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The Week in Good News (08/02)

12th February

Posted by Kiran Momi

The moonflower, which is native to the Amazon Rainforest, is set to bloom in the Cambridge Botanic University Garden for 12 hours. This is the first time this plant will flower in the UK. Find out more >>

A new documentary on HBO has created a space for black artists who explore the way they have been able to express themselves in the art world. The show includes a number of artists, including Amy Sherald, who created the iconic painting of Michelle Obama that hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Find out more >>

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the most distant known object in the solar system, using the Suabru Telescope. The planetoid, a hybrid of a planet and an asteroid, was discovered orbiting the sun in the Kuiper belt. Find out more >>

Beavers are being reintroduced in a number of locations in the UK, after the species was almost hunted into extinction. Now, the wetland habitats should be restoredand other species may flourish due to the return of the Beavers. Find out more >> 

Engineers are exploring the prospect of using hills in the United Kingdom to store electricity. With renewable energy taking over as the biggest producer of electricity in the UK in 2020, this new pioneering hydropower system would continue the countries commitment to green energy. Find out more >>

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is set to be the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade OrganisationOkonjo-Iweala has said that the organisation ‘needs a fresh look’ and she is currently lobbying for the equal distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Find out more >>

Rolls-Royce have conducted their first tests of 100% sustainable aviation fuel in a business jet engine. The performance of this engine could reduce net COlifecycle emissions by 75%, in comparison to traditional jet fuel. Find out more >>

Columbia has granted over 1 million Venezuelan migrants with protected status for 10 yearsPresident Ivan Duque and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi came to the joint decision, which is a milestone in rights for refugees. Find out more >>

Happy Lunar New Year! Friday 12th February marks the beginning of the Chinese Spring Festival, so take a look at these five interesting facts you may not have known about the 11-day public holiday. Find out more >>