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Good News Tuesday for January 3, 2023: Dog Therapy in Ukraine, Cellular Glue, Humpback Comeback, 2022 Good News Review, and Surviving the NY Blizzard in a School

Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Dog Therapy for Kids in Ukraine

A special dog named Bice offers positive distraction and comfort to kids affected by the trauma in Ukraine. This story reminds me of how well dogs (and other animals) bring us back to the present moment. Click here to learn more.

New Cellular “Glue” Helps Heal Wounds

Scientists at the University of California have engineered molecules that act like a “cellular glue” to bond tissues. The research has implications for podetial of regeneration of nerves and tissues. The Good News Network has details.

Humpback Comeback

Humpback whales were almost wiped out by commercial whaling in the 19th and early 20th century and were one of the first species to be protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1970. But with global conservation efforts, the current population has rebounded from 10,000 to 80,000 in 2022. Here are the details from GoodGoodGood.

Good News Stories from 2022

Many news services are publishing a look back at last year’s good news. A short one from my 1440 email has a quick overview of ten topics including medical discoveries, earth work, the declining death penalty, LGBTQ rights, and more. (I opted to decline cookies and X’d the pop up and could still read the article.) Here’s the link:

If you really want to delve into the good news, a longer list of stories arranged by month is available HERE from Good Good Good

“Merry Christmas, Jay” Saved Lives by Breaking into a School in the NY Blizzard

A man named Jay broke into a school to survive the recent New York blizzard. Then he went out rescue more people who were stuck in cars and brought them inside. He saved 24 people and two dogs. Here’s the story from ABC News.

An unfolding story I’m following for next week:

A family of four apparently survived a crash after their car fell 250 feet off a cliff in California.

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Good News Tuesday for June 22, 2021: Humpback Whales, Plastic Bottle Houses, Fur Trade, and Juneteenth Becomes an Official US Holiday

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Record-High Number of Humpback Whales Counted off the Coast of Japan

The recent edition of my Goodnewspaper reported a record of 1087 humpback whales were observed off Amani Oshima Island in Japan from December 2020 to March 2021. Out of the 670 pods observed, 105 included mothers and calves which is also a record. This is the first time the seasonal count of whales has exceeded 1000. Humpbacks and other whale species were decimated by commercial whaling in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The population increase of these intelligent, social mammals shows what global conservation efforts can do. I’ve added a video about whales in Hawaii at the end of today’s post.

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Strong Nigerian Homes are Made with Plastic Bottles

Plastic bottles filled with sand are being used to create houses in Nigeria. This bottle brick technology is reported to be
“18-times stronger than regular bricks.” You can read more about the innovative process and see the attractive houses in this article from the Good News Network.

Israel to be the First Country to Ban the Sale of Fur

In six months it will become illegal to sell fur for “fashion” in Israel. ““Even with the exemption for traditional dress, … Israel’s fur ban will save the lives of millions of animals suffering on fur farms or languishing in cruel traps around the world, and it sends a clear message that fur is unethical, unnecessary, and outdated.” Claire Bass, Humane Society International UK. Here’s more from The Optimist Daily.

Juneteenth Becomes a Federal Holiday in the US

Last week, the US Congress voted to make Juneteenth (June 19th) a national holiday. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday, June 18th, in time for the 156th anniversary of the day African Americans in Texas were informed that the war was over and they were free. This New York Times article, includes information on the significance of the holiday which has also been known as Emancipation Day.

Here’s the signing ceremony. The video is long, but worth watching, even worth skipping the ads.

Getting back to the whales, I hope you enjoy this video about humpback whales in Hawaii.

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