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Everything is Connected

There are times in our lives when it’s easy to forget how connected everything is. Times when life gets a little too tough and stressful and we end up paying more attention to our own well being in a way that disregards the cost and the consequences to the world out there; the people, the environment and everything else that’s a part of it. We find ourselves being selfish – not because we want to be but because circumstances force us to be.

That’s how the world got into the state that it’s in now. Here’s a neat 20 minute video that explains it all.

On this website I’ll be exploring and adding videos and articles that help to expand and explain the rich and diverse complexity of the world we live in – complex but not complicated.

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Recycling: poorer countries can now refuse plastic waste imports – this could make the system fairer

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Withdrawing life support: only one person’s view matters

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Climate change: ‘We’ve created a civilisation hell bent on destroying itself – I’m terrified’, writes Earth scientist

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How we make complex decisions

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NASA Administrator to Speak at Florida Institute of Technology Event

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Ultra-processed food causes weight gain – firm evidence at last

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Tragic tale of a ‘man-eating’ tigress tells us so much about the climate crisis

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NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing

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Cyber attacks are rewriting the ‘rules’ of modern warfare – and we aren’t prepared for the consequences

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How to break our bad online security habits – with a flashing cyber nudge

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Wandering Earth: rocket scientist explains how we could move our planet

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How to make health news interesting — without overselling the claims

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Climate change is putting even resilient and adaptable animals like baboons at risk

Climate change is putting even resilient and adaptable animals like baboons at risk Villiers Steyn/Shutterstock.com Baboons are large, smart, ground-dwelling monkeys. They are found across sub-Saharan Africa in various habitats and eat a flexible diet including meat, eggs, and plants. And they are known opportunists – in addition to raiding crops and garbage, some even mug tourists for their possessions, especially food. We might be tempted to assume that this ecological flexibility (we might even call it resilience) will help baboons survive on our changing planet. Indeed, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which assesses extinction risk, labels five of six baboon species as “of Least Concern”. This suggests that expert assessors agree: the baboons, at least relatively speaking, are at low risk. Unfortunately, my recent research…

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Rape myths like ‘stranger danger’ challenged by global drug survey

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Media Invited to SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch of Four NASA Missions

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Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation – here’s how to make it climate-friendly

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