Only Good News

Updated: May 14, 2021

Sunday's round up of good news snippets.

  • New York City has sued three major oil companies - Exxon, Shell and BP - for allegedly running ads that are “systematically and intentionally deceiving” New Yorkers about the role fossil fuels play in climate change. Their goal is “attracting new consumers to their fossil fuel products and preventing the mass defection of existing consumers to cleaner alternatives that contribute substantially less to climate change,” the city said in its complaint. It's seeking an order blocking the companies from violating its consumer protection laws, plus civil penalties.

  • Back in 2000, in China, Ms. Xue and her mum were on a trip and took a picture in front of the May Fourth Square central sculpture in Quingdao. In Xue's picture there happened to be a man in the background, but she barely noticed him at that time. 11 years later, Xue met her soulmate - Mr. Ye. The two got married and had children. Some time passed, and one day, Ye was going through their old photos. To his surprise, he recognized himself in Xue's picture. He was posing at the same time, but for a different camera. “When I saw the photo I was taken by surprise and I got goosebumps all over my body!"

  • Joe Biden has tapped Rick Spinrad to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the agency at the vanguard of climate, weather and ocean science for the US. Spinrad, is an oceanography professor and the former chief scientist of Noaa. The nomination marks the potential end to a rocky period in Noaa’s history, when the agency went years without a permanent leader while enduring scandal during the Trump administration - remember when it released a statement defending Trump’s inaccurate claims that a hurricane would seriously affect Alabama, undermining its own meteorologists who had tried to set the record straight?

  • As an alternative to carbon-emitting diesel engines, the first hydrogen-powered passenger trains are set to debut in Germany and establish a toehold for the technology in Europe. If travellers took the train en masse instead of taking the plane to travel from one European city to another, CO2 emissions would be up to 10 percent lower - saving is around 8.4 million tonnes. The extra good news is that's before factoring in hydrogen-powered trains. Sadly, improved figures not yet available.

  • From the facebook page of Hutchinson Police Department in Kansas: 'We received this photograph over the weekend and had to open an investigation. We found that a lady, who had some health issues, was struggling to mow her lawn and Officer Wells finished up mowing the lawn for her. Our Chief has issued a challenge to every officer: What positive impact did you make in your community today? Officer Wells was caught in the act meeting the Chief's challenge. Great job Officer Wells!'

  • What are the odds? A set of identical twins who married identical twins have both given birth to babies within months of one another. Brittany and Briana Deane, 33, fell pregnant around a similar time with their partners Josh and Jeremy Salyers, 35. The foursome met at a festival for twins in 2017 and the Salyers blokes proposed six months later, following a whirlwind romance. They had a joint wedding in 2018, live in the same home in Virginia, and are now expanding their families together.

Dive in deeper...

  • Sleeping on the ceiling: We always knew ceilings were good for dancing on. Now we know they're good for sleeping on, too. That's good news for the astronauts on the ISS, as there are currently twice as many as there should be.

  • Super-yachts squeeze down Dutch canal: It's not every day you see a gigantic pleasure-craft in narrow Dutch canals. But, if there's no other choice...

  • Football is the winner: The kerfuffle over the mooted European Super League has taught us five things.


Today's mood-boosting video...

Sing Sing Sing: Video remix of the Bennie Goodman classic. If you're in need of perking up, you'll enjoy this funky shuffle dance-along...