Press "Enter" to skip to content

2021 Year in Review: Good News

To recap 2021, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some of the positive stories that made the news this year.

Are Fossil Fuels On the Way Out?

A view of the oil fields from the bluff on Panorama in Northeast Bakersfield.
All around the world, there are strong signs that the days of fossil fuels like oil and coal may be coming to an end, as the world shifts to power sources that are easier on the environment.

Zipline Delivers Covid-19 Vaccines in Ghana

A Zipline drone drops a medical package off.
Zipline, a company which focuses on using drones to deliver medical supplies, is now delivering coronavirus vaccines to remote areas in Ghana. Soon the company will provide similar services in other countries, too.

New Malaria Vaccine Shows Strong Results

A syringe is being filled from a vaccine bottle.
A new vaccine against malaria has shown strong results in early tests in the African nation of Burkina Faso. More tests are needed, but it’s possible that the vaccine could wind up saving hundreds of thousands of lives every year.

Eswatini Health Clinics Get Solar Hot Water

A line of people wait to wash their hands at a hot water station at a health clinic in Lomamba, eSwatini.
In late March, the African nation of Eswatini celebrated something that people in many countries take for granted – hot water at health clinics across the country. The hot water is heated by the sun, and could save many lives.

The USA Now Has a New Holiday – Juneteenth

President Joe Biden signs a bill that officially make Juneteenth a federal holiday
The United States government acted quickly last week to create a new national holiday, Juneteenth. The name combines the words “June” and “nineteenth”. It marks the day in 1865 that slaves in Texas were told that they were free.

Scientists Use Bacteria to Cut Mosquito-Spread Dengue

Aedes aegypti feeding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dengue is a very painful illness spread by mosquitoes. In severe cases, dengue can even cause death. Now scientists appear to have found a way to limit the spread of dengue, by infecting mosquitoes with a germ called Wolbachia.

LEGO Works to Make Bricks from Recycled Plastic

A plastic bottle, granulated PET in the shape of a bottle, LEGO bricks made from recycled PET in the shape of a bottle.
The LEGO Group has been working on a way to make LEGO bricks out of recycled plastic. The bricks aren’t ready yet, but the company says it’s making progress. Making bricks from recycled materials could cut pollution from the company’s bricks by 70%.

Algeria Finally Ends World’s Leaded Gas Sales

Warning sign saying, "For use as a motor fuel only. CONTAINS LEAD (Tetraethyl)".
In July, Algeria became the last country in the world to stop selling leaded gasoline. The news marks a major step in improving the environment, and shows that the world’s countries can work together to solve environmental problems.

Ecuador Expands Protected Ocean Area Around Galapagos

Photograph of Hammerhead Sharks in the Galápagos Islands.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso has announced that a huge new section will be added to the protected area of ocean around the Galapagos islands. The move will make one of the world’s largest marine reserves almost 50% larger.

Companies Develop New Pills to Treat Covid-19

Merck's new antiviral Covid-19 treatment, molnupiravir. Red pills on a white background.
The drug companies Merck and Pfizer have each come up with new medicines that can help protect people from the worst effects of the coronavirus. These medicines won’t replace vaccines, but could help treat people who get Covid-19.



Most news on is appropriate for all ages. When there is news that may not be suitable for all ages, we try to tag it. You can use the setting below to control whether content tagged in this manner is shown.