r/AskReddit Dec 02 '21

What is something positive going on in the world more people should know about?

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109 Upvotes

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u/kiss_the_siamese_gun Dec 03 '21

The ozone layer is nearly healed

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u/dke1998 Dec 03 '21

Wait really? Damn i thought it's getting worst because shits got hotter

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u/Kaitrii Dec 03 '21

thats crazy. for years all i heard was "it gets worse and worse" and well it gets hotter and hotter so i thought this is just a question of time until its completely fucked.

and suddenly from a random reddit comment i read its almost fully healed. why isnt that a major thing on the news?

fuck news, only the bad stuff is worth money to those aholes.

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u/JohnCavil01 Dec 03 '21

I mean the ozone is healing but that doesn’t mean greenhouse emissions aren’t still making the climate change and global temperatures rise.

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u/Your_mohm Dec 03 '21

How

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u/mpga479m Dec 03 '21

no more hairspray apparently

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u/Dead_Kings Dec 03 '21

When I was a kid I really thought hairspray was going to be a huge problem

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u/Your_mohm Dec 03 '21

That’s great

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u/17ballsdeep Dec 03 '21

Lack of flights

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '21

Two-thirds of every aluminum can is made out of recycled aluminum cans.

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u/satooshi-nakamooshi Dec 03 '21

I gotta say aluminium is a super recyclable material. You just melt it down, burning off labels and contaminants. Boom. Raw material perfect and ready.

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u/b0bsbugsbegone Dec 03 '21

Facts. Aluminum and glass are pretty much infinitely recyclable while plastic can only be recycled a couple times at best.

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u/Skrrattaa Dec 03 '21

shout-out to aluminum, man

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u/Primary_Business Dec 03 '21

Don't cars need non recycled.

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u/Mr_Engineering Dec 03 '21

plastic can only be recycled a couple times at best.

That's not true.

The main form of thermoplastic recycling is through melting and remoulding. Over time this causes polymer degradation as a result of imperfect sorting and controls. The result is a polymer that has less desirable properties but as long as there's a demand for such a product most thermoplastics can be remoulded many times.

However, the demand for low grade plastics is easily met by new supply so its simply not economical to recycle many polymers beyond a certain point.

If remoulding isn't desirable, thermoplastics can be chemically reprocessed into feedstock for new polymers or even burned to produce energy (don't do this at home, burning polymers produces toxic gasses that need to be scrubbed).

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u/Time_for_a_cuppa Dec 03 '21

How do I subscribe to plastic facts?

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u/b0bsbugsbegone Dec 03 '21

I’m saying that the degradation over time is what makes plastic less recyclable than other materials. Each time it’s recyclable, virgin material is likely to be added for it to have the same quality. Also not all plastics are equally recyclable, and the condition it’s in when it’s thrown away is crucial. Since the reality is that most plastics are only recycled 2-3 times, it’s better to buy aluminum and glass that can be recycled infinitely without losing quality.

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u/FutureBlackmail Dec 03 '21

Glass can be recycled indefinitely, but it's expensive to recycle and cheap to manufacture, so at least in America, most of it ends up in the dump. In my city, there's only one recycling plant that will handle glass, and they make you pay to drop it off.

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u/b0bsbugsbegone Dec 03 '21

Yes, it all depends on where you are. Montana doesn’t recycle glass at all.

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u/reddit-seenit Dec 03 '21

I hope that's not also true about condoms...

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u/Mariska_vanDriel Dec 03 '21

War and War deaths are becoming increasingly rare every year

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u/Terpsichorean_Wombat Dec 02 '21

This chart:

https://mobile.twitter.com/m_clem/status/448808375946862592

It shows Ghana's cases of guinea worm, an agonizing and debilitating parasitic infection, falling from 175,000+ cases per year in 1989 to 0 in 2011. That's millions of people spared intense pain and misery thanks to a dedicated public education campaign.

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u/blowafuse Dec 02 '21

TeamSeas effort to clean plastic out of the ocean and water ways.

With the success of TeamTrees and the donations that are still coming in to plant trees, they've started a new initiative to remove garbage from our water.

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u/Kyfigrigas Dec 03 '21

And they've already earned over 17 million for TeamSeas! (Which equals 17 million pounds removed for those who don't know)

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u/LawRevolutionary5779 Dec 03 '21

Tho isn't it very small numbers compared to how many trees being cut every year / trash thrown?

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u/Undefinedfaks Dec 03 '21

Read the question.

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u/Retrosonic82 Dec 02 '21

There’s an organisation called the Pachamama project that has volunteers all over the world making reusable sanitary products for refugees and school girls and highlighting the issue of period poverty.

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u/gracist0 Dec 02 '21

I just met my cut score on the SATs for graduation :)

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u/Back2Bach Dec 02 '21

Community volunteers are putting on a large-scale Christmas dinner and providing presents for over 450 homeless and destitute people this season.

These generous people donate all the food, presents, cook the food and serve it, plus spend time visiting with those who have no one to be with during the holiday season.

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u/Skrrattaa Dec 03 '21

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u/robexib Dec 03 '21

Good to see a nation with a long history of massive unemployment has turned it around in recent years.

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '21

God I hate redditors trying to be funny or clever.

To answer your question OP

Poverty and hunger are at the lowest they've ever been

Literacy is the highest it's ever been

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u/lugubrious_lug Dec 02 '21

It may not seem like it but war is the lowest too since most of the wars going on today are relatively low-intensity

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u/Soft-Problem Dec 02 '21

Poverty and hunger are at the lowest they've ever been

Common misconception.

People got this idea in their head about 10 years ago, back when Hans Rosling was alive and giving talks, and haven't updated their worldview since. Poverty and hunger have actually been rising since around 2015.

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u/Amy_Ponder Dec 03 '21

Source on those claims? Because every major index shows that with the exception of 2020, poverty and hunger have both gone down every single year.

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u/robexib Dec 03 '21

UN agrees with you, although the rate of the decrease seems to have slowed in recent years.

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u/Soft-Problem Dec 03 '21

Do you not consider the GHI a "major index" for some reason?

"The number of people who are undernourished actually rose from 785 million in 2015 to 822 million in 2018" – https://www.globalhungerindex.org/pdf/en/2019/synopsis.pdf

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u/NotABurner2000 Dec 03 '21

This paper had absolutely nothing to do with your point

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u/s604567 Dec 02 '21

Wait wtf Hans Rosling is dead?!

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u/Soft-Problem Dec 03 '21

People got the notion that he was alive based on UN reports and data gathered years ago, but then it became a sort of idée fixé for some people and they're still peddling the same narrative without accounting for more recent data.

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u/CitationX_N7V11C Dec 02 '21

Common misconception.

Don't worry, since then we've redefined both poverty and hunger to ensure that you, the citizen of the world, are depressed and apathetic enough about everything around you that you'll accept anything without question.

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u/The_Soapmakers Dec 02 '21

I'll up vote you, but on the other hand if you're just reading headlines and whatnot the world seems particularly messed up at any given time. It goes in cycles, but I'd say the newscycle right now is kind of depressing.

It's bound to happen. I think for a lot of us things can seem to be at their lowest point, and world news compounds that, but you're right. There's a lot of good things happening, and sometimes it's just nice to hear about something "good" which I think is maybe what OP was looking for. Anyway, hope you have a good day!

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u/Amy_Ponder Dec 03 '21

A lot of that is because bad news makes people scared and angry, which makes them more likely to engage with it and share -- meaning more clicks, and more money.

The world is actually better than it's ever been before. You just don't hear about the good happening.

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u/JohnCavil01 Dec 03 '21

Well, except for the health of democratic institutions the world over and our continued inability to meet even the most paltry climate goals - at least we can all look forward to living in balmy corporate autocracies that “actually aren’t that bad”.

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u/balkan_boxing Dec 02 '21

Poverty and hunger decreased until 2020 and than skyrocketed thanks to covid restrictions

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u/Moysause Dec 03 '21

Obviously not this dude

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u/BruhJake420 Dec 03 '21

We’re making seriously good strides against cancer

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u/mpga479m Dec 03 '21

like how

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u/ChoiceDegree1462 Dec 03 '21

Lots of different types of cancers are treatable now with high success rates. People die from cancer but so many people survive it.

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u/Your_mohm Dec 03 '21

The mr. Beast thing with the cleanup

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u/gradymegalania Dec 03 '21

Endangered Wildlife is able to move to areas where they haven't been present for a long time because of the pandemic. The pandemic actually did a load of wonder for Wildlife.

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u/ArbieOnly Dec 03 '21

your dog thinks you are the most amazing human in this world

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u/Quit_social_media Dec 02 '21

New Life saving drugs and treatments invented every decade. New dinosaur species being uncovered all the time. James Web. telescope soon to be finding really cool stuff.

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u/Kinson1 Dec 03 '21

Ocean Cleanup Project.

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u/Amy_Ponder Dec 03 '21

ITT: People downvoting anyone who tries to honestly answer OP's question.

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u/chemicalfever Dec 02 '21

Self replicating AI xenobots that could aid in regenerative medicine.

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u/von_Ehrenberg Dec 03 '21

oh, without question - global poverty. 1 BILLION people escaped from poverty from 2000-Present. World Bank played a big role in it. Estimates now show just 500 Million below global poverty line. smashing it, truly. celebrate good times

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u/E5oterica Dec 03 '21

There's an adorable pug on TikTok that lets everyone know how best to care for themselves every day.

It's a good reminder that the internet can be used to uplift one another once in a while.

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u/Republic_of_Slovakia Dec 02 '21

Ions with more protons than electrons

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u/garlicdjango Dec 02 '21

hella positive

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u/Kristinssents Dec 02 '21

Our scent is as unique as our fingerprints

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u/Dueling_fate Dec 03 '21

probably gonna get hate from people who disagree Steak is still amazing and tastes really good with potatoes on the side and melted blue cheese on top.

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u/XX_OVERLORD Dec 03 '21

Mr. Beast exists

need I say more

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u/Tokugawa Dec 02 '21

The end (for humans) is right on track. This was a planet of giant lizards for millions of years, and will be again one day.

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u/CitationX_N7V11C Dec 02 '21

No, it isn't and it isn't a positive at all. Instead of some far off people that you'll never know and will only exist to you as a hypothetical think of how it would feel to you. To have your mother, your loved one, and even the only person at the grocery store who acknowledged your existence dead and gone. It won't be some far off person it will be you with tear filled eyes and pain in every fiber of your being with a final thought of "why in the hell did I wish this upon anyone like a f*&king fool."

God I hate Nihilism.

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u/lIlIllIlll Dec 02 '21

It's not nihilism. If anything it's a form of materialism.

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u/NotABurner2000 Dec 03 '21

This isn't nihilism. This is just being an edgelord

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u/NotABurner2000 Dec 03 '21

I'm a nihilist but God this is fucking cringe...

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u/alexx014_ Dec 03 '21

salir con promedio de excelencia

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u/WildManOnLSD Dec 03 '21

Omicron tests XD

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u/isxusujdj Dec 03 '21

Logic. Physics. Nature. Anything hairless apes don't like is guaranteed to be good.

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u/BiggityBop Dec 03 '21

I think the unravelling of the mental health conundrum is something that gives me hope. Every day another layer of the onion gets peeled back and we are learning more about our "brain pains" as we go along. Sure it's not the best everywhere in regards to access to help/treatments, education, resources etc. but we are making some moves here and there. We're not going to be able to get to everyone, I'm more of a realist for sure. But I give kudos to the various parties involved, be it the educators, administrators, advocates etc. who have brought attention to such a dark and widespread pain - most of us experience in this strange life alone, and in total silence. I'm old enough to remember a time when the term "Mental Health" wasn't "a thing". Help was next to non-existent, education or access to help the same and if it DID exist - was absolutely drenched with shame and a trauma unto itself. Now, even small children are being made aware of it.

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u/StupidZombie420 Dec 03 '21

Difficult to say because I only see news about some insane kid stealing his dads gun and shooting up a school because....? It's only bad news being reported. Perhaps I'll say we have hard working nurses and doctors, and scientists, working their asses off trying to help sick people and trying to help people from being sick. We are lucky to have them on our side.

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u/12a357sdf Dec 03 '21

It doesn't matter whether you are straight, gay, non-binary or bisexual, at the end of the day, it's night.

A classical quote.

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u/Akilah92 Dec 03 '21

Someone finally called me about my cars extended warranty.

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u/Aggressive_Cherry_81 Dec 03 '21

TeamSeas takes the cake.

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u/lesangblue Dec 03 '21

My 18 year old dog made it to another holiday season.

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u/NutellaGood Dec 03 '21

They're about to launch a new space telescope.

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u/jubilirose Dec 03 '21

Someone out there cares for you and loves you for who you are.

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u/JohnCavil01 Dec 03 '21

Well that’s just not universally true.

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u/Elite_Master020 Dec 03 '21

Return to normal life is given a boost (literally)...

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u/_telchar_ Dec 02 '21

The power and influence of the US empire is waning and someday the imperialists will be defeated for good

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u/balkan_boxing Dec 02 '21

Only to be replaced by China

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u/_telchar_ Dec 03 '21

You say that like it's a bad thing

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u/balkan_boxing Dec 04 '21

It will be a horrible thing, as much as I hate the way US runs the world China is a funless dystopia and its dominance will make our countries terrible

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u/robexib Dec 03 '21

Considering that China's the only viable replacement at the moment, I'm not so sure you'd want that.

Unless you're a tanky?

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u/_telchar_ Dec 03 '21

Yeah you could say that but I tend to completely discount anything anyone says once I've seen them say "tankie" unironically

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '21

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u/Total_Hovercraft5442 Dec 03 '21

The unvaccinated are dying faster than expected