Looking Up

  • 100 GOOD NEWS STORIES OF 2018

    - Jan 8, 2019
    For the last 12 months, the global media has been focused on a lot of bad news. But there were other things happening out there too: conservation successes, huge wins for global health, more peace and...
  • INDIA CANCELS PLANS FOR HUGE COAL POWER STATIONS AS SOLAR ENERGY PRICES HIT RECORD LOW

    - Jan 8, 2019
    India has cancelled plans to build nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations – about the same as the total amount in the UK – with the price for solar electricity “free falling” to levels once...
  • INDIA NEARLY HALVES POVERTY

    - Jan 8, 2019
    A new report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative reveals good news where global poverty alleviation is concerned. According to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index...
  • CO2 EMISSIONS FROM US POWER PLANTS DOWN 28 %

    - Jan 8, 2019
    U.S. electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) have declined 28% since 2005 because of slower electricity demand growth and changes in the mix of fuels used to generate electricity. EIA has calculated that CO2 emissions...
  • CHINA’S POPULATION ‘TO PEAK’ IN 2029

    - Jan 8, 2019
    China’s population will peak in 2029 at 1.44 billion before beginning a period of “unstoppable” decline, a government report says. The China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) study says the country must implement policies to handle...
  • SCHEME TACKLES DOMESTIC ABUSE IN TAJIKISTAN

    - Oct 31, 2018
    The change in behaviour of Rano Mahmurodova’s husband was nothing short of a “miracle”. Married at 18, the 42-year-old had spent more than two decades being physically and verbally assaulted by her husband, who was fuelled...
  • “MODICARE”: INDIA LAUNCHES WORLD’S LARGEST HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME

    - Sep 26, 2018
    The Indian government has launched one of the world’s largest publicly funded health insurance schemes, set to cover some 500 million poor people. The Ayushman Bharat programme, dubbed “Modicare” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised health...
  • BELIZE’S BARRIER REEF TAKEN OFF ENDANGERED LIST

    - Jul 18, 2018
    The Belize barrier reef has been removed from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger. official decision was made on 26 June during a UNESCO World Heritage committee meeting held in Bahrain, in the Persian...
  • COCA FOR DEMOCRACY IN COLOMBIA

    - Jun 20, 2018
    For decades, coca eradication and substitution, purportedly intended to stop the cocaine trade at its source, were Colombia’s only policy responses to a plant that had always been part of its culture. These policies failed to...
  • UAE VISA AMNESTY GIVES FRESH HOPE TO SYRIANS

    - Jun 18, 2018
    A Syrian national who has found sanctuary in the UAE from the troubles of his homeland says a move to offer a one-year extension to citizens of war-torn countries living in the country offers sharp relief...