Welcome to this week's GOOD news! Born out of frustration that mainstream news often only promote the negative, we're back to bringing you a regular fix of the good news buried underneath the bad.
All around the world, amazing people – just like you – are coming up with new ways of living, loving and doing business to create a better future for us all. Enjoy today's shout out to some of the good news we’ve seen this week
UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing "remarkable" improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer. About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again.
"To have a treatment which can potentially reverse disability is really a major achievement," says Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
There are approximately 100,000 MS sufferers in the UK and this discovery has given doctors the hope that an end is in sight.
The designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones mean that 8,000 square miles of UK waters now have environmental protection.
The designation of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) means that 20 per cent of English waters are now considered protected. The sites range from the Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds in the North Sea, down to Land's End in the South West.
The aim is to conserve habitats like coral colonies, geological features such as chalk reefs, and species such as the stalked jellyfish and spiny lobsters.
"It's vital that we protect our marine environment to ensure our seas remain healthy, our fishing industry remains prosperous, and future generations can enjoy our beautiful beaches," said The Marine Environment Minister George Eustice.
In 2015 a new organ transplant record was recorded - it was the first year in which organ transplants have reached over 30,000 in a year. That is a 4.9 per cent increase from 2014.
Betsy Walsh, President of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) has said that “This landmark achievement is a testament to the generosity of the American public to help others through donation, and their trust in the transplant system to honour their life-saving gift,”
Another promising fact is that living donors made over 19 per cent of these donations showing that everyone is doing their bit in order to ensure that there are more organs available for those who need them.
In other news...
- Even though the price of oil is falling significantly, companies are still willing to put money into renewable energy – renewables attracted a record $329 billion in 2015.
Denmark broke world record for wind power in 2015. The new year-end figures showed a 3 per cent rise on 2014, which was itself a record year for Danish wind energy generation. Honestly, go Denmark!
Facebook promises to fight hate speech against refugees - Facebook launched a new initiative this week to crack down on hate speech and online extremism amid the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
- A part-time student's modest project offering assistance to Flint residents over the water crisis has far exceeded her expectations. Carrie set up a GoFundMe page about a month ago and set a modest goal of raising $100. As of Wednesday morning, she had raised over $16,000 -- more than 100 times her initial goal.
What other good news have you come across this week? We'd love to hear about it in the comments box below.