From endangered species being revived to cancer patients having new hopes, these updates are sure to lift people's spirits.
How many times have we thought that the world is a terrible place while watching the news or scrolling social media posts? It is a pretty common opinion formed by people who majorly rely on mainstream media for their daily dose of political, economic and social updates. While knowing such news is essential too, as it helps us to be aware of our surroundings, too much consumption of negative news makes one delusional about their society and the whole world. Unlike what's being projected by the media, the world is not so disheartening. People are making more efforts every day towards sustainable living. Experts are indulging in conservative practices to safeguard our nature and its resources like trees, rivers, lakes, forests, animals, birds, other organisms and the environment as a whole. The field of medicine is evolving rapidly, finding cures and improving people's lifespans. So, there is hope in this world and to back it up, u/Orikrin1998's post on Reddit has brought to light some reassuring responses. Here are 10 of the best things individuals mentioned when asked, "What is something good going on in the world that a lot of people aren’t aware of?"
An Eastern Black Rhino was just born, a complete surprise to the rangers who protect the 1,000 remaining in the wild. They are critically endangered, the rarest of the subspecies and this is a monumental occasion. -u/HarmonicasAndHisses. Southern Ocean right whale populations are growing at seven percent a year. Bowhead whale populations have tripled and have almost recovered to pre-exploitation levels. Humpback populations in Australia have recovered and are higher than pre-exploitation. Others, which haven’t recovered like the Atlantic right whale, have stopped their steep decline and hopefully can start the process of population recovery. Stopping the practice of whaling is finally having a positive effect. -u/protogens.
The state of Illinois has been working to eliminate food deserts and prevent the loss of independent grocers in small communities. One example is in the southernmost town in Illinois, Cairo. They opened a grocery store in June. It's a co-op-style store, so it's community-owned and operated. This after 7 years without access to fresh food. It's become a life-changing service to some members of this community already. While it's been having some struggles, there has been a great deal of support from the community and from surrounding communities, which has me convinced it will pull through the struggles. If this succeeds long term, it will stand as a model for other communities to utilize in eliminating food access issues. -u/imbecillic_genius.
I know this is old news, but maybe people aren't aware of it. Researchers/scientists have been working with bacteria to fight cancers. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin has been used with some success to fight bladder cancer. -u/Big_Jerm21. Adding on to this, cancer treatment in the past 10 years has advanced more than it has in the past 30 years before that. Immunotherapy has cured some untreatable cancers in the past. Also, metastatic melanoma is now around 60% curable when median survival used to be 6 months. -u/bobbi21.
I lived in Los Angeles during the eighties, in Van Nuys. I didn’t realize that there was a mountain range to the north of the valley. I drove through in 2013 and there was very little smog. I have been told by people I know who live there that the smog is like ten or twenty percent of what it was in the eighties. -u/MobileAccountBacause. I remember cars and buses would exhaust that thick black smoke that would go into the air. The air was absolutely awful back then compared to today. -u/Kevin-W.
I work as a mental health therapist. There is certainly a mental health crisis, AND, there are also a lot of people who are recovering. Most of the people who I see end up recovering and graduating from therapy within a year. We talk a lot about how bad mental health is. We don't talk a lot about recovery in mental health. -u/RapGameCarlRogers. People are fast becoming more and more open about their struggles which is an excellent sign. Sets the path for a better tomorrow! -u/Cosmo_Kramer_420.
In the east midlands, UK, there have been a lot of opportunities taken to rewild huge areas of land again. Golf courses, with rolling hills and ponds/ streams, are having meadows returned and more trees planted. Farmland that's been mismanaged or untenable and is a waste of space is having forests replanted. I took my 2-year-old son to plant some Birch, oak and chestnut trees near Sherwood Forest, along with several thousand others, all done by willing and happy volunteers! It may not seem much but it's becoming much more popular! In the short term, we should see wildflower meadows, birds, bees and woodland animals returning in the long term, many years after our lifetime there should be huge swathes of cities/ countryside with accessible and diverse woodland and green spaces! -u/cadiastandsuk.
The solar farm that is being installed in my rural area (that will power 10,000 homes at least) is ahead of schedule in construction. -u/Lunavixen15. Solar in general is becoming huge. I remember during my school years a solar cell would just about power a very simple calculator. Today 4.5% of electricity is generated from solar and capacity is doubling every 3 years or so. Decades of research are now paying off, economies of scale are starting to kick in and we continue to find clever applications like Agrivoltaics. -u/Kempeth.
There are about 10,000,000 to 12,000,000 people in the United States who quilt. Most of them belong to quilt guilds that donate to homeless shelters veteran shelters other types of places where people need blankets. My quilt guild donated over 800 this year and we only have 80 people in our guild. -u/Over-Marionberry-686. I am a 50-year-old grumpy man that quilts. Helps calm my anxiety. Also like to carve little wooden figurines but I have a tendency to give myself scars for that hobby. -u/Grogosh.
CRISPR treatment has just been FDA-approved to cure sickle cell disease. -u/Downtown-Aardvark934. CRISPR is being studied in swine for swine-to-human organ transplants to make sure the human immune system doesn't attack the donor organ. If successful, this could essentially end organ waiting lists for certain organs, as long as the public accepts it. -u/Rush_Is_Right. As someone who did biology in high school, the implications of CRISPR seem really promising for lots of other diseases as well. So hopefully, it can be used for diseases other than sickle cell disease as well! -u/Cursed_UwU.
Euthanasia rates at shelters (in the US) are less than half than 10 years ago, and less than 20% vs 50 years ago. Successful homing rates are just over 90%. (In 1960, it was about 40%). Within 5 years, if trends continue, kill rates should be near zero with the only kills being due to untreatable illnesses (such as rabies) or repeated aggressive behavior. u/MrHyde_Is_Awake. In my city, the shelters are all no-kill now, but that wasn't the case growing up. Definitely a very nice change. -u/Cudi_buddy.