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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Marc
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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.

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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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Full Name
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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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Full Name
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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.

Karen Robyn
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2 years ago

Yes, the Sheldrick Foundation takes in orphan baby elephants found alone and helpless in the bush. Because they were orphaned and would have died otherwise. After raising them they release them safely back to the wild when possible, ie if the elephant doesn't have physical challenges. That is a completely different thing than stealing baby elephants from their families for zoos and circuses.

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Elizabeth Gardner
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2 years ago

and neither they should it is a crime.

Auntie Depressant
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2 years ago

Ban zoos and circuses!! Who with even the smallest heart can stand these places? No more exploitation of animals for human entertainment

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

It's always comes to customers. They can use the power of the purse, to make a positive, humane, compassionate choice and literally save our planet; but it takes the masses to accomplish this transformation. Sadly, it's not happening, what does it tell you about the human race????

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Naomi
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2 years ago

Near total? C'mon Africa, we will fight for a total ban!!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Not Leo Cecchini.

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Renée Guercia
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2 years ago

I am SO happy to hear this!!

Denise Ward
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2 years ago

Thank goodness.

Lo Wag
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2 years ago (edited)

Worldwide ban ivory sales especially to China.

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Waiting for the total ban, but good work to date, also, total ban on live animals in circusses

Constance Cluset
Community Member
2 years ago

Not so easy...1 orphanage for whole Africa is ...small !!! And what about adult elephants ? If the specy is considered as almost extinct, it is totally legal for zoos to take wild animals in the wild. This is happening everyday but no zoos will admit this publicly.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Please stop patronizing Zoos, and of course circuses.

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Linda DeBaker Mucha Thomas
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2 years ago

Is this all over Africa??? Research I'll have to do! If it's true, AMEN! Babies should not be taken from their mothers. No matter what the species of animal!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

BP should research it.

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Susan Thomas
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2 years ago

A few countries have not GOT the message! Zimbabwe for starters.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Yes, corrupt governments.

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sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Oh yes, terrific news, it's so sad when the mother elephants are killed, the babies are being saved, except those that die, I think, of a broken heart, to those who are dedicated, in helping the babies, God Bless you !!!

Liz Marsh
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2 years ago

Yet, China managed to just purchase and import 15 of them... what gives?

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Here goes China again; no animal rights, no human rights, just communist rights.

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Julie Lynch
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2 years ago

Let’s hope this is correct, they belong in the jungle with their own kind, family

Vivien Counsell Mitchell
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2 years ago

I hope this is sustained. There are nations, and traders I simply don't trust!

Collette Milligan
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2 years ago

Leave all elephants where they belong, that’s with their family in the wild....

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Collette, that would take reducing human population and stopping destruction of the natural environment - the home of wildlife.

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Janie Stroschin
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2 years ago

Look up infous@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org These are good people saving baby elephants, rhinos and more.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

I'm grateful for every and each truly good, compassionate human being.

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Hilary Myers
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2 years ago

I can't believe that this still happened! Terrible that this abuse has continued for so long. Elephants have such strong family ties, how could anyone be so cruel as to take their babies.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Unfortunately for every creature, including us humans, on our ravaged planet, there are many, many cruel, vile sub-human monsters among us.

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Nancy Bernard
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2 years ago

It's about time!!! Elephants are family oriented, they grieve and become very depressed when monsters take their babies. The babies go through Hell, and they miss their mothers and others in the family circle. Both baby and mom, just like humans, never get over this, elephants never forget! All you have to do is see the elephants who have been taken, abused terribly, and chained to understand how evil and cruel this practice is, and all for the almighty dollar. "You can tell a man's character by the way he treats animals."

Nancy Bernard
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2 years ago

I just watched a movie, a Christmas movie about this very thing, "Christmas in the Wild" starring Rob Lowe. It takes place in a elephant refuge, saving baby elephants, then releasing them to the wild. Great movie!

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Gay Abarbanell
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2 years ago

I am so happy. Elephants are wonderous, smart, feeling creatures

Sue Sanders
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2 years ago

For sure, leave them with their families.

Dawn K
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2 years ago

This is great but I think they should worry and do more about poachers.

Mooncut
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2 years ago

Great :D

Derek Swift
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2 years ago

If it is enforced that will be good. It will also be good if they stop breeding lions to be shot when keepers bring them out to be murdered.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

What does tell you about humanity?

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Freya Fluharty
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2 years ago

Near-total ban.

Kim Bush
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2 years ago

Yeah you noticed that too huh

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Frankenfrog
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2 years ago

Humans are shit. To think this was totally acceptable makes me want to puke

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

Wonderful news!

Linda Matheny
Community Member
2 years ago

That is wonderful!! Now if the rest of the world would stop the abuse of these magnificent animals!!!! Shoot poachers on site!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

.....and ivory and all "medicinal" products made from rhino horns, etc. buyers as well. What idiots believe such nonsense?

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Hara Harding
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2 years ago

Yay!

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

I look forward to a Total Ban !!!

Suzanne Dunne
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2 years ago

So pleased about that

Mariah Schauf
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2 years ago

🐘

Susan Henry
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2 years ago

Fantastic

Marg Smith
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2 years ago

Yes feeling happy

Yan Pagh
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2 years ago

Really nice. It is so sad to see them in cages.

Samuel Woodworth
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2 years ago

I can't even believe this was going on!

Renee Braunsdorf
Community Member
2 years ago

yay!

Margaret Cabello
Community Member
2 years ago

Finally, thank you.

Orion Atherstone
Community Member
2 years ago

Finally ♥

Sue Clifford
Community Member
2 years ago

Finally ❤️👍❤️

Flo Anne Maclellan
Community Member
2 years ago

Not before time.

Bean53
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2 years ago

This is such good news!

Quitterie Ruokonen
Community Member
2 years ago

You should tell that to the Zimbabwean government who is regularly shipping baby elephants caught in the wild to China for a life in jail...

moeless
Community Member
2 years ago

Where?

nala simba
Community Member
2 years ago

What took so long? Actually, why was it ever?

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent thank you !!!

Laura Baldwin
Community Member
2 years ago

About time.

Tiny Dancer
Community Member
2 years ago

If this wasn't called the Dumbo Law then someone should be fired. Yeah, elephants!

Maureen Njeri
Community Member
2 years ago

Unfortunately Zimbabwe had just packaged some elephants for sale to China

Kathy Baylis
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2 years ago (edited)

Zoos and circuses should be phased out entirely. Let’s just start leaving wild animals in the wild. Only those deemed unable to survive in the wild should be placed in sanctuaries where they’re monitored for their safety and health, but primarily left to enjoy freedom and being with others of their species—-or whatever mix of species they adopt as their pack.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

What a cruel evil person down-voted Kathy's comment?

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Joel Blazquez Sargatal
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2 years ago

Where? Africa is not a country...

Full Name
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2 years ago

Do all elephants take in orphaned babies?

Magpie
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2 years ago

Some rescue organization had a video of their tribe of elephants welcoming an orphan elephant. ( yeah i cried )>>>>>>>>>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_D4qqciraI

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Leo Cecchini
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2 years ago

Hey, it means there will be more trophies available in the future.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Leo, you are the a-hole, to put it mildly. Despicable travesty of human being.

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Shart
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2 years ago

How about the money they make from big game hunters..shouldnt that be stopped as well

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

What about stopping big game hunters, Shart?? It is repulsive to call sentient beings "game"!!!!! This is the reason that humans are incapable to rule themselves and live in peaceful co-existence. Human arrogance is despicable.

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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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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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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Rosie Hamilton
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2 years ago

Dogs are pretty good at this too!

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Foxxy
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2 years ago

We still have a long way to go.

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Alethia Nyx
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2 years 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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Foxxy
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2 years 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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2 years 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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