EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY 2014

Did you know that yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day, the date our Ecological Footprint exceeds our planet’s annual budget— It has taken less than eight months for humanity to use up nature’s entire budget for the year and go into ecological overshoot, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability think tank with offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

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ANTHROPOCENE, THE AGE OF DETERIORATION

Anthropcene, the age of deterioration. (I am indebted to www.anthropocene.info for the following information). Our species’ whole recorded history has taken place in the geological period called the Holocene – the brief interval stretching back 10,000 years (some would say just 6,000 years). But our collective actions have brought us into uncharted territory. A growing number of scientists think we’ve entered a new geological epoch that needs a new name – the Anthropocene.

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MERCURY POLLUTION OF THE OCEANS GETTING SERIOUS

 Researchers from Ohio’s Wright State University have warned in a study published in the latest Nature journal that the amount of mercury near the surface of many of the world’s oceans has tripled as the result of our polluting activities. Increased levels of this toxin could have serious implications for marine life.

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