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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

Brazil rainforest deforestation leads to seed shrinkage

we've killed half of the world's non-human vertebrate animal population since 1970... exploitation - overfishing and overhunting, habitat degradation

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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#

Lucky you if you’re not data hacked, data tracked, data stolen (when innocent enjoys sharing<br />
some are sneaking, stealing), data harassed...

Lucky you
if you’re not
data hacked
data tracked
data stolen
(when the innocent enjoy sharing,
some are busy sneaking, stealing)
data harassed:

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

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*update 06March2015*  read more »

Tûranor PlanetSolar "The Power of the Sun", world first largest solar electric ship to circumnavigate earth with zero pollution

world largest solar ship


Minute PlanetSolar - April 2011 - World Tour Through the Pacific
Uploaded on May 6, 2011

largest 100% solar ship, zero emission


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.

circumnavigations of the planet Earth


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.

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar


PlanetSolar in Venice (Italy)
Published on Oct 2, 2014  read more »

"Buy Nothing Year" 2 Roommates Saved $55,000 and free time on leisure rather than chaining self to cliche: work hard, burn money

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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 »

Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote


*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés

Procession: Princess Anne and Prince William walk ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip at the service


If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.


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Yao Ming stands tall for Elephants: "Say No To Ivory"; trio - Prince William, David Beckham & Yao Ming - for Rhinos

Yao Ming: ‘Say No to Ivory’


Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming for WildAid

The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming team up in new WildAid PSA
The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, and Yao Ming are speaking out to protect rhinos for future generations in this WildAid message. The trio met in London in September 2013 to film two messages that began airing globally, with targeted outreach in China and Vietnam, beginning in January 2014 as part of WildAid's demand reduction campaign and the Royal Foundation's United for Wildlife Collaboration.


“'The End of the Wild' aired last week in China, and it airs on Animal Planet this Autumn. Yao Ming is an incredible ambassador for +WildAid & also now for United for Wildlife!”

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Yao Ming: "Say No To Ivory"
To better understand what’s happening to these species as a result of Asian demand for ivory and rhino horn, Yao Ming traveled to Africa for the first time to come face-to-face with some of the world’s most majestic species - the elephant and the rhino.  read more »

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