Sunday — January 2016

Positive news of January 2016

January white mums

january 2016 events

jan 1
  • Law:  The two-child policy takes effect in China, allowing couples to have at most two children.  This replaces the controversial one-child policy introduced in China 1978-1980.

jan 2
  • Environment:  The UK designates Ascension Island and its surrounding waters as a marine protected area.  This will raise the protected area of the world's oceans to 2 percent of the total area.

jan 4
  • Chemistry:  4 new chemical elements are added to the periodic table:  ununtrium (113Uut), ununpentium (115Uup), ununseptium (117Uus) and ununoctium (118Uuo).  These are all synthetic elements not found in nature.

jan 6
  • Arts & Culture:  Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens becomes the highest-grossing film ever in the U.S. and Canada, exceeding the film, Avatar. 
  • Indigenous Peoples:  Honor the Earth, a national Native organization dedicated to environmental and cultural support for grassroots indigenous communities, grants $90K USD to organizations in North America and the Pacific.

jan 12
  • Archeology:  A Bronze Age village is discovered in Cambridgeshire, UK, revealing the contents of homes from 3,000 years ago.

jan 13
  • Community:  3 winning Powerball lottery tickets are announced in California, Florida and Tennessee.  Winners will divide a jackpot of approximately $1.6 billion USD, the largest lottery jackpot in world history.

Jan 14
  • Astronomy:  Astronomers spot the most powerful supernova ever observed, an explosion so bright that it outshines the entire Milky Way.

Jan 24

Omo, the 15-month old giraffe is leucistic & not a true albino
Photo by ecologist, Dr. Derek Lee, Wild Nature Institute
  • Wildlife:  An extremely rare white giraffe calf is spotted in Tarangire National Park in Tanzania roaming with the rest of her herd.  She is leucistic, meaning that some, but not all of her skin cells are capable of making pigment.  

jan 26

Mac & Mom
Photo courtesy of
  • Cuteness:  Mac, the first 2016 foal of the Budweiser Clydesdales, was born at the Warm Spring Ranch in Boonville, Missouri.   

jan 27
  • U.S. Economy:  Commerce Dept data reports that new US single-family home sales rose by 10.8% in December to their highest level in ten months.  

jan 31
  • Environment:  Government aid in India (nicknamed FAME, Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric) offers continued incentives to carmakers to produce hybrid and electric vehicles in an effort to reduce air pollution, particularly in New Delhi, one of the world's most polluted cities.

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