Only Good News

Updated: Jul 18

Mid week round up of positive news nuggets from around the globe.

  • The shortlist for 2021's Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition is out. To see images, click here.

  • Researchers in Britain and the United States have found ways to recycle electric vehicle batteries that can drastically cut costs and carbon emissions, that's good news for shoring up sustainable supplies for the expected surge in demand.

  • The chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen has been awarded a prestigious Spanish prize for their international relief work promoting healthy food. The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards awarded Andrés and the non-profit group he founded the Award of Concord for “offering extraordinarily fast and efficient on-the-ground response to social and nutritional emergencies.” Born in northern Spain in 1969, Andrés moved to the U.S. in 1991 and was later naturalized as an American citizen. He helped popularize Spanish cuisine, especially the tapa, in the U.S. before he also became heavily involved in humanitarian work.

  • It’s been a tumultuous time but, despite the challenges of the last year, it's good to learn that most countries have become more peaceful. That’s according to the latest edition of the Global Peace Index, which ranks the peacefulness of 163 nations annually. Iceland topped the table, followed by New Zealand and Denmark. Europe remains the most peaceful region on Earth, with all countries on the continent ranking inside the top half of the index. If you want to know the top dogs, click here.

  • Legislation designed to extend the lifespan of electrical products has come into effect in the UK. Manufacturers of televisions, fridges and washing machines are now obliged to make spare parts available to customers who want them, to ensure products can be repaired more easily. The right to repair law is clearly good news and was introduced to reduce the amount of e-waste that goes to landfill due to items being too difficult or expensive to repair.

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore's cheeky sense of humour and indomitable spirit will live on forever because, as he requested, his headstone bears the words "I told you I was old". He has been buried alongside his parents and grandparents in his family grave in Yorkshire.

  • Germany is the fourth largest auto market in the world, and electric car registrations grew from a 4 percent national market share in December 2019, to a whopping 26 percent market share just 12 months later. A quarter of these EVs were made by Volkswagen.

  • Following the global trend, Canada will ban the sale of fuel-burning new cars and light-duty trucks from 2035 as part of its plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • As global wealth inequality grows, an increasing number of countries are turning to corporate tax enforcement to help close this gap. Following Biden's lead, G7 finance ministers recently proposed their own tax accord to prevent tax evasion, and now, 130 countries have agreed to back a global minimum corporate tax rate. The proposed 15 percent minimum corporate tax rate, announced by the OECD, would help dismantle tax shelters and reduce tax evasion. The agreement also proposes a plan for taxing companies in countries where they conduct online sales, but have no physical presence.

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