Good News Headlines 5/5/21

Twelve Apostles On The Great Ocean Road, Australia At Sunset

Footsteps on the beach at the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. ©sarawinter/123.rf

Australia Announces $100 Million Initiative to Protect Our Oceans

from Good News Network

Australia last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect ‘blue carbon’ environments and reduce emissions. Uniquely suited to care about marine life, as the world’s only island continent, the investment package will also support Australian Marine Parks, expand the Indigenous Protected Areas in the Sea Country and protection of marine species. Read More


Researchers Create CRISPR ‘On-Off Switch’ to Control Inherited Genetic Problems Without Changing DNA

from Good News Network

Scientists have figured out how to modify the unrivaled gene-editing tool CRISPR to extend its reach to the epigenome, which controls how genes are switched on or off. This allows scientists to change almost any gene in human cells without making a single edit to the genetic code, which can play a central role in disease management, from viral infection to cancer. Read More


Biden to Order Minimum Wage Hike for Federal Contract Workers to $15

by Clyde Hughes

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order requiring federal agencies to pay contract workers a minimum wage of $15 per hour. The announcement will affect hundreds of thousands of contractors, and is part of the American Rescue Plan. Read More


Gardening Just Twice a Week Improves Wellbeing and Prunes Your Stress, Says New Study

from Good News Network

The study from Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) indicates that those who garden every day have well-being scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all. In fact gardening every day has the same positive impact on well-being than undertaking regular, vigorous exercise like cycling or running. Read More


Gentle Giant Donkey Finds New Best Friend

from Good News Shared

Topper, a fourteen-year-old Poitou, one of the largest breeds of donkey, lost Amber, his best donkey friend, to cancer. At around the same time, a donkey named Dolly came to The Donkey Sanctuary after a previous re-homing attempt had not worked out. Topper and Dolly are now best friends. Read More


Instead of Charging Women With Shoplifting Groceries, Police Officer Buys $250 Worth of Food For Family in Need

from Good News Network

In Massachusetts, a Somerset Police Officer responding to a shoplifting incident, but decided that ‘the punishment didn’t fit the crime’, so he bought groceries for the suspects instead. It was five days before Christmas. Read More