Bite sized chunks of good news from around the globe.
A new study released by the Natural History Museum in London shows that Colombia is the world’s official butterfly paradise, home to 20 percent of the world’s butterfly species (3,642 species and 2,085 subspecies). Colombia, a country already known for having the highest variety of orchids and birds, can now add butterflies to the list.
While you can currently buy sustainable products at giant US retailer Target, such as compostable cutlery, cleaning products in glass bottles, and shoes that can be sent back for recycling, the retail giant plans to go further and make all the products in its stores circular by 2040. The ultimate aim is to reach zero waste in its US operations and net zero in both direct and indirect emissions by 2040.
Furloughed from her job and confined to London by coronavirus lockdowns, Flora Blathwayt founded a business based on rubbish she retrieves from the muddy banks of the River Thames. Just over a year after she was struck by the colourful pieces of plastic she collected as part of a river clean-up, the 34-year-old has made and sold thousands of greetings cards decorated with them. Blathwayt sees the success of Washed Up Cards as part of a wider movement.
Good news for British tennis fans as Andy Murray produces vintage Wimbledon thriller to overcome Oscar Otte and reach third round.
Woman looking to adopt a pet from a Pennsylvania shelter finds the dog she lost 2 years ago. When looking through photos on the shelter's website, she immediately noticed that a tan pit bull-Rottweiler mix, up for adoption, was the same beloved dog she had lost. They are now joyfully reunited.
Green bond issuance is booming worldwide, but even by global standards the Korean sales rush is remarkable: deals from Asia’s fourth-largest economy have surged more than five-fold to $12.9 billion this year, far outpacing the 166 percent increase in such sales globally, says Bloomberg.
Hats off to Ben Lovell, an amputee who can only walk for 20 minutes at a time, who has just climbed England’s three highest peaks - having never climbed a mountain before. The former road worker scaled the Lake District’s Helvellyn in seven hours, Scafell in nine hours, and Scafell Pike after another 11 hours of trekking - and raised thousands for charity. The Yorkshire man said: “It’s never about how long it takes me; it’s just about getting it done."
Jeff Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest men, is due to (briefly) leave Earth in late July, launched into space by his private spaceflight company Blue Origin. Quite a few earthlings want him to stay up there; more than 138,000 have signed a tongue-in-cheek petition proposing that Bezos be banned from returning to Earth.
Standard toasters could be toast unless they adapt to artisan loaves. While sourdough is seen as the greatest thing since sliced bread, it's too wide, long and thick to fit in conventional appliances, according to UK consumer watchdog Which? Someone needs to urgently address this middle class crisis and make a 'wide bodied' toaster before things get completely out of hand. In the meantime, you may be amused to remind yourself about OGN's article this time last year: Are You a Middle Class Lockdown Cliché?
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The Great Escape
Gentoo penguin, being hunted by a pod of killer whales, decides that his best chance of survival is to leap aboard a tourist boat - much to the delight of those on board.