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What Went Right Last Week

Synopsis of last week's most important good news highlights.


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New Analysis: Researchers ran nine different models to estimate the IRA’s impacts on U.S. energy and emissions. It's all good news. Here's a summary of the results recently published in the journal Science.


Message of Hope: Native giraffes are once again roaming a national park in Angola, decades after they were driven to extinction in the country, most likely by its long-running civil war. “It’s great seeing a species back where it should be,” said park manager Pedro Monterroso. “It’s a message of hope for conservation in this country.”


A World First: It's time to toast London-based Gipsy Hill brewery, as they’ve succeeded in creating the world’s first offset-free, carbon negative pint.


Mental Decline Halved: Wearing a hearing aid nearly halves mental decline in people at risk of dementia, says a new study published in the Lancet. A major study of nearly 2,000 adults has shown that providing hearing aids to those most at risk of cognitive decline cuts mental deterioration by 48 percent over three years in comparison to people who did not receive devices.


Happy First Birthday: To celebrate JWST's first birthday, NASA released a spectacular image of one of the most photographed parts of the sky. The stunning Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.


Fashion Police: A new, first-of-its-kind state law in Massachusetts makes it illegal to throw out old clothes and fabrics, requiring residents to recycle or donate them instead. It's being hailed as a huge environmental victory. The ban could have a major impact on donations and avoid tons of landfill waste.


New Alzheimer's Drugs: Healthcare practitioners around the world are hailing the arrival of two new drugs, donanemab and lecanemab, as a turning point in the fight against Alzheimer’s. With these medicines the disease could become just as manageable as conditions such as diabetes or asthma.


First for Two Centuries: A white-tailed eagle chick has hatched in England for the first time in more than 240 years, and conservationists are “utterly elated” by the new arrival.


Student Loan Forgiveness: The US Department of Education has announced that over 804,000 borrowers will have $39 billion in Federal student loans automatically discharged.


Good News for Millions: Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has struck a deal to allow generic versions of its tuberculosis drug, bedaquiline, to be supplied to low-income countries. In good news for millions of people, J&J’s decision will allow the Stop TB Partnership coalition to procure and supply generic bedaquiline to 44 low- and middle-income countries.


Future of Clean Energy? Natural hydrogen (also known as 'white' hydrogen) is a newly discovered geological source of sustainable and non-fossil energy. It is generated by a natural geochemical process deep inside the Earth's crust, making it a sustainable and inexhaustible source.


Universe Might be Twice as Old as Previously Believed: New hypothesis, published by the Royal Astronomical Society, challenges the prevailing cosmological model used to estimate the universe's age.


EU Biodiversity: After weeks of intense negotiations, the European Union has passed its Nature Restoration Act - the first major piece of legislation to protect biodiversity in 30 years. As a key part of the bloc's Green Deal, the law will boost forested and marine areas and increase connectivity between rivers. According to Greenpeace, 'the vote shows that there is still hope to restore and grow what’s left.'

 
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