Only Good News

Updated: Sep 15

Getting the weekend off to a positive start with a bundle of good news nuggets.

  • In the peak of summer in Italy, when swimmers flock to the beaches and lakes, the lifeguards keeping everyone safe bring in some much-needed assistants who are masters of doggy paddle - something that shouldn’t come as a surprise since they are, well, dogs. That’s right, in Italy, an elite squad of 300 specially-trained canines has successfully been keeping beachgoers safe by working as lifeguards. So far, they have successfully rescued 14 people.

  • The world’s first customer delivery of “green steel” produced without using coal has just taken place in Sweden. The Swedish venture Hybrit said it was delivering the steel to truck-maker Volvo as a trial run before full commercial production in 2026. Volvo has said it will start production in 2021 of prototype vehicles and components from the green steel. This is good news as steel produced by using coal accounts for around 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Attention all men! Researchers at Harvard University say that if you’re not ejaculating at least 21 times a month, then you’re not properly tending to your health. That’s right, according to a study that was published in the journal European Urology, men who ejaculate more frequently reduce their chances of developing prostate cancer by a third. The study included a sample of 31,925 men.

  • Recent analysis reveals the world's Top 10 most Instagrammed landmarks and it's good news for France (or, more specifically, Paris). These famous landmarks, in order, are: Eiffel Tower, Paris; Big Ben, London; The Louvre, Paris; Empire State Building, New York; Burj Khalifa, Dubai; Notre-Dame, Paris; St Peter's, Vatican City; Times Square, New York; Sagrada Familia, Barcelona; The Colosseum, Rome.

  • The Indonesian government has launched the Solar Power Initiative Movement Programme to universities across the country, aiming to encourage college students to choose their future careers in the clean energy industry.

  • Illinois has become the first US state to put media literacy on the school curriculum. From 2022, high school children will learn how to critically evaluate the information they receive via print, broadcast and online platforms, helping them spot fake news and media bias. Illinois is not alone in teaching children how to identify misinformation. Finland introduced the subject into secondary school in 2014 as a response to the rise in fake news in neighbouring Russia. Maybe it's one of the reasons why Finland is regularly listed as the happiest country in the world?

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops, which has been linked to health problems in children. The decision is a victory for environmental activists who have fought to stop the use of the chemical that is applied to a wide variety of crops.

  • Did you know that reindeer eyeballs turn blue in winter to help them see at lower light levels?

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