OGN Tuesday

Collection of good news snippets to get Tuesday off to a bright start.

  • Making a difference: In New Orleans, a trumpeter named Shamarr Allen wanted to find a way to get guns out of kids’ hands, so he turned to what he knows best: music. He recently created a gun-for-trumpet exchange programme - called Trumpet Is My Weapon - and has so far collected half a dozen guns that he turned over to police.

  • Creating coral reefs: Underwater sculptures are replenishing the marine ecosystem. See 2 minute video.

  • England: Overall, single-use plastic bags have declined by 95 per cent since the introduction of the 5p charge in 2015.

  • Costa Rica: This small Latin American country has the most successful forest management model on earth.

  • New research has found that a simple blood test could spot Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear. Early diagnosis is important because it provides more opportunities to treat the disease and halt its progress.

  • Thousands of light years away, there's a "space butterfly" coloured with brilliant blues and clouds of purple and red. It's an image we've never seen in this much detail before.

  • South Africa: Rhino poaching has decreased by 53% in the first six months of 2020, which continues the good news of the dramatic downward trend of the last five years.

  • US: Connecticut just passed a major bill to start holding police accountable. The law is the latest state-level effort to reform American policing since the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police in May.

  • Arizona: Retired U.S. Marine was out for a jog when he heard someone screaming. He immediately ran towards the sound and saw a 3-year-old child about to be dropped out of a burning, third-floor apartment. "I saw another guy was standing there ready to catch the boy, but he didn't look like he was going to do it, so I stepped in front of him." And, happily, successfully caught the toddler.

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