Seeing as how it’s Winter Solstice, which is traditionally a time of hope, a time of turning to the growingÂ light and looking for the good, I thought a hopeful post would be nice.Â The news today is not as hopeful as one would like – the economy is being talked about as worse (which may not be the same as being worse), climate change is a real bear, and we have a host of international problems to deal with.Â But there are good things, too.
So here’s a small list of hope:
- The incoming president is actually appointing real scientists to his cabinet
- The broadband Internet is coming to many places, even here, albeit more slowly hereÂ than some countries!Â Verizon’s investment in FIOS should help us close that gap a little over the next few years.Â At any rate, more users is more possibility.
- There’s more real work than ever directed at creating more sustainable energy and travel.Â In the 3rd quarter of this year, venture capital investment in clean tech was a record 1.6 billion
- Cancer mortality is reported to have has declined 13 percent since 1990Â and new cases have declined.
- Housing may soon become affordable for more people.
There’s more hope out there – if you have a hopeful bit of information, drop it in comments.