Here's some great news about climate change to combat all the 'world is ending' news you always see.
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News about climate change always seems to be bad news:


These are all real headlines, and the stories behind them are all true, and totally alarming ... and bad. Very bad.

So, for now, forget those.

That's not what we're here for today. This is:

It's true. Thankfully, a few of us in the world took our atmosphere issues seriously. The nonprofit organization Climate Reality reports how much has changed in the past few years. And it's so impressive. The planet is already better because of it.

Here are three pieces of good news on climate change.



1. Solar energy costs about the same or less than fossil fuels in about 79 countries.



And that number is growing.

Fact: Every hour the sun provides enough energy to meet the world's energy demands for an entire year. In a week, the sun could power the world for our entire lives and then some — 168 years. Figuring out how to harness the sun and other clean energy isn't only smart, it's environmentally friendly. AND it comes with another benefit:

(Cold, hard cash.)

Saving money and the planet at the same time? It's a win-win.

2. Since going electric, the car industry is also making more green.

Electric car sales are jumping all over the world (over 50% in France), and more and more people are buying hybrids than ever.

Tesla Motors, an all-electric vehicle company, turned its first profit in 2013 after 10 years of financial hardship. When Tesla stated in 2003, it didn't sell too many cars ... for about a decade. Now that the reason to go electric is clearer (and the cars are becoming more affordable), they're going like lightning. Nikola would be so proud.


Tesla Motors now makes the best-selling electric car on the market: the Model S.

3. With the energy industry growing, employment in those fields is growing as well.

And they're growing a lot. In 2013, 6.5 million people were employed by the renewable energy industry. Wind energy is growing too — Iowa's wind-power industry employs 6,000 people. Iowa gets almost 30% of its electricity from wind.

These people will help our world stay in good shape, and they get paid in the process.

Climate change has caused some amazingly bad news. But we're starting to fight back.

That's what could slow climate change down to nothing — and it'll be the best news about it anyone will ever hear.

Watch the full video below:

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Maybe it's because I'm a writer, but I'm a bit of a pen snob. Even if I'm just making a list, I look for a pen that grips well, flows well, doesn't put too much or too little ink into the paper, is responsive-but-not-too-responsive to pressure, and doesn't suddenly stop working mid-stroke.

In other words, the average cheap ballpoint pen is out. (See? Snob.)

However, Oscar Ukono is making me reevaluate my pen snobbery. Because while I'm over here turning up my nose at the basic Bic, he's using them to create things like this:

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Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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