We are often bombarded with fear-mongering and shocking headlines that make us feel that the world is falling apart.

However, while it’s important to report on problems and issues, I believe there is so much good in this world that it needs to be found and promoted just as widely.

Because of that, I started The Happy Broadcast. It's an anti-venom to the vitriolic rhetoric that pervades our media. Also, this year, I’ve illustrated even more happy news than in 2018.

We need more positive news to acknowledge that the world is actually getting better little by little.

More info: Instagram

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Rose the Cook
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8 months ago

Child marriage should not be tolerated anywhere.

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When I'm working on The Happy Broadcast, I try to pick news that has an international appeal and touches themes like animal rights, climate change and science. News that shows how much we’re progressing on many fronts despite being often bombarded with few-mongering headlines.

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Ania O
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8 months ago

This should have way more upvotes!

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Marc
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8 months ago

Yet big parts of the Rainforest are burning these days...

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I think there are many reasons why negative news is dominating the media. It's like a sudden disaster a, it's more compelling than, for example, little improvements. Bad things can happen quickly, but good things aren’t built in a day, and as they unfold, they're out of sync with the news cycle.

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Nea
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8 months ago

This must make many people happy due to one act. Lovely initiative.

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Raine Soo
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8 months ago

I had read about this in the news earlier this year. Good job, mate!

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Marc
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8 months ago

Thank you Norway!

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As humans, we have this thing called “negative bias” that make us respond quicker to bad or dangerous situations. Nowadays, this bias is getting in the way of our happiness and well-being, and even our productivity because most of the narrative surrounding us (print, online or mobile) is that the “world is ending".

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

Wow, that is a huge rise. Fantastic efforts.

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Marc
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8 months ago

It is getting more and more common in some countries and supermarkets. Loose fruits and vegetables and also non-perfect ones. It's a good trend!

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8 months ago (edited)

More funding is needed for stem cell research. They have already discovered some incredible ways stem cells can help with paralysis and other movement disorders etc. Imagine what else they can discover.

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I think we should find a balance between negative and positive news. From politics to climate change and economy, negative and bad news surrounds us everywhere we go. A potential solution could be to limit the amount of bad news, basically slow down our personal news cycle, adding some positive news to our “news diet” to make sure that our outlook on the world is more optimistic. Also, it's very important to invest time to deal with misinformation and the reliability of news sources.

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Magpie
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8 months ago

Ducks will also be providing some fertilizer. Win Win

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Marc
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8 months ago

That is amazing! The Netherlands are an amazing example when it comes to society and community. We all can learn from them!

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Lucas
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8 months ago

Every country needs to do that - and stop whaling.

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Nea
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8 months ago

Steps like these show the power of the State in achieving large scale sustainable results if there is a will.

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Sonja
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8 months ago

Oh...thats sooo sweet, that should be everywhere..

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Marc
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8 months ago

That is especially important in the fight against so called puppy mills.

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Iggy
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8 months ago

Or buzz stops, as they should now be known.

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Marc
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8 months ago

It's sad that in 2019 equal pay has to be enforced. It should be just normal... should.

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Sonja
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8 months ago

Oooh.love this...why it is not everywhere...

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Pamela24
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8 months ago

I love this picture! So cute!

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Full Name
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8 months ago

This is a great contrast to all the negativity we hear about women's value in India.

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Raine Soo
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8 months ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you! The bees thank you, and I thank you.

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Magpie
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8 months ago

I have always hated circuses. Even when I was so young I did not have the words to explain why I was crying. So good to see this!!!

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8 months ago

I'll believe it when I see it. There have been stories of oil eating bacteria, and all sorts of magical things that eat the bad stuff. I hope to see it, but until then....

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8 months ago

This is fantastic. Sooooo many people end up in jail or dead because we fail them as a society.

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8 months ago

Did they find a match?

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Iggy
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8 months ago

95% is very impressive.

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European other
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8 months ago

Yes but they are in danger of climate change now like many species

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Rose the Cook
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8 months ago

They should not have been there in the first place.

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Marc
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8 months ago

Palm oil is in so many products. I try to avoid them but it is not always easy. Palm tree farms did destroy a lot of animal habits and nature environments.

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Jon Garrett
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8 months ago

Nairobi has a baby elephant orphanage. So I guess not. Of course, if they are brought up in the orphanage, which is by Nairobi National Park, then they are not sold to a zoo or circus.

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8 months ago

That's adorable. Not sure how something involving grown adults and the most massive terrestrial animals can be adorable, but somehow it is.

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Raine Soo
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8 months ago

This is wonderful news!

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Zach Tan
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8 months ago

Great for packaging! For almost everything else, not so much. But still a great step forward!

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Pedro Hasashi
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8 months ago

Now let's build Jurassic Park!

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Magpie
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8 months ago

That is brilliant! And this research has taken a very long time to bear fruit. Thank god for scientists ;p

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Magpie
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8 months ago

This is great! This is what us grown ups need to do for the climate strike kids.

Jakob Kenda
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8 months ago

This is not so great. UK has done nothing to capture the CO2 it has produced. Replanting 60 % of its surface with trees would be a start.

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Debbie Lucien
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8 months ago

Ummm.. that is not a good time frame, but that means it was really bad. 1880's? Coal burning.

Remus-Alexandru Simion
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8 months ago (edited)

coal burning, by 1,200,000,000people in the world, vs 7,713,468,100 now :) Basically we're "burning" 6.4 times less :) (i'm not sure there's accurate statistics for UK population back then, so I'll just extrapolate) :)

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Kathy Baylis
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8 months ago

1888? You mean back when coal was burned for everything; heat, cooking, trains, factories, etc? Sorry to burst any bubbles here, but a little context can put this “achievement” into proper perspective.

Joel Blazquez Sargatal
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8 months ago

Close factories and farms and open banks and business services...

Hannah Marie
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8 months ago

that is defiantly not true of London sadly, we managed to break our total yearly emissions within weeks, But if this is true of the rest of the UK.... i am very very happy.

Blakkur Sverrir
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8 months ago

Thats great news, but I wonder how much of it is intentional, and how much results from the ecomomy breaking down, due to Brexit

Liam Walsh
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8 months ago

Well, 6 years ago Brexit wasn't a thing but ignoring THAT how do you get from Brexit to economy breaking down to lower emissions?

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Zafer Uckuyulu
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7 months ago

AMERICA AND CHINA have the biggest carbon emissions right now 50%of the world! And yet they don't want to fix it, why? Because it will cost them some money.

Julie Lynch
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8 months ago

Fantastic UK. Come on Australia do the same

les
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8 months ago

thats not really that good, 1888 was when london had poisonous smog that was killing thousands each year. it was all coal for heat and to power industry

Freya the Wanderer
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8 months ago

We just might yet save our planet's ecology - and civilization.

Christina Uhlir
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7 months ago

Let's hope so.

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Daniel Nelson jr
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8 months ago

During the industrial revolution?

Zora Owen
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8 months ago

ha! The UK doesn't want you to know it isn't including its emissions from aviation, its largest producer of emissions, in these numbers. Not to mention UK-contracted imports and manufacturing elsewhere.

Ann Yates
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8 months ago

1888 was in the height of the industrial revolution. Not sure we should be celebrating yet !!!

Brandy Grote
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8 months ago

Many large UK colleges are aiming at NEGATIVE CARBON OUTPUT! I guess solar, auto turn off and led lights, etc.

Hara Harding
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5 months ago

!YAY!

Sorin Tanasa
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5 months ago

It just outsourced its polutiont to Asia. Classical UK.

Christina Uhlir
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7 months ago

That's unbelievable!!! Thank you so much UK.

Elizabeth Gardner
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7 months ago

good news.

Matt Hanrath
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7 months ago

well that is seemingly on the right track coal was the worst pollution back then it was like nighttime during some winter days so there is still extreme room for improvement.

Christina Uhlir
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7 months ago

It seems to me that Bored Panda is making good news out from not so good news.

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Auntie Depressant
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7 months ago

It’s no wonder people have cut-back...no one can afford their electric bills in the U.K.!

Kathryn Bell
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7 months ago

Thats because we have other countries manufacture our goods so carbon dioxide appears as their emissions.

Naomi
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7 months ago

Wow! That is amazing.

Melissa Wold
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7 months ago

How did they test for carbon emissions in 1888?

Renée Guercia
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7 months ago

Wow this is great!

Salanieta Koro
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7 months ago

wooooow

Mary Sant
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7 months ago (edited)

I am skeptical of this given the whole story about Volkswagon and other major car companies in the UK caught lying about the reduction of carbon emissions, in some cases in coordination with their hub location's government.

Carol Nicholson
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7 months ago

Hope the U.S. will catch up.

Christina Uhlir
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7 months ago

You wish, Carol, not in 2020 and possibly beyond. (hope not)

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sharron lynn parsons
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7 months ago

A great example for the rest of the us !!!

Susan Henry
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7 months ago

Wow

Linda DeBaker Mucha Thomas
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8 months ago

Three cheers for the UK! With the new Tory government, it should get even better!

David Chambers
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7 months ago

Nope - quite the opposite. Have you looked at the Tory approach to the prioritising economic growth over environmental damage? The Tories are no friend to the environment or the human race!

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Elvira Araneta
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8 months ago

Brilliant!!!

sharron lynn parsons
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8 months ago

Simply amazing !!!

Marg Smith
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8 months ago

That's tremend oous progress, hope others follow

William A Harris Jr
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8 months ago

Their productivity hasn't been as low either since 1888.

Bobbi Smythe
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8 months ago

Sounds encouraging, but only until you dig deeper. The main reason is because the drop in manufacturing and outsourcing the dirtiest types of production to developing countries with cheap labour.

Trevor Wallace
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8 months ago

Coincidently their economy has been reduced for the sixth decade in a row. Good for them.

Marie Cederman
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8 months ago

If they can do it... all other can

Dee Backiel
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8 months ago

Thank you!!!

Cathy Proctor
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8 months ago

Wow, less than horses, amazing.

Sophia Lux
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8 months ago

Instead, they outsource to other countries like the US! :):):)

Que Estavia
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8 months ago

It can be done

Sunzilla
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8 months ago

Wasn't the 19th century the worst polluted time in the UK? With all the coal stoves and fire places and stuff?

Flo Anne Maclellan
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8 months ago

Wow!

Martha Spurlock
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8 months ago

What is the impact? The Paris Accords aim to reduce the temperature by only .17 by 2050. That's a pretty low mark.

Mike Streed
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8 months ago

I would like to see any figures on carbon emissions in 1888. Please, this was height of coal burning!

Gay Abarbanell
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8 months ago

WOW!

Kat Humble
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8 months ago

Of course, the data used to reach these figures don't include international air travel, shipping and imports. Given that foreign holiday taking has exploded in popularity over the last couple of decades, this is ignoring an incredibly important bit of information. When you factor this data into the equation, there's not been much if a change. Something else to consider - the government has stopped nearly all incentives for industries to go green. They forced fracking on the nation and only relented when the scientists on the report they commissioned said that there was no way that they could say that fracking was safe. The evidence to the contrary was simply overwhelming. The investment in tidal power was pulled some years ago and the money invested in building a nuclear power plant that isn't yet finished, but is wildly over budget. Children in the UK are suffering and even dying from pollution. Adults are dying early. Life expectancy has gone down. The UK is a poor example.

Thomas Turnbull
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8 months ago

We still have Eco moaners

Steve Cruz
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8 months ago

The famous "FOG" in London was actually pollution from 1000s of coal and wood-burning chimneys. The elimination of coal as a common heating fuel has dissipated the fog -- it hasn't been seen in 20 years.

sharron lynn parsons
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8 months ago

Fantastic news !!!

Sarawyn
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8 months ago

😊😊😊

Laura Baldwin
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8 months ago

So why hasn’t this been in the media.

Gwynne Lowther
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8 months ago (edited)

not sure that is right, see: https://www.theccc.org.uk/tackling-climate-change/reducing-carbon-emissions/how-the-uk-is-progressing/

Piotrek Taboł
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8 months ago

Yea, then again check the emissions of Asian countries....

moeless
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8 months ago

So, Obama did nothing for blacks and Trump's economy is helping YUGELY. We must stop it now and drag blacks back to the back of the economic bus where democrat policies have kept them since day one. Walk away!

Christina Uhlir
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7 months ago

moeless, what does it have to do with reduction of carbon emissions?? It will go up, not down.

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Lenka Smetanová
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8 months ago

Interesting... and Greta said that we do nothing...

Ian Carter
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8 months ago

this tiny stat is a drop in the ocean, Britain is miles behind the likes of Sweden or Norway and countries like India and China are miles behind Britain. The adult world needs to do much much more starting with multi nations and big government.

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Lucas
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8 months ago

The best snoots on the planet's best critters.

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Magpie
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8 months ago

So wonderful to see compassion making the law. * cries just a bit *

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Juliana Kessler
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8 months ago

This is definitely a good thing, but be careful to remember that fortnite is known for an especially toxic crunch culture. Employees are expected to work insane hours with no pay. Planting forests is good, but he should also be held responsible for the unfair and harmful working conditions his company creates.

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8 months ago

That is a good sign. Break the circle! That is the only way.

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arjelio mas
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8 months ago

The rabid, right-wingers still spewing their nonsense that renewables will drive prices up so high no one will be able to have electricity will not be noticing this development. The belief disconfirmation paradigm is too powerful for some people to overcome.

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Kathy Baylis
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8 months ago

Glad to see them come back. Sad that they died out there in the first place.

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8 months ago

Ironic to place greenery on the exact place where ice and snow should be.

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8 months ago

This is nice, but it would be better if children being educated wasn’t contingent on their parents paying any sort of fee.

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John
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8 months ago

Sweet! Now they just need to do something about the cattle ranchers.

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Rosie Hamilton
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8 months ago

Dogs are pretty good at this too!

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Foxxy
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8 months ago

We still have a long way to go.

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Alethia Nyx
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8 months ago

*one of mathematics most prestigious awards. The Abel prize for mathematics. The most prestigious is the fields medal, was first (and so far only) won by a woman in 2014, Maryam Mirzakhani.

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8 months ago

Maybe so but what research has been made to find out the effects seaweed has on the cows body. We already know that corn isn’t very good for them yet they are still fed a high corn diet in some countries (US particularly).

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8 months ago

Although the use of solar panels is green, many solar panel manufacturing processes are not. To create a solar panel, caustic materials will emit greenhouse gases. Plus less than 11% of each panel has salvageable metals so they're not very recyclable once they're usable life has expired. Most people aren't aware that the 'green' alternatives often aren't.

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