OGN Thursday

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Smorgasbord of good news snippets to brighten the day.


  • With no tourists around, Australian scuba diving companies have planted more than 1,000 pices of coral at the Great Barrier Reef to help restore the marine eco-system.

  • Samfundssind: Another Scandinavian word (Danish, actually) with no direct English translation, but it's perfect for today's world.

  • U.N. Secretary-General says reopening schools 'must be a top priority'.

  • Now that a man called Keith Weed has been appointed president of the Royal Horticultural Society, OGN Daily thought it would be amusing to take a look at nominative determinism, i.e. how your name can influence your career. But it shouldn't be confused with an aptronym!

  • Greece: The unusual lack of human interference has produced one of the best years on record for the number of nests dug by female loggerhead turtles on the island of Zakynthos, with conservationists counting more than 1,500.

  • Female leadership: Around globe, women leaders rise to the pandemic challenge.

  • Ireland: Trinity College Dublin is taking a page out of the alternative grass handbook and opting to turn their college green into a native flower garden to promote pollinator health and boost biodiversity. 

  • Switzerland: Credit Suisse plans to provide at least 300 billion Swiss francs ($328.41 billion) in sustainable financing over the next decade in areas such as renewable energy and Green Bonds. The move is the latest in a string of announcements by banks looking to display their green credentials and capture demand for cash from companies to help a shift to a low-carbon economy.

  • Post-pandemic Work Life Balance: One of the many things that lockdown has taught us is that going to the office is not essential every day or, even, very often. That's great news for most people.

  • Russia: Health Minister, Mikhail Murashko, says mass COVID-19 vaccination planned for October, as clinical trials had been completed and Russia pushes to become the first country to develop a vaccine.

  • Manchester to build first city-centre park in 100 years. Mayfield park is part of the UK government's investment in outdoor spaces in response to coronavirus.

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