The 3 good news of the week

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It is well known that the media never talk about trains arriving on time. So much so that following the news can be totally depressing. Without denying the great threats and difficulties that cross our time, there is also very good news that sometimes reaches us and is not relayed enough. To ignore it is to condemn oneself to despair. Here are three recent news items that put a smile back on our faces.

The fight against biodiversity decline is working

Conservation actions are being taken all over the world to preserve biodiversity. According to a study published in the journal Science Based on hundreds of projects across the planet, these efforts have helped to strengthen biodiversity or halt its decline.

The authors cite the creation of protected areas or the eradication of invasive species as examples. Cited by Positive NewsPenny Langhammer, lead author of the study and executive vice president of the charity Re:wild, said: “What we demonstrate with this paper is that conservation actually stops and reverses biodiversity loss.”.

She adds : “Conservation must be prioritized and receive significant additional resources and political support globally, while addressing systemic drivers of biodiversity loss, such as unsustainable consumption and production.”.

India gradually abandons coal

While it remains heavily reliant on coal, a harmful energy source in the fight against climate change, India appears to be taking the problem more seriously. According to data released a few weeks ago, coal accounted for less than half of India’s electricity supply in the first three months of 2024.

The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which conducted this research, underlines Thus : “This decline reflects a global trend, with coal demand in G7 countries reaching record levels in 2023, levels not seen since 1900”.

Vaccine rollout has saved 154 million lives

While infant mortality has been in free fall for fifty years, vaccines are responsible for 40% of the observed decline. According to a team of researchers led by Naor Bar-Zeev, an epidemiologist at the WHO, and relayed by our colleagues at Voxthey have prevented 154 million deaths over the last fifty years, including 146 million children.

That’s it for this week. If you liked this article, you can always reread the previous part of this section to find other good news that went relatively unnoticed.

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