Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Magazine article New Internationalist

Reasons to Be Cheerful

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Bhutan goes negative

The small Himalayan state of Bhutan has become the first carbon-negative country in the world, largely thanks to its 72-per-cent forest coverage. The country's 750,000 people produce 1.5 million tonnes of carbon every year, but more than 6 million tonnes are absorbed. There is a constitutional guarantee that forested areas will not fall below 60 per cent. The ecopioneers also aim to grow 100-percent organic food by 2020, and to produce zero waste by 2030.

Pakistan's trans rights

Pakistan's national census has counted transgender people for the first time. A petition to the Lahore High Court argued that Pakistan needs to provide better protection for the transgender community. It is hoped that the sixth national census, which took place in March, will lead to a better allocation of government resources. …

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