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Fact-based Optimistic News

on technology, science and human progress.



Vincent Roose

πŸ’‘ Optimist's Edge: Space parasol to slow global warming

An enormous solar sail between Earth and the Sun could slow Earth's temperature rise enough to give us time to transform into a climate-sustainable society.

Alexander Engelin 2 min read

♻️ Algae can provide climate-neutral cement

Scientists have found a method to make cement where the extraction of the limestone is replaced by the cultivation of limestone. Through this process, the production of cement can become completely climate neutral – and perhaps even absorb more CO2 than it emits.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🐒 Record-breaking recovery for sea turtles

More loggerhead turtles have laid eggs on the beaches of Georgia, USA, than they have in the previous 30 years.

Anders Bolling 5 min read

🌑️ This is how the UN's worst scenario was normalized and distorted our view of global warming

There is some really good news in last year's report from the UN climate panel IPCC: The horror scenario is no longer considered credible. We can forget the worst forecasts. But this bombshell of joy has been passed over with silence, not only in the media but also largely in the scientific world.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

🍹 App helps those who want to drink less

An app helped those who drank a lot of alcohol to reduce their consumption by 25 percent.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

πŸ” Alternatives to meat are the best way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Choosing an alternative to meat can reduce carbon dioxide emissions much more than stopping flying or producing more environmentally friendly cement.

Linn Winge 1 min read

🌸 Nature gets rights in Panama

Panama gives its nature rights in order to protect the multitude of biodiversity.

Alexander Engelin 1 min read

πŸ… A new survey estimates 40 percent more tigers

A new survey proves that the population of wild tigers is doing better than we previously thought. According to an updated list, there are 40 percent more wild tigers than estimated at the last survey.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🦠 Bacteria can clear plastic from lakes

The right mix of bacteria in a lake can more than double the bacteria's ability to break down plastic.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

πŸ’” Dead organs can be given new life

Scientists have managed to bring organs back to life an hour after the heart stopped beating.

Christian von Essen 4 min read

πŸ’‘ Optimist's Edge: Plant breeding in no time with the gene scissors CRISPR

There is enormous potential for global health in using CRISPR technology to edit DNA in fruits and vegetables. In the future, farmers can be paid more, while consumers can enjoy better and more nutritious products.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

🍚 Super rice gives 40 percent greater harvests

By copying a single gene in a rice plant, it is possible to increase yields and significantly reduce the need for artificial fertilizers.

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

🧠 Our collective intelligence shows why the future is bright

How can you know that the future is bright? Because there is no stronger force for improvement than people's ideas - and thanks to democracy and technology, we now have access to more ideas than ever before.

Linn Winge 1 min read

♻️ A surprising hero in the fight against microplastics: Okra

A new study from Tarleton State University in Texas shows that okra is a valuable ally in the fight to get microplastics out of our drinking water.

Linn Winge 1 min read

🧊 Green alternative to air conditioning: cooling bamboo system

This cooling system is made out of bamboo, hot air and water. It’s a much greener alternative to the traditional air conditioning.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

πŸ•Έ Silk can replace microplastics

Microplastics for industrial use can be replaced by cheap and environmentally friendly silk fibers.

πŸ“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.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

πŸ’° Wall Street legend: β€œPessimists sound smart – optimists make money”

Jim O'Shaughnessy is a legendary investor on Wall Street. He shares what he thinks is the biggest opportunity for the future and explains how the world is going through a great reshuffle.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

πŸ”‹ Northvolt and the benefit of understanding the future

The story of Peter Carlsson and Northvolt teaches us two lessons: You need to understand the future to see all the possibilities, and you must be a fact-based optimist to grab them.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

🧬 The Elon Code - how to understand Musk

Much has been said and written about how Elon Musk thinks and operates, but despite that, a key part has been neglected. There are two parts to The Elon Code, but only one part has gotten most of the attention. Here we dive into the second part.

David Deutsch 13 min read

πŸ’‘ 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 β€œso-called-progress” is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.

Kevin Kelly 14 min read

πŸ’‘ 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.

Johan Norberg 3 min read

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

An increasing number of people think the future belongs to China. Interestingly, that’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 China’s prospects this time.