• Germany Unveils Zero-Emissions Train That Only Emits Steam

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    From The Independent by Tom Embury-Dennis

    Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains.

    Lower Saxony has already ordered 14 of them from French company Alstom, and more are likely to be seen around the country if they are judged a success, reports Die Welt.

  • Salmon Return To Oregon River By The Hundreds To Spawn After $2M Restoration Project

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    From KATU2 by Kelsey Christensen

    BLUE RIVER, Ore. – A threatened fish species is starting to make a comeback in parts of the McKenzie River.

    For the first time in nearly half of a century, fish experts have counted hundreds of spring Chinook salmon nests in the Lower South Fork McKenzie River in Blue River. Read the FULL ARTICLE and SEE THE VIDEO HERE. 

    The good news comes after the U.S. Forest Service, McKenzie Watershed Council and other agencies took on about a $2 million restoration project to the area.

    After two years of restoration, it’s seeing big results. Johan Hogervorst is part of the team that recently restored the Lower South Fork back to its natural habitat. For…

  • New Power Plant Turns Waste Into Energy—And Doubles As A Ski Slope And Climbing Wall

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    Seriously! This is an amazing example of finding economically viable ways to tackle big issues like waste and energy. Is one of these in #backyardbend’s future?

    From The Good News Network.

    In a country where 600,000 skiers always had to travel to practice carving their turns, to be able to finally ski in their backyard—and, all year-round—is, as one skier said, “EXTRAORDINARY.”  Read the FULL ARTICLE and SEE VIDEO HERE. 

    Visitors can relax in the restaurant and bar at the highest point of the building, or meander on the steep hiking and running trails. It even features the tallest climbing wall in the world— 270-feet (85 meters) high, designed with overhangs and ledges of white, like an icy mountain.…

  • Kids Are Hailed As ‘Junior Detectives’ After They Successfully Track Down Missing 97-Year-Old With Dementia

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    From The Good News Network

    This rescue story from Roseville, California sounds like something straight out of a Nancy Drew novel.

    This tenacious team of kids is responsible for the rescue of 97-year-old Glenneta Belford, a non-verbal woman with dementia who went missing from her home on Monday evening. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    Upon learning about her disappearance, the Roseville Police Department made a social media post about Belford in hopes that community members may be able to find the missing senior. To their surprise, Belford was found by none other than five “junior detectives” who had spent their evening searching for the woman on their bicycles after they learned of her disappearance.

  • The Massive Plastic-Cleaning Device Invented By a 25-Year-Old Is Finally Catching Trash In The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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    Humans have figured out amazing things and we can and will figure out how to clean up our planet. In fact, it’s already happening.

    From Business Insider by Aria Bendix

    It’s been six years since entrepreneur Boyan Slat began developing a system to rid the world’s oceans of harmful plastic. In 2013, Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that aims to remove plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a trash-filled vortex in the Pacific Ocean that’s more than twice the of Texas. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.

    The group designed a device that passively collects plastic in its fold like a giant arm. But the system has hit several snags, including a design and manufacturing flaw that…

  • U.S. EPA To Eliminate All Mammal Testing By 2035

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    From Science Magazine by David Grimm

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced today that it will stop conducting or funding studies on mammals by 2035. The move, which is already eliciting strong reactions from groups supporting or opposing experiments on animals, makes EPA the first federal agency to put a hard deadline on phasing out animal research. Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE. 

    EPA’s decision “is a decisive win for taxpayers, animals, and the environment,” says Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, a Washington, D.C.–based animal activist group that has slammed such research as a waste of taxpayer money. “Animal tests are unreliable and misleading,” he asserts.

  • 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.
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