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OGN Monday

Plenty of uplifting news snippets to kick off the week.

  • Australia: Birdwatching has boomed during lockdown Down Under and the good news is that it's having an unexpected benefit. Scientists have been using an increase in data on bird identification apps to help with conservation efforts after Australia's bushfires. Image: Fairy-Wren.

  • Flip Flops: Would you have guessed it's the world's most popular shoe? The problem is that they tend to be made of plastic and are commonly used for short periods, then discarded after a few uses due to flimsy materials. Looks like there's now a solution to that...

  • Germany: Recognizing the vital importance of insects to the ecosystem, new laws will see the country dimming its lights at night; other measures include more controls on pesticides and greater protection of natural habitats.

  • The Dream of Nuclear Fusion: The process produces virtually no waste, making it a climate friendly, safe, and reliable source of near unlimited power - if we can get it to work.

  • UK and Japan hope to agree the details of a post-Brexit trade agreement by the end of the month.

  • Sweden: As we all know, the country didn't go for lockdown and simply asked its citizens to observe social distancing. Whilst the jury is still out on whether this was the best strategy, it's economy suggests that it may have been. It's in much better shape than the rest of Europe.

  • A new survey has revealed that kind leadership is crucial to workplace success in our post-Covid world.

  • Cambodia: Girl, who used to live on a garbage dump, grows up to achieve a scholarship to Melbourne University, courtesy of a chance meeting when she was 11 with Scott Neeson of the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

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