For the past six years two Australian researchers — Tane Hunter, a cancer scientist, and Angus Hervey, a political economist — have been collecting stories of human progress under the name Future Crunch. Even in these strangest of times they have found hundreds of good news stories from around the globe. Here are the best of them — from the past year when we have really needed some good news — with thanks to the world’s media outlets.

JANUARY

Peru has begun reforesting the area around Machu Picchu, with plans to plant a million trees on the site in the next five years.

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