of dance stars strutting their stuff in the last few decades. Guaranteed to make you smile!