Five ways to survive your daily commute | Cities Commuting sucks. It costs up to 14% of your annual salary, increases stress levels and generally saps all energy and goodwill towards humanity. It forces you to witness your fellow wage slaves day in, day out; listen to their music, read their text messages, smell their armpits. Now, according to a recent study, it has been calculated that the daily commute uses up more than 18 months of your life, with an average of 13,870 hours spent getting to and from work – to the place that pays you the money you need in order to get there. On the other hand, the daily commute is time off from life. 1. In 13,780 hours you can read every single book on your literary bucket list. 2. It didn’t just happen in Brief Encounter. 3. So you’ve been commuting for 20 years and never looked a soul in the eye, let alone seen someone you would snog in the toilet. 4. 5. Many forget that “looking out of the window” is the mindful meditation of commuting.
23 million and counting: why Australia’s population outlook is the envy of the world Australia’s population reaches 23 million today according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) online population clock. How do they know it’s today? They don’t really. Historical trends Nevertheless, the milestone justifies some serious reflection on the growth of the Australian population. Despite this, Australia has demonstrated considerable anxiety over population growth. The post-war baby boom quelled these anxieties for a time. Recent growth Today, over a quarter (27%) of Australia’s population is overseas-born, a proportion considerably higher than in other receiving countries such as the US (13%) and Canada (20%). And yet, in recent decades, particularly as Australia’s birth rate declined to record lows around the turn of the 21st century, population anxiety has resurfaced. These days, it’s not so much about staffing our defence forces, and Australia seems to have accepted that much of its land mass is uninhabitable. This concern is primarily generated by industry.
A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development Photo The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260. Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. American diplomats are upset that dozens of countries — including Nepal, Cambodia and Bangladesh — have flocked to join China’s new infrastructure investment bank, a potential rival to the World Bank and other financial institutions backed by the United States. The reason for the defiance is not hard to find: The West’s environmental priorities are blocking their access to energy. A typical American consumes, on average, about 13,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year. Continue reading the main story Average electricity consumption Kilowatt-hours per capita per year, 2011 Too often, the United States and its allies have said no. If billions of impoverished humans are not offered a shot at genuine development, the environment will not be saved. As Mr.
Effetto Risorse: Il problema del debito man mano che raggiungiamo i limiti del petrolio (Questa è la terza parte della mia serie – Una nuova teoria di energia ed economia. Questi sono i link alla prima e alla seconda parte). Molti lettori mi hanno chiesto di spiegare il debito. Essi si chiedono anche “Perché non possiamo semplicemente cancellare il debito e ricominciare da capo?” L'esistenza del debito ci permette di avere molte forme di pagamento convenienti, come le banconote, le carte di credito e gli assegni. Ogni debito, e di fatto ogni promessa di qualsiasi tipo, comporta due parti. Non ci si può sbarazzare del debito senza sbarazzarsi dei benefici che il debito fornisce – il che è un enorme problema. Figura 2. Infatti, in un'economia in contrazione, le promesse che non sono debito, come le promesse di pagare le pensioni e le spese mediche per gli anziani come parte delle tasse, diventano a loro volta più difficili da pagare. La natura del debito In senso allargato, il debito è una promessa di qualcosa di valore in futuro. Promesse future anche prima del debito
The Secrets and Clues of the Official Game of Thrones Maps | Science Below the mysterious Shadow Lands and its pink ghost grass, the jungle continent of Ulthos is revealed for the first time Jonathan Roberts/ © George RR Martin 2012 Below the mysterious Shadow Lands and its pink ghost grass, the mysterious jungle continent of Ulthos is revealed for the first time East of the Mountains of Morn, the maps display a city never mentioned in the novels: Carcosa. A map of the snowy lands north of the Wall, including the Frostfangs mountain range and the Fist of the First Men. Another area revealed by The Lands of Ice and Fire, the Great Sand Sea canyon is surrounded by a ring of cities. Process shots of the lagoon city of Braavos. If the trailers for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones are to be believed, HBO’s famously expansive fantasy series will soon be heading to all-new locations, including the lagoon city of Braavos and the towering pyramid of the slave city Meereen. The map book The Lands of Ice and Fire came out last year from creator George R.
What Humans Are Really Doing to Our Planet, in 19 Jaw-Dropping Images Last week, Pope Francis and church officials encouraged everyone to consume less and think more about our impact on the environment. It's a timely warning because the next six months will be critical to our future. Ahead of a series of major events later this year, The Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Population Media Center released a collection that illustrates the devastating effects of out-of-control growth and waste, and it's breathtaking. "This is an issue that people care about, and oftentimes it's just not discussed by mainstream media," Missie Thurston, director of marketing and communications at the Population Media Center, told Mic. It's difficult to always know the impacts of our daily choices, like the real effect of buying a bottled water or an extra TV or laptop. Electronic waste, from around the world, is shipped to Accra, Ghana, where locals break apart the electronics for minerals or burn them. New Delhi, India, where many landfills are reaching a breaking point.
Australia's population challenge - The Drum Opinion Updated Population has been the great unspoken issue around the world. Politicians have been unwilling to offend some sections of their electorates with calls for lower birth rates and for reduced immigration. This is a subject that cuts into political, ethical, ethnic, and religious divides. It is a fact that human beings have been fantastically successful in reproducing and conquering the natural environment such that we are now approaching seven billion people perched on a small landmass, relative to the total size of the Earth, with substantially less space available for producing food and providing clean, fresh water. The fourth revolution for humanity, after agriculture, industrialisation and information, is sustainability - learning to live on planet Earth such that our children's children can also enjoy the wonders of this small planet. There are five issues to be addressed. The fourth issue is to change the whole debate.
titled ● The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets are broader in scope and go further than the MDGs by addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. The goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. ● Building on the success and momentum of the MDGs, the new global goals cover more ground, with ambitions to address inequalities, economic growth, decent jobs, cities and human settlements, industrialization, oceans, ecosystems, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, peace and justice. ● The new Goals are universal and apply to all countries, whereas the MDGs were intended for action in developing countries only. ● A core feature of the SDGs is their strong focus on means of implementation—the mobilization of financial resources—capacity-building and technology, as well as data and institutions.
Fully automated luxury communism | Guardian Sustainable Business At a time when robots crowd factory lines, algorithms steer cars and smart screens litter the checkout aisles, automation is the new spectre. The robots, they say, are coming for our jobs. Let them, reply the luxury communists. Cybernetic meadows and machines of loving grace Located on the futurist left end of the political spectrum, fully automated luxury communism (FALC) aims to embrace automation to its fullest extent. “There is a tendency in capitalism to automate labor, to turn things previously done by humans into automated functions,” says Aaron Bastani, co-founder of Novara Media. Bastani and fellow luxury communists believe that this era of rapid change is an opportunity to realise a post-work society, where machines do the heavy lifting not for profit but for the people. “The demand would be a 10- or 12-hour working week, a guaranteed social wage, universally guaranteed housing, education, healthcare and so on,” he says. “Take Uber. This is just the beginning
WWF Animal App 3 Apr The World Wildlife Fund has a beautiful free app that contains high quality pictures and lots of information about different animals. Whether you’re looking for information on pandas, whales, turtles or tigers, this should be a go-to app to gather facts and find inspiration. Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan using this app in the classroom! Tags: Common Core, Internet, iPad education, Lesson Plans, research
People Who Are Bilingual Are Smart, Creative And Better Lovers If you thought accents were sexy, imagine how absolutely mind-blowing it would be to have the person of your dreams tell you those three magic words in more than one tongue. There’s just something about people expressing their thoughts in multiple languages that is so appealing. It might be that they’re more in tune with their own thoughts and emotions. Or, perhaps they’re just better communicators in general. A growing body of research indicates that people who learn to speak more than one language throughout their lives have essentially trained their brains to be stronger muscles, making them smarter, more creative and more responsive to their own feelings and emotions. But, after studying both Spanish and Mandarin Chinese for a few years each, I think there is something deeper to speaking more than one language than meets the eye or brain. When we can more easily connect with others in their native language, we are able to experience this world using so many different perspectives. Dr.