OGN Thursday

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Selection of uplifting news snippets to brighten the day.


  • It's Official: EV owners spend half as much on maintenance and repair costs over their vehicle’s lifetime compared to owners of fossil-fuel powered vehicles.

  • What if Everyone Switched to Electric Cars? How the hell do we power them all and what's the net carbon benefit?

  • Denmark's Prime Minister pledges to spend $1.58 billion on new climate initiatives in response to calls from business leaders and politicians for quicker action towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Hooking Up with Sharks: Extraordinary 3 minute video of a diver who has developed a close bond with numerous sharks, particularly after she removed a hook from the jaws of one of them. And others started turning up for help too...

  • India: Plans to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with renewable generating capacity in a bid to cut the nation's carbon footprint, power minister R. K. Singh says. 'Some plants are already retired, and about 29 more plants are going to retire, and all that space will be occupied by renewable energy.'

  • Bike Storage Reaches New Heights: The Netherlands has more bicycles than people - 22 million for a population of 17 million - and finding a space to park can be a challenge.

  • Orionid meteor shower: From now to 7 November. While meteors can be seen throughout the shower's window, the best time to see them is from 20 to 21 October, when the shower is at its brightest. The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, and are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky.

  • Take inspiration from Giuseppe Paterno as he becomes Italy’s oldest graduate at the age of 96 after being awarded first-class honours in philosophy from the University of Palermo in Sicily. “It’s one of the happiest days of my entire life,” said Paterno on graduating. Prevented from going to university when younger by poverty and war, he finally enrolled in 2017. “Neighbours used to ask, ‘why all this trouble at your age?’. They couldn’t understand the importance of fulfilling a dream, regardless of my age,” says Paterno.

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