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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12 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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12 months ago

This should have way more upvotes!

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Marc
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12 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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12 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
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12 months ago

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

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12 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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12 months ago

Wow, that is a huge rise. Fantastic efforts.

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Marc
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12 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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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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12 months ago

Ducks will also be providing some fertilizer. Win Win

Bunzilla
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12 months ago

On top of that, they help aerate the water as they swim around. Since this also makes the water a bit cloudy, it helps inhibit the growth of weeds.

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Yancy Naughton
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12 months ago

that is ducking great!

Jane W.
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11 months ago

Gotta love ducks.

Sylvia Peet
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11 months ago

Now if we can just stop farmers on the driest continent on earth trying to grow rice then that would be another positive move!

Jannie Hoek
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11 months ago

+1 insightful

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Gregor Rosenauer
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11 months ago

In Austria, you can rent ducks for your own garden to get rid of snails and other vermin.

Jen Berquet
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11 months ago

Yes but the treatment of the ducks beforehand and afterwards is abhorrent.

Christina Uhlir
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11 months ago

The abhorrent way is the only way humans treat all animals. "Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." - Albert Schweitzer ....to those who wonder why is there so much crime - from corruption to homicides, wonder no more!

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Tara
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11 months ago

I need to get my a duck or two for the garden

Diana Hockley
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12 months ago

There's a huge wiery in South Africa which uses hundreds of ducks to keep their vines and grounds clean. You can google it and watch the ducks scuttling out to work every day :)

Willem Groenewald
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12 months ago

They also do this at some South African vineyards. https://youtu.be/2p0xmfx-JHw

Debbie Lucien
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12 months ago

Not the ducks I had. They root up plants in their search for the bugs.

Patricia Morgan
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11 months ago

and they're such enthusiastic little workers -they run to work for heaven sake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skdp94ZHMB4

Christina Uhlir
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11 months ago

...and look how they'll be paid for all that work.

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Donna Miller
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11 months ago

GREAT idea

Carol Tocci
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11 months ago

Some Californians have been introducing more goats to clear weeds and undergrowth instead of pesticides.

Sarah Lovett
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12 months ago

See BIONEERS

Karyn Lowe
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12 months ago

And they are little eating machines!

Christina Uhlir
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11 months ago

Good news should be celebrated, bad news should be taken seriously as they point out danger and destruction which should be addressed, not ignored.

Julia Merkel
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11 months ago

To "reset" the worlds soil nutrient should be top priority!

kris owler
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11 months ago

Traditionally has been such for millenia in Indonesia.

sharron lynn parsons
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11 months ago

I just had a thought, what other crops could benefit, as I have read about some farms that use pesticides, then the rain washes the chemicals into all of our water systems, harmful for us, as well as all animal life, it's poison !!!

Pobin Rice
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11 months ago

Been done for centuries most use carp type fish.

Tiffany K. Shim
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11 months ago

How are the ducks actually being treated though overall?

Elizabeth Gardner
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11 months ago

I saw this and was really taken with this whole idea it is amazing the ducks are great - no pesticides - and all the fertiliser they need for good healthy rice.

similarly
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11 months ago

In Japan, many farmers use ducks and frogs in the rice fields.

Jo Choto
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11 months ago

I just came back from South East Asia (I travel a lot!) and they were talking about this great symbiosis between ducks and rice farmers that benefit everyone.

Edward LePontney
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11 months ago

It's good to see that some people in this world know that Mother Earth always has an answer if we would just take the time to understand and not inundate the world with toxins! Great news!

Nancy Kosola
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11 months ago

Brilliant 👍🏼🦆🦆🦆

Patrick De Montbrun
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11 months ago

We need more of this!

Renée Guercia
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11 months ago

This is such a great thing!!!

Jacquie Sandy
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11 months ago

clever management

Chris Drouillard
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11 months ago

Brilliant!

Kathy Wallace
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11 months ago

Go ducks!!

Pamela Heinbaugh
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11 months ago

And they use human waste to fertilize rice crops too. Yay! Right?

Diane Pannesco
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11 months ago

That’s great

Ayesshah Rahman
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11 months ago (edited)

thoughtful and sensible

Susan Henry
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11 months ago

Love

Joey Tam
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11 months ago

WOW~~~ That's so cool! Great!

Sally Spelbring
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11 months ago

TAKE NOTE USA FARMERS

Susan Portugal
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11 months ago

Beautiful

Thea Hanrath
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11 months ago

That's good news !!!

Leslie Lalonde
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11 months ago

Great move!

Jeanette Mather
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11 months ago

It took a long time to get to that, but great that it's happening.

sharron lynn parsons
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11 months ago

To all rice farmers, many thanks for a fantastic idea, I believe your crops will be the best ever !!!

Dayeton Larson
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11 months ago

Amazing!

Denise Fox
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11 months ago

Amazing fact!!

Noeleen Fraser
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11 months ago

Brilliant, probably cost effective too

Johan Lorentzen
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11 months ago

Good idea

Jenny MacDee
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11 months ago

I heart this as well !!

Marg Smith
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11 months ago

Producing lovely eggs too

Julie Lynch
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11 months ago

Another wonderful idea, good on them

Rebecca Gawboy
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11 months ago

We raise ducks to be garden helpers on our organic farm. They are voracious insect eaters.

Kirsten Lunoe
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11 months ago

Organic rice! Fantastic I wonder if this could be applied to many other crops in Australia?

Howard Long
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11 months ago

Carp does similar thing. And farmers in my hometown put carp in their rice field for hundred years

Howard Long
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11 months ago

Fish does similar thing

Victoria Loveland-Coen
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11 months ago

A series of good news stories. Don't we all need that right now?

Sherry Stafford
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11 months ago

sounds good.

Vivien Counsell Mitchell
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11 months ago

Weedkillers that fertilise too! Double jammy!

Ken Jussaume
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11 months ago

This has been going on for hundreds of years if not longer.

Edwin Cheung
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11 months ago

QUACK

Goldie MG
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11 months ago

Wonderful news. Maybe we can put that into practice in Australia.

Rose
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11 months ago

Brilliant! 🦆

Jacquie Cordova
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11 months ago

solution ! maybe less cancer

Mandi Hancock
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11 months ago

love this. Ducks are also very funny...win win win!

Trish Angel
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11 months ago

Win! Win! Win!

Deborah Brudnak
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11 months ago

Bout time.

Brooke Bañuelos
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11 months ago

This is great !

Que Estavia
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11 months ago

This has been done in Asia for a very long time.

Nancy Bernard
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11 months ago

GREAT IDEA!!!

Jennifer Hayden
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11 months ago

Hooray for ducks

Flo Anne Maclellan
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11 months ago

Love this news.

Bob Connely
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11 months ago

Discerning Ducks! Must be specially bred, huh?

Ria Krisztina Patai
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11 months ago

How come they don't touch the plants? Our ducks definitely ate plants, they were gluttons!

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
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11 months ago

Mother Nature working together with humans

Kim Daniel
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11 months ago

Would it work with other crops? Carrots? Leeks?

Steve Cruz
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11 months ago

Interesting that the ducks don't go for rice. What do they know that we don't?

sharron lynn parsons
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11 months ago

YES, indeed, feed the ducks, and you are rewarded, bravo !!!

Elizabeth Cooling
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11 months ago

Smart

elfin
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11 months ago

The ducks also provide a little extra fertilizer.

Sarawyn
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11 months ago

That’s a great idea!

Diane Joines
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11 months ago

Doctor says rice is (or can be) nutritious! The more I read, the more encouraged I become!

Laura Baldwin
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11 months ago

What a wonderful idea.

Pauline Sagnol
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11 months ago

And the fertilise as they go.

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
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11 months ago

we get ducks in our field every fall/winter when there's a tidge too much water and temporary ponds form..........They're beautiful, noisy, and yes fertilizing that grass to make the horses happy most of the year ;-)

Lou Lou Woodbury
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11 months ago

Reciprocating world!

Helene Malek
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11 months ago

Wonderful saviors

Sanjit Sagar
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11 months ago

good idea but won't work in India because: a) theives will steal the ducks; b) foxes will eat those ducks

John Greene
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11 months ago

Not if you keep a dog raised with the ducks. My best friend has a similar set up with similar possible issues, but the dogs protect the farm and animals on it. The farm is their home, and they were raised with the livestock, so that’s just part of their family.

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Margaret Wright
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11 months ago

About time

Mary Christensen
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12 months ago

I saw ducks being herded to rice fields in Kerala, India.

Louise Stange-Wahl
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12 months ago

A friend of mine has a goatscaping business...no chemicals and gets rid of all of the weeds!

Shawn Barry
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12 months ago

and more food for humans! the ducks that is

Gin Marie
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12 months ago

You can do this with chickens, too!

earringnut
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12 months ago

They don't swim as good. I'll leave now.

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miten sasmita
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12 months ago

And in the end of planting season, the duck can be sold for food. Triple win!

Christina Uhlir
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11 months ago

"Happy" ducks, look how they'll get rewarded for all that help they provided. No, it's not triple win, miten sasmita. Maybe, you would feel differently if you were reincarnated into a duck.

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Daniel Lewis
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12 months ago

I'm having roasted duck with rice for supper.

Benderong
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12 months ago

It's the cirrrcle of life

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My O My
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12 months ago

And you can even eat the ducks

Christina Uhlir
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11 months ago

......and get diabetes, arthritis, heart diseases, or cancer, My O My!

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Niffler: and you eat cows raw? I believe they're still processed. And my rice patty doesn't scream when it's pressed into shape. I'd also like to see some reports on that

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John L
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12 months ago

It's still a step in the right direction..... You can't always just opt to do nothing, because the solution isn't a fix-all cure.

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There's no such thing as harmful pesticides. This is an antivaxxer saying this. You can't go from saying there's a vaccine for bees and than say the words "harmful pesticides"

Jodie Johnson
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12 months ago

Your comment makes absolutely no sense. It contains one logical fallacy after another. Not surprising it comes from an antivaxxer. Self enforced ignorance.

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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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12 months ago

Every country needs to do that - and stop whaling.

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Nea
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12 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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12 months ago

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

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12 months ago

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

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12 months ago

Or buzz stops, as they should now be known.

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

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Pamela24
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I love this picture! So cute!

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

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Magpie
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12 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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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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12 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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12 months ago

Did they find a match?

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Iggy
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12 months ago

95% is very impressive.

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European other
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12 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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12 months ago

They should not have been there in the first place.

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12 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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12 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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12 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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12 months ago

This is wonderful news!

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Zach Tan
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12 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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12 months ago

Now let's build Jurassic Park!

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Magpie
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12 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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12 months ago

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

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Lucas
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12 months ago

The best snoots on the planet's best critters.

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Magpie
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12 months ago

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

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Juliana Kessler
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12 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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Marc
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12 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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12 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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12 months ago

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

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Slinkman
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12 months ago

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

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Nia Loves Art
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12 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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12 months ago

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

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Rosie Hamilton
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12 months ago

Dogs are pretty good at this too!

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Foxxy
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12 months ago

We still have a long way to go.

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