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Humans depend on, and destroy (sad!), Nature: 88% original forest deforested; 50% Nature's non-human lives wiped out since 1970
Washington Post: We’ve killed off half the world’s animals since 1970 - a jaw-dropping statistic
The new Living Planet Index report from the World Wildlife Fund opens with a jaw-dropping statistic: we've killed roughly half of the world's non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970.
The main culprits? Exploitation (i.e., overfishing and overhunting), and habitat degradation.
The declines are almost exclusively caused by humans' ever-increasing footprint on planet earth. "Humanity currently needs the regenerative capacity of 1.5 Earths to provide the ecological goods and services we use each year," according to the report. The only reason we're able to run above max capacity - for now - is that we're stripping away resources faster than we can replenish them. Carbon consumption - the burning of fossil fuels - represents a huge and growing chunk of the demand we put on the earth. "In 1961, carbon was 36 per cent of our total footprint, but by 2010 (the year for which the most complete dataset is available), it comprised 53 per cent." read more »
Endless massive hacks. Home Depot. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. JPMorgan Chase. USPS 800,000 Employee names, DoB, addr, SS#
if you’re not
(when the innocent enjoy sharing,
some are busy sneaking, stealing)
Home Depot. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. JPMorgan Chase and many more. Customer credit card and debit card numbers dumped into wild. The Home Depot Inc. said Thursday that hackers stole 53 million email addresses in the U.S. and Canada in addition to payment card data.
The latest: the US Postal Service more than 800,000 postal service employees and retirees - victims of data breach databases containing postal employees’ names, birth dates, addresses and Social Security numbers.
FBI Director James Comey: “there are two kinds of big companies in the US. There are those who’ve been hacked
and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.”
Forbes: Expect Hackers To Crack More Retailers This Holiday Season
*update 06March2015* read more »
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
Tûranor PlanetSolar "The Power of the Sun", world first largest solar electric ship to circumnavigate earth with zero pollution
Minute PlanetSolar - April 2011 - World Tour Through the Pacific
Uploaded on May 6, 2011
PlanetSolar around the World
Published on Apr 12, 2012
Turanor PlanetSolar is a solar powered catamaran that is circumnavigating the World. The project was dreamed up by Raphael Domjan and enabled by businessman Immo Stroher.
PlanetSolar in Greece for TerraSubmersa Expedition!
Published on Sep 2, 2014
In August 2014, the vessel resumed her role as a scientific platform for the University of Geneva with the Expedition TerraSubmersa. It aims to explore the prehistoric landscapes submerged in the Argolic Gulf in Greece, in an attempt to reconstitute them and perhaps to find traces of human activity.
PlanetSolar in Venice (Italy)
Published on Oct 2, 2014 read more »
"Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible."
- Michel de Montaigne
"I don't like to talk much with people who always agree with me. It is amusing to coquette with an echo for a little while, but one soon tires of it."
- Thomas Carlyle
"Buy Nothing Year" 2 Roommates Saved $55,000 and free time on leisure rather than chaining self to cliche: work hard, burn money
Forbes: The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000
A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was eye-opening: “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed like I was getting ahead. It was typical lifestyle creep.”
Around the same time, his good friend Julie Phillips, 29, a communications advisor at the University of Calgary, was about to move into a new apartment when it fell through. “Geoff said, ‘You can move in with me, but I only have a bedroom for you to rent,’” she says. “The rest was packed with his stuff. So I got rid of over 80% of my stuff within three days.” (She was thinking she might move in a year and if so, she’d have to get rid of many of her belongings then.) But then she had a meltdown. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. What did I do?’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I need things anyway?’” read more »