Linn Winge 1 min read

๐Ÿšฌ Tobacco companies in Spain now fit the bill for cigarette butt clean-up

Under a new environmental legislation in Spain, tobacco companies are duty-bound to pay for the cleanup of the millions of cigarette butts smokers throw away on the streets each year.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Optimist's Edge: Self-driving cars are almost here

๐Ÿ’ก In 20 years humans will not be allowed to drive cars on regular roads, because computers by then will drive so much better. This will bring massive change, and lots of new opportunities. The time to start thinking about this is NOW.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

๐Ÿ”ฅ New stoves can save hundreds of thousands of lives in Africa

By switching to gas or electricity instead of wood and charcoal, many people would avoid inhaling dangerous gases when cooking.

Warp Editorial Staff 2 min read

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ New study: No evidence of democratic decline

The study analyzed data from over 160 countries over a period of 30 years and found no evidence of widespread democratic decline.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

๐Ÿงฌ 13-year-old cured of "incurable" cancer

By modifying the genes in healthy T cells, doctors produced immune cells that could kill cancer cells that no other treatments could even detect.

Linn Winge 1 min read

๐ŸŸ Franceโ€™s ban on single-use restaurant tableware is a fast-food โ€œrevolutionโ€

On January first, many different fast-food chains in France, like McDonaldโ€™s, pioneered new waste-reduction laws that bans single-use restaurant tableware.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ“ฐ Does the Washington Post really drive away the darkness?

The news media says they impact our worldview and the decisions we make. That is true. But the worldview they present is too negative. What does that say about the worldview we get and the decisions we make?

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿฌ Unsustainable fishing will be banned in the Irrawaddy Dolphin's Sanctuary

One of Asiaโ€™s most threatened dolphin species exists in the Mahakam river and now Indonesiaโ€™s fisheries ministry, together with a non-profit organization, is working on plans to prohibit fishing gear that can be dangerous to the endangered species.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

๐ŸŒ AI reduces food waste in stores

An AI algorithm can keep track of when the price of items that are about to expire should be reduced, and by how much. This reducing wastage and increasing profits for stores.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

๐Ÿ‘ถ Parental leave can protect parents against mental illness

Generous parental leave gives parents protection against depression, burnout, and anxiety.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

๐Ÿฆ† Environmental protection for half the price

Allowing some fields to grow back and putting more resources into increasing yields on remaining cropland gives the most biodiversity for the money.

Kent Olofsson 1 min read

๐Ÿฉธ Blood tests can reduce antibiotic resistance

A new test could help doctors distinguish between viral and bacterial infections and thus reduce the prescribing of antibiotics in cases when it wouldn't help.

Kent Olofsson 2 min read

๐ŸŒฝ Hardy grass can produce larger corn yields

A resistant grass variety showed researchers how corn can be made more resistant to nutrient deficiencies, reduce the need for fertilizer, and increase yields.

Linn Winge 2 min read

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway gets fully electric public transport system

At the end of this year, travelers in Oslo, Norway can expect to circulate fossil fuel-free as the city plans the worldโ€™s first fully electric public transit system.

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Optimist's Edge: Why we should make the future come sooner

Do you think fast progress is dangerous? Use the seat belt test. What if the seat belt had been invented ten years earlier? If progress in vehicle safety had been faster, thousands of lives would have been saved.


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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.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

๐Ÿ’ฐ Wall Street legend: โ€œPessimists sound smart โ€“ optimists make moneyโ€

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

๐Ÿ”‹ 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

๐Ÿงฌ 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

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.

Kevin Kelly 14 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.

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.