Good News Headlines 4/17/2023
Wild Tiger Population Rises In India
by Paige Bennett, EcoWatch
The numbers of wild tigers in India has more than doubled from 2010 to 2022, based on the All India Tiger Estimation (AITE) 2022 released this week. The 2022 count includes at least 3,167 wild tigers, up from 1,411 in 2010. Numbers increased from 1,411 wild tigers in 2010 and 2,461 in 2018. “Concerted efforts from tiger range countries are really encouraging,” Rajesh Gopal, secretary general of Global Tiger Forum, said in a statement. “The wild tiger status has registered an upward trend in some countries, and others are working hard to further strengthen their efforts.”
Jennifer Garner Explains The Simple, Empowering Way She Keeps Her Teens Off Social Media
by Annie Reneau, Upworthy
Of all the elements of the internet that concern parents, social media sits near the top. The worst parts of kid and teen culture—comparison and competition, bullying, self-esteem issues, toxic body image messaging, etc.—are all amplified on social media. Saying no may sound simple enough, but anyone with kids knows they can be master negotiators and it’s hard to tell your kids they can’t be where all their friends are. Actor and mom Jennifer Garner has managed to do just that, however, with a simple but effective approach that goes a step beyond just saying no.
A Snowy Winter Helped Great Salt Lake Water Levels Rise 3 Feet Above Historic Low
by Catherine Garcia, The Week
In November, the Great Salt Lake — home to brine shrimp, amphibians, birds, plants, and reptiles — hit a record low of 4,188.6 feet above sea level, Brigham Young University researchers said, losing more than 70 percent of its water since 1850. The Great Salt Lake is fed by three rivers that rely on snow runoff, and in its report, the BYU team said unsustainable water use, water being diverted away for agriculture and business, and drought is “destroying” the lake. Without strict water conservation efforts, the report said, the Great Salt Lake would not make it.
Amsterdam’s ‘Smart’ Blue-Green Roofs Reduce Urban Flooding
by Katherine Latham, Reasons to Be Cheerful
Insects flit from flower to flower. Tall grasses sway in the breeze. Paths meander through the greenery, and the dappled shade of potted trees dances in the sunlight. But this is no ordinary garden. This is one among nearly three acres of new blue-green roofs — with meadows, vegetable gardens and wilderness — spread out atop buildings in Amsterdam. They are designed to increase biodiversity, cool the neighborhood and prevent flooding in the streets below. From 2018 to 2022, the city installed “smart” blue-green roofs in four flood-prone neighborhoods.
Total Rejuvenation Of ‘Dead’ River By A Rural Indian Community Hailed As National Example
by Andy Corbley, Good News Network
A once-biologically dead river in southern India has been revived to the fullest extent thanks to local dedication and government involvement. A tributary of the Pampa and Achencoil rivers, the 4-mile-long Kuttamperoor River has for centuries been a source of life and drinking water for rural communities in Kerala. Irrigating more than 2,000 acres of rice paddy, and providing a lifeline for 500 fishermen families, the Kettamperoor River played a huge role in the local community.