Is it just us, or has scrolling through your homepage become increasingly distressing, disheartening and downright dreary? At This is Galway, we’re all about shedding a positive light on the world around us and in order to break up the monotony of bad news, we’re bringing you a little roundup of some of the week’s stories that made us smile.
Without further ado, here’s your weekly reminder that it really is a wonderful world out there...
BEAT THE BREEZE
The tiny Caribbean island of Dominica is on course to become the world's first Hurricane-proof country! After a recent storm destroyed a whopping 90% of the country's infrastructure, the government have used new planning laws and construction protocol to ensure it never happens again. Dominica is now set to rise like a phoenix from the ashes with its hospitals, public transport systems and energy infrastructures all being designed to withstand winds of up to 150mph.
HEROES IN A HALF SHELL
15 Giant Tortoises have just been given a heroes return to their Galapagos Islands home, after saving their species! A hugely successful conservation programme in the mid-60s collected the last 14 tortoises on Española island, plus one from San Diego Zoo, and began a breeding program in an attempt to prevent extinction. In the last 55 years they produced a whopping 1,900 offspring, which were slowly reintroduced to the island. Now Española Island is home to almost 2,300 tortoises, all of whom are descendants of these heroes!
SNIFF IT OUT
Here is further proof that doggos are the kindest, smartest and most beautiful gift to humanity! Over the past number of weeks, Belgian Shepherd dogs have been trained to detect Coronavirus by nothing other than smell! They can now take a sniff of sweat from human armpits to test for the virus, with a 95% detection rate. How incredible is that?!
CLEAN UP THEN BUILD UP
One inspirational entrepreneur has developed an ingenious way to solve two major problems at once! Architect, Tejas Sidnal, is the mastermind behind Carbon Craft Design a Mumbai-based startup that has figured out how to pull carbon emissions from the heavily polluted air and turn it into a slate-like tile, to help Indian construction companies meet the ever-increasing demand for building materials. Smart!
SO LONG SINGLE USE
Even more great news for the environment, as Germany is bringing in a ban on the sale of numerous single use plastic and styrofoam items. So from next year onwards, you'll no longer find plastic straws, polystyrene cups, single-use cutlery, plates, or stirring sticks being handed out at German eateries. This move is also being cited as a way to curb "throwaway culture" and make people more conscious of their consumption and its impact.