Balance October 2017 - 6

October

GOOD
NEWS

Nature
PLANTING A KISS
'We're having a miracle on
Earth,' sang Queen on their
underrated 1989 single The
Miracle. 'Mother Nature
does it all for us...' It turns
out Freddie Mercury and co
were more prescient than
they perhaps realised.
Studies have found that
Mother Nature has really
upped her game. Mankind
is burning fossil fuels at
an alarming rate, releasing
carbon dioxide that adds to
the greenhouse effect and
increases global warming.
But rather than buckling
under the pressure, plants
are actually processing the
carbon dioxide at a higher
rate than before, according
to the Proceedings of the
National Academy of
Sciences. Ah, nature. It
truly is... a kind of magic.

6

Rights

Food

A GAY DAY

BE STILL MY
BEATING HEART

Forget the angry rhetoric
in some parts of the
world, in others there's
some positive change
taking place, especially
when it comes to equal
rights. Take India, where
the country's Supreme
Court has ruled that anyone
who identifies as LGBT can
express themselves freely
without discrimination.
This is a big deal, given that
gay sex has up until now
resulted in prison sentences.
However, the times they are
a-changin'. 'Discrimination
against an individual on the
basis of sexual orientation
is deeply offensive to the
dignity and self-worth of
the individual,' read the
court order. It continues:
'Equality demands that the
sexual orientation of each
individual in society
must be protected on
an even platform.'

Environment
MY OLD CHINA
When it comes to doing
your bit for the planet, you've
probably heard your more
cynical friends reason:
'There's no point in being
more environmental. It's up
to big businesses and China
to do more.' Well, China has
stepped up. Big time. The
Asian powerhouse launched
just under 8,000 water
clean-up projects this year,
with a projected investment
of £80 billion. What's
more, works taking place
in polluted areas are being
halted. 'For red-alert areas,
government authorities
will stop granting approval
on relevant projects,'
stated the Chinese cabinet.
'Enterprises causing severe
environmental and resource
destruction will face
punishment, including fines
and shutdowns.'

BA LA N CE October 2017

At Balance, we aren't saying
we rely on our coffee first
thing in the morning, but if
it was socially acceptable to
grind those beans and snort
them, then we would. But
surely coffee can't be good
for you, can it? Heck, just
think of your poor racing
heart. Well, according to
a new study, up to four
cups of coffee a day (yes,
really) is good for you and
can reduce the chances of
premature death. Around
20,000 middle-aged men
and women were studied
for an average of 10 years,
and those who drank coffee
regularly had mortality rates
almost two thirds lower than
those who didn't. 'I would
advise drinking plenty of
coffee, it could be good for
your heart. I think it's a
good idea to have about
four cups a day,' said lead
author Dr Adela Navarro.

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