Politics & Government Good News

Ways that people, organizations, and governments are fighting to strengthen democracy in the United States and around the world

Two dingoes touch noses in a park in Australia

Previously hunted as pests, dingoes to be re-classified as a protected species in Australia

Despite pushback from farmers, groundbreaking new DNA research has led Australian officials to consider the protection status of the iconic dingo.
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Irene Xagoraraki leads an environmental virology lab at Michigan State University.

The power of poop: Detroit's method for early disease detection is saving lives and inspiring other cities

Wastewater surveillance hit the big time during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when officials started using this technique to monitor local virus levels.
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Logging in Yabbra State Forest in northern New South Wales, Australia

Instead of planting new trees, this environmental researcher wants Australia to end native forest logging

Australia contains some of the world’s most biologically diverse and carbon-dense native forests.
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A Koloa Maoli (Hawaiian duck) sits in the water

Duck stamps have raised $1.2 billion for conservation since 1934 — and this year's design is cuter than ever

Hunters, birders, stamp collectors, and wetland enthusiasts are eager to get their hands on this year's Federal Duck Stamp design.
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Three Leaders from island nations walk inside an office while surrounded by workers

Small island nations celebrate historic climate ruling against big polluters in international maritime court

Advocates say the ruling makes clear that complying with the Paris Agreement is not enough.
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Two women biking on a city street

Seattle, Minneapolis named best US cities for biking — see where yours ranks

The nonprofit PeopleForBikes released their city ratings for 2024, tallying up the largest cities in America by their bikeability.
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A bicyclist rides down a green bike lane in a city

This major city is on track to complete 150 miles of new bike paths in 2025

Chicago's Department of Transportation updated its 2024 bikeway plans, as part of an effort to add 150 miles of new bikeways and enhance city safety and sustainability.
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A man planting acacia trees

Major reforestation milestone: DRC plants 90% of 1 billion trees goal, despite unexpected obstacles

Congolese government program aspired to plant 1 billion trees, aiming to strengthen climate resilience, alleviate poverty, and protect biodiversity.
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Scotland's River Ericht on an overcast day

To protect Scotland's endangered salmon, these anglers purchased the same river they've fished for 100 years

The Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Angling Association has purchased a four-mile stretch of their beloved River Ericht.
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An ad that says 'Let's fix climate finance' placed at a public space

Wealthy nations finally deliver promised climate aid, as calls for more equitable funding for poor countries grow

While they were two years late delivering on their promise, rich countries partially compensated for their earlier shortfalls, contributing nearly $116 billion in climate aid to developing countries.
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A black dog with pointy ears wearing a neon yellow bandana reading "adopt me." Two kittens; one brown tabby, and a tuxedo cat, sit side by side looking to the left.

Brand new holiday in California helps 3,600+ animals get adopted, nearly doubling goal

A new holiday in California made animal adoption free for one whole day, placing over 3,600 pets in forever homes.
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A brown loggerhead turtle swims on a sandy coast

USPS just released a new sea turtle stamp collection — and they're adorable

The new #ProtectSeaTurtlesStamps collection aims to honor the conservation efforts behind six endangered sea turtle species.
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