Today's collection of short good news nuggets to perk up the day.
You would think that Olympic athletes would get all the support in the world, however, the opposite is often true for mothers and pregnant athletes. However, the good news is that Allyson Felix, the most decorated track and field Olympian in history, has announced a partnership with Athleta, her primary sponsor, and Women’s Sports Foundation, to launch a $200,000 grant to cover the childcare costs for professional athletes competing in the 2021 Olympics.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first Gulf state to open an embassy in Israel. This follows the inauguration of Israel's embassy in the UAE last month. Israel's president called the embassy opening "an important milestone in our journey towards the future peace, prosperity and security" for the Middle East.
The US has a new set goal of boosting renewable energy production to reach 80 percent of energy needs by the end of the decade. While this is great news for the planet, it turns out it’s also great news for human health. Researchers from Harvard University and Georgia Institute of Technology find that achieving 80 percent renewable energy sourcing would also save 317,500 lives in the US over the next 30 years. The lifesaving effects would be the result of a sharp reduction in air pollution caused by burning oil, gas, and coal. According to the researchers, the lifesaving effects would be “immediate, widespread and substantial.”
New environmental rules imposed by Brussels are set to make air travel more expensive in Europe. This seems perfectly sensible. Tickets may rise by between 5pc to 8pc under carbon pricing rules proposed as part of the European Union’s "Fit for 55" scheme. Airlines could potentially benefit from the proposals as customers look more favourably on green credentials.
Spain will invest €4.3 billion ($5.1 billion) to kick-start the production of electric vehicles and batteries as part of a major national spending programme. After Germany, Spain is Europe's second-largest auto producer and the world's eighth biggest.
Good news for gamers: According to Bloomberg, Netflix could start offering games right next to its other streaming content within the next year, listed as a new genre just like documentaries or anything else, without charging extra for the experience.
Arizona counties find fewer than 200 possible voter fraud cases among 3m 2020 ballots. The findings rather undermines Trump’s claims after Biden beat him by more than 10,000 votes in state. It would be really good news if that was the end of the matter.
The UK government is planning to take large stakes in promising British start ups as part of a push to support the tech industry. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to launch the Future Fund Breakthrough today, a £375m fund that will invest in a handful of R&D intensive companies looking to grow quickly.
Laws of nature: could UK rivers be given the same rights as people? As more and more countries grant natural features or ecosystems legal personhood, the good news is that UK’s fight to pass nature rights laws is quietly gaining pace. We'll keep you posted.
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