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- The Black Bee, once thought to be extinct in the UK, is being brought back from the brink https://www.positive.news/environment/the-refugees-reviving-the-uk-black-bee/

- Similarly, wolves are being revived from the edge of extinction in the US https://www.positive.news/environment/three-good-things-animals-making-a-comeback/

- Florida scientists have just made history by becoming the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral in human care, a step which could help save endangered coral reefs https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/historic-discovery-that-will-help-save-florida-reef-tract/

- Successful animal trials of a new method of curing blindness https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/blind-mice-see-again-thanks-to-synthesizing-method-for-lost-cells/

- As Coal Usage and Pollution Levels Decline, New Study Finds Dramatic Decrease in Asthma Symptoms and Hospitalizations https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/as-kentucky-coal-usage-declines-asthma-symptoms-and-hospitalizations-drop/

- The White tailed Eagle returns to the UK for the first time in 240 years https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/eagles-spotted-flying-over-uk-after-240-years/



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- It’s looking like a good year for the world’s largest turtle, the endangered leatherback. Conservationists from Thailand and Florida, are seeing unprecedented numbers returning to breed on abandoned beaches https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/coronavirus-turtles-beaches-leatherback-tourists-nests-florida-thailand-a9474371.html

- The coronavirus crisis has inspired warring gangs in South Africa to lay down their weapons and redeploy their distribution skills to get food to townspeople in lockdown https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-cape-town-violent-rival-gangs-south-africa-call-truce-pandemic/

- New cases of coronavirus in Italy have fallen below the number of newly recovered patients for the first time since the outbreak began  https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-latest-update-italy-daily-recoveries-pass-new-cases-1499948

- To combat blood supply shortages, mosques across the United States have teamed up with the Red Cross to open their doors for blood donations during Ramadan https://thehill.com/changing-america/respect/diversity-inclusion/494605-muslims-celebrate-ramadan-by-donating-blood

- Meanwhile, a mosque in Scotland is donating the food it would normally make for worshippers to the homeless and others who need it https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-52401237?fbclid=IwAR2wocCMn5tHsuGJwCIydyKg2mzzr6B9Ib7Ldtz5fKJ7egEFekTJLJvj02A



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

More pandemic positivity:

- An antibody that blocks COVID-19 has been identified https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200504074722.htm

- Remdesivir, a drug that has shown promising results against COVID-19, has been approved for deployment to urgent cases this week https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/495870-gilead-ceo-coronavirus-drug-will-be-deployed-to-most-urgent-patients-this-

- The Gates Foundation has pledged $125 million to fight coronavirus https://www.cnet.com/health/bill-melinda-gates-foundation-pledges-125m-for-covid-19-vaccine-therapy/

- At least 10 existing and already approved drugs have shown promise at preventing coronavirus multiplying in the body https://www.france24.com/en/20200501-covid-19-coronavirus-nature-pharmaceuticals-antipsychotics-clemastine-haloperidol

- The LightStrike robot, which uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospitals has been shown to deactivate the novel coronavirus in just two minutes, providing a potentially effective method of removing the virus from public spaces https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/UV-light-robot-destroys-coronavirus-in-2-minutes



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- Vietnam has not recorded any new Covid-19 infections for 21 straight days, and Cambodia has gone for 24 days without any new cases. https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50720458/covid-19-no-new-cases-in-cambodia-for-over-2-weeks/ https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/covid19-vietnam-goes-21-consecutive-days-without-new-local-infections

- In the last seven weeks, World Central Kitchen has served more than 4.5 million free meals in 190 cities across 30 American states & territories and, over 600,000 meals in 10 cities across Spain. https://wck.org/news/chefsforamerica-week7

- Nearly 40 mayors representing more than 700 million people in cities across the globe are calling for a transformative recovery, warning that a return to "business as usual" means accepting a world barreling toward climate catastrophe. Yesterday, they signed a statement of principles that aims to provide a framework for the "transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon, inclusive and healthier economy for people and the planet." https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/07/return-business-usual-means-climate-catastrophe-worlds-mayors-demand-transformative

- South Korea will provide one million face masks to Korean War veterans in 22 countries, including the United States, Britain and Canada, in an expression of gratitude for their sacrifice, to mark the 70th anniversary of the conflict. https://www.bangkokpost.com/world/1914148/seoul-to-send-face-masks-to-foreign-veterans-of-korean-war

- Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech started human trials for their potential RNA based coronavirus vaccine this week, and say that if the tests are successful, the vaccine could be ready for emergency use as early as September https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/health/pfizer-vaccine-coronavirus.html



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

- 15-year-old jumps into freezing canal and saves toddler from drowning; neighbour sets up Gofundme page for the him, but he insists they donate it to the National Health Service instead. https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3776/Teen-Walking-His-Dogs-Saves-Toddler-From-Drowning-In-Canal

- A free student-led service has delivered more than $27,000 of food to 260 homes in the most vulnerable areas of Los Angeles in the last six weeks. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-09/teen-volunteers-develop-ways-to-help-most-vulnerable-unable-to-help-themselves-during-virus-outbreak

- The LA Unified School District have distributed more than 13 million free meals in six weeks. https://www.karunavirus.org/story/938/how-los-angeles-school-district-handed-out-13-million-free-meals-in-6-weeks

- 101-Year-Old Born During The 1918 Flu Pandemic Beats Coronavirus. https://www.karunavirus.org/story/827/101-year-old-born-during-the-1918-flu-pandemic-beats-coronavirus

- Sweden Closes Its Last Coal-Fired Power Station Well Ahead Of Schedule. https://www.karunavirus.org/story/791/more-good-news-for-climate-sweden-closes-its-last-coal-fired-power-station-well-ahead-of-schedule

- A German brewery has given away 2,600 litres of free beer to locals. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/german-brewery-unsold-beer-room-fresh-brew-200505233835794.html

- The Bangla Sahib Gurdwara kitchen in the heart of New Delhi is feeding over 75,000 people every day during the pandemic. https://theprint.in/india/1600-kg-aata-1200-kg-rice-daily-how-delhis-bangla-sahib-gurdwara-is-feeding-75k-people/413082/

- Chicks of endangered storks born in Britain for the first time in centuries. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/26/uk-first-wild-stork-chicks-hatch-centuries?fbclid=IwAR2spTF5ZyqjOjE3gYpbvCZEuEBlESRHqryAlbQu8oGVzcRvgPTHv5ecjpk

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

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- The suicide rate in Japan has fallen by 20%, the biggest drop in five years. People spending more time at home with their families, fewer people were commuting to work and delays to the start of the school year are seen as factors in the fall. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/14/japan-suicides-fall-sharply-as-covid-19-lockdown-causes-shift-in-stress-factors

- Oxford COVID-19 vaccine shows effective results in animal trials. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/oxford-vaccine-candidate-shows-promise-small-study-monkeys-n1206926

- U.S. Approves Plan to Build the Nation’s Largest Solar Project in the Desert by 2022. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/us-government-approves-gemini-project/

- A team of virologists from Frankfurt University have managed to inhibit the growth and behavior of SARS-CoV-2 in a controlled human cell culture, using already approved drugs, and are now moving to clinical testing. https://mondestuff.com/til/virologists-figure-out-ways-to-stop-sars-cov-2-from-replicating-itself-inside-the-host-cell/

- A team of 20 students in the US have linked farmers with food banks to save tens of thousands of kilograms of food from being wasted. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/these-students-are-sending-thousands-of-pounds-of-food-waste-to-food-banks/ar-BB13VEH2



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

Positive pandemic update:

- The first company in the US to begin human testing for a COVID-19 vaccine has reported the data “couldn’t have been better.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-vaccine-human-trials-moderna-when-covid-19-cure-a9520716.html?utm_source=reddit.com&utm_source=reddit.com

- Oxford’s vaccine is progressing well according to the UK government, and plans are in place to roll it out to 30 million people by September if trials are successful. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-for-30-million-by-september-if-trial-succeeds-says-sharma-11990039

- Studies show that people who’ve been infected with COVID-19 carry T-Cells that could assist with long term immunity to the virus. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/t-cells-found-covid-19-patients-bode-well-long-term-immunity

- San Francisco Bay area reports zero COVID-19 deaths 2 days in a row, the first time since early March. https://www.businessinsider.com.au/san-francisco-bay-area-two-days-without-covid-19-deaths-2020-5?utm_source=reddit.com&r=US&IR=T

- Researchers have also found COVID-19 patients that test positive after recovery, aren’t capable of transmitting the disease. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-19/covid-patients-testing-positive-after-recovery-aren-t-infectious

- Survivors of COVID-19 are donating their plasma containing antibodies to the virus to help infected patients. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-netherlands-plasma/dutch-donors-join-global-effort-on-plasma-treatment-for-coronavirus-idUSKBN22W26C

- Evidence shows anticoagulation increases COVID-19 survival, especially for patients requiring ventilators whose survival increased by over 30%. https://www.dailymeded.com/evidence-shows-anticoagulation-increase-covid-19-survival/



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

- The first human trial of a COVID-19 vaccine finds that it is safe, well-tolerated, and induces a rapid immune response: “These results represent an important milestone.” https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31208-3/fulltext

- The WHO’s Public Health and Environment Director, Dr Maria Neira, says their models are showing a global second wave is being increasingly ruled out. Caution required, but she thinks the virus will have a hard time surviving. https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/05/26/world-health-organisation-doctor-says-second-major-wave-of-coronavirus-being-increasingly-ruled-out/

- The outlook is bright in Nigeria as solar energy companies have stepped in to keep stay at home workers in lockdown powered up. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-nigeria-solar/outlook-bright-as-solar-energy-keeps-nigerian-homeworkers-powered-up-idUSKBN22Y289

- The Spanish government is implementing a basic income scheme that will reach 850,000 households and 2.5 million of the country’s poorest citizens. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/27/spain-new-basic-income-may-not-fix-unemployment-and-inequality.html

- New Zealand does not have a single person in hospital with COVID-19, as the country marks five consecutive days without a new case. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/417651/no-new-cases-of-covid-19-nobody-in-hospital-with-the-coronavirus

- Albania’s Bee-Keepers are buzzing over the unparalleled honey harvest thanks to busy bees that have had respite from pollution and pesticides. https://www.france24.com/en/20200522-lockdown-gives-albanian-beekeepers-a-golden-year

- Man whose Dad walked out on him as a child makes a Youtube channel called "Dad, how do I..." for people without fathers https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3800/Man-Whose-Dad-Walked-Out-On-Him-As-A-Child-Makes-039-How-To-039-Videos-For-People-Without-Dads

- Teens rescue old man trapped in fire https://www.sunnyskyz.com/good-news/3797/Teens-Rescue-Old-Man-Trapped-In-A-Fire-Without-Any-Equipment

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Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023. (And over 130 million lifetime)

Great thread. We need more of those news.

We also get positive news every year when climate change predictions expire without happening. We're supposed to have total lack of food, massive lack of water, many countries underwater by the 00's.

According to a Guardian article, Britain would have a Siberian climate in 2020. Other article stated that the Artic would be ice-less by 2018. Al Gore said in 2008 that in 10 years the ice polar cap would be gone. It's 2020 and it's still there :)

You can read all the positive info here: https://www.climatedepot.com/2019/09/18/doomsdays-that-didnt-happen-report-compiles-decades-of-dire-failed-climate-predictions/

Last edited by 0D0 - on 04 June 2020

God bless You.

My Total Sales prediction for PS4 by the end of 2021: 110m+

When PS4 will hit 100m consoles sold: Before Christmas 2019

There were three ravens sat on a tree / They were as blacke as they might be / The one of them said to his mate, Where shall we our breakfast take?


I don't know if this counts as a Positive News, but Brazil (my country) will start testing a vaccine against COVID-19. https://globalnews.ca/news/7021090/brazil-coronavirus-vaccine-test/

Hope it works!