20 Good News Stories You Didn’t Hear About

Today, the most attractive, charming, sexy and compelling news outlets enjoy unparalleled influence over the minds of tens of millions of people. At the same time, there are lots of good things happening in the world.

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There are earnest good people attempting to change things. Stories like people cleaning up our environment, and endangered animals making a resurgence. These stories don’t usually make the headlines.

So the good news goes nowhere and the not-so-great stories mesmerize us from every screen. So here are 20 good news stories in an attempt to change just that.

20. Say Goodbye to 40% of ocean plastics

Image: Ocean Clean Up Project

Five trillion pieces of plastic are in the ocean right now, gravitating toward one of five major garbage patches.

The Ocean Cleanup Project hopes to remove 40% of that plastic over ten years by emulating a coastline. It has operated autonomously since launching, and runs on power generated from ocean currents. Thirty years from now, ocean plastics may become a footnote in history.

Source: The Ocean Cleanup

19. The giant panda is no longer an endangered species

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The International Union for Conservation announced that giant pandas are no longer endangered (officially) in September.

This comes from a census of 1,864 pandas in the wild, not including cubs, and marks a rise from 1,596 in 2004. There are now 67 reserves in China covering 5,400 square miles for pandas.

Source: NBC News

18. China announced plans to end the ivory trade

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China plans to end the ivory trade by the end of 2017, it announced. Often viewed as a status symbol, ivory goes for $1,100/kg in US dollars.

Restricting the ivory market in China will save an estimated 20,000 elephants per year—and only 415,000 elephants remain, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Source: Good News Network

17. The US veteran homeless rate declined by 47% in the last 7 years

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The Obama administration announced a 50% decline in veteran homelessness since 2010. The homelessness rate dropped by 16% alone from the previous January under a strategic partnership between various government agencies. The results were astounding, and we can expect to see more programs like this in the future.

Source: Good News Network

16. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge funded a medical breakthrough

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge wasn’t just for kicks—it funded a real study that identified the genetic cause of ALS. This is a major breakthrough that will allow experts to tackle the question of treating, curing, or even preventing ALS in the future. The movement didn’t receive praise from everyone, but this is proof that “slacktivism” can go a long way.

Source: New York Times

15. China put a ban on certain coal mines

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China announced that it would shut down 1,000 small coal mines, and then refrain from approving any new coal mines for three years.

While this is a small step for a country so vast, it’s a good symbolic step toward renewable energy—which Greenpeace notes has covered China’s base energy needs since 2011. This also followed a natural decline in fossil fuel energy consumption for the last few years, indicating a lasting change in the energy sector is imminent.

Source: Bloomberg

14. The manatee is longer on the endangered species list

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