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22 Great Things That Are Happening in the World Now

 If you listen to the news you can be forgiven for believing that the world has never been in a worse state than now. Yet, the truth, according to the last hard statistics, is that we have things far, far better than they have ever been. Don’t believe it? Have a look at these 25 reasons to be cheerful.
 
1. Since 1850 the number of people who can read has Increased from 10% to 84%!
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2. The idea of ‘peak oil’ has evaporated. We have much more oil than was previously thought. Energy panic over!
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3. Polio has almost been eradicated, thanks, in no small part, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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4. The idea of a ‘universal basic income’ has become reality in Switzerland, Finland, and Canada.
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5. The UN’s millennium goals were all met (except some environmental goals) between 2000 and 2015. Everything from decreasing hunger to reducing violence was achieved.
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6. The number of deaths from malaria has fallen from 839,000 to 438,000 per year in only 15 years.
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7. More and more people across the world are having access to emergency medical systems.
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8. Google fiber is increasing its reach across the globe, so that soon we’ll all have very fast internet.
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9. The official US employment rate is only 4.9% and falling. Furthermore, wages are (finally) said to be rising.
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10. In America and elsewhere, murder rates have drastically fallen since the 1980s and 90s.
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11. Renewable energy technology is on the rise. By 2016, some 33% of Germany’s energy sources were renewable, a significant increase on the 6% of 2000.
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12. Thanks to the internet, more of the world’s children have access to information and education than ever before.
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13. Dengue fever finally has a vaccine, which has passed its human trial with 100% success rate. 
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14. In the Netherlands, some prisons have had to be closed because of a lack of prisoners.
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15. Wars have become much less violent than in the past. For instance, more people were killed in the American Civil War than in all of America’s other wars put together.
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16. Child mortality rates have never been lower than what they are today.
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17. Birth rates are set to stabilize as the human population plateaus at 10 billion, say the experts.
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18. Thanks to new treatments and drugs, cancer has become less the death sentence it used to be.
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19. Violent crime rates have sharply fallen across the world.
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20. Poverty rates have fallen rapidly too.
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21. Life expectancy has risen by 6 years this century as a worldwide average.
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22. The Ozone layer is fixing itself.
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