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Tired Of Depressing News? Here Are 5 Good Things That Happened In 2018

The year 2018 just ended and now is a great time to look back on how things went. While it can be easy to be negative, the past year had its fair share of positive events. Things that make you hopeful, lift your spirits, and put a smile on your face. And really, if humans did all this last year, what can we do in the 12 months ahead?

France Ends Use Of All Five Pesticides That Kill Bees

There is a documented link between pesticide use and a decline in bees. In 2018, France became the first country to end the use of all five pesticides connected to failing bee populations. According to a United Nations report, approximately 75% of global crops at least partially rely on bee populations. With this knowledge, keeping bees healthy would appear to be in everyone’s best interest. Way to go, France!

Indian Train Passenger Uses Twitter To Save 26 Girls From Traffickers

When Adarsh Shrivastava saw 26 girls who were visibly distressed during a train trip in North India, he took action. One tweet from him to the railroad’s staff made a difference. Within an hour, undercover railroad police boarded the train and rescued the girls. Shrivastava was praised as a hero for taking action— and for using the power of social media for good.

140 Nations Agree To Negotiate For “Paris Agreement For The Ocean”

Overfishing, trash, and marine management practices have dire consequences for our oceans. The good news is that countries around the globe are ready to talk about what is happening and what can be changed. After more than a decade, they have agreed to negotiations that would lead to common positive practices to protect marine areas.

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Report Shows Nepalese Tiger Population Has Doubled

It looks like conservation efforts in Nepal are paying off. A 2018 report showed that the country’s wild tiger population has doubled in the last decade. The report was celebrated — in part — because it shows that with political will and the right strategies, efforts to preserve endangered species can be successful.

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International Agency Says Population Without Electricity Has Fallen Below One Billion

Around the world, access to electricity makes it easier to cook, become productive for longer parts of the day, and to live at more comfortable temperatures. This year, the International Energy Agency reported that the number of people on earth who are without electricity has fallen below one billion individuals. This has implications for the world’s economy, the development of culture, and quality of life as a whole.

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