Magazine article The World Today

The Brighter Side of 2017

Magazine article The World Today

The Brighter Side of 2017

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It has been a year of bad news and fake news. Here are some more inspiring events that really happened in 2017.

Arctic On December 3, the world's major fishing nations agreed to ban commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean for at least 16 years. This will allow time to study the marine ecosystem which is becoming more accessible as a result of climate change. 'There is no other high seas area where we've decided to do the science first,' said Scott Highleyman, of the Ocean Conservancy in Washington.

Nuclear weapons On July 7 the United Nations General Assembly voted to prohibit a full range of activities related to nuclear weapons. The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, said: 'It will raise public awareness about the risks of nuclear weapons. It will keep us on track for achieving our goal of a world in which nuclear weapons exist only in movies or books.' However, Britain, France and the United States said they did not intend to sign or become a party to the agreement.

US elections Spurred by Donald Trump's dismissive attitude to women and minorities, female candidates have been running for office in the United States in unprecedented numbers. Winners included Danica Roem, a transgender woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, and three African-American women who are the first to be elected mayors of Charlotte, North Carolina (Vi Lyles), New Orleans (Latoya Cantrell), and Atlanta (Keisha LanceBottoms).

Mattis Though Donald Trump claims that he turned down an offer from Time - denied by the magazine - to be their Person of the Year for the second year running, others have been promoting his defence secretary, the thoughtful ex-Marine James Mattis, as the man who is keeping the world safe in troubled times. …

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