OGN Sunday

Selection of uplifting news snippets to brighten the day.

  • Zimbabwe has banned exploratory coal mining operations and many small gold mining contracts in all 11 national parks, heralding a massive victory for the country's wildlife.

  • Corporate Accountability: In good news for the planet, Rio Tinto's firing of chief executive shows shareholders are finally getting tough on bad behaviour. Free market capital saving the planet; who’d have thought it?

  • Intensive Care: ICU nurses gifted £1.2 million worth of luxury hotel stays as 'coronavirus thank you'.

  • Cambodia: Rice farmers who once had to sell at rock bottom prices - and supplement their income cutting trees - are getting a better deal. About 1,500 farmers have partnered with ethically-driven Ibis Rice, which guarantees above-market prices to 'wildlife friendly' farmers who patrol the forest for poachers and loggers while nurturing chemical-free paddy fields.

  • China's Wind Energy Revolution: China’s drive to conquer the global renewable energy market continues apace: it’s constructing more offshore wind capacity than the rest of the world combined. Wasn’t China meant to be the scourge of the climate crisis?

  • Sudan separates church and state: The Sudanese government has made formal agreements to separate religion from the state, ending three decades of Islamic rule in the North African nation.

  • Kids' Mental Health App: A podcast about mental health is helping schoolchildren (and teachers) flourish.

  • Good news for Sweden: The country has registered its lowest rate of positive coronavirus tests yet even after its testing regime was expanded to record levels in what Johan Carlson, director of the public health agency, said was a vindication of its relatively non-intrusive Covid-19 strategy. Over the past week the country carried out more than 120,000 tests, of which only 1.3 per cent identified the disease. At the height of the pandemic the proportion was 19 per cent. Johan Carlson said that Swedes seemed to be benefiting from widespread immunity because of the decision not to order the population to stay at home during the first wave.

  • US: Lots of kids set up lemonade stands in the summer. For many, it’s a rite of passage; a first step toward learning what it means to earn your own money. For 11 year old Cartier Carey, it was a chance to do a lot more. That’s because Carey isn’t using his profits to open a first savings account or saving up to buy himself a special treat. Instead, he’s investing it back into his local community. His goal? Helping single mothers in need. With all the stress and financial uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, Carey decided to focus on the basics: diapers and wipes. So far he has donated 22,000 diapers!

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