OGN Sunday

Bundle of good news snippets to get the day off to a positive start.

  • There's much talk about plant diversity these days, and that's a really good thing, but which island has the world's greatest plant diversity? Up until very recently you would probably have said Madagascar but now, say botanists, it's Papua New Guinea - home to more than 13,500 species of plants; 19 per cent more than the lemurs enjoy.

  • Reach for the Moon: This is a story of comets, craters, outer space and a man who forever changed the night sky. More than anything else, it's a love story.

  • USPGA Championship 2020: Tiger Woods shoots lowest first round in a major in eight years with opening 68. Go Tiger!

  • English is a phenomenal language but, often, other languages have found a solution to expressing certain complicated ideas that can't be succinctly conveyed in English. Japanese is no exception.

  • Random acts of kindness: 10 year old boy wins bicycle in raffle but, since he already had one, he gave it to his neighbour in Memphis, who didn't.

  • Chicago: Isn't it wonderful, when you're strolling around town, to spot something that makes you smile? Treats in the streets...

  • Bali: More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection.

  • You Can't Stop Us: This Nike ad took 4000 hours of sports footage to make. The result is stunning. With precise split screen matching images and action, it which demonstrates that all athletes, and by extension we all of us, are linked together, somehow.

  • England: Beavers have been squatting on the River Otter (yes, really) for seven years, their status insecure, but this week 15 families of beavers were granted the legal right to remain on the Devon waterway, after a study revealed they had made a positive contribution to the local environment. The origin of the River Otter population remains a mystery but, presented with evidence of their efficacy, the government granted beavers the right to remain - the first time an extinct native mammal has been given the go-ahead to be reintroduced. “Our rivers and wetlands really need beavers,” said Mark Elliott of the Devon Wildlife Trust. “This is brilliant news.”

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