Good News Headline 5/12/20

Mexican Fleabane Sophie Leguil
Photo © Sophie Leguil
French botanist Leguil points out Mexican fleabane on a sidewalk.


‘Rebel Botanists’ Use Sidewalk Chalk To Help People Connect With Nature

by Mary Jo DiLonardo, Mother Nature Network

When Sophie Leguil hits the streets near her home in London, she's armed with sidewalk chalk. The French ecologist and botanist is one of an army of "rebel botanists" working to identify the little-known and underappreciated wild plants that grow along the sidewalks and curbs of cities throughout Europe… Read More



Malaria ‘Completely Stopped’ By Microbe

by James Gallagher, BBC News

Scientists have discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria. The team in Kenya and the UK say the finding has “enormous potential” to control the disease… Read More



Iceland To Stop Killing Whales In 2020, Choosing To Watch Them Instead

by Ariella Simke, Forbes

Iceland recently announced that its long-time annual whale hunt is coming to an end; citing an extended no-fishing zone, coronavirus social distancing regulations, increasing interest in whale watching and declining exports to Japan as reasons why they won’t be hunting this year… Read More



‘Great Plates Delivered’ Program Helps Vulnerable Seniors Receive Free Meals During COVID-19 Crisis

by Leticia Juarez, ABC7

Each delivery contains breakfast, lunch and dinner. The program enlists local restaurants to prepare and deliver the food… Read More



Studio Precht Designs A Fingerprint-like Park For Social Distancing

by Lucy Wang, Inhabitat

Studio Precht has turned the rules of social distancing into a design guideline for Parc de la Distance, an innovative park proposal that ensures all visitors will be separated at least 6 feet from one another at all times… Read More



Renewables Beat Coal In U.S. For Record 40 Days

by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch

This suggests that the falling energy demand due to coronavirus lockdowns could lead renewables to generate more electricity than coal overall for the first time this year… Read More



The Phoenix Offers Free Virtual Programs For People In Recovery

by Erika Tarantal, WCVB5

The organization opened its flagship fitness facility in Boston in 2018. Dina Gonsalves is just one person who credits the Phoenix community for helping her to change her life… Read More


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