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People are actually happier when they make more money

31/01/2021

While the old adage says that money can't buy happiness, several studies have shown that the more your income increases, the happier you are, up to $ 75,000 a year. Once this threshold is reached, more income doesn't matter. The happiest people in the world have an average annual salary of $ 36,000. The happiest country in the world appears to be Finland, and in its capital, Helsinki, the average salary is £ 27,936 (about US $ 36,000). This study follows the much-discussed Princeton University study in 2010, which found that emotional well-being rises only with income up to about $ 75,000 for Americans (or $ 86,000 in today's dollars)...
EAT-Lancet study argue that the consumption of meat is deeply harmful for the planet. Planet needs Vegetarians!!!

10/01/2021

With the world’s population heading towards ten billion by 2050, the current consumption of meat — and the global trends towards even higher intakes — means destroying forests for pastures and increasing the industrial production of grains to feed animals. This is leading to greater greenhouse gas emissions, pollution from fertilisers and species extinctions. Also, ruminants emit methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas, further intensifying climate change. Thus, meat products have the worst environmental impacts. We have found that...
A Hot Spot in the Land of Ice

05/08/2019

The warmer the climate is in the Arctic, the cooler the relations are between the northern countries. It took a third of the last century for the Arctic Ocean’s ice cover to shrink by one third. The natural wealth of the Arctic water area has become more accessible, and international cooperation in this region has turned into rivalry. There is something to fight for, indeed. According to official data of the United States Geological Survey, almost a quarter of the world's hydrocarbon resources are concentrated in the depths of the Arctic: 90 billion barrels of oil, more than 48 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 44 billion barrels of gas condensate. And since there is no single international treaty defining the legal status of the Arctic, several nations have already claimed the right to the exclusive possession of promising territories...
Why did so many Americans vote for Trump?

30/11/2020

President Trump’s disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic probably cost him re-election. Yet it seems mind-boggling that he still won more votes than any incumbent president in American history despite his dereliction of responsibility at a time of a once-in-a-century health crisis and economic devastation. Democrats, struggling to make sense of it all, are locked in yet another round of mutual recrimination: They were either too progressive for swing voters — too socialist or aggressive with ambitious policies like the Green New Deal — or not progressive enough to inspire potential Democratic voters to show up or cross over...
Covid-19 is pegged to cost the global economy whopping $11.5 trillion

15/12/2020

The Covid-19 is pegged to cost the global economy whopping $11.5 trillion, including $5 trillion to $5.6 trillion in GDP, a latest analysis by experts from the fields of medicine, economics, the environment and conservation, shows. The paper, authored by 17 experts and published in science , reads that for a century, two new viruses per year have spilled from their natural hosts into humans. And, MERS, SARS, and H1N1 epidemics, the HIV and Covid pandemics testify to their damage. Compared to the estimated cost of Covid-19, the paper (Ecology and economics for pandemic prevention) claims that spending $260 billion to $270 billion over 10 years would substantially reduce chances of another pandemic on the scale of the current outbreak...
What to expect from President-elect Joe Biden

05/12/2020

The US election is over. Joe Biden will be the next president. The result is now largely accepted by the press, business leaders, foreign leaders, and others. What will the election outcome mean for government policy going forward? The answer is that it depends on the outcome of Senate elections which will determine which party controls the Senate. Currently, we know that the Democrats control 48 seats and Republicans will control 50 seats in the 100-seat Senate. Two seats are yet to be determined. The general consensus is that Republicans have a better chance of holding all four, but there is some uncertainty. The Democrats need two of those seats to gain control while the Republicans need three...
Why ethics?

07/08/2019

What is the most important thing in the world, on the planet? The most important thing is to preserve it, save nature and survive ourselves, in order to continue development. The world has become very compact, close-knit and comfortable. It is also very toxic, sometimes poisoned. It has become extremely fragile; we are just one step away from self-destruction and the destruction of all living things. The name of today's universal danger threatening both the beggar and the king is global problems. Without exaggeration, we can say that they are all tied to one thing – a human, their behavior, conscience, and morality. Today, the achievements of scientific and technological progress are such that all the technological, material and financial aspects of global problems can be solved...
The Shepherds of Being

23/01/2019

Man is the crown of the Universe, created in the image and likeness of the highest perfection, to be commanded by Mother Nature. However, now another definition of man is more popular - an aggressive parasite that has flooded this beautiful planet. Both statements are indisputable and have already spawned quite a few scientifically grounded concepts, populist theories, and even programs of urgent measures and concrete actions. It is enough to recall famous scholarly works, elite club reports and resolutions of the international communities about the ‘golden billion’. It is mortally dangerous for the Earth to expand this privileged section the world’s population...
Adoption of Dubai Declaration to Measure Progress of SDGS

31/10/2019

The second United Nations World Data Forum launched a Dubai Declaration to increase financing for better data and statistics for sustainable development. Dubai Declaration includes detailed measures to boost funding for data and statistical analysis for monitoring and speeding up progress towards the 2030 SDGs. It aimed towards mobilising domestic and international funds and activating more effective data partnerships. It acknowledged that in the 2030 agenda Member States committed to “promote transparent and accountable public-private cooperation to exploit the contribution to be made by a wide range of data, including earth observation and geospatial information, while ensuring national ownership in supporting and tracking progress”.
Green Summits Global Outlook

16/10/2019

I have some good news and some bad news regarding the climate emergency. I will start with the good news. The world, as a small number of people have been saying lately, will not end in 11 years. The bad news however is that around the year 2030, if we continue with business as usual, we will likely be in a position where we may pass a number of tipping points. And then we might no longer be able to undo the irreversible climate breakdown. A lot of people, a lot of politicians, business leaders, journalists say they don't agree with what we are saying. They say we children are exaggerating, that we are alarmists. To answer this I would like to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the latest IPCC report...
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