Short News – Global

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.

Global democracy record

Despite many problems, more people now live in democratic societies than ever before. This is especially due to consolidation of democracy in Asia and Africa.

World spends more wealth on health

Global public health investments are rising, and poorer nations are in the lead, according to the World Health Organisation.

Good news for endangered whale

Whale observers have spotted three new north atlantic right whales. Every new whale calf counts for the survival of this endangered species.