Good News Edition – April 28, 2018


Morning! Another week, another avalanche of unbelievable headlines and horror shows; BUT … there’s always a little Good News making it’s way to the front page as well. While your head might be spinning as you try to keep up with all the latest developments, rest assured that there is still some good stuff happening out there. Here, to prove it to you, is our latest batch of happy headlines and hopeful stories.

Enjoy!

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

  • This evening (Sat, April 28th) Brainpickings is hosting it’s second annual Universe in Verse event – a live poetry reading featuring the likes of Amanda Palmer, Zoe Keating, Terrance Hayes, America Ferrera, Diane Ackerman, and many others reading their own works and the works of poets like Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and numerous others. The event is held in celebration of Earth Day, and this year pays special homage to scientist, writer, and activist, Rachel Carson. The event will be live streamed at 7PM EST, but if you can’t wait for a taste, there’s a video of last year’s event on the Brainpickings site.
  • World’s first ocean plastic-cleaning machine set to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch – Pioneering effort to collect debris that kills wildlife about to begin after teenager made his dream come true
  •  Scientists have created an enzyme capable of “eating” plastic that could improve on current plastic recycling.*
  • New oil, gas and mineral exploration and development will be prohibited in the San Gabriel Mountain National Monument under a new management plan for the largest wilderness area in Los Angeles County.*
  •  New Zealand announced they will ban all new offshore drilling and gas exploration off its coast and will not renew current permits when they expire.*

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
Hat tip to Jen Hofmann

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography