Good News Headlines 1/26/2022

Coral Reef Tahiti

Marine explorers have discovered a giant coral reef off the coast of Tahiti, French Polynesia. Photo credit: BBC News / YouTube screenshot

New Reef Discovered In Deep Waters Off Tahiti Is A Rare ‘Positive Story’ For Corals

by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch

Scientists have discovered a new coral reef in the ocean’s mysterious twilight zone. The reef, which stretches for around two miles off Tahiti and thrives at a depth of around 230 feet, appears untouched by the climate crisis and offers hope that there is more biodiversity to be discovered in unexplored parts of the ocean.

The US Is Making Plans To Replace All Of Its Lead Water Pipes From Coast To Coast

by Gabriel Filippelli, The Conversation

The Biden administration has released a plan to accelerate removal of lead water pipes and lead paint from U.S. homes. As a geochemist and environmental health researcher who has studied the heartbreaking impacts of lead poisoning in children for decades, I am happy to see high-level attention paid to this silent killer, which disproportionately affects poor communities of color.

Animal Shelters See An Influx Of Donations In Honor Of Betty White

by Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine

Betty White died late December 2021, just before turning 100. To honor her devotion to animals, fans created the #BettyWhiteChallenge, a social media movement calling for $5 donations to local animal rescues and nonprofits in her memory. The hashtag went viral on January 17, which would have been White’s 100th birthday, and it has raised thousands for animal charities.

Coca-Cola Is Cleaning Up River Plastic Pollution Worldwide

by Delaney Tran, Inhabitat

Coca-Cola and The Ocean Cleanup selected the Cần Thơ River in Cần Thơ City, Vietnam as one of 15 river locations around the world to tackle plastic pollution. The global partnership between the two organizations will implement advanced technology to intercept and clean up waste in some of the world’s major rivers.

Battery Breakthrough Quintuples ​Electric Vehicle Range

by Anthony Cuthbertson, Positive News

A team from the University of Michigan used recycled Kevlar – the same material found in bullet-proof vests – to create a network of nanofibres similar to a cell membrane. They then used this to fix fundamental issues with a next-generation battery type. Until now, this type of battery’s cycle life – the number of times it can be charged and discharged – has been insufficient for commercial use in electric vehicles.