February’s pick of good news

In a time where we are being continually bombarded with bad news from all angles, I thought it would be refreshing to compile a list of some of the good things that have happened throughout February.  The list ranges from good old fashioned human kindness, amusing stories about politicians dabbing, to scientific developments and environmental issues that can really put our lives into perspective.

I’ve been scouring the news to find these positive stories (which proved to be a little more difficult than you might think!) so I hope that you enjoy!

  1. ‘Good vibration’ hand pumps boost Africa’s water security, BBC, 24.02.17
    “The simple up-and-down motion of hand pumps could help scientists secure a key water source for 200 million people in Africa.”
  2. Down Syndrome couple celebrate 22 years of happy marriage, Independent, 24.02.17
    “Their Facebook page has been inundated with messages in recent days as people congratulate them on their anniversary and wish them more happiness in the future.”

  3.  Hairdryers used to strike blow against speeders in Hopeman, BBC, 23.02.17
    “Villagers dressed in fluorescent jackets are pointing hairdryers at cars to mimic police using speed cameras in a bid to deter fast drivers in Moray.”

  4. Exoplanet discovery: seven Earth-sized planets found orbiting nearby star, Guardian, 23.02.17
    “A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius.”

  5. Lemur facial recognition tool developed, BBC, 21.02.17
    “The plan is to use the technology to help radically improve the way the endangered species is tracked.”

  6. Muslims raise thousands to repair vandalised Jewish cemetery, Independent, 22.02.17
    “Muslim groups have raised tens of thousands of dollars to repair a Jewish cemetery that was vandalised amid a wave of anti-Semitic threats sweeping the US.”

  7. Perfect storm: The agency for disabled talent, BBC, 19.02.17
    “We didn’t know any models with a disability and I immediately thought that was such an obvious thing for advertising – to be representative of the consumer.”
  8. Mum raises £130k from ‘Walk of Love’ in memory of her daughter,, 20.02.17
    “She completed her ‘Walk of Love‘ this month at Durdle Door in Dorset, having taken 305 days to walk 6,000 miles.”
  9. The woman who turns self-harm scars into art, BBC Three, no date

    A video shared by BBC Three

  10. Everybody in the house say yo! Dabbing Tom Watson steals the show, Telegraph 22.02.17
    “It isn’t every day that a senior front-bencher seeks to impress the House of Commons by performing a hip-hop dance routine.”

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