5 positive things about 2020

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In the last 3 months, the year 2020 has made a lot of waves. It would be very easy to fall into negativity and despair. Although a lot of good things also happened it feels like we are drowning in bad news. Let take a look at a few positive news to keep moral.

#1- Bill gates invested in a company that grows palm oil in Laboratories.

Palm oil is in most of the food you can find in the grocery store today. From Nutella to Cheezits the demand for palm crops is expected to quadruple by 2050. To grow palm oil, 300 soccer field of rainforest is destroyed every hour.

The company c16 Biosciences founded in 2017 has for mission to end the need for deforestation for the production of palm oil. To do so they developed a new technology with which they can produce an alternative to palm oil.

Via Breakthrough Energy, a group of investors led by Bill Gates establish to support the development of clean energy, the billionaire led 20 million to the promising company, at the beginning of 2020.

Shara Ticku, co-founder and CEO of c16 Biosciences declared "We believe that it is totally unacceptable to be burning the planet to make a vegetable oil. It just doesn't make any sense."

The unique organization is expected to launch its first products very soon.

#2- The King of Bhutan asking his citizens to plant trees or adopt an animal for hi 40th birthday.

 

On February 21st the King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, of Bhutan, turned 40 years old and his only wish was for his citizens to plant trees or adopt an animal. He even claimed, "personal commitment such as this … would be the best gift for His Majesty."

The small south Asian country is already recognized as a very clean and eco-friendly place. It is also ranked as the happiest country in Asia for years.

The 38 394 km² country has received a similar request from its king in 2016 to celebrate the birth of his firstborn. The King asked his people to plant trees, it resulted in more than 108 000 trees planted.

#3- New study found a potential treatment for Lyme disease.

For the last 10 years, the treatment for Lyme disease seemed to be on hold. Physicians are still relying on standard antibiotics which generally kills the infection. Unfortunately for 20% of people, with the tick-borne illness, this strategy won't work.

A recent study from Stanford Medicine lab demonstrated the evidence that a drug called azlocillin can kill off the disease-causing bacteria completely. The experiment was tested on mice, and also shows potential for the 20% of patients stuck with lingering symptoms.

Pothineni and Rajadas, the lead Scientifics on this project are now working with a company to develop an oral form of the drug to conduct a clinical trial.

#4- Record-breaking drop of CO2 emission in the power sector, in 2019.

 

A new report came out and showed that the world's power sector fell by 2% in 2019 representing the largest drop in electrical CO2 production since 1990.

The main cause of this decline is linked to Europe and the US deviating from coal. This shift engendered a 3% decline in coal/fire power generation, setting another record as the biggest drop in the last 30 years.

Europe evolving towards wind and solar power resulted in a 24% decline in their coal usage. The US, on the other hand, started using more natural gas to power its homes culminated in a 16% drop in coal usage.

#5-Last Ebola patient discharged in Congo

The Ebola outbreak has begun in August 2018 and it has been declared the second-worst outbreak with more than 2 000 deaths.

Healthcare workers in Beni danced and cheered as Masika Semida was discharged from the treatment center.

For the outbreak to be officially over we will have to wait another 42 days. Only after those 42 without any new infections reported the outbreak will be declared finished. To prevent and detect quickly new cases, all the response measures around the infections will stay in place during those 42 days.

However, officials are monitoring everybody who was in contact with Semida before her treatments, and so far no one is showing any symptoms. The UN officials believe the outbreak might finally be over.

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa in the World Health Organisation mentioned: "I applaud the tireless efforts that have been made to respond to this outbreak and I'm truly encouraged by the news that the last Ebola patient has left the treatment center healthy,"

For more good news like these ones you can visit the goodnewsnetwork.org. It is filled with exciting and uplifting news. In this time of crisis, it is important to stay cheerful and positive, keeping moral should be a priority. Take care of yourself and your loved ones.