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Good News Tuesday for Jan. 24, 2023: Argentina Protects Southern Peninsula, Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak Over, Animal Testing No Longer Required by FDA, Students Make Leg for Dog, and an Uber Driver Donates a Kidney

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Argentina Protects the Southern Peninsula of South America

In December, legislators in the province of Tierra del Fuego voted to permanently protect the land and sea of the Mitre Peninsula. The protected area is Argentina’s most important “carbon sink” and includes a range of peatlands and giant kelp forests. Read more and see beautiful photos in this article from Mongabay.

Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak is Over

After no new infections were reported in more than 42 days, Uganda has declared the 4-month ebola outbreak is over. The Guardian has details here.

FDA No Longer Requires Animal Testing on All Drugs

The US Federal Drug Administration no longer requires drugs to be tested on animals. While the law doesn’t ban the testing of new drugs on animals, it lifts the requirement that pharmaceutical companies use animals to test new drugs before human trials. Hopefully this will increase the market and fine-tuning for alternatives to animal testing. For details, see this article from NPR which came in my goodnewslestter.

High School Students Make Prosthetic Leg for Teacher’s Dog

High school students are refining their work on a prosthetic leg for a golden retriever who lost his leg due to cancer. You can read more about the project from this NBC News Charlotte affiliate.

Uber Driver Donates Kidney to Passenger

Bill Sumiel was on his way to dialysis when his Uber driver, army veteran Tim Letts, offered to give Bill his kidney. Here’s the story:

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Good News Tuesday for March 16, 2021: Sustainable Village, On-line Shop Fights Domestic Violence, Women in the Oscars, Student Helps Former Teacher, and a Funny Kid Video

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Sustainable Village in Uganda built on Shea Butter and Solar Energy

The village of Okere Mom-Kok, destroyed during the Ugandan Civil War, is now a sustainable community of 4,000 people. Electricity, generated through solar energy is available to everyone, and clean water comes from modern borehole methods. Ojok Okello, who started the project with $54,000 from his own pocket, was inspired by the city of Wakanda in the movie, Black Panther. He recognized that the shea tree could be like the natural resource vibranium in the film. The Good News Network brings us more about Okere Mom-Kok.

High School Student Creates Online Shop to Help Domestic Violence Victims

Krystyna Paszko, a high school student in Poland, created a online shop to sell cosmetics where domestic violence victims can hide requests for help by appearing to be shopping online. Her idea won a European Union prize that came with €10,000 (£8,700; $12,120) and was ignited by a pharmacy in France where asking for a special mask alerts staff of a domestic violence situation. You can learn more about Krystna’s program in this BBC article.

Two Women were Nominated for Best Director in the 2021 Oscars

For the first time in Academy Award history, two women were nominated in the same year for best director. Previously, only five women had ever been nominated in the best director category. Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland” and Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman,” are the two women nominated this year for best director. Good Morning America has details on these nominees and others.

Student Raises $27,000 for Former Substitute Teacher

Steven Nava raised over $27,000 for his former substitute teacher, 77 year old Jose Villarrue, who was living out of his car. Learn more in this celebration:

The Little Boy Laughed to See Such Fun

Click the link below for a very short, funny video with a little boy laughing at his parents’ water trick:

https://fb.watch/4guWjmqebj/

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