• Costa Rica Produces 98.84% Of Its Power From Renewables In 2019

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    Okay this is amazing and shows it really is possible to move away from fossil fuels and toward the goal of 100% renewable energy.  Our region is blessed with hydro, wind and solar renewable energy sources that are reducing the need for fossil fuels in #backyardbend. Author: U.S. Army Corps of Engine. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

    September 27, 2019 (Renewables Now) – The share of renewables in Costa Rica’s power generation system reached 98.84% so far in 2019, Costa Rican government-run power company Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) said Tuesday.

    According to data from the National Centre for Energy Control (CENCE) cited by ICE, the Central American country has maintained the trend of keeping the annual share of…

  • PTSD Plummets For Veterans Who Try Horseback Riding

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    From Treehugger.com by Melissa Breyer

    A new study found that PTSD scores dropped 87 percent after just six weeks of therapeutic horsemanship sessions.

    Spoiler: The moral of the story is never underestimate the power of horses. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    By some estimates, more than 23 million military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) each year, described by Rebecca Johnson as “an anxiety disorder that occurs after exposure to life-threatening events or injuries and is marked by flashbacks, avoidance, and changes in beliefs and feelings.”

    While counseling and behavior therapies are often prescribed to help treat the symptoms of PTSD, complementary therapies like therapeutic horseback riding (THR) have also been put into play. Johnson, a professor in the…
  • ‘Like a miracle’: Homeless Woman’s Viral Subway Opera Performance May Get Her Off The Streets

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    A little midweek positive news.  Yes the old saying is true, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This inspires to never quit, keep believing in yourself and believe in and help someone else when you see their gifts.

    From THe Washington Post by Maegan Flynn

    Her piercing soprano ricocheted off the subway’s concrete walls, drowning out the robot announcing the next train’s arrival.

    The vocalist stood by herself near the end of the platform, holding a slew of hole-punctured bags on one arm and lugging a cart draped with a blanket in the other. She wore a floor-length denim skirt, her hair in girlish blond pigtails. And although it was the middle of a Los Angeles rush hour, around…

  • This Week's Positive News

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    We thought we would start the “Good News” for this week by sharing the Good News Networks quote of the day. We wish you a good week in #backyardbend and hope you find the positive out there – it’s all around us if we just look for it.

    “You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather.” – Pema Chödrön.
  • Homeless Man’s Good Deed Challenges Others To Be Kind

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    By KSTU-TV, Salt Lake City, Utah

    OGDEN, Utah — A photo of a homeless man changing a woman’s tire in Ogden is capturing the attention of many on Facebook this week, and in the process is helping to send a message.

    Jessie Jean’s on Historic 25th posted the photo on Monday of the good deed being performed just outside the cafe. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    “I just wanted them to put a face to who they are judging,” said Anna Davidson, who co-owns Jessie Jean’s with her husband Ron. “Like, ‘Hey, here you go, that’s one of those folks you want us to hide away somewhere where we can’t see them.'” Chuck, the man in the photo who…

  • Look To The Ocean For Climate Change Solutions

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    From CNN Opinion article by Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway and Tommy Remengesau Jr., the president of Palau.

    Humanity is exacting a terrible toll on the ocean. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will publish its Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate later this week. Its overarching message will be that global warming, combined with the negative impacts of numerous other human activities, is devastating our ocean, with alarming declines in fish stocks, the death of our reefs, and sea level rise that could displace hundreds of millions of people. But there is a glimmer of hope — there is now overwhelming scientific evidence that the ocean can be a potent…

  • New Oregon law mandates cage-free eggs by 2024

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    Well this is positive news for chickens and humans too.

    From the Oregonian/Oregon Live by Douglas Perry

    Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday requiring cage-free eggs in Oregon.

    The law mandates that commercial farms with 3,000 or more chickens give their birds room to move around and stretch their wings. By 2024, all eggs produced or sold in the state must come from cage-free hens. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    The Humane Society of the United States called the new law a “monumental win for hens confined in tiny cages in the egg industry.”

    Oregon joins a handful of other states that have passed similar laws,…

  • Stranded Family is Rescued Thanks to Dad Sending Creative SOS Message Down River

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    Message In A Bottle.

    From the Good News Network by Mckinley Corbley

    Even though it sounds suspiciously like a song by The Police, this family was rescued from a dire situation thanks to an SOS note that was literally launched as a message in a bottle. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    Back in June, Curtis Whitson, his girlfriend, and his 14-year-old son had embarked on a 4-day camping voyage so they could experience the beautiful scenery of the Arroyo Seco River in central California. On the third day, however, their family vacation turned into a nerve-wracking ordeal.

    The three hikers had just made their way down a narrow gorge when they suddenly found themselves atop a 40-foot waterfall. When…

  • When Fire Leaves 500 Muslims Without Place of Worship, Synagogue Opens Their Doors

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    So nice to see positive stories like this and there are more if we just look for them. Enjoy this one.

    From the Good News Network by McKinley Corbley

    When their religious neighbors found themselves without a place of worship due to a fire last week, their Jewish counterparts did not hesitate to open their doors. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    Hundreds of Muslims were welcomed into a New York City synagogue after a fire destroyed part of their Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan mosque.

    The Jewish representatives of the Central Synagogue said that over 500 Muslims were welcomed to their Lindenbaum Pavilion location so they could safely use the space for their afternoon prayer.

  • UCLA Is Launching The World’s First Research Institute On The Science Of Kindness

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    This is a positive development and is a great piece to send us into the weekend. Have a great weekend and be kind out there in #backyardbend.

    From The Good News Network

    Previous research has already shown that kindness can positively affect our biology, general health, and even our longevity.

    There are countless other ways that different compassionate acts and lifestyle changes can affect one person, let alone society—and that is why the University of California in Los Angeles has just announced that they will be launching the world’s first interdisciplinary research institute on kindness. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    Thanks to a $20 million gift from The Bedari Foundation, the newly-established UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute will support world-class…

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