Archived articles from 2013

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/ Food, Positive Perspective

31 Dec 2013


Tesco’s half-year figures for food waste gave a shocking insight into the problem of food waste in the UK. Supermarkets must take responsibility for their part in this, but progress is being made and consumers can act too, says Caspar van Vark

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/ Wellbeing

27 Dec 2013


The benefits yoga has for body and soul are well-documented, but now it seems this ancient practice has much to offer societies around the world, too. Nicola Slawson discovers the groups stretching their local communities toward positive change


Swedish cinemas adopt gender bias rating


/ Media

24 Dec 2013


Cinemas in Sweden will rate films against the Bechdel test, which ensures women are properly represented on the big screen


/ Science

23 Dec 2013


As Nasa’s rover Curiosity seeks to answer the question ‘Is there life on Mars?’, scientists elsewhere have found the first evidence of a planetary body outside our solar system that was potentially capable of having once sustained life

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/ Culture

20 Dec 2013


He’s known for his hair, his sex life and more recently, his encounter with Jeremy Paxman, but as Nicola Slawson finds during Russell Brand’s standup comedy show, there’s more to Britain’s famed lovable rogue than meets the eye

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/ Media

19 Dec 2013


Renowned news presenter Martyn Lewis CBE has become official patron of Positive News, the world’s first positive newspaper


/ Positive News blog

18 Dec 2013


When Russell Brand challenged the status quo in a Newsnight interview, he was picking up on a shifting sense of what is possible for society - and recent successes in international diplomacy are among signs that he may be right

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/ Democracy, Justice

17 Dec 2013


Global efforts to abolish the death penalty are making strong headway with just 1 in 10 countries conducting executions last year, according to Amnesty International


/ Arts Review

16 Dec 2013


Amy Smith examines three key exhibitions that helped shape modern art this season


/ Positive Travel

13 Dec 2013


Ayahuasca, the hallucinogenic plant used in healing ceremonies by indigenous Amazonians, may offer more than just powerful visions. Matt Mellen heads into the jungle and discovers that it might also have a radical role to play in nature conservation

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/ Culture

11 Dec 2013


When Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries said that only attractive, cool people belong in his chain’s clothes, entrepreneur Mark Aink knew he had to respond. He did so by launching a range of t-shirts for people to set their own standards of beauty

Peace cooperation and unity NGO football team posing at a new Astro Turf pitch in Kabul

, / Culture, Sport

10 Dec 2013


Euphoric street parties have become an unprecedented part of normal life in Kabul following Afghanistan’s recent sporting successes in both cricket and football

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/ Environment

09 Dec 2013


More than 400 new plant and animal species have been discovered in the Amazon in the last three years

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/ Positive Travel, Positive Travel Blog

06 Dec 2013


Observing wild animals is not only a breathtaking spectacle, it’s good for our wellbeing too. However, the impact on natural habitats isn’t always so positive. Aaron Millar outlines four destinations that balance tourism and conservation


New campaign asks benefit claimants to share their positive stories


/ Community, Economics & Innovation

05 Dec 2013


More than 70 charities back the campaign, which calls on government to understand the real reasons people struggle


/ Positive People, Wellbeing

04 Dec 2013


Ruby Wax rose to fame making people laugh, but off-stage she spent years battling depression. Now, with a newly acquired master’s degree, she tells Nicola Slawson about her mission to get the topic of mental illness into the limelight

Mr Jayalal Madde, the first person in Liverpool to be granted a Home for a Pound is handed the keys by Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson (c) Terry Mealey

/ Community

03 Dec 2013


The project aims to rebuild derelict communities and give hope to those struggling to get on the property ladder

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/ Democracy

02 Dec 2013


80% of countries around the world have increased gender equality since 2006

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/ Wellbeing

29 Nov 2013


UK citizens are some of the most satisfied in the industrialised world, according to a new report

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/ Technology

28 Nov 2013


Innovative flat pack refugee shelters designed to improve living conditions for people living in temporary structures around the world are currently being put into use in Iraq and Ethiopia