Future Crunch accentuates the positive
By Roger Childs
We do get plenty of bad news from the media, and often the evening television bulletins are full of extreme weather, car crashes, crime and court cases.
So it’s good to find out about Future Crunch; thank you Tony Fraei! They have recently come out with 99 items of good news from 2017. Sadly many of the stories didn’t make the front pages.
The sources range from The Peking Review to The Guardian.
We’ll feature at a range of these positives over the next week or two. However, there are some tasters below.
Good news from 2017
Health Zika all but disappeared in 2017. Cases plummeted in Latin America and the Caribbean, and most people in those places are now immune. Science Mag
Environment A province in Pakistan announced it has planted 1 billion trees in two years, in response to the terrible floods of 2015. Independent
Health Since 2000, life expectancy in Rwanda is up from 49 to 64, child mortality is down more than two-thirds,
maternal mortality is down nearly 80%, and HIV/AIDS prevalence is down from 13% to 3%. Mail & Guardian
Fossil fuels France stopped granting all licences for oil and gas exploration, and said it will phase out all production by 2040, a major transition towards clean energy being driven by the new Macron government. Bloomberg
Solar energy China is going to install 54GW of solar by the end of 2017, more than any country has ever previously deployed in a single year, and doubled their 2020 goal to 213 GW. PV Magazine
Crime As plunging crime closed prisons across the Netherlands, the government started turning them into housing and cultural hubs for ten of thousands of refugees instead. Fast Company
Women’s rights India’s Supreme Court outlawed non-consensual marital sex with child brides, and raised the age of sexual consent for all women to 18. CNN
Warm acknowledgement to Future Crunch and all the sources listed above. To see the full list of 99 positives in 2017, go to