Good News for Humankind

Below is a list of articles written by Kindling that highlights good news stories from around the world on a range of topics – from climate action to social justice to democracy to conscious organizations and beyond.

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Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7 billion wind and solar power hub

Fukushima, Japan has been making plans to rebuild and transform into a hub of renewable energy.

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First-ever Ebola vaccine approved by European regulators

On November 11 European regulators approved the first Ebola vaccine.

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Apple commits $2.5 billion to address California housing crisis

The plan includes $1 billion to go towards affordable housing investment funds and programs to support first time home owners.

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Microsoft Japan reports 4-day workweek dramatically increased productivity

Over the summer Microsoft in Japan tested out a 4-day work week. They reported that their employees were 40% more productive during the trail run of the 4-day work week program.

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NCAA players will now be allowed to profit from their name, image, and likeness

Michael Drake, NCAA board chair, said on the new policies, “We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes…”

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Germany’s CO2 emissions predicted to decline remarkably in 2019

Germany is predicted to complete its second year in a row of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the country’s lessening reliance on coal, Germany is consuming less energy and producing less CO2 than previously predicted.

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NASA completes first all-female astronaut spacewalk

In 1984 Russia sent the first woman, Svetlana Savitskaya, on a spacewalk. Since then, twelve U.S. women have completed 43 spacewalks. 

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Guatamala announces ban on plastic cups, bags, straws by 2021

According to AP News the Guatemalan government has predicted the ban, “…would eliminate more than half of the non-organic waste produced in the country.”

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Social Progress Index indicates humanity’s well-being has improved five years in a row

“In general, the world is improving. Since 2014, the world average score increased from 61.80 to 64.47, and there has been improvement on eight of 12 social progress components.”

New California budget offers two free years of community college

The new California budget spends $280 million in total to make college more affordable.

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Fukushima, Japan has been making plans to rebuild and transform into a hub of renewable energy.

Photo by Louis Reed on Unsplash

On November 11 European regulators approved the first Ebola vaccine.

Photo by Ev on Unsplash

The plan includes $1 billion to go towards affordable housing investment funds and programs to support first time home owners.

Photo by Tadas Sar on Unsplash

Over the summer Microsoft in Japan tested out a 4-day work week. They reported that their employees were 40% more productive during the trail run of the 4-day work week program.

Photo by Matthew T Rader on Unsplash

Michael Drake, NCAA board chair, said on the new policies, “We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes…”

Photo by Adrian Infernus on Unsplash

Germany is predicted to complete its second year in a row of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Along with the country’s lessening reliance on coal, Germany is consuming less energy and producing less CO2 than previously predicted.

Photo by NASA on Unsplash

In 1984 Russia sent the first woman, Svetlana Savitskaya, on a spacewalk. Since then, twelve U.S. women have completed 43 spacewalks. 

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According to AP News the Guatemalan government has predicted the ban, “…would eliminate more than half of the non-organic waste produced in the country.”

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“In general, the world is improving. Since 2014, the world average score increased from 61.80 to 64.47, and there has been improvement on eight of 12 social progress components.”

The new California budget spends $280 million in total to make college more affordable.