16 Events From 2016 That Should Give You Hope For The Future

This past year might have been a trying one, but among the negative news stories were plenty of bright spots.

For every celebrity death, there was a scientific breakthrough. For every bit of political nonsense (well, maybe not every bit of nonsense) there were leaps forward in clean energy.

In case you're feeling down about 2016, here's a reminder that, in a lot of ways, the world really is getting better.

1. Populations of tigers, pandas, and manatees all started growing for the first time in years.

Populations of tigers, pandas, and manatees all started growing for the first time in years.
Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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2. All of Portugal ran on solar energy for four days straight.

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3. Scientists detected gravitational waves for the first time ever, furthering our understanding of the origins of the universe.

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4. Funds raised by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from 2014 led to the discovery of a significant gene responsible for the disease.

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