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A BBC senior producer says, ‘We wait in fear for the phone call from the Israelis,’” referring to the trepidation felt by BBC editors when publishing negative stories about Israel.

“I love you” should mean: The “I am in love with you” moments should cross the 5% margin of the “I now feel neutral” instances. Kind learning how to synchronize the “moments of bliss

That is my conjecture: A new theory of an endless “cyclic universe” sets itself up against the Big Bang theory of creation. Time is a flat circle.

Human hair used to contain an oil catastrophic spill. Mauritians are shaving their heads to keep an oil spill at bay. A woven floating barriers from their own hair

The exact date of Earth Overshoot Day is determined by a simple formula. Global Footprint Network takes the planet’s biocapacity (pdf), or the amount of natural resources available, divides it by humanity’s ecological footprint, or how much of the planet’s resources we use up, and then multiplies it by the days in a year.

‘The man who does not read has No advantage over the man who cannot read’ – Mark Twain. I believe the man who refuse to read and can is at a much lower disadvantage in the human scale.

No behavior can change before feelings change and we act accordingly.

I don’t understand” is used to attach a rational connotation when our emotional intelligence and compassion are underdeveloped.

Les “visions infernals” sont commun au Liban: Le vice appuyé sur le bras du crime. Les vicieux qui entendent profiter des tripotage d’argent du pouvoir politique et qui sont protégés par les criminels du pouvoir pour voler le trésor publique.

The chains of habit are too light to be felt, until they are too heavy to be broken. – Warren Buffett #quote

Psychanalist: Moi je t’écoute. Guerit toi toi-meme. Je suis ton confesseur civil sans l’ autorisation de te fournir aucune absolution ou t’offrir des recommandations pour faire moins de mal aux autres.

Kamala Devi Harris, Biden’s pick for VP, had an Indian mother and a Jamaican father. After her parents’ divorce in the early 1970s, Harris was raised by her mother to retain strong connections to their Indian roots.

We have to acknowledge that, by previous hard and sustained work, a main all encompassing idea take over. From then on, it is the idea that guides the reasoning behind your “research”: Reason has been biased. Lucky whose ideas that coincide with the “Reality” of the paradigm shift.

Combattre les dictateurs avec le concept de Liberté’: Sans la liberté’ il n’y a rien dans le monde qui vaille.

Une main? C’est pour tenir la main d’un autre. C’est dur quand cette main est loin: le coeur est loin.

The oil industry’s decline is evidence of a global economy that is shifting inexorably toward cleaner fuels. I think this is Not the main cause for sure, but countless litigation for oil spills

Very funny. Many governments and public health systems around the world have failed at communicating critical Covid-19 information because Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assumed an 11th grade reading level  Not at 8th grade as is the case. The Netherlands made its information the simplest to understand, at just below an 8th grade level.

“No air filter is really a perfect protection against infection. There are many ways for them to fail to capture all the particles that are in the air”. I personally dread central cooling and heating systems in building, because they do spreading more infections than reducing them.. In shared indoor spaces, masks are still a great way to keep coronavirus-carrying particles out of the air we are breathing.

Earth Overshoot Day came early this year. That’s a bad thing.

We consumed a year’s worth of natural resources in just seven months.

Planet Earth overshoot day

We’ve only got one.

Wikimedia Commons

Every holiday has its unique pleasures. New Year’s Eve is a time for confetti, champagne, and promises. The Fourth of July all but demands the pop of a firework and one (or 12) hot dogs.

And Earth Overshoot Day wouldn’t be complete if your existential dread hadn’t tripled by the stroke of midnight.

If you haven’t celebrated Earth Overshoot Day before, be not afraid.

The premise is simple: Earth’s resources are limited. We only have so much water and food, let alone oil and gold.

But humans are using more than Earth has to offer, and have been since 1970.

In 2018, it’s predicted we will use the equivalent of 1.7 Earths worth of resources—a whole Earth more than we have. And the date at which we’ve consumed more than one Earth in a given year is called… Earth Overshoot Day.

Unlike most holidays, like Christmas, which you want to come early, you want Earth Overshoot Day to be as late in the year as possible.

In the 1960s, our consumption was almost perfectly synched to the Earth’s resources, with humanity consuming one year’s worth of Earth’s resources in one year.

By 1971, that number slid backward, and has been sliding ever since. This year, 2018, saw the earliest Earth Overshoot Day yet: one Earth’s worth of resources gobbled up by Aug. 1. (Last year, it happened on Aug. 2.)

This doesn’t mean that we’ve run out of clean water or timber today, and will have to live on scraps until New Year; it’s that by exceeding the Earth’s resources in August, we’re bankrupting our future by consuming materials that are better off preserved for days to come.

How exactly is the overshoot date calculated?

It’s a little fuzzy, but fairly common sense. Earth Overshoot Day is administered by the Global Footprint Network. Using United Nations data about the state of the world year over year, the GFN team divides the amount of ecological resources Earth can currently generate in one year, according to the network’s website. Then, they divide that figure by the total human demand for those same resources.

The final number is influenced by things like the rate of carbon emissions compared to the carbon sequestration offered by land, deforestation and over-fishing, our ability to process waste, electricity and other energy usage, and the size of the human population (current count: 7.6 billion).

It also differs by country. People who live on islands or in deserts have fewer resources to work with, meaning they overshoot sooner than a more expansive place, like the continental United States. Singapore, a densely-populated island city state in East Asia, typically overshoots its biocapacity by Jan. 2 of every year, according to National Geographic.

The results aren’t super precise. “Global Footprint Network estimates that the absolute precision may be within 10 percent to 20 percent,” according to its website. But it’s clear this holiday is about prompting reflection, not impeachable precision.

The exact moment at which we’ve consumed more than the resources the planet has to offer is hard to narrow down for any given year. But we know, in a bigger sense, it’s already far behind us.

Our voracious appetites for consumer goods, especially in developed countries like the United States, Australia, and South Korea, are doing unprecedented damage, and have been for decades.

overshoot day planet infographic

Overshoot days vary my country, as seen here.

Courtesy of Global Footprint Network

Given it’s a made-up holiday, how you celebrate Earth Overshoot Day is up to you. But thinking about how you can reduce your own footprint—by mowing your lawn less (or replacing it outright), compostingreducing plastic consumption, and recycling—is probably the best way to go.

  1. Welcome to , the date each year that humanity’s consumption of ecological resources exceeds what the planet naturally regenerates annually. August 1 marks the earliest Overshoot Day in recorded history.


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