If you read the newspapers every day, you might form the impression that the world is a terrible, depressing place. That’s because bad news, by and large, sells better than good news. In this commentary, one of Singapore’s leading intellectuals, Prof Tommy Koh, provides a corrective to this rather distorted perception and reflects on the three greatest pieces of good news from 2015 – events that he calls “miracles”.
These very positive developments stand out from the bad news of conflicts, disasters and tragedies last year.
By Prof Tommy Koh
The Straits Times, Jan 12, 2016
We are inundated with bad news. Every day seems to bring news of a new conflict, disaster or tragedy. And since good news is not news, we seldom hear of happy developments. When I look back on the year which has just passed, I am struck by a number of very positive developments which I will call “The Miracles of 2015”.
MIRACLE NO. 1: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change
Since the advent of the Industrial Revolution, human activities have progressively warmed the earth. For some years, the world’s leading climatologists have warned that unless we curb the increase in the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the world’s average temperature would continue to rise and would have many negative consequences for humankind. For example, the sea level will rise and low-lying cities and countries will be threatened.
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