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Positive News - 2017-07-12 - Original post - cached version

Refugees are not a common sight in out-of-the-way Montana, but Missoula resident Mary Poole and her book club decided to make a change by welcoming fleeing families into their homes

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Positive News - 2017-07-12 - Original post - cached version

His passion for biking took root on the wind-licked Isle of Skye, where he grew up. Now a professional stunt cyclist, Danny MacAskill’s technical trickery and breathtaking videos have made him one of the world’s best known riders

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Positive News - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Jessi Baker, founder of blockchain technology platform Provenance, envisions a future where all physical products have digital histories, allowing people to trace and verify products’ origins, attributes and ownership. Is it time for a new dawn of transparency in retail?

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Positive News - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Online campaign #WhiteWednesdays, which protests the obligatory wearing of headscarves for women in Iran, is gaining momentum

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Positive News - 2017-07-11 - Original post - cached version

The number of people who are alive in the UK thanks to organ transplants has exceeded 50,000 for the first time

The post Organ donations are keeping more people alive than ever appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

If population growth is unsustainable, are there humane ways to limit it?

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Positive News - 2017-07-10 - Original post - cached version

World champion rock climber Ashima Shiraishi won her first competition when she was just seven. Now, her sights are set on the 2020 Olympics

The post ‘I’m a 16-year-old world champion climber: I feel like I’m dancing on the rock’ appeared first on Positive News.

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

Around 8m tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year. How can we clean up our seas?

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

France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The country’s ecology minister called it a “revolution”

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

France is set to ban the sale of any car that uses petrol or diesel fuel by 2040. The country’s ecology minister called it a “revolution”.

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Positive News - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

When she won her seat in the 2015 general election, Mhairi Black became the youngest MP to be elected in Britain since 1667. She features in a book, The Female Lead, which is designed to inspire a new generation of girls

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Positive News - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Brenda Berkman was among a group of women who sued New York City’s fire department for sex discrimination in 1982. They won and she became one of the city’s first female firefighters

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Positive News - 2017-07-06 - Original post - cached version

Sierra Leonean-American Michaela DePrince was orphaned at the age of three. She went on to join the Dutch National Ballet. DePrince features in a book, The Female Lead, which is designed to inspire a new generation of girls

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Positive News - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Issue 90 of Positive News magazine is out now, and it’s our favourite yet. Read on for 10 insights into the latest issue

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Positive News - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Why do girls struggle to name female role models beyond fashion or social media celebrities? A book that showcases 60 inspiring women is being donated to 18,000 schools in a bid to challenge this

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Positive News - 2017-07-05 - Original post - cached version

From LA’s ‘gangsta gardener’ to a stay-at-home man in Hertfordshire, the new issue of Positive News magazine interviews people who are ‘rewriting the man code’

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

From terror attacks in London and Manchester, to the US withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty, and the Grenfell Tower fire: bad news has dominated in recent months. But there are inspiring stories that are important too. Get a fuller picture with our top 20 positive developments from April to...

Positive News - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

In July 2007, a law came into effect that banned smoking in enclosed public places in the UK. Ten years on, the number of smokers has fallen by nearly 2 million

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Positive News - 2017-07-03 - Original post - cached version

Ten years to the week since the introduction of the smoking ban, the number of UK smokers is at a record low. Here are 5 positive health impacts sparked by the ban

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Positive News - 2017-06-30 - Original post - cached version

As surges of nationalism and incidents of hate crime are reported across the globe, a network of far right extremists who have renounced their views and resolved to help others, is growing too. Meet the ‘formers’

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Positive News - 2017-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Four former members of right wing extremist groups on how they overcame their hate-failed pasts and now help turn others’ lives around

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Positive News - 2017-06-30 - Original post - cached version

German MPs have legalised gay marriage after Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote

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Positive News - 2017-06-29 - Original post - cached version

With such limited space, how can cities be designed to feature more greenery? China is thinking outside the box: vertically

The post Plans for China’s first ‘city of trees’ take root appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-06-29 - Original post - cached version

Matching up London’s struggling artists with the empty properties of holidaying homeowners, social enterprise Launch Pad is seeking its first applicants. It’s ‘house-sitting for creative folk,’ they say

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Positive News - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

Rather than ploughing energy into treadmills and dumbbells, GoodGym members keep fit by helping their local communities. And the concept is spreading fast

The post A need for deeds: the gym where running isn’t about speed, but doing good appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-06-28 - Original post - cached version

After years of being castigated for their reluctance to deal with extremism, some of the world’s biggest tech companies have formed a counter-terrorism forum

The post Tech titans take on terrorism – after being criticised for failing to act appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-06-27 - Original post - cached version

Could shipping containers help to combat homelessness? Social enterprise Help Bristol’s Homeless thinks so

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Tom Bawden, a journalist for the i newspaper, meets the team using octopuses to win over communities in Madagascar by demonstrating cheaply and quickly the power of conservation

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Positive News editor-in-chief Seán Dagan Wood introduces Impact Journalism Day, which takes place today. Publications all over the world will simultaneously publish stories about solutions, both driving and reflecting a wider shift in the media

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

A tattoo artist in Russia is helping domestic violence survivors reclaim their bodies. It helps them believe they can start afresh, finds Manon Masset, reporting for Le Courrier de Russie

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

The O’Neill sisters did not expect the tornado that hit their town in Massachusetts or that recovering from the disaster would change their lives, writes Doyle Rice for USA Today

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Plunging into ‘deep time’ using stories of ancient landscapes and a culinary journey too, a retreat next month will explore the origins of the Earth – and humankind. Positive News finds out more from Andy Raingold, co-founder of nature connection social enterprise Change in Nature

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Positive News - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

The Labour leader has moved ahead in the polls, showing a clear appetite for his positive approach to politics, writes Giselle Green. And it’s not just politicians that need to take note, it’s journalists too

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Positive News - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Films with diverse casts are proving more popular at the box office, finds a study by the Creative Artists Agency

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Positive News - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Autistic adults often experience difficulty in finding work, but IT consultancy and social enterprise Auticon reports a rise in demand for their skills

The post Not your neurotypical consultant: demand for autistic tech experts surges appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

MEPs have overwhelmingly rejected an attempt by a UK Conservative MEP to oppose a full ban on neonicotinoid pesticides which have been linked to the decline of bees

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Positive News - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Older people led masterclasses in skills such as dressmaking and breadmaking at GrandFest, a one-day festival in east London

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Positive News - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

A Serbian social enterprise links skilled craftspeople with modern designers in a bid to reboot the beleaguered rural economy. Could a crowdfunding campaign scale operations up?

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Positive News - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Pay inequality, zero-hour contracts and a sense of disempowerment are driving people to form co-operatives, finds a new report. The sector is strengthening despite an uncertain economy

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Positive News - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

An increasing number of digital and creative companies are setting up as co-operatives, boosting the UK co-ops scene

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Positive News - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

A scheme in Birmingham that has given away 4,000 bikes and cycling training has been recognised for its potential in improving air quality

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Positive News - 2017-06-19 - Original post - cached version

The country, traditionally a strong supporter of coal and nuclear, could switch to natural gas and renewables

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Positive News - 2017-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Residents can now identify as X on state-issued documents

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Positive News - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Londoners are being encouraged to stem the tide of litter into the capital’s river

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Positive News - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

The world’s first all-female animation summit targets industry gender bias

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Positive News - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Leo Varadkar has made history in Ireland by becoming the country’s first openly gay prime minister, as well as the youngest

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Positive News - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version

A year on from the murder of MP Jo Cox, this weekend’s Great Get Together will see people and organisations who usually sit on opposing sides come together to celebrate what they have in common

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Positive News - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese city of Hangzhou has made cycling a key part of its integrated public transport system, including a free bike hire service

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Positive News - 2017-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Taiwan has become the first country in Asia to legalise homosexual marriage

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Positive News - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle. Celebrate the year of the bike with these pedal-powered holidays

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