Dan quotes Kenneth Clark at the top of his web site: “Civilization requires confidence, confidence in the society in which one lives, belief in its philosophy, belief in its laws ….” The truth is “however complex and solid it seems,” civilization is “actually quite fragile, it can be destroyed.”
Almost 70% of animal populations wiped out since 1970, report reveals
The Guardian – Huge scale of human-driven loss of species demands urgent action, say world’s leading scientists. “Earth’s wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% in just under 50 years, according to a leading scientific assessment, as humans continue to clear forests, consume beyond the limits of the planet and pollute on an industrial scale. From the open ocean to tropical rainforests, the abundance of birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles is in freefall, declining on average by more than two-thirds between 1970 and 2018, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) biennial Living Planet Report. Two years ago, the figure stood at 68%, four years ago, it was at 60%. Many scientists believe we are living through the sixth mass extinction – the largest loss of life on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs – and that it is being driven by humans. The report’s 89 authors are urging world leaders to reach an ambitious agreement at the Cop15 biodiversity summitin Canada this December and to slash carbon emissions to limit global heating to below 1.5C this decade to halt the rampant destruction of nature…”
The Spontaneous Expression of Joyous Defiance Craig Murray
American Bar Association (ABA): “The exploding use of social media can sometimes put employers and employees at odds. Employers must decide how to respond when employees express political and social opinions in the workplace, in conversation or through apparel.