Short News – Global

Far fewer die from AIDS

Since 2010, the number of aids deaths in the world have decreased by a third. Better access to medicine plays a big part.

Millions of new teachers

Since 2011, the World Bank International Development Association (IDA) has helped train 8.5 million new teachers and trainers in developing countries.

Countries to stop plastic exports

Most nations have now agreed to stop exporting plastic waste to other countries, especially in Asia, where it often ends up in nature.

Fewer child grooms

A new report shows that child marriage not only impacts girls, but many boys as well. However, fewer children of both genders now get married than previously.

Millions turn on the light

Since 2016, an additional 160 million people worldwide have gained access to electricity. However, about 840 million are still left in the dark.

Industry agrees to stop trans fat

A group of 12 big producers of food and snacks has agreed to follow WHO recommendations to eliminate the use of deadly trans-fat in food products by 2023.

Blind kids read LEGO

A new kind of LEGO bricks help blind children learn the Braille system of reading by touching. Each brick has a number of knobs that represent letters.

More countries try to quit smoking

Nearly two thirds of the world’s population now live in countries that restrict tobacco use, for example by banning the sale of cigarettes to children.

Growing organic production

The area of land used for organic farming worldwide has increased five-fold since 1999. However, organic farming still only accounts for 1.4% of total farmland.

Giant leap for wind turbines

A modern offshore wind turbine now produces 30 times more power than the first versions did 18 years ago.

Gold without toxic mercury

A new collaboration between countries and organisations will try to stop mercury pollution from small-scale illegal gold mines in developing countries.

Record year for renewables

2018 saw the largest annual increase in global renewable energy ever. New solar capacity outstripped additions in coal, natural gas and nuclear power combined.