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Here are some positive news stories that everyone needs to hear

Let's be honest, the news is constantly filled with stories of murder, war, terrorism and the emphasis on our declining planet.

This often means that good news stories go unnoticed. Here is a rundown of some recent news stories to improve your day.

NHS to save £1 billion on its medicines bill in 2019

A new five-year deal has been approved with pharmaceutical companies to give patients faster access to medication.

In England alone, a £744 million saving on NHS medical bills is expected in 2019 (with Scotland saving £93 million).

With this deal, patients will have access to new medicines up to six months earlier.

Renewable energy is being set up faster than ever

2018 saw the largest annual increase in global renewable generation capacity ever. This also means that UK greenhouse gas emissions are down 2.5 per cent as renewables hit a record high.

As a side note: The Ozone could heal itself in our lifetime. In 2018, the UN reported that the Ozone hole could be healed by the 2060s (if environmental action continues to take place).

China is spending $1.5 Billion creating a new giant panda reserve that will be three times the size of Yellowstone Park

The park is set to span 10,476 square miles—which is almost three times the size of Yellowstone National Park. With plans to be finalised later in the year, the park has already received funding from the state-owned Bank of China.

Whilst helping to improve the population of the Giant Panda species, the park will also improve the local economy and help alleviate poverty for the 170,000 people living within the designated territory.

Stray dog mentors new rescue dogs

At Dog Trust in Merseyside, seven-year-old Alfie has spent most of his life in kennels but has now become a mentor to new dogs entering the facility.

He develops strong bonds with both dogs and people and works to provide comfort to newly abandoned dogs.

To find out more about Alfie, please call 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Merseyside at Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP.

It is open 12pm-4pm, every day, except for Wednesday when it is closed.

Scotland's schools to be the world's first to offer LGBTI inclusive education

In Scotland, primary and secondary school pupils will become the first students in the world to be taught a curriculum that has LGBTI education embedded in it. This will be taught to a variety of age groups over a selection of set themes.

According to Education secretary John Swinney, the themes will include LGBTI terminology and identities; tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; prejudice in relation to the LGBTI community, and promoting awareness of the history of LGBTI equalities and movements.

Millennials are driving the worldwide shift away from meat

Around 70% of the world population is either reducing their meat consumption of removing meat from their diet altogether. This shift is reportedly being led by millennials who are increasingly turning to lifestyles such as vegetarianism and veganism.

With increasing data on the way in which high consumption of meat damages the environment, more and more people are searching for other options. As well as damage to the environment the World Health Organization even went so far as to connect processed meats, like bacon and ham, to cancer. Whilst the data on these claims is questionable, a move towards a more sustainable planet is something to be proud of.

Adidas has committed to only using recycled plastic by 2024

This is a move that would save an estimated 40 tons of plastic per year. Adidas is one of many large-name brands that have committed to cutting down plastic waste. Both McDonald's and Starbucks have pledged to remove plastic straws from their UK stores. Ikea is also phasing out its use of single-use plastic.

Adidas said its apparel line for the spring and summer of 2019 will contain around 41% recycled polyester. Research shows there will be more plastic than fish by weight in the world's oceans by 2050. Adidas' campaign is something to be praised.

UK’s biggest supermarkets now committed to removing all unnecessary single-use plastic from their shelves by 2025

Supermarkets began some action against single-use plastic with the introduction of the 5p bag in 2015. However, according to industry figures, packaging accounts for around 40% of the total plastic usage in Europe.

Supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury's and Morrisons have pledged this. However, if you are trying to totally cut down your plastic try zero-waste shops such as The Clean Kilo in Birmingham. They stock hundreds of items without the worry of the overuse of plastic.

Britain had its first coal-free week in over a century

Between the 1st and the 8th May 2019, Britain went coal-free.

This is the first time that Britain has gone coal-free since the 19th Century industrial revolution. Britain plans to remove itself completely off coal-fired power generation by 2025.

London borough plants a 'bee corridor'

Brent Council plans to plant a seven-mile corridor that will encompass wildflower meadows in parks and open spaces. The goal is to have this completed by summer.

The borough's intention is to improve the population of pollinating insects such as bees. Researchers believe the continued loss of wild habitats has a large impact on the decline in pollinators. Up to 75% of crop species and up to 88% of flowering plant species benefit from insect pollinators. This has developed into the worldwide campaign to help the bee population (ever seen The Bee Movie? we need them).

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