OGN Wednesday

Mid-week collection of positive news snippets.

  • Sticking to this week's theme of entertaining animal photos - designed to put an instant smile on your face - here's another of OGN's favourites from this year's Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

  • Venice Holds Back the Flood: For the first time in 1,200 years, the city has successfully defended itself against flooding, courtesy of its new €5.5 billion defence system.

  • US: Over 15,000 student households in five school districts were gifted with free internet connectivity yesterday, as many children struggle with online learning due to unreliable Wi-Fi amid pandemic. They will now have five years of free internet connection in their homes, thanks to T-Mobile's Project 10Million, a programme that aims to eventually get free Wi-Fi to 10 million students' households in America.

  • Listening to Humpback Whales in Alaska: Scientists say that this year “we’re going to hear how these humpback whales are interacting with their environment instead of how they’re interacting with us.”

  • World leaders commit to reversing nature loss by 2030. More than 60 Heads of State and Government endorse the Leaders’ Pledge for Nature, committing to decisive action on nature to protect human and planet. Heads of State and Government from more than 65 countries, spanning five continents and the President of the European Commission for the European Union, have committed to reverse nature loss by the end of the decade.

  • More and more institutions are choosing to divest from fossil fuels, but Cambridge University is going one step further and decarbonising its entire £3.5 billion portfolio.

  • The new bee colony report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture describes a surprising increase in the number of colonies across the nation. Some states are experiencing a particularly rapid expansion of their bee population. Reporting the most dramatic growth, Maine counted a 73 percent increase in colony numbers since 2018.

  • Germany: Europe’s first self-driving tram has been successfully trialled on a 6km route in Potsdam. The autonomous Combino tram looks like any other tram but uses radar, laser technology and camera sensors as multiple virtual eyes to view oncoming traffic. Travelling at up to 50km per hour, it can respond to hazards up to 100 metres ahead - much faster than a human can.

  • Take inspiration from Randy Long in Alabama: When cleaning out his garage he came across some practice baseballs and, thinking a new generation of kids might get some use out of them, he took them to a local batting cage, where he left them along with a sentimental note that might just bring even the manliest of men to tears: “Hope someone can use some of these baseballs in the batting cages. I found them cleaning my garage. I pitched them to my son and grandson for countless rounds. My son is now 46 y/o and my grandson is 23 y/o. I am 72 and what I won’t give to pitch a couple of buckets to them. They have both moved away. If you are a father cherish these times. You won’t believe how quickly they will be gone. God bless. P.S. Give them a hug and tell them you love them every chance you get.”

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