I know, I know . . . Politics have been poisonous, mass shootings, hurricanes, global warming . . . things haven't been stellar this year. But don't let the bad news throw the good news in the shade - a lot of great things happened this year! Here's a short list:
Global efforts to combat tuberculosis have saved ~53 million lives since 2000 and have reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%.
Brazil has started the largest tropical reforestation project in history. 73 million trees will be planted using improved techniques across the Amazon's "arc of deforestation"
Jr. Hockey players got a record $28k worth of donated toys for needy kids thrown onto the ice during their game.
France implements strict laws about food waste, making it illegal for supermarkets to throw food away, and restaurants must provide doggy bags if requested. They are now the world leader in food sustainability.