10 in 2 - Week of July 31st - Happy Earth Overshoot Day

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of July 31st

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating

 

...so here we go:


 

  1. Happy Earth Overshoot Day. According to analysis conducted by the Global Footprint Network and the World Wildlife Foundation, on August 2 we human beings officially used up our annual sustainable allowance of resources such as water, clean air, and soil for 2017. According to the model, if natural resources are life’s capital base, we are now eating into the principle with five months to go in the year. (Independent)

  2. Bacteria that eat methane have been discovered in an Antarctic lake that has been isolated from the atmosphere for thousands of years. The bacteria's presence could significantly reduce the potential risk of warming posed by reservoirs of gas locked up in the ice. (Newsweek)

  3. Games are emerging as an effective tool for fighting fake news by helping users learn how to tell the difference between misleading headlines and factual claims. Digital creative agencies, journalists, developers, and academics are teaming up to create games that create a seemingly unnatural combination of Tinder, Politifact, and Pokemon Go. The games are part of a larger effort spearheaded by the Knight Foundation to combat fake news. (Nieman Lab)

  4. According the McKinsey Global Institute, China is far and away the largest ecommerce market and is a leader in virtual reality, autonomous vehicle, robots, 3-d printing, drone and artificial intelligence venture capital funding (McKinsey Global Institute)

  5. In one of the most surprising examples of rapid genetic adaptation to climate change to date, scientists have been studying a common lizard living on the Texas-Mexico border, which, in just the span of a few months, underwent a dramatic genetic transformation in response to cold weather. (Science Magazine)

  6. Peak oil demand can’t be far away when the CEO of one of the world’s largest oil companies says his next car will be an electric vehicle. But, that’s exactly what happened yesterday when Shell’s CEO Ben van Beurden predicted oil demand may peak by 2030. (Think Progress)

  7. This week the Atlantic noted that if everyone ate beans instead of beef, the U.S. could almost meet greenhouse-gas emission goals, even if nothing about our energy infrastructure or transportation system changed—and even if people kept eating chicken and pork and eggs and cheese. (The Atlantic)

  8. India’s government wants to ban self-driving cars to save jobs - “We won’t allow driverless cars in India,” said India’s minister of transport, Nitin Gadkari. “I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs." (Singularity Archive)

  9. The New York Times makes the claim this week that Cryptocurrencies are this generation's pensions. After watching markets disintegrate in 2008, millennials are betting heavily on digital coins. Obviously not everyone is bullish, but it is clear that the path to financial stability is no longer limited to traditional investment. (NYT)

  10. Kevin Kelly, the futurist, author, founder of Wired Magazine has alerted us to the existence of website called HVPER.COM, which is the internet distilled into a single page. He recommends that we all forgo social media, TV, and Newspapers, and visit the site once a day, the irony being he posted this recommendation to Facebook, which is where we saw it.



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