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Good News Tuesday, May 12, 2020: Renewables Surpass Coal, Elder Recoveries, Eagles in England, and Repaying a Kindness

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

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Renewable Energy Surpasses Coal for the Month of April in the US

Renewable energy from solar, wind, and hydropower generated more electricity than coal for the month of April in the US. Contributing factors include “…low gas prices, warmer weather, a significant amount of new renewable capacity connecting to the grid late last year, and lower power demand… because of the coronavirus.” Here’s more from the Good News Network. 

 

Elders Recovering from COVID 19

Also from the Good News Network is a story about elders recovering from COVID 19.  Guadalupe and José from Spain, both 88, “had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier when they both became ill with the virus.” Then there’s Carrie Pollock, age 99 in the UK, 104-year-old Ada Zanusso of Biella, Italy, and Cornelia Ras, the Dutch woman who celebrated her 107th birthday on March 17th. You can read their stories, along with some words of wisdom, from the Good News Network. 

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Eagles are Back in England

Eagles had been almost hunted to extinction in the UK. “Now, 240 years after the last sighting, a mature white-tailed eagle was confirmed soaring in the wild high over the North York Moors.” The comeback is the result of several eaglets that were released on the Isle of Wight.”  Here’s that story from The Good News Network

Ireland Repays the Kindness of Native Americans

In 1847, when Ireland was suffering starvation during the potato blight, the North American Choctaw tribe found compassion amidst their own suffering of forced relocation. The tribe raised $170 (almost $5,000 in today’s currency) and sent it across the ocean to help Ireland. Now, the people of Ireland are paying back that debt by helping  the Navajo and Hopi tribes hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.  GNN reports that “almost $2.7 million has been raised so far, with many donations flowing in from Irish citizens expressing gratitude for the help they received so many decades ago.”

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Good News Tuesday: More For Earth Month

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

My personal good news is that I’m visiting family in the Appalachian Mountains while my grand daughter is on spring break. It’s still Earth Month, so today, I offer three more good news stories for life on earth.

Notre Dame Bees are Alive!

CNN reports that the bees who have been living in hives on the roof of the Notre Dame cathedral survived the fire! Here’s the story.

Global Growth of Renewable Energy

“Renewable energy now accounts for one-third of all global power capacity.”

Read more here:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/renewable-energy-now-one-third-of-global-power/

Norway Recycles 97% of it’s Plastic Bottles

Here’s the story from Positive.News

Feel free to share your good news  in the comments! It can be global, local, or personal.

 

 


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Good News Tuesday: Lost and Found, Way to Go Germany, Fox Rescue, and The Gift of Shoes

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Rescuers Found 3 Year Old Casey Alive and Well

Young Casey Hathaway wandered into the woods a couple of counties north of where I’m living. He was missing for almost three days through wet freezing nights until rescuers found him tangled in thorny bushes. I’d been following this story on the local news, but hadn’t heard about the bear. The Good News Network reports Casey said he spent some of his time in the woods with a friendly bear who kept him safe.  There’s no other confirmation about the bear besides Casey’s words, but thank goodness for friendly bears! You can read more about Casey’s rescue here.

 

 

 

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Rakotzbrücke Bridge in Germany. Photo from Pixabay

Germany to Close its Coal Fired Plants

The Los Angeles Times reports that Germany plans to close all 84 of its coal fired plants over the next 19 years with the goal to rely mostly on renewable energy.  Here’s the story.  

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Foxes Rescued from Fur Farm

174 foxes were rescued from a fur farm in China and given sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery. The fur farm planned to close and “dispose” of the foxes, but animal activists took them to the monastery at where the foxes were were released from cages.

The residents of Buddhist Jilin Nursing Garden in Mudanjiang, China said that they were happy to welcome the critters onto their property.   (Good News Network)

The foxes will reportedly be staying at the monastery until volunteers are able to construct a permanent shelter.  You can read and get links to video in this GNN story.

He Gave his Shoes

Nine year old Cheikh Faizal was walking with his father in in Malaysia noticed a boy with no shoes. He stopped and took off his shoes and socks and lovingly put them on his new friend.  You can read the story from The Good News Network.

 

 

 

Good News Tuesday seeks to bring balance to our lopsided media one Tuesday at a time.

If you’ve got good news, global, local, or personal, please share!


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Progress in Renewable Energy: Way to Go Apple and Portugal!

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With Earth Day just behind us by two days, I’m feeling even stronger appreciation for our home planet. That’s why I’m sharing these two stories to recognize a company and a country making real progress.

In this article learn how Apple has gone to 100% renewable energy. Their new headquarters, Apple Park, is now open and has one of the largest solar roofs in the world.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

Below, you can read about how Portugal made enough renewable energy in the month of March to power the whole country!

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/05/599886059/in-march-portugal-made-more-than-enough-renewable-energy-to-power-the-whole-coun