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Positive News - 2017-01-10 - Original post - cached version

After suffering debilitating bouts of depression, journalist and author Rachel Kelly began to investigate the links between nutrition and mental health

The post Good food, good mood: can we eat ourselves happier? appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-01-09 - Original post - cached version

The UK generated more electricity from wind than from coal in 2016, new analysis by fact-checking organisation Carbon Brief suggests

The post UK wind generated more electricity in 2016 than coal appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-01-09 - Original post - cached version

In the first of a regular series, positive psychology researcher Jodie Jackson explains how by studying the impact of Positive News upon its readers, she found that constructive journalism can empower people and engage them more in society

The post How solution-focused news can...

Positive News - 2017-01-06 - Original post - cached version

At £38bn, the UK’s ethical goods market is now worth twice that of tobacco, new research suggests

The post Value of UK ethical markets grows to almost double that of tobacco appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2017-01-05 - Original post - cached version

As fossil fuel diehards take over the White House, the evidence of a fast-moving global energy transition has never been clearer, says clean energy pioneer Jeremy Leggett

The post ‘Never mind Trump, the global clean energy transition is racing forward’ appeared first on Positive...

Positive News - 2017-01-04 - Original post - cached version

Finland becomes the first European country to pilot a basic income scheme. Could unconditional monthly payments curb mass unemployment and create more equal societies?

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Positive News - 2016-12-28 - Original post - cached version

It was a tough year by many measures but 2016 also saw some reasons for celebration. We look behind the headlines for signs of progress

The post What went right in 2016 appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-27 - Original post - cached version

After France banned supermarkets throwing away unwanted food in 2016, action to curb food waste has accelerated across Europe

The post Action to cut food waste gathers speed in Europe appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-21 - Original post - cached version

A not-for-profit organisation in California is helping prepare young people of colour for careers in technology. We go behind the scenes at Hack the Hood

The post Bridging the digital divide: Hack the Hood appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-20 - Original post - cached version

In February, Schumacher College will host a course called Community, Place and Play: A Post-Market Economics. We ask Shaun Chamberlin, one of the course leaders, to explain more

The post Love or money: what makes the world go round? appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-19 - Original post - cached version

From a group of pensioner activists to a woman single-handedly running an orphanage for HIV-positive children, meet the grandmothers who are lobbying for women’s reproductive rights

The post The grandmothers lobbying for health and reproductive rights appeared first on Positive...

Positive News - 2016-12-16 - Original post - cached version

At best it seems meaningless, at worst sinister. The world of celebrity gets a bad rap from many, but others remain compelled by its glamour. Condemning it won’t kill it, says Sarah Byrne. Could we improve our idols instead?

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Positive News - 2016-12-16 - Original post - cached version

Cheryl Thallon launched Viridian Nutrition 17 years ago armed with only a small range of products and an intention to create a company with integrity. She speaks to Positive News about doing business with heart

The post Business that’s good enough to bottle appeared first on...

Positive News - 2016-12-14 - Original post - cached version

From plant hunting to virtual space exploration, how people-led science is taking the world by storm

The post The rise and rise of citizen science appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? Here are 12 reasons why a Positive News gift subscription is the perfect present

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Positive News - 2016-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Science is shrugging off its lab coat. Here are our top five science projects you can get involved in

The post 5 ways to become a citizen scientist appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-12 - Original post - cached version

The director of sustainable forestry project ArBolivia explores how a business-focused approach to conservation could help safeguard the Amazon rainforest, and those who live there

The post Growing lasting solutions to deforestation appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-11 - Original post - cached version

How author and human rights campaigner Zerbanoo Gifford was inspired by anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson

The post An abolitionist’s legacy appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-08 - Original post - cached version

Party politics no longer represents the silent majority, say those behind a new crowdfunding movement, but millions of people want to be involved without joining a political ‘tribe’

The post Democracy for the digital age: crowdfunded project to disrupt party politics appeared first...

Positive News - 2016-12-07 - Original post - cached version

We often feel bad about cheating the system or good about giving to charity, but how fundamental is altruism? George Constable and Tim Rogers explain how altruism brings good luck (in evolutionary biology, at least)

The post Debunking the selfish myth appeared first on Positive...

Positive News - 2016-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Low-lying Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, but its people are not helpless victims. Via traditional wisdom and pragmatic innovation, they are literally holding back the sea, writes Joseph Hanlon

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Positive News - 2016-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Up to 10 tonnes of ‘love locks’ recently removed from bridges in the French capital will be sold, raising up to €100,000 (£85,080) for refugee groups

The post Paris to sell off lovers’ locks to fund refugee projects appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-05 - Original post - cached version

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced at the weekend that it would not grant a permit for the Dakota Access pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, a victory for Native American people and protesters alike

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Positive News - 2016-12-04 - Original post - cached version

Recent political events have shown that the ‘doom and gloom’ news narrative no longer serves society. A more inspiring lens on the world is needed in order to heal division and empower people to bring about change, says Sean Dagan Wood

The post Why now is the time for serious...

Positive News - 2016-12-02 - Original post - cached version

Kevin Boy followed in the footsteps of his grandfather to master the art of blacksmithing and has run his forge at Surrey Docks Farm, London, for 25 years – helping a new generation rediscover this ancient art

The post Resparking an ancient craft: a London blacksmith appeared first...

Positive News - 2016-12-01 - Original post - cached version

From downtown New York to remote corners of India, sport is being used to break social barriers and address issues from homelessness to addiction

The post More than just fun and games? Sport as a tool of empowerment appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-12-01 - Original post - cached version

From supporting journalism that exposes solutions and backing people-owned media, to boosting your wellbeing: the top reasons to become a Positive News supporter

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Positive News - 2016-11-30 - Original post - cached version

Stuck with family members and an expectation of joyfulness, Christmas can spark tension and arguments too. Jamie Catto suggests how to replace dysfunction and disconnection with empowerment

The post Christmas presence: how to survive seasonal dysfunction appeared first on Positive...

Positive News - 2016-11-29 - Original post - cached version

Experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford, Elaine Fox, tells Lauren Razavi about her surprising research into the links between genes and happiness

The post Wired for happiness? How ‘risky’ genes could go either way appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-28 - Original post - cached version

Fabian Hamilton is the shadow minister for peace and disarmament, the first post of its kind in UK parliament. Appointed in October by Jeremy Corbyn, we ask Hamilton how he will tackle his brief to reduce violence, war and conflict

The post “Conflict is not inevitable” appeared...

Positive News - 2016-11-28 - Original post - cached version

The global divestment campaign, urging people to move their money out of oil, coal and gas companies, has gained momentum. Here are some key figures

The post Who’s stepping away from fossil fuels? Divestment in numbers appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-25 - Original post - cached version

We revisit the divestment movement. What progress has been made?

The post Refuelling progress: divestment in fossil fuels gathers pace appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-23 - Original post - cached version

The latest in our Through My Lens series, a photographer describes his experience of being caught between two giants of the deep

The post Learning deep compassion from whales appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-22 - Original post - cached version

A new documentary about northern Uganda documents the region’s recovery from two decades of civil war. Its co-director explains why the film draws on hope, rather than the wounds of the past

The post Resilience in northern Uganda appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Frustrated with the way mainstream media ignores much of the progress being made in the world, researcher Jodie Jackson set out to uncover the power of positive news. She tells Danielle Batist what she has learned

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Positive News - 2016-11-21 - Original post - cached version

After noticing signs of divisiveness and fear in recent weeks, Daianna Karaian came up with a plan to prevent society sinking into intolerance. Turning to a traditional symbol of welcome, she took guerilla action on the streets of London

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Positive News - 2016-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Consuming positive news can lead to an increased acceptance of others, a feeling of community and motivation to contribute to social change, new research shows

The post Positive news stories bring people together, study finds appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-17 - Original post - cached version

In the face of explosive urban development, there is new confidence about reclaiming public space for the people. We explore how cities became a playground for experimentation

The post Meet the ‘place hackers’ reclaiming city spaces appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Next week, clothes recycling charity Traid will be urging people to wear secondhand instead of buying new. Could instilling pride in wearing pre-owned clothes help avoid wasteful fast fashion?

The post Could ‘secondhand first’ be an antidote to fast fashion? appeared first on...

Positive News - 2016-11-15 - Original post - cached version

A campaign calling on advertisers to boycott newspapers that promote “demonisation and division” is also asking the public to lobby the advertisers in a positive, constructive way

The post Stop Funding Hate campaign urges firms to halt advertising in ‘inflammatory, divisive’...

Positive News - 2016-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Restoring public trust in banking is a huge task. But Triodos Bank’s Bevis Watts is no ordinary banker, and he thinks it’s possible. We ask him: could the financial sector benefit people and planet, as well as profits?

The post Could banking be a force for good? appeared first on...

Positive News - 2016-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Meaningful travel is about more than being a responsible tourist; there are mental health benefits too

The post Mind how you go: 3 ways travel can help boost mental health appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Though the US didn’t see a woman elected to the highest office this week, other women running on platforms of equality and progressive reform did win

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Positive News - 2016-11-11 - Original post - cached version

For those shocked by the election result, anger and blame may be convenient ways to make sense of it. But Charles Eisenstein, who predicted Trump’s victory, says that in this time of uncertainty there is an opportunity for empathy to drive a new political story

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Positive News - 2016-11-11 - Original post - cached version

We meet the photographer who captured a young Kurdish-Syrian superhero at a refugee camp in Greece

The post Resilience in a Greek refugee camp: the ‘boy of steel’ appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-10 - Original post - cached version

With both youth depression and youth unemployment on the rise, calls are growing for a different kind of learning. Could ‘positive education’ enhance not just wellbeing, but academic performance too?

The post New school rules? Swotting up on ‘positive education’ appeared first on...

Positive News - 2016-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Both Trump and Clinton’s presidential election campaigns have spent huge sums on advertising – up to $1m per day. What if this went to grassroots community groups working year-round on solutions instead?

The post The project redirecting US election cash toward long-term progress...

Positive News - 2016-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The Hole in the Wall experiment, carried out in the slums of India by education professor Sugata Mitra in 1999, suggested that children, without direction, will seek out new knowledge. More than 15 years on, primary school teacher Sarah Leonard explains why she embraces his approach

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Positive News - 2016-11-09 - Original post - cached version

We met students from around the world who attend ‘positive education’ institutions. Their thoughts capture how the model could rewrite the rules around learning

The post 5 things you might not expect schoolchildren to say (but these ones do) appeared first on Positive News.

Positive News - 2016-11-09 - Original post - cached version

From India to the Netherlands, 3 schools and colleges where learning is not about academic achievement alone

The post 3 places sparking change through ‘positive education’ appeared first on Positive News.

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