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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2 years 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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2 years ago

This should have way more upvotes!

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Marc
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Raine Soo
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2 years ago

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

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2 years 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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2 years ago

Wow, that is a huge rise. Fantastic efforts.

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Marc
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

Ducks will also be providing some fertilizer. Win Win

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Marc
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Every country needs to do that - and stop whaling.

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Nea
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2 years ago

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

Magpie
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2 years ago

Science Plus Good Politics are wonderful. We live in great times.

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Stevie
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2 years ago

In Germany you pay for every plastic bottle (if it contains a liquid with bubbles) 25 cent, 8 cent for beer bottles or other glas bottles. You will get your money back when you bring the empty bottles back to the store.

Amelia Earhart
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2 years ago

Some states in the US do too, five cents-- that's an armload of bottles for a metro ticket!

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Max L.
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2 years ago

They were three and in perfect usage of Romans, they were broken almost immediately. They bonuses 5 cent per bottle (a ticket is more than one euro), the public reaction was entusiast but they got filled soon so a permanent tech is there to empty as they become full and let the flow continue. The roman way. https://www.ilmessaggero.it/roma/senzarete/roma_rifiuti_plastica_atac_metro_metropolitana_riciclo_bottiglie-4682242.html

Markus Holstein
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2 years ago

In Germany you have a small deposit (in the range of 50Ct to 1€) included in the prize of most every plastic bottle that you get back as a coupon when you return the bottle to the store

Kayla Albert
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2 years ago

More bottles plastic or glass should have the deposit on it for 10 cents or whatever if your going to buy it then someone can return if you choose to throw it out or take it back yourself!

Markéta Martiníková
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2 years ago

I don' t likes this. It actually motivates to buy drinks in plastic bottles.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

You're right.

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Jacob-Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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2 years ago

Good for the economy and the planet

Denise Ward
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2 years ago

I love this! What a creative and excellent idea to reduce waste. But people have to stop buying them too.

Yvonne Lovett
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2 years ago

People should be encouraged NOT to buy plastic bottles!

Sue Pellant
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2 years ago

Think how that could help the homeless and poor if they could use plastic bottles and soda cans to pay for stuff - perhaps a machine you put you bottles in and get cash back?

Miles Vender-Wilson
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2 years ago

We need that in NYC subway and bus system!

Otilia Penczak
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2 years ago

Saving the planet should be our number one tasks to do in our agenda

Lasantha Pethiyagoda
Community Member
2 years ago

..lets hope it doesn't create more demand for plastic bottles to pay for train transport..!

Hayden Van Meeteren
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2 years ago

Lol. And that's have you dish out poverty. None of these things are inherently good. The costs to many of these things are bad.

Deborah Brudnak
Community Member
2 years ago

Stop making plastic.

Mooncut
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2 years ago

This is how we solve all our problems people

Haleema
Community Member
2 years ago

This is fantastic idea other countries should follow this example.

Diane Joines
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2 years ago

I love it!

Berlinda Dunbar-Nye
Community Member
2 years ago

Bene Italia!!!!!! ;-)

Laura Kasman
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that's a good idea!

Lou Lou Woodbury
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2 years ago

Sooooooooo effing SMART!!!! $$$$$$$$

Judy Ackerman
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome or maybe a can/box food for the homeless.

Helene Malek
Community Member
2 years ago

Super idea !

Dila Altay
Community Member
2 years ago

in Istanbul too!

Freya Fluharty
Community Member
2 years ago

Go Italy!

Deb Aungst
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!!!!!

Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago (edited)

I wish they had this back in the day when I was young and poor. The day before payday I would’ve been relieved to pay my fare in recyclables instead of my last dollar bill. Come to think of it, I’d still be relieved.

Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Community Member
2 years ago

Hate to be the party pooper again. That really means that you pay the public transportation with your taxes while acting as unpaid garbagemen/garbagewomen that takes the plastic bottles to get recycled (recycling that, again, is paid with your taxes)

Sudeshna Mukherjee
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2 years ago

Actually thought the same; the added motivation being you can get metro tix. How’re people not seeing that?

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Marjorie Willcox
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2 years ago

That’s O.K. as long as you have plastic bottles! But not so good for those who don’t use them.

John Sarsfield
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2 years ago

Brilliant!

Diletta Liverani
Community Member
2 years ago

I live in rome, didn't notice this

Osaka Rossillo
Community Member
2 years ago

Io vivevo a Roma, ora a Genova. Non solo la notizia mi ha raggiunta qui, ma quando sono scesa a ottobre per una visita ai miei ho visto file di metri e metri di persone con buste strapiene di bottiglie. Guarda meglio.

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Christina Natividad
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2 years ago

Amazing!!

Kitty Welbergen
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2 years ago

Great idea 👍

Henry Saravia-Melara
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1 year ago

I'm moving to rome....In like 27 years

Robin Izatt
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that’s an idea for sure

Auntie Depressant
Community Member
2 years ago

I love this so much. I abhor plastic, and being of the generation that carries the burden of “garbage guilt”, I just don’t feel that my village’s recycling goes anywhere but on a barge to China.

Jaime Quirk- Palecek
Community Member
2 years ago

Now this I love. Bring it to NY

Sharlee Bevers-Meredith
Community Member
2 years ago

Plastic can only be recycled so much then it becomes garbage. In a way isn't this encouraging single use plastic? We need reusable water bottles. And go back to when we brought glass bottles in to be refilled. Reuse! reduce! Recycle is a joke!

Katherine Curzon
Community Member
2 years ago

It’s little things like this that make a difference in my opinion

Nancy Kosola
Community Member
2 years ago

Seems like a very challenging task to implement. But so worthy of the effort ❣️

Naomi
Community Member
2 years ago

Keep going, Rome! What a great way to take initiative... instead of acting like money-hungry fools..!

Patrick De Montbrun
Community Member
2 years ago

Now that is innovative! Where is our city council on this...

Una Fester
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful idea!

Renée Guercia
Community Member
2 years ago

This is another winning idea!

Ronnie Saunders
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW!

Hayden Van Meeteren
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol. And that's how you dish out poverty.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

If people have money to buy bottled drinks I would rather see people pay their fare, then buying bottled drinks; that might be cheaper and more economical altogether, somebody has to pay for recycling.

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Kewin Nielsen
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2 years ago

i duno why other countries dont step up and do like we do in denmark by putting mortage on plastic/glass bottles and alu cans this do 1. less people throw it out in the nature 2. people makes money on picking it up and get the mortage back from them

Kewin Nielsen
Community Member
2 years ago

do like we do in denmark put mortage on plastic/glass bottles and alu cans

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

The deposit on returned bottles is marginal (5 - 10 cents) many people do not bother to return them.

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Meewelyne Rosolovà
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2 years ago

Yeah, like 20 bottles for one ticket. Not a great deal. Here in Rome we have a lot of great ideas, but very poor-made.

Nickki Rubin
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2 years ago

Way to go Europe so so ahead of us

Brigitte Recchione
Community Member
2 years ago

What a great idea lots of cities should follow How many bottles for a ticket?

Salanieta Koro
Community Member
2 years ago

wow! omg im smiling ear to ear reading all this... thank you <3

Andy Owens
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2 years ago

That was from one man who travelled a whole 2.5 miles on the system 👍

Rose Fagan
Community Member
2 years ago

Clever way to get rid of the plastic bottles

Robert Cooper
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant!

Susan Henry
Community Member
2 years ago

Fabulous news

Joey Tam
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW WOW WOW WOW

Sherryn Johanson
Community Member
2 years ago

Great plan

Andrew Jaworski
Community Member
2 years ago

Let's go Amtrak; this is how it should be done

Meena Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

Now let's stop producing plastic bottles in the first place!

Selim Kazok
Community Member
2 years ago

It has been a thing in Turkey İstanbul for some time

Sally Spelbring
Community Member
2 years ago

TAH DAH

Susan Portugal
Community Member
2 years ago

Thrilling

Thea Hanrath
Community Member
2 years ago

That's good into what recycled not dumped in poor countries I hope

Leslie Lalonde
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea for all countries to try!

Ragna Riensberg
Community Member
2 years ago

What an overwhelming idea!

Linda DeBaker Mucha Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

WOW! Hope this continues and spreads to other regions as well!

Lakshman Moirangthem
Community Member
2 years ago

😊👌

Jeanette Mather
Community Member
2 years ago

If they can keep t hat going, it is great.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic idea, lets hope this idea is now, in other counties, on their agenda !!!

Johan Lorentzen
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant

Anne Heyes
Community Member
2 years ago

excellent

Nicole Butterworth
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this!

Bonni Tremblay
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant.

Marg Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea

Kathy McCullough
Community Member
2 years ago

What a good idea!

Cindy Fisher
Community Member
2 years ago

Brilliant

Julie Lynch
Community Member
2 years ago

Fantastic, if these countries can do such good things why can’t Australia

Tori Bourret
Community Member
2 years ago

Amazing idea!

Nancy Stearns
Community Member
2 years ago

What a great idea!!

Sherry Stafford
Community Member
2 years ago

wow thats a mazing.

cleaning cara
Community Member
2 years ago

This is so awesome, and then the plastic bottles can be eaten by those mushrooms from before, and be made into mushroom bricks to build more Rome, perfect.

Patricia de la Garza
Community Member
2 years ago

Mexico City as well <3

Vivien Counsell Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

How about the price of a visit to the beach? You pay to get out, with a sack of plastic litter!

Collette Milligan
Community Member
2 years ago

👍

Goldie MG
Community Member
2 years ago

If there is a will, there’s a way.

Janie Stroschin
Community Member
2 years ago

Dear Everyone in the World, Do This Please ! :>)

Valentin Bedniy
Community Member
2 years ago

wooh

Valentin Bedniy
Community Member
2 years ago

woow

Jacqueline Owens
Community Member
2 years ago

Great idea!!

Sue Clifford
Community Member
2 years ago

Just here in Florida I could ride their Metro for free for the rest of my just by picking up the plastic bottles on the side of the road.

Rosa Biggs Cilliers
Community Member
2 years ago

Wonderful idea!!!

mermaidgirl960
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh this is cool for people who don't have much money who can also save the environment

Karen Chaddock
Community Member
2 years ago

That sounds like a very practical idea.

Laurel O'Donnell
Community Member
2 years ago

This is brilliant.

Gloria Polidoro
Community Member
2 years ago

Great incentive!

Adelle Stollmeyer
Community Member
2 years ago

could this encourage people to buy plastic bottles though?

Irwanti Vidayanti
Community Member
2 years ago

We've done a similar thing in Surabaya, Indonesia. You pay with plastic bottles for a free ride of city bus

Irwanti Vidayanti
Community Member
2 years ago

We've done the same thing in Surabaya, indonesia

Jacki Jacks
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent 👍

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 years ago

As long as people aren't going out and buying more single-use plastic bottles so they can have cheaper Metro tickets... Still, this is a fantastic idea.

Sarawyn
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow!

Laura Baldwin
Community Member
2 years ago

Just shows what can be done if the government put their mind to these type of things.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 years ago

What a great incentive to recycle!

J. Normal
Community Member
2 years ago

Here, in the us, some of us have to fight to find a place to recycle.

Bean53
Community Member
2 years ago

Now THAT is awesome!

Carolyn Bovingdon
Community Member
2 years ago

Genius! What a way to combat the excess of plastic waste.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Shouldn't we combat the excess use of plastics?

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Steve Cruz
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2 years ago

GOOD GAWD WHAT A BRILLIANT IDEA!

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Sonja
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2 years ago

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

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Marc
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2 years ago

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

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Iggy
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2 years ago

Or buzz stops, as they should now be known.

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Marc
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

I love this picture! So cute!

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Full Name
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Magpie
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

Did they find a match?

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Iggy
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2 years ago

95% is very impressive.

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European other
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2 years 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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2 years ago

They should not have been there in the first place.

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Marc
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

This is wonderful news!

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Zach Tan
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Now let's build Jurassic Park!

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Magpie
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

The best snoots on the planet's best critters.

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Magpie
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2 years ago

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

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Juliana Kessler
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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arjelio mas
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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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