#024 — Best News of Last Week — Jan 17, 2022

1. Beyond Meat And Impossible Foods Helped Save Nearly 1 Million Animals In The US Last Year

Just two plant-based food companies have helped spare at least 630,000 animals’ lives in 2021, and that’s just in the US. Non-profit World Animal Protection (WAP) collated the data, and stresses that the actual figure is likely significantly higher — nearing to one million.

2. Cancer mortality rates continue to decline amid ‘major progress’ in lung cancer early detection and treatment

Cancer mortality rates have been dropping for nearly two decades, aided by “major progress” in the early detection and treatment options for lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics, published Wednesday.

The overall cancer death rate dropped by about a third (32%) from its peak in 1991 to 2019, from about 215 deaths for every 100,000 people to about 146, averting about 3.5 million deaths during that time, according to the data. Most of that decline can be attributed to a drop in mortality among lung cancer patients.

3. 190-year-old Jonathan becomes world’s oldest tortoise ever

Jonathan, the world’s oldest living land animal, has earned another Guinness World Records title!

Celebrating his 190th birthday this year, Jonathan is now the oldest tortoise ever. His official record title is oldest chelonian — a category which encompasses all turtles, terrapins and tortoises.

4. A range of animals have been confirmed to laugh.

As it turns out, according to a new article published in the journal Bioacoustics, laughter has been “documented in at least 65 species,” Jessica Wolf writes at UCLA Newsroom. “That list includes a variety of primates, domestic cows and dogs, foxes, seals, and mongooses, as well as three bird species, including parakeets and Australian magpies.”

5. Uganda to immunise 8 million children against polio

While speaking to journalists after flagging off the immunisation equipment at Kololo airstrip, the Minister for Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, said the exercise would be conducted door-to-door countrywide from January 14 to 16.

6. Missing dog found alive 6 days after landslide destroys Seattle home

Six days after a Seattle house collapsed in a landslide during heavy rains, firefighters rescued a dog Thursday that had been missing and presumed dead, officials said.

The Seattle Fire Department said it went to the house Thursday to investigate reports that the owners may have heard the dog inside the home.

7. She saved 200,000 books from the landfill and hopes to find them all a home

Myriam Gaudet stands among the shelves she installed when she first started collecting unwanted books from thrift stores. Her inventory has since ballooned to fill up two entire farmhouses and a large barn.

That’s it for this week. Until next week, stay safe and don’t forget to share this newsletter with your friends :)



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