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Positive News - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

Is it the end of the car age? From Denmark to Spain, five cities that are urging residents to opt out of automobile-use

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Positive News - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

Matthew Green travels to Nigeria to meet the comedians whose sharp social commentary is helping hold leaders to account. After years of political turmoil, could satire reinvigorate a thirst for social change?

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Positive News - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

A social enterprise is transforming human waste into a clean, affordable fuel in Kenya. It smells like the future, discovers Oliver Balch

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Positive News - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

From intertwined ‘love bird’ swans to a herd of hungry seahorses, the winning shots from this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year awards capture the breadth and beauty of our aquatic ecosystems

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Positive News - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

A project in Germany allows refugees who know the mother tongue of asylum seekers and have experienced their situation first-hand, to offer much-needed psychological support

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Positive News - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

For those with breast cancer, a mastectomy may seem the best option. Joanna Moorhead thought so – until she listened to her instincts at the last minute. Now she’s glad she chose less extensive surgery

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Positive News - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Cola isn’t usually associated with ethical business, but one brand is going back to the drink’s roots and reimagining what a cola company can look like. Karma Cola co-founder Simon Coley explains why fizzy drinks don’t have to leave a bad taste in your mouth

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Positive News - 2018-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Andrew Knowlman – a Positive News co-owner – has advanced motor neurone disease, and writes books and a blog with his eyes. The disease is hugely challenging, he explains, but it has also helped show him the good in the world

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Positive News - 2018-02-07 - Original post - cached version

From the #FolkloreThursday Twitter hashtag that became a global event, to a new effort to map the UK’s folktales, stories of legends and traditions are being rebooted for the 21st century

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Positive News - 2018-02-06 - Original post - cached version

Losing a loved one is difficult at any age, but for young widows and widowers, the challenges are unique. We meet the people who are helping each other smile again

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Positive News - 2018-02-05 - Original post - cached version

The ReTuna centre in Sweden includes a drop-off zone for unwanted items, and DIY repair classes

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Positive News - 2018-02-01 - Original post - cached version

Scientists from the University of Leicester have won a ‘Space Oscar’ for their research into combatting deforestation

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Positive News - 2018-01-31 - Original post - cached version

The team behind the Creative Mentor Network aim to help young people from diverse backgrounds overcome the obstacles to creative careers

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Positive News - 2018-01-31 - Original post - cached version

Green energy company Ecotricity has launched a search to find Young Green Britons – inspiring young people who are passionate about the environment

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Positive News - 2018-01-30 - Original post - cached version

A pop-up Canadian restaurant run by HIV-positive staff aims to smash stigma surrounding HIV and Aids

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Positive News - 2018-01-29 - Original post - cached version

They aren’t your neurotypical consultants. An IT consultancy that only employs people on the autism spectrum has won a national award

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Positive News - 2018-01-26 - Original post - cached version

Beauty queens hoping to represent Peru at the 2017 Miss Universe competition used their moment in the limelight to draw attention to violence against women

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Positive News - 2018-01-25 - Original post - cached version

A cross-border conservation agreement signed by 126 countries will offer extra protection to migratory species including lions, chimpanzees and blue sharks

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Positive News - 2018-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Ninety per cent of young people quizzed in a survey last year said they wanted careers that would “make a difference”

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Positive News - 2018-01-24 - Original post - cached version

Launched this week, Freda offers organic sanitary towels and tampons via subscription. The company pledges to donate a proportion of profits to schemes that are tackling period poverty in the UK and beyond

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Positive News - 2018-01-24 - Original post - cached version

Bodyform has become the first brand to make a TV advert featuring realistic-looking ‘blood’ on a sanitary pad rather than the traditional blue liquid

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Positive News - 2018-01-23 - Original post - cached version

Newly launched Kookie magazine aims to inspire 'tweenage' girls to look beyond fashion and beauty by publishing stories about strong female role models

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Positive News - 2018-01-22 - Original post - cached version

In an attempt to help close the gender pay gap, New York City has become the first US city to ban employers from asking job applicants about their previous salaries

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Positive News - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad has inspired toy manufacturer Mattel's first ever hijab-wearing Barbie

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Positive News - 2018-01-19 - Original post - cached version

Amid a fresh wave of interest in ‘constructive journalism’, from today Positive News magazine will be available in selected WHSmith shops across the UK

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Positive News - 2018-01-18 - Original post - cached version

A population of red squirrels has expanded naturally following its reintroduction to the north-west Scottish Highlands in 2016

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Positive News - 2018-01-17 - Original post - cached version

Environmental blogger and campaigner Findlay Wilde, 15, was shocked to hear about the illegal killing of hen harriers, one of the UK’s most vulnerable birds of prey. He teamed up with Ecotricity to try to save the species from the brink of extinction

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Positive News - 2018-01-16 - Original post - cached version

The first Positive News magazine of 2018 is out now, and it’s our favourite yet. Read on for 10 insights into what you’ll get if you order a copy

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Positive News - 2018-01-16 - Original post - cached version

Stefano Boeri has designed and built vertical forests across the world. He hopes his latest project will prove it’s possible to combine solutions to the challenges of climate change and housing shortages

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Positive News - 2018-01-15 - Original post - cached version

Save the people, save the forest. In rural Indonesia, a pioneering clinic is showing how the health of people and forests could and should be intertwined

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Positive News - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Addiction is a spectrum that everyone is on, says Russell Brand in the new issue of Positive News magazine, as he shares his views on how understanding addiction can help people to lead more fulfilling lives

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Positive News - 2018-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Editor Lucy Purdy introduces the new issue of Positive News magazine, which includes a candid interview with Russell Brand about addiction. It also features an interview with a terrorism survivor, portraits of young conservationists, and a look at the case for optimism in the face of climate...

Positive News - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Installed in Nottingham in December, it contains water, food, hygiene items and books, and can be accessed by homeless people around the clock via key cards

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Positive News - 2018-01-11 - Original post - cached version

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announces that the city will divest from fossil fuels and has filed a lawsuit against five major fossil fuel companies, including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, for climate damages

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Positive News - 2018-01-10 - Original post - cached version

From record-breaking budgets to progress on pay parity, 5 ways in which women’s football reached a new level in 2017

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Positive News - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

As climate change forces people from their homes, New Zealand is pondering the creation of a visa for climate ‘refugees’ from Pacific islands

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Positive News - 2018-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The manufacturing ban means the tiny beads, which are harmful to marine life, can no longer be used in cosmetics and personal care products

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Positive News - 2018-01-08 - Original post - cached version

A charter that forms guiding principles for the protection and regeneration of the UK’s woodlands has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since its launch in November 2017

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Positive News - 2018-01-07 - Original post - cached version

How can you beat the post-festive blues and positively kickstart 2018? Giselle Green of Constructive Voices suggests 21 ways to help yourself while also helping others

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Positive News - 2018-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Meet Robbie Blackhall-Miles, whose Welsh garden has an early evolutionary vibe. He explains why he’s passionate about plants with fossil records that predate the extinction of the dinosaurs

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Positive News - 2018-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Community groups will be supported to take over solar farms by a new partnership between independent trust Power to Change and social investment company Big Society Capital

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Positive News - 2018-01-03 - Original post - cached version

As a unique media co-operative, Positive News is owned by both our readers and our journalists. Here, one of our reader shareholders, David Bird, explains why he chose to invest

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Positive News - 2017-12-31 - Original post - cached version

From wranglings over Brexit to war clouds over Korea, 2017 was a tough year on many fronts. But it was full of inspiring stories too. We delve behind the headlines for signs of progress and possibility

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Positive News - 2017-12-26 - Original post - cached version

From political upheaval to humanitarian crises, the final three months of 2017 have seen many challenges. But behind the headlines are inspiring stories of progress. Here are 20 of our favourites

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Positive News - 2017-12-23 - Original post - cached version

UK environment and animal welfare charities are calling on businesses, governments and individuals to try harder to reduce waste – in particular plastic – this Christmas

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Positive News - 2017-12-15 - Original post - cached version

Majd Mashharawi has invented environmentally friendly, cheap and lightweight blocks that use ash instead of sand. Could ‘Green Cake’ help rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip?

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Positive News - 2017-12-14 - Original post - cached version

User Voice has established councils in more than 25 prisons to try to create space for solution-focused dialogue between residents and staff

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Positive News - 2017-12-13 - Original post - cached version

The Inside Stories project matches artists with prisoners. Together, they write and illustrate stories that help dads maintain relationships with their children on the outside

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

Teaching prisoners creative sewing boosts their employability and self-confidence, say those at Fine Cell Work

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Positive News - 2017-12-11 - Original post - cached version

Since most of us learn to read and write in the first year or two of school, it feels almost impossible to imagine not being able to. But Angela Cairns, CEO of prisoners reading charity Shannon Trust, knows all too well how illiteracy can feel

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