OGN Tuesday

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Today's collection of positive news snippets.

  • One of world's rarest toads bred in captivity for first time in Manchester, England. It's hoped that the programme will help to ensure the survival of the critically endangered variable harlequin toad - that normally lives deep in the rainforests of Panama and Costa Rica.

  • A national register of tradeswomen is set to launch this month in the UK. That's good news for vulnerable householders who say they would feel safer with tradeswomen in their house - and be sure that they are certified and fully qualified.

  • By day, the field of leeks looks like any other. But, as the sun sets, solar powered blue and red light, mixed with invisible ultraviolet (UV) radiation, transforms the scene into a beautiful multicoloured landscape. This LED light show is not just for effect. For a couple of hours every evening the lights shine across the 20,000sq metre field in Lelystad in the Netherlands to make the leeks grow better. It's a light installation that brings art and science together.

  • Why do stars twinkle? And why don't planets twinkle too?

  • Cities across the world are making efforts to cut air pollution and reduce the number of combustion engine vehicles on their streets. Low- and zero-emission vehicles are starting to play an increasingly bigger role in achieving these goals. Now First Bus, one of the UK’s largest public transport operators, is set to pilot new zero-emission buses in the Autumn.

  • Climate Neutral label: Most of us are trying to do 'the right thing' and buy products that are the least damaging to the environment. But it's remarkably difficult to make a truly informed decision. It needs a label to help and inform us. And one's coming...

  • President Joe Biden's promise, that 100 million Americans would be vaccinated in his first 100 days in office, is close to completion. And, now, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout had added to the jab arsenal.

  • Oldest known bird hatches chick: At 70 years of age an albatross called Wisdom has hatched a chick.

  • These are some of the first-ever images of the fully-illuminated kitefin shark, the world's largest known bioluminescent vertebrate and one of about 57 known shark species that can make its own light. Scientists say they actually use the glow to disappear, not stand out. Under the water, the sharks' bioluminescence blends in with the faint glow from the ocean's surface.

  • They do mobile libraries a bit differently in Ethiopia: by camel. The camel library brings vital books to 22,000 children in 33 villages across Ethiopia, spending two and a half days at each site, in which time the camels rest and eat, before heading off to visit the delighted children in the next village.

  • The Big Outdoors: Buckle up for a rollercoaster ride through the mountains of Norway...