Good News Saturday

Updated: Jun 12, 2020

Kick-starting the weekend with a round-up of positive news.

  • Paris: Bees that miraculously survived the devastating 2019 fire of the Notre Dame cathedral are “thriving”. The population, which is thought to number 30,000-45,000 bees across three hives, have been living in the rafters of the cathedral since 2013.

  • Humpback whale population is booming. And while this is great news for the whales, it's also great news for the climate.

  • Germany: Border controls with Austria, France and Switzerland eased, and will be lifted on 15 June.

  • Europe's first 'travel bubble': The three Baltic states - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - have become the first countries in Europe to allow free movement again, but only with each other.

  • European Commission has committed to protecting 30% of the EU’s land and oceans by 2030 as part of the European Green Deal.

  • End of plastic bottles? Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic.

  • US: Trump finally plucks up the courage to wear a face mask (on a visit to a Ford factory) but not for very long.

  • How shops-on-wheels bring nostalgia (and essentials) to isolated rural communities.

  • Spain: Cinemas, theatres and exhibitions will reopen from 26 May, but only at 30% capacity.

  • Holland: Bars and restaurants will reopen from 1 June for up to 30 guests inside (unlimited outside), provided people maintain 1.5m distance. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls will also open subject to a 30-guest maximum; face masks become mandatory on public transport the same day for anyone aged 13+.