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Positive News - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

A custom traditionally observed at funerals, weddings, and during times of war, lament singing is experiencing a revival in Finland – one sad song at a time

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Positive News - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

There are now more than 9.8m jobs in renewable energy in the world, and the number of posts in the sector could climb to 24m by 2030, finds a new report

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Positive News - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

As the tragic bombing in Manchester this week has shown, communities affected by terrorist attacks often unite in solidarity in inspiring ways. We explore 5 actions that capture resilience and togetherness at the most difficult of times

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Positive News - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

A mobile mapping app that draws on crowdsourced data to help humanitarian responders find people in remote areas is being rolled out by Médecins Sans Frontières

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Positive News - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models came into effect this month. The country’s health ministry hopes it will help combat inaccessible ideals of beauty

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Positive News - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Immersive night-time adventures into a ‘wild avian landscape’ are taking place this week as part of Brighton Festival. Artist Jony Easterby explains why he and his team created the woodland trail, inspired by the flight – and plight – of birds

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Positive News - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

We spend a day with Neil Monaghan, who heads up operations at the Archway Project in Thamesmead, London. It teaches disadvantaged and disabled young people how to fix motorbikes – and alters their lives in the process. He knows it works, because it transformed him, too

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Positive News - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Will Brett from the New Economics Foundation suggests we should look towards communities, not manifestos, when seeking energy for change. ‘Let’s move forward, not back,’ he writes

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Positive News - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Injustices of the past continue to affect people in indigenous communities today. Franki Cookney investigates how Standing Rock has brought efforts towards reconciliation with indigenous groups to the world’s attention

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Positive News - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

While Trump’s administration grapples with its position on climate change, it’s worth stepping back to see the wider picture in the US, believes Lance Pierce, North America president of CDP. In fact – he writes from New York – it is business that is really taking action on climate

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Positive News - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

The team behind a new app hope to help Londoners enjoy nature in the city. Is using technology to encourage nature connection contradictory? Or can we ‘tap in’ to the natural world – and improve health and wellbeing at the same time?

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Positive News - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

International brands and retailers have formed a coalition to try to make sustainably sourced cotton the ‘mainstream choice’

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Positive News - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version

New research suggests that young people in Britain are increasingly swapping pints for soft drinks. We investigate the growing movement for more mindful drinking

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Positive News - 2017-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Women often benefit most from internet access but millions of homes lack reliable power. We meet those leapfrogging into the digital age thanks to clean energy

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Positive News - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

A crowdfunded film based on real-life interviews with homeless people aims to create new understanding of the issue – a shift that the younger generation in particular is embracing, says the film’s director

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Positive News - 2017-05-10 - Original post - cached version

Staff at a US high school created an environment built on empathy and redemption. Using a framework called trauma-informed care, they acknowledged childhood trauma when addressing behavioural issues – and suspensions dropped by 85 per cent in just a year

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Positive News - 2017-05-09 - Original post - cached version

People have sex because it feels good. But, whether at school or as adults, sex education often centres on fear or even shame. What if we put pleasure first, instead?

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Positive News - 2017-05-09 - Original post - cached version

From a ‘tap and donate’ jacket to a startup that reconnects families via social media, five projects challenging the dehumanisation of homeless people

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Positive News - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

Photographer Christopher Roche reflects on the ‘unforgettable’ experience of walking alongside pilgrims in the Andes

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Positive News - 2017-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Whatever your political persuasion as we approach the UK general election, soundbites and sloganeering can prove empty of real meaning. Giselle Green, head of the Constructive Voices project, suggests ways we might replace slogans with substance

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Positive News - 2017-05-03 - Original post - cached version

Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo risked death when he went undercover to gather information about bribery and corruption in the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Having won a prestigious environmental prize, he has now set his sights on another challenge

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Positive News - 2017-05-02 - Original post - cached version

From a surge of interest in repair cafes, to a new wave of workspaces for freelance makers, we explore fresh signs that we’re demanding a new relationship with ‘stuff’

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Positive News - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

The first 100 days of Donald Trump’s US presidency have been controversial to say the least. But his administration’s most anti-progressive policies have been met with a wall of creative responses, in the US and elsewhere

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Positive News - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

After a trial run last autumn, Transport for London today officially released badges to encourage passengers to give up their seats to fellow travellers with ‘invisible’ disabilities

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Positive News - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

From boycotts and letter-writing, to marches and rallies, activism has many faces – and has achieved much success throughout history. But the culture and identities often associated with activism can seem angry and ‘anti’, putting some people off. Could ‘gentle protest’ be a more...

Positive News - 2017-04-26 - Original post - cached version

Londoners are being asked to take part in a befriending scheme that matches people with spare time and goodwill, to asylum seekers and refugees who are in need of friendship

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Positive News - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

This week’s Fashion Revolution Week, a movement that started in the wake of the Rana Plaza disaster, rallies people to change the course of the fashion industry. Heather Poore from Hubbub UK suggests 5 ways to become a ‘fashion revolutionary’

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Positive News - 2017-04-24 - Original post - cached version

From origami to photography, Londoner Sam Furness challenged himself to attempt a new skill for each month of 2016. Whether to broaden your horizons or simply disrupt routine, he believes everyone can benefit from a creative curiosity-boost

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Positive News - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Friday was set to become the UK’s first working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution. Recent months have seen some notable green energy advances around the world. From Morocco to Belgium, we plot progress

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Positive News - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Among the words officially added to Oxford Dictionaries earlier this year was 'clicktivism' – activism using digital media. The term is often deployed with derision. But so-called armchair activists can have a positive impact, argues Joshi Gottlieb from environmentally conscious search...

Positive News - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

From an eerily misty loch in Cumbria, to Dorset’s chalky cliffs, a new book celebrates 10 years of the Landscape Photographer of the Year award

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Positive News - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

While acknowledging the huge challenges facing our planet, a new summit taking place in London this week is sharing stories of conservation success. Could it help us learn from both success and failure and move forward?

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Positive News - 2017-04-19 - Original post - cached version

From strengthening economies and family life, to improving gender equality and democracy, 10 ways a shorter working week could benefit us

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Positive News - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

Wonder is part of the joy of being alive. But whether on far-flung shores or closer to home, we need to nurture it

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Positive News - 2017-04-18 - Original post - cached version

A Belgian TV station has added green energy updates to its regular weather reports in a bid to raise awareness about renewable power

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Positive News - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

From the ‘pay as you feel’ cafes transforming surplus food into feasts, to a restaurant that provides homeless people with fine dining – our pick of five projects that are democratising good food

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Positive News - 2017-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The Great British Bake Off contestant Thomas Gilliford admits cooking up a blueberry pie ‘food porno’ in an Instagram-fuelled moment of madness. Let’s stop social media making food perfectionists of us all, he proposes, and reclaim the kitchen as a hub of creativity

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Positive News - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Experts agree that children have far too little contact with the natural world. Could lessons about flora and fauna – a natural history GCSE – be the answer?

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Positive News - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and a lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy. What if more of us were trained to deal with depression and anxiety? New York City plans to do it

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Positive News - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Mary Colwell is the driving force behind a petition to urge the government to develop a GCSE in natural history. She explains why she believes the qualification could address conservation apathy

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Positive News - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

From a tenacious woodpecker to a grizzly bear swiping for salmon, these images from the last 50 years of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition have been selected for a new book. They show extraordinary, surprising and often deeply moving acts of animal behaviour

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Positive News - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

From political upheaval to humanitarian crises, the first three months of 2017 have seen many challenges. But behind the headlines, there are signs of progress and possibility. Here are 20 of our favourites

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Positive News - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

With a cover story about making sex education sexy, the inspiring current affairs magazine considers the power of giving attention to what is desired rather than what is feared

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Positive News - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

A photo of swirling graphene ink in alcohol, which can be used to print electrical circuits on to paper, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition

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Positive News - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

Introducing issue 89 of Positive News magazine, which explores the possibilities for society when we give attention to what is desired rather than what is feared

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Positive News - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

A province in Pakistan has made DNA testing compulsory in rape cases, part of ongoing national reforms to improve support for victims

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Positive News - 2017-04-07 - Original post - cached version

The campaign to make London a National Park City has announced a competition to help people imagine how the capital would look and feel if it were a national park city

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Positive News - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

A law that forces UK companies to publish details of their gender pay discrepancy came into force this week. Could it accelerate the closure of the 18.1 per cent gender pay gap?

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Positive News - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

In an attempt to improve the health of its citizens, a group of islands in the South Pacific have pledged to restrict imported junk food in favour of organic, homegrown produce

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Positive News - 2017-04-04 - Original post - cached version

‘Water has won over gold’ say campaigners, as they celebrate El Salvador’s history-making ban on metal mining

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