Press "Enter" to skip to content

2022 Year in Review: Good News

To recap 2022, 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 in 2022.

Countries Take Action to Protect the Ocean

Bryde's Whale photographed in the new St. Martin's Island MPA.
Worldwide, many groups are pushing governments to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030. Today, NFK looks at new marine reserves created by Ecuador and Bangladesh in an effort to protect large areas of the oceans near them.

Jessica Watkins, First Black Woman on ISS Crew

2017 NASA Astronaut Candidate Jessica Watkins.
Last Wednesday, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins made history as she blasted off on a SpaceX rocket. Dr. Watkins is now the first Black woman to serve on a long-term mission to the International Space Station.

‘Eco-Mermaid’ Swims Marathon to Fight Plastic Pollution

Ms. Liivand sitting on a dock wearing her monofin before setting her record.
On May 7, “eco-mermaid” Merle Liivand broke her own world record for swimming with a single fin. She swam the distance of a full marathon in the rough waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. She even picked trash out of the water as she swam.

Scientists Find Way to Break Down “Forever Chemicals”

PFAS foam in Van Ettan Lake in Oscoda, Michigan
Scientists have found a new way to break down a group of harmful chemicals that are very hard to get rid of. The discovery could help solve a dangerous and growing problem – how to clean up the pollution of “forever chemicals”.

Biden Promotes “Moonshot” to Fight Cancer

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston, Massachussetts, on September 12, 2022. - Biden is speaking on the Cancer Moonshot and the goal of ending cancer as we know it on the 60th anniversary of former US President John F. Kennedy's "Moonshot" speech.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden announced a greater focus on a special US government effort to fight cancer. Mr. Biden hopes his “Cancer Moonshot” will cut US deaths from cancer in half in the next 25 years.

Owner of Patagonia Gives Away $3 Billion Company

Yvon Chouinard in a simple wood-paneled room looks at the camera with pen in hand as he is writing.
On Wednesday, Yvon Chouinard, who started the clothing company Patagonia, announced that he was giving the company away. Mr. Chouinard and his family have turned over the $3 billion company to an organization that will work to fight climate change.

India Works to Bring Cheetahs Back

Close-up of a cheetah with a tracking collar.
Cheetahs, the world’s fastest animals, died out in India over 70 years ago. Now a new project is trying to bring cheetahs back to India. Eight of the animals were turned loose in Kuno National Park last week.

COP27: Rich Countries Agree to Help Poorer Countries

Protesters at COP27 hold up signs in support of Loss and Damage payments.
At the COP27 climate meeting in Egypt, nearly 200 countries agreed that rich countries should help poor countries deal with the effects of climate change. That represents progress for developing countries, but the meeting fell short in other areas.

2022 Earthshot Prize Winners Announced

Charlot Magayi holds one of her stoves. In the background are piles of Mukuru Clean Stoves.
Last Friday, Britain’s Prince William announced the winners of this year’s Earthshot Prize. The prize is meant to encourage new ideas and rapid action to help protect the planet. Each prize-winner won $1.2 million for their efforts.

New US Law Protects Same-Sex Marriage

President Joe Biden signs the "Respect for Marriage Act".
On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden signed the “Respect for Marriage Act”. The new law says that the US government recognizes marriages between two men or two women, as well as between people of different races.



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.