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💡 Optimistic news in November
I hope you checked out yesterday's summary of the fact-based optimistic news from November – and please share it!
One gem in there is this news from Bangladesh: 🍛 Bangladesh has added an additional year of healthy life for just $1
I think it captures so well what human progress is.
A problem exists (lead contamination in turmeric), some people think of a solution (an awareness campaign), they get decision-makers on board, the campaign is launched and yields a strong positive result (an extra healthy year of life) for a low cost (one dollar per year and life.)
This kind of thing is happening all the time around the world. Despite terrorism, war, inflation, and other miseries, progress marches on.
📚 Book release on Tuesday
If you live in Sweden you are most welcome to attend the release of my new AI book: The Centaur's Edge.
December 5 at The Park (Stockholm)
More info and RSVP here.
The event is in Swedish.
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💡 Hopescrolling: Fact-based optimistic news from November
👵 Dementia has started to decline. 🌳 Ecuador's forests are making a comeback. 🚀 Starship exploded, but made progress. 🔋 Northvolt's new battery needs less rare minerals.
Fact-based optimistic news of the week
📉 Over 200,000 annual deaths averted through lower carbon emissions
The primary driver of this health benefit is the worldwide reduction in coal use, responsible for 80% of the mortality reduction from PM2.5 particulates.
🩸 Promising results in cholesterol-lowering CRISPR treatment trial
The highest doses showed a reduction in cholesterol levels by 39 to 55 percent, indicating a significant decrease in heart disease risk factors.
🤖 Bill Gates: AI will completely change how you use computers
"You won’t have to use different apps for different tasks. You’ll simply tell your device, in everyday language, what you want to do," writes Bill Gates.
🌳 Allowing existing trees to grow could store a third of our carbon emissions
The research estimates that this could equate to around a third of the carbon humans have added to the atmosphere to date, potentially storing as much as 228 billion tonnes of carbon.
🔋 Record low cost for electric vehicle batteries in 2023
The cost has dropped 14% this year and 90% since 2010, but this is just the beginning.
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