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The Great News Network | great news for a change World | Environment | Science & Technology | Health | Human Rights | Feel Good | Regions News by Region Antarctica Africa Asia Canada The Caribbean Mexico/Central America East Asia Europe Indian Sub-Continent The Middle East Oceania South America Southeast Asia United Nations Good news in America Dangerous Drug Use Falling In Western World It may not seem like it, what with all the horror stories regularly meted out by the media, but the Western world is seeing a steady decline in the use of dangerous drugs. With the exception of heroin, which (for various reasons, which we’ll go into a little later) is increasing its hold on the USA, more and more people are turning down the allure of drugs in favor of more regulated, less harmful entertainment. Belgium quits coal power with Langerlo plant closure It is the end of an era for a dirty fuel that accounted for 27% of the country’s electricity generation in 1994. CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014, Even as Global Economy Grows A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global energy use traditionally increases and energy-related carbon dioxide emissions also go up. EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030 The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases. U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling. The World Becomes What You Teach Zoe’s TEDx talk “The World Becomes What You Teach” asks: What if schooling prepared us to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, for ourselves, other people, animals and the earth? What if we educated a generation of “solutionaries”? To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion. California is first state to ban lead in hunting ammo In a move to protect wildlife and the environment, California on Friday became the first state to ban lead in hunting ammunition. Limits Approved for Genetically Modified Crops in Kauai, Hawaii Legislators on the island of Kauai in Hawaii have approved a bill that would restrict the use of pesticides by companies developing genetically modified crops there. Environmentalists win U.S. court fight to protect whales from Navy sonar A federal judge in California has sided with environmental groups in their lawsuit against the U.S. government over Navy training exercises off the West Coast involving sonar that they say harms endangered whales, dolphins and other protected marine mammals. New York City Air Quality Cleanest in Decades Ahh, smell that New York City air. No, seriously, go ahead. Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday said the city's air quality has hit its highest levels in 50 years, a development officials say has led to fewer deaths and hospitalizations. Europe’s key animals ‘making a comeback’ Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests. A Vaccine For HIV? Clinical Trial Successful A vaccine to prevent HIV has aced clinical testing, according to Canadian researchers. Nepal sees tiger population go up by 63% since 2009 The number of wild tigers living in Nepal has increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has shown. Pope Francis: Gay People ‘Should Not Be Judged’ He told reporters people should not be marginalised because of their sexual orientation - but he reaffirmed the Church's position that homosexual acts are a sin and said its opposition to gay marriage was clear. Canada’s crime rate lowest since 1972 Canada's police services are once again reporting fewer crimes, a continuing trend that has cut the national crime rate to its lowest level since 1972. Obama to launch major initiative to curb wildlife trafficking Barack Obama launched a new initiative against wildlife trafficking on Monday, using his executive authority to take action against an illegal trade that is fuelling rebel wars and now threatens the survival of elephants and rhinoceroses. South Korean airlines ban shark fin as cargo South Korea's two largest airlines, Korean Air and Asiana, said Thursday they had both decided to ban shark fin from their cargo flights as part of a growing global campaign against the Asian delicacy. City of Vancouver proclaims country’s first Meatless Monday Vancouver has become the first city in Canada to embrace 'Meatless Monday,' encouraging residents to forego meat for one day a week for the sake of the planet and their health. EU to ban pesticides in bee scare The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue. ‘Most Earth-like’ planets discovered The search for a far-off twin of Earth has turned up two of the most intriguing candidates yet. New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so. New law to protect Puerto Rico leatherback turtles Puerto Rico has introduced a new law protecting a swathe of the island's coast that has become a major nesting site for the world's largest turtle, the leatherback. U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. Safer vaccine created without virus British scientists have developed a “holy grail” vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease that is safer and more resilient than current vaccines, according to an article published in the journal PLOS Pathogens on Wednesday. China, world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, will tax carbon China’s Ministry of Finance has announced that the country will levy a tax on carbon emissions, reports Xinhua. New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Lenses found to ‘cure colour-blindness’ Scientists say they have invented spectacle lenses that cure red-green colour blindness,...