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Fact-based Optimistic News

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Anna Rennรฉus Guthrie

๐Ÿ’ก Optimistโ€™s Edge: You may be less of a climate villain than you think

Could climate anxiety be on the decline? According to a recent survey, most people believe that they live a sustainable life.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿ‹ Kiwi bird and humpback whale no longer endangered animals

Finally the Australian humpback whale has recovered enough to be taken off the endangered species list. Last Friday, the North Island brown kiwi was also classified as โ€œno longer threatenedโ€.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

๐Ÿ”Š Paper-thin speakers produce bold sound

Researchers have designed speakers that are no thicker than a sheet of pape and can be "wallpapered" on the walls.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐ŸŒฑ Seaweed - the next generation biofuel?

In Sweden, a seafarm wants to show how seaweed can become a future food necessity and a possible resource for plastics and biofuel by growing it in abundance all year round.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿšค Automated and eco-friendly water taxi

A new automated and eco-friendly water taxi launches in the Netherlands. Itโ€™s called the Roboat and itโ€™s now navigating the canals running through Amsterdam.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐ŸŒŠ Systems absorb CO2 from the air by taking it from the sea

A research team from UCLA have proposed a solution to the CO2 problem and they believe the ocean to be the key.

Linn Winge 1 min read

๐ŸŒณ Kenyan community regrew its forest - and stopped flooding

A community in Kenya called Mirema Community Forest Association (CFA) regrew its forest and by doing so reduced their flooding problem.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐ŸŒณ Experimental โ€œsuper forestโ€ shows how to plant trees the right way

This experimental โ€œsuper forestโ€ in England aims to show us how to plant trees the right way.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ“ธ 6D explains what happens to a product that is digitized

A physical product that becomes digital end up so cheap and accessible in its final stages that it becomes democratized.

Linn Winge 1 min read

๐Ÿ•ถ Ocean Cleanupโ€™s sunglasses fund more cleanup missions

Ocean Cleanup has designed a pair of sunglasses from the trash they have gathered from oceans and other watercourses.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿบ For the first time in years - red wolf pups born in the wild

There is still hope for the wild red wolf after the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina, welcomed a litter of pups.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐ŸŒŠ Tides offer renewable energy

The Morlais tidal energy project aims to create energy from one of the most untapped and overlooked methods to create renewable energy.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿ•Š Formerly โ€œextinctโ€ woodpecker still alive

A year ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the ivory-billed woodpecker was extinct. According to a team of researchers, the woodpecker is now reported alive and pecking in Louisiana's forests.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐ŸŒพ Improved crops without genetic modification

A newly developed way to improve crop quality without any genetic modification might make the promise of scientific advancement in food production come sooner.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿ’ Ecuador grants wild animals legal rights

Ecuador has become the first country in the world to grant legal rights to individual wild animals, all thanks to the woolly monkey Estrellita.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ‘Š What is the impact of Tesla or Spotify? Upright knows

โ€œMy hope is that this helps humanity to understand what really creates value and direct our efforts, capital, passion and energy into those things,โ€ says Annu Nieminen. She has created the Upright platform that measures the impact of 15 000 companies.

๐Ÿ“š Top Reads

We're honored to present these top reads from World-Class writers, who contribute to Warp News because they believe in our mission of spreading fact-based optimism all over the world.

David Deutsch 13 min read

๐Ÿ’ก David Deutsch: Optimism, Pessimism and Cynicism

With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that โ€œso-called-progressโ€ is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.

Nicklas Berild Lundblad 3 min read

๐Ÿ’ก The Optimist's Dilemma

As an optimist, you are often faced with an interesting dilemma: the rest of the world thinks that the world is getting worse, and you yourself think that it will get better โ€“ should you try to convince everyone else that it really gets better, Nicklas Berild Lundblad asks.

Kevin Kelly 15 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Kevin Kelly: The Case for Optimism

Kevin Kelly is the founder of Wired Magazine and author of several books, among them The Inevitable. For Warp News he presents his case for optimism.

Nicklas Berild Lundblad 4 min read

๐ŸŒณ The optimistic future is a tree

If you thought that the successful moon landing in the '60s was due to luck and high ambitions, you are wrong. Nicklas Berild Lundblad writes about how optimism should be based on an analysis of what growing human abilities can achieve.

Nicklas Berild Lundblad 3 min read

โ“ The question is the weapon of the optimist

There is more to the question than you might think. It helps you shape your future, from a point in the future- as well as discover a richness of potential outcomes.

Johan Norberg 3 min read

๐Ÿ‰ Opened or closed will determine China's future success

An increasing number of people think the future belongs to China. Interestingly, thatโ€™s what well-informed pundits assumed 1,000 years ago as well. The reason that those predictions turned out wrong tells us something important about Chinaโ€™s prospects this time.