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Good News Tuesday for March 30, 2021: Saving Birds, Bald Eagle Comeback, Better Roads, Recycling Waste, and Teen Saves Friend with new CPR Skills

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Village Gives Up Streetlights for 45 Days to Save Bird Family

In the village of Potthakud, in southern India, a robin built her nest in a main lighting switchboard for the 120 homes and 35 streetlights. The nest was discovered by bird lover Karuppu Raja who turns on the streetlights each evening, He convinced the village to observe a blackout for 45 nights until the baby birds were old enough to fly. “I explained that so many bird species have become extinct and we should not let Indian Robin go the same way,” said Raja. Here’s the story from the Good News Network.

Bald Eagle Comeback

US Bald eagle populations have quadrupled in the last decade. In 1963, bald eagles were on the brink of extinction with only 417 known nesting pairs in the lower 48 states. Now, due to focused conservation work and the banning of DDT pesticide in 1972, there are reportedly more than 71,4000 nesting pairs and “an estimated 316,700 individual bald eagles in the contiguous United States.” Here’s more from CBS News.

Roads Built with Plastic Waste Are As Good or Better than Asphalt

12 Countries have built roads containing plastic waste. Studies show these roads “…can last longer, are stronger and more durable in respect to loads and rutting, can tolerate wide temperature swings, and are more resistant to water damage, cracking, and potholes.” We still need to greatly reduce our use of plastic, but recycling and reusing will help keep some plastic waste out of the ocean. Here’s more from the Good News Network on paving with plastic.

Developing Jet Fuel from Food Waste

Researchers in the US have found a way of turning food waste into a paraffin that works in jet engines and could “cut greenhouse gas emissions by 165% compared to fossil energy.” While it is currently more economical to convert these wastes to diesel or methane, researchers report they have developed an alternative method to “turn food waste, animal manure and waste water into a competitive jet hydrocarbon.” Fore details, including the science behind this discovery, here’s an article from BBC News.

Teen Saves Her Friend’s Life One Day After Finishing CPR Course

One day after finishing CPR training, Florida teen Torri’ell Norwood was in a serious car accident with three friends. Two passengers were unhurt, but A’zarria had hit her head and was unconscious. Torri’ell pulled A’zarria from the car and used CPR to save her life. Read details from the Good News Network. You can meet Torri’ell in this short video:

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Good News Tuesday for Feb. 16, 2021: Successful Program Responds to Non-Violent Police Calls, Repair Don’t Waste, Wardrobe Donation, and Plastic Bricks

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Successful Colorado Program Relieves Police from Non-Violent Calls

Sending health care specialists to non-violent calls frees up police to focus on fighting crime. Since June 1, a program in Colorado has been sending a paramedic and a mental health professional out to handle low level incidents like trespassing and mental health episodes that would have fallen to police. These STAR teams focus on assessment and connecting people with services.

“In its first six months, the Support Team Assisted Response program, or STAR, has responded to 748 (nonviolent) incidents. None required police or led to arrests or jail time.” Here are the details from Denver.

Europe’s Movement toward Repair instead of Waste

The EU’s eco-design regulations are moving forward in March with a regulation that will “define standards for repair and useful life making it easier to repair washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and monitors. France is introducing an anti-waste law with a repair index for a wider variety of appliances and devices and aims to make 60% of devices repairable by 2026. You can read more from Next City here.

Alex Trebek’s Family Donates Wardrobe

Alex Trebek’s Jeopardy wardrobe is being donated to The Doe Fund, a charity that provides, “work, housing, vocational training, continuing education and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness and incarceration.” Good Morning America has more on the story.

Or this could be for WATWB? Look for the CBS News video of the Atlanta school counselor who runs a food pantry. His name is Anthony at Carver Elementary in Atlanta

Bricks from Plastic

Yes, we need to reduce our use of plastics, but we can also recycle and repurpose. Nzambi Matee of Kenya is a materials engineer and head of Gjenge Makers, which produces sustainable low-cost construction bricks made of recycled plastic and sand. They are winners of the Young Champions of the Earth Award. Ms. Matee will tell you more about their work in this video:

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