Our Strength Lies in Our Humanity

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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English councils set to miss carbon emission targets

English councils set to miss carbon emission targets Despite their climate pledges, many local authorities do not even know how much carbon they produceMany councils in England don’t know how much energy they use, a new survey reveals. The findings make it “inconceivable” that they will become carbon neutral within 30 years, as the government…

Kindness is not enough: Australia needs a strategic national response to the bushfires | Audette Exel

Kindness is not enough: Australia needs a strategic national response to the bushfires | Audette Exel We’ve seen deeds of great courage and charity over the past few months. Now we need an effective, coordinated process to help the nation rebuildPeople are magnificent. They rescue our wildlife, defend our homes and towns, stare down fires…

How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video

How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video Scientists from Charles Darwin University and the Tiwi Land Rangers are researching how to help protect the rare brush-tailed rabbit rat and other small mammals using land burning. Burning in cooler months is not only preventing bushfires, but maintaining sanctuaries for…

This Marvelous Machine Splits Moon Dust Into Oxygen and Metal

This Marvelous Machine Splits Moon Dust Into Oxygen and Metal Like the settlers of old, space explorers will live off the land. But if self-sufficiency on Earth is difficult, it’s orders of magnitude more challenging in space, where there are no trees to build shelter, no plants and animals to eat, no water to drink,…

English councils set to miss carbon emission targets

English councils set to miss carbon emission targets Despite their climate pledges, many local authorities do not even know how much carbon they produceMany councils in England don’t know how much energy they use, a new survey reveals. The findings make it “inconceivable” that they will become carbon neutral within 30 years, as the government has mandated.According to the survey, 43% of councils – 93 of the 214 local authorities…

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Kindness is not enough: Australia needs a strategic national response to the bushfires | Audette Exel

Kindness is not enough: Australia needs a strategic national response to the bushfires | Audette Exel We’ve seen deeds of great courage and charity over the past few months. Now we need an effective, coordinated process to help the nation rebuildPeople are magnificent. They rescue our wildlife, defend our homes and towns, stare down fires against insuperable odds. And then they give money, often that they don’t have – to…

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How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video

How Indigenous land burning is protecting rare mammals on Australia's Tiwi Islands – video Scientists from Charles Darwin University and the Tiwi Land Rangers are researching how to help protect the rare brush-tailed rabbit rat and other small mammals using land burning. Burning in cooler months is not only preventing bushfires, but maintaining sanctuaries for the small mammals from predators like feral cats Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2020/jan/27/how-indigenous-land-burning-is-protecting-rare-mammals-on-australias-tiwi-islands-video

This Marvelous Machine Splits Moon Dust Into Oxygen and Metal

This Marvelous Machine Splits Moon Dust Into Oxygen and Metal Like the settlers of old, space explorers will live off the land. But if self-sufficiency on Earth is difficult, it’s orders of magnitude more challenging in space, where there are no trees to build shelter, no plants and animals to eat, no water to drink, and no breathable air. Like The Martian’s Mark Watney, future space explorers will have to…

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Nano-thin flexible touchscreens could be printed like newspaper

Nano-thin flexible touchscreens could be printed like newspaper Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jan 26, 2020 Researchers have developed an ultra-thin and ultra-flexible electronic material that could be printed and rolled out like newspaper, for the touchscreens of the future. The touch-responsive technology is 100 times thinner than existing touchscreen materials and so pliable it can be rolled up like a tube. To create the new conductive sheet, an RMIT University-led team…

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Lyrebirds are survivors, but the situation for Australian birdlife after the bushfires is dire | Sean Dooley

Lyrebirds are survivors, but the situation for Australian birdlife after the bushfires is dire | Sean Dooley Recovery after fires of such unparalleled enormity is going to take decades and enormous resourcesFor literally millions of years, the glorious songs of lyrebirds have rung out across the valleys of south-eastern Australia. Lyrebirds have an extraordinary vocal range and are famously accomplished mimics with their own lush, ringing calls mingled with impersonations…

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If you love Australia, climate change should scare the hell out of you | Greg Jericho

If you love Australia, climate change should scare the hell out of you | Greg Jericho Conservatives love to talk up Australia ‘punching above its weight’, but they turn to self-hating cowards when it comes to climate changeI love Australia.It’s not a thing you hear too often from progressives. Mostly this is because we don’t go in for the pathetic jingo-nationalist, quasi-militaristic “love it or leave it”-style patriotism that John…

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 25)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 25) NEUROSCIENCE The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly’s ‘Connectome’ Gregory Barber | Wired “Researchers like Rubin believe a physical blueprint of the brain could become a foundational resource for neuroscientists—doing for brain science what genome sequences have done for genetics.” PRIVACY The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It Kashmir Hill |…

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Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes

Cacao not gold: ‘chocolate trees’ offer future to Amazon tribes In Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve thousands of saplings have been planted as an alternative to profits from illegal gold miningThe villagers walk down the grassy landing strip, past the wooden hut housing the health post and into the thick forest, pointing out the seedlings they planted along the way. For these Ye’kwana indigenous men, the skinny saplings, less than a metre high, aren’t just baby cacao trees but green shoots of hope in a land scarred by the violence, pollution and destruction wrought by illegal gold prospecting. That hope is chocolate. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/25/cacao-not-gold-chocolate-trees-offer-future-to-amazon-tribes-aoe

Aerial footage reveals feral horse crisis in burnt-out Kosciuszko national park – video

Aerial footage reveals feral horse crisis in burnt-out Kosciuszko national park – video New aerial footage from Kosciuszko national park reveals horrific fire damage to the landscape. There are also fears that the huge number of feral horses that remain are pushing bushfire-affected threatened species closer to extinction. ‘The horses are destroying the refuges of the endangered plants and animals in the mountains’, says Prof Jamie Pittock from the Australian National University. ‘It’s a crisis because the fire has burnt a lot of the habitats and we need to protect what remains’ Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/video/2020/jan/25/aerial-footage-reveals-feral-horse-crisis-in-burnt-out-kosciuszko-national-park-video

We can’t trust the billionaires of Davos to solve a climate crisis they created | Payal Parekh

We can’t trust the billionaires of Davos to solve a climate crisis they created | Payal Parekh It’s time to turn away from the World Economic Forum and its mass-polluting ‘affiliates’. We need new, radical solutions• Payal Parekh is an international climate activistThis week, among the private chalets and deep snow of Davos, the world’s leading politicians and businesspeople have been spending their time at the World Economic Forum (WEF), and they’ve been talking about the climate crisis. Greta Thunberg and Prince Charles have given stark speeches warning of the dangers of a warming world, and CEOs and presidents have promised long overdue action. Related: What did we learn from Davos 2020? Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/24/billionaires-davos-climate-crisis-world-economic-forum

NASA TV to Air Departure of Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft from Space Station

[rNASA TV to Air Departure of Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft from Space Station More than two months after delivering several tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the SS Alan Bean, will depart the orbiting laboratory on Friday, Jan. 31. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-tv-to-air-departure-of-cygnus-cargo-spacecraft-from-space-station

NASA to Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes with Day of Remembrance

[rNASA to Pay Tribute to Fallen Heroes with Day of Remembrance NASA will honor members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, during the agency’s annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Jan. 30. Source: NASA Breaking news http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-pay-tribute-to-fallen-heroes-with-day-of-remembrance