Brexit, Donald Trump, and the deaths of many loved celebrities. Has left 2016 to be a year to gladly forget. But it wasn't all bad. 2016 has been a good year, too. Many incredible discoveries were made. This list is compiled of 5 reasons to remember 2016, and it will melt your heart.
5. The hole in the Ozone layer is healing.
A little over 30 years ago. We discovered a man made hole in the thin protective layer that shields life on Earth from deadly solar radiation from our star.
chlorofluorocarbons have been the main culprit in the depletion of the ozone layer. But following a ban on this chemical, and others, has led to signs in the healing of our ozone layer. Which is great news for the future of life on Earth.
4. Number of AIDS deaths has decreased
3. Carbon Dioxide emissions freeze.
For the last 2 years. Carbon Dioxide emissions have been failry stable. During the 2000's, Carbon Dioxide emissions went up, on average by 3.5%. The introduction of renewable energy, such as wind farms and solar panels, has made a huge step in the right direction for a cleaner atmosphere. This is not to say that we aren't pumping huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing a global temperature rise. We still have a lot of work to do, but this should be the first step to seeing greenhouse gases to decline.
2. A man may have been cured of HIV!
Could this be the end of HIV? This virus is probably one of the most terrifying in the world. But a British Man might be the first to be cured of the infection. Scientists were unable to detect any trace of the virus, but there are unsure if the virus isn't being detected under the blanket of drugs. It's still early days, but this is a truly incredible step to healing the world of this deadly virus.
1. The Ice Bucket Challenge Made a Massive Difference To ALS
To those millions of good hearted people, who took part in the ice bucket challenge to help aid ALS. Were given their reward after it funded a breakthrough in ALS. A new gene called 'NEKI' was discovered, and may be a primary target for developing therapies. Great work guys!
Hope For A Brighter 2017!
Just before we conclude, let it be absolutely clear that number 1 and number 2 are a joint win. It was very hard to choose a number one out of the 2. But for the sake of breaking it down into a list, the ice bucket challenge came first, and here's why.
The ice bucket challenge was a worldwide trend that brought awareness about a disease that some people didn't even know about. The point of throwing ice over yourself, was to share the pain these people have to endure each and every day. The fact that people all across the globe took part in this amazing campaign that shown real results, is a message that people come together to take care of each other. And that, is an amazing thing! We should all be proud, and look forward to revolutionising the world even more in 2017.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!