Calendar – Click on Date for links entered on that Day
- A History of Britain – The Humans Arrive (1 Million BC – 8000 BC) November 13, 2019
- The Problem with Museums November 13, 2019
- Fixing a Broken Global Order: Is it Too Late? November 13, 2019
- Growing inequality: Can the rich really help the poor? November 13, 2019
- What Would Happen To The World’s Food Supply If Bees Went Extinct? November 12, 2019
- EPA to Restrict Scientific Research Used to Write Public Health Regulations November 12, 2019
- Ralph Reed: Christians ‘morally correct’ in backing Trump November 12, 2019
- Bolton Slams Trump, Suggests Foreign Policy Guided By Personal Interest | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC November 12, 2019
- How Bolsonaro’s election intensified anti-indigenous violence in Brazil November 12, 2019
- Robert Stavins discusses the status of the Paris Climate Accord November 12, 2019
- Toxic Chemicals Found In Nearly Everyone’s Blood November 12, 2019
- Why Finland has the best education system in the world November 12, 2019
- Elinor Ostrom and the Theory of Governing the Commons Explained November 12, 2019
- Elinor Ostrom on managing “common pool” resources November 12, 2019
- The economics of enough: Dan O’Neill at TEDxOxbridge November 12, 2019
- Why it’s time for ‘Doughnut Economics’ | Kate Raworth | TEDxAthens November 12, 2019
- These Are the 9 Planetary Boundaries – Johan Rockström November 12, 2019
- Let the environment guide our development | Johan Rockstrom November 12, 2019
- The best explanation to resilience November 12, 2019
- Sustainable development and the tragedy of commons November 12, 2019
- Ending The Tragedy of The Commons November 12, 2019
- Amartya Sen and Elinor Ostrom – A discussion on Global Justice November 12, 2019
- The Theory of Peasant Economy – A. V. Chayanov November 12, 2019
- Bad Year Economics: Cultural Responses to Risk and Uncertainty (New Directions in Archaeology): Paul Halstead, John O’Shea November 12, 2019
- Antarctica’s Ice on the Move – Antarctica’s Climate Secrets November 12, 2019
- Jim Kossin of NOAA: Climate Change is making Hurricanes Stronger November 12, 2019
- Africa, the Devastated Continent?: Man’s impact on the ecology of Africa (Monographiae Biologicae): A. de Vos November 11, 2019
- False Start in Africa: Rene Dumont November 11, 2019
- Seeds of Famine: Ecological Destruction and the Development Dilemma in the West African Sahel (Landmark studies): Richard W. Franke, Barbara H. Chasin November 11, 2019
- Climate Activists Focusing On The Impact Of Climate Change On Children And Families November 11, 2019
- The Man Who Stopped the Desert November 11, 2019
- Trailer: Resilience Rising: From Crisis Response to Recovery November 11, 2019
- Fake news and anonymous sources as ‘new normal’ for US journalism November 11, 2019
- The apostle comes from Africa – A contemporary passion story | DW Documentary November 11, 2019
- Scientific Research Reports 2019 November 11, 2019
- The most destructive hurricanes hitting more often November 11, 2019
- Extinction Rebellion protesters float ‘sinking house’ down the river Thames November 11, 2019
- Cyclone Kills 20 in Bangladesh & India; Wildfires Rage in Australia November 11, 2019
- Iran discovers 54 billion barrels of crude oil November 11, 2019
- Asleep at the Wheel | Extinction Rebellion Blocks the Department of Transport November 11, 2019
- Cecily | XR Arrestee | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Roman | XR Arrestee | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Every Single Being on the Planet | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- Act Now: Our House is Flooding | Extinction Rebellion November 11, 2019
- One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles November 11, 2019
- Rainwater Catchment for Reforestation & Increased Production November 11, 2019
- Preserving these ancestral agricultural systems is vital for the future of food! November 11, 2019
- Do you know where your food comes from? November 11, 2019
- This Matters: Is this the ‘climate election’? – BBC News November 11, 2019
- Florida Officials Tell Library: No “Fake News” New York Times November 11, 2019
Daily Archives: August 1, 2018
OAKLAND, CA, USA—JULY 23, 2018—On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization. This date is called Earth Overshoot Day—the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in that year.
In other words, humanity is currently using nature 1.7 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.7 Earths.
Global Footprint Network calculates Earth Overshoot Day every year using Ecological Footprint accounting, which adds up all of people’s competing demands on nature, including demand for food, timber, and fibers (cotton); absorption of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels; and buildings, roads and other infrastructure. August 1 is the earliest Earth Overshoot Day since the world went into ecological overshoot in the 1970s.
The costs of this ecological overspending include deforestation; collapsing fisheries; fresh-water scarcity; soil erosion; biodiversity loss; and the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to climate change and more severe droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes. These threats can produce desperation and force many people to migrate to cities or other countries.
Global Footprint Network and its partners will mark Earth Overshoot Day 2018 with several activities around the world, including:
- In New York, a short video in Times Square from July 20 to August 3 features stunning footage by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.
- From Oakland and Paris, Global Footprint Network and Schneider Electric will host a webinar titled “Living on a Finite Planet: Strategies for Sustainable Resource Utilization” at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. UTC Tuesday, July 24. To register, visit bit.ly/2KQrY1B.
- In Berlin, Germanwatch and Inkota and other partners will hold an Overshoot Day press conference at 9 a.m. CET August 1.
- In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) will show a special screening of “Under the Ox Paw,” a documentary film about the cattle invasion in the Amazon, on August 1.
- In the 10 U.S. cities with the largest carbon footprints, more than 10,000 free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away by the Center for Biological Diversity.
#MoveTheDate Live Stream
Global Footprint Network will feature these events and more with interviews from around the world through a live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube at 11 p.m. July 31 PDT / 6 a.m. Aug. 1 UTC and 9 a.m. August 1 PDT / 4 p.m. UTC. To watch, visit www.facebook.com/GlobalFootprintNetwork.
The show will include interviews with Christiana Figueres, the former climate chief of the UN; Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Programme; Nicolas Hulot, the French minister of ecological transition; Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; David Levine, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Carter Roberts, CEO, World Wildlife Fund US; Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network; Esther Finidori, Manager of Environmental Performance and CO2 Strategy, Schneider Electric; and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg. The show also will feature partners from WWF China, France, Japan, and Russia; ZERO, an environmental partner in Portugal; and from the U.S., Center for Biological Diversity, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, Powerhouse, and Turning Green.
UN’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible start in life | UN News
11 April 2018 Health
Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life.
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, issued jointly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.
“Breastfeeding saves lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It’s benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last well into adulthood.”
Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhoea and other infections when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. Breastfeeding for the first two years would annually save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five.
Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential – WHO chief
Breastfeeding also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. It is vital to a child’s lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether or not a child is breastfed can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential.
10 May 2018 Health
Babies in wealthy countries are five times more likely to miss out on breastfeeding than those in the under-developed, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, explaining that this gap could be addressed by better support for working mothers, and regulating sales of infant formula.
Some 7.6 million babies across the world are not breastfed each year despite clear evidence that it can save lives, and protect babies and mothers against deadly diseases.
Evidence suggests breastfeeding also boosts brain development and improves educational outcomes, UNICEF said in a new study, published on Thursday.
In high-income countries, 21 per cent of babies are not breastfed at all, while in low- and-middle-income countries, the figure on average is only four per cent.
Mothers in wealthier countries often lack support for breastfeeding at home or in the workplace.
“Breastfeeding is the best gift a mother, rich or poor, can give her child, as well as herself,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF’s acting Deputy Executive Director. “As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we must give the world’s mothers the support they need to breastfeed.”
According to the study, 99 per cent of babies in Bhutan, Madagascar and Peru are breastfed at least once. But this rate is only 55 per cent in Ireland, 74 per cent in the United States and 77 per cent in Spain.
The US alone accounts for more than one-third of the 2.6 million babies in high-income countries who were never breastfed.
2nd video of the BC Animated series.
Why are universities in America so expensive? This issue has become a hot topic over the past few years as student debt has skyrocketed.
While graduation rates have never been higher, youth underemployment has never been this bad.
In the past, universities were reserved for the select few who could afford their expensive and selective programs, but getting a degree also meant being essentially set for life.
Today, people with a degree aren’t guaranteed a job fitting their specialization, or in fact any job at all.
With such uncertainty, many students wonder whether graduation is even worth it, as most are saddled with nearly unbearable student debt which they will be repaying for a long time.
In this video, we will explore the origin of universities as a business in America, and how their popularization has created a lot of problems for contemporary American graduates.
Under the kind patronage of Samuel Patterson.
Published on Jun 12, 2018
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