Evil prevails when we mistake it for the norm. Breathe. There is urgency, but there are also news that are timeless. Everyday, everywhere, good humans are at work. Take a few minutes to feed your mind. You need it.
The Good World News – Week of Jan 31
Manu Prakashdesigned the Paperfuge with a billion people in mind.A 20-Cent centrifuge that will transform healthcare.
“There are a billion people on this planet who live with no electricity, no infrastructure, no roads, and they have the same kind of health care needs that you and I have.”
A critical step in the diagnosis of infections like malaria and HIV. The Paperfuge is a great example of how extremely creative people can originate important new ideas by relaxing and observing the world around them.
Nature can heal itself in tremendous ways, with a little bit of human help. In 1995, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. You'd think they'd hunt animals, but in fact, this very fact gave life back to many animals. The numbers of deers diminished. Then, bare valleys became forests of aspen and willow and conttonwood. Trophic cascades re-appeared in the park. The height of the trees quintupled in just 6 years. Birds started moving in again. Beavers created habitats for ducks. River courses stabilized. Balance is all.
As of January 1st, all electric trains in the Netherlands are 100% powered by clean, renewable wind energy. The Dutch train company ferries over 600,000 people per day, which equals to about 1.2 billion kWh of electricity per year – roughly, the same amount of electricity used by all of the households in Amsterdam. Way to go.