Daily Digest 3/20 – Good News Friday: No New COVID Infections In China, ‘Caremongering’ In Canada

This is Good News Friday, where we find some good economic, energy, and environmental news and share it with PP readers. Please send any positive news to dd@peakprosperity.com with subject header “Good News Friday.” We will save and post weekly. Enjoy!


The coronavirus pandemic began in China. Today, it reported no new local infections for the first time (tmn)

The milestone will likely be held up as proof of the ongoing success of China’s sweeping, top-down efforts to control the virus, despite persistent allegations that local officials mishandled the initial outbreak. Just last month, mainland China was reporting thousands of new cases every day, and was considered the most high-risk infection area in the world.

As Alaska restaurants adapt to new restrictions, owners are thankful for community support (Sparky1)

Lucky Wishbone is still open, even adding something new — patrons can now get curbside service. People need only park their car, blink their lights and their meal will be delivered to their vehicle.

Gratitude for health workers spreads across Europe (Sparky1)

A nightly minute of applause for medical workers is becoming a new tradition in many cities in Europe hit hard by the coronavirus.

How power companies are keeping your lights on during the pandemic (Sparky1)

“Say what you will about the utility industry — they’re pretty good about contingency planning,” said Stephen Berberich, president of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electric grid for most of the state. “Things are changing quickly, and we’re doing our best to adapt to changing conditions. But I have every confidence in our people and our technology.”

Navy hospital ship expected to deploy to Seattle area to assist with coronavirus relief efforts (Sparky1)

The second ship, the USNS Comfort is still weeks away from being deployed to New York. “The Comfort, which is on the East Coast, should be ready in a couple weeks,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.

Coronavirus: Kind Canadians start ‘caremongering’ trend (tmn)

As it’s all driven by social media, the altruism is arranged online and the hashtags provide a permanent record of all the good happening in different communities across Canada – an uplifting read in anxious times.

The first “caremongering” group was set up by Mita Hans with the help of Valentina Harper and others. Valentina explained the meaning behind the name.

T’s Guide to Staying at Home, and Making the Best of It (jdargis)

Not much of a morning person? Neither is the San Francisco-based designer Evan Kinori. Still, he manages to “set the tone nicely” for the day with a kale- and avocado-filled shakshuka — a distinctly Californian take on a beloved dish from Israel, where his father was born.

Here’s All the Things You Can Learn & Do Online to Expand Your Mind While in Isolation (tmn)

Enrich yourself during the coronavirus lockdown—whether it’s through art, reading, or films—with these online learning resources.

Musicians Are Performing Concerts in Their Homes During the Coronavirus Lockdown (tmn)

Together, At Home continued the next day with musician John Legend. Accompanying him on the piano was his wife, Chrissy Teigen, and daughter, Luna. Like Martin, he played songs from his own discography as well as covers—including a request by Luna for “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast.

The Most Exciting Green Startups To Watch In 2020 (Michael S.)

A Canadian startup that meets the widespread demand for a green ride-sharing solution by giving consumers a choice of vehicle and by contributing to planting a tree for every ride ..

And an Australian peer-to-peer energy trading platform that is storming the renewable energy halls of Silicon Valley.

Coronavirus: Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads (jdargis)

Traffic levels in the city were estimated to be down 35% compared with a year ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50% for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University.

They have also found that there was a 5-10% drop in CO2 over New York and a solid drop in methane as well.

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