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By August 2, 2017 we used more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year

“Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator at www.footprintcalculator.org. Earth Overshoot Day is the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth can regenerate over the entire year. This year Earth Overshoot Day falls on August 2, the earliest date yet. The costs of this global ecological overspending include deforestation, drought, fresh-water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, and the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The new Footprint Calculator allows users to measure their own demand on nature (Ecological Footprint) and assess their personal Earth Overshoot Day. A user’s personal Earth Overshoot day is the date Earth Overshoot Day would be if all people had their Footprint. A personal Earth Overshoot Day earlier than August 2 means your demand on nature is higher than the world average. If it is earlier than April 24, it is higher than Germany’s average; if it is earlier than March 14, it is higher than the US average. (See here for all countries.)…The new Footprint Calculator goes beyond assessing users’ impact on the planet and carbon emissions. It allows users to play with options, learn about solutions, and connect to brief facts about sustainability.  A person’s Ecological Footprint is the amount of productive surface area required to provide all he or she uses, including areas to produce food, fibers, and timber; to accommodate urban infrastructure, and to absorb carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuel. The new calculator, still a beta version, is only available in English, but future iterations will become country-specific, multi-lingual, and more playful. This first phase of the new calculator, was funded by MAVA Foundation and developed in partnership with Free Range Studios. The new calculator is based on the latest data and methodology from Global Footprint Network, which tracks the ecological resource use and resource capacity of more than 200 countries and regions from 1961 to the present. These resource accounts draw primarily on United Nations data sets.”

JournalTOCs current awareness service for updates on latest subject matter specific articles

“JournalTOCs is a Current Awareness Service (CAS) where you can discover the newest papers coming directly from the publishers as soon as they have been published online. JournalTOCs is for researchers, librarians, students and anyone who’s looking for the latest or most current papers published in the scholarly literature with international coverage. JournalTOCs is a… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – Cities Adding the Most Jobs in Every State

“As the United States recovered from the recession and began one of its longest periods of economic growth, the unemployment rate fell to 4.4%, nearly its lowest point in a decade and far less than its peak of 10.0% in October 2009. One driver of economic growth was the nation’s cities, which together added approximately… Continue Reading

Legal search provider Judicata posts repository of case search benchmark data

“Today [August 2, 2017] Judicata is publishing data and information that we hope will seed a benchmark for legal search and drive qualitative improvements across the industry. Just as the ImageNet dataset helped drive dramatic improvements in computer vision and deep learning, we’d like to see a growing collection of legal data be used to… Continue Reading

Digital Planet 2017: How Competitiveness and Trust in Digital Economies Vary Across the World

“Every day, billions of people around the world use the internet to share ideas, trade with one another and keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. With worldwide internet penetration at nearly 50 percent, the global digital economy has become a space of immense opportunity. Similarly, it’s clear that both business and consumer transactions… Continue Reading

Disrupting Mass Incarceration at the Local Level: A Guide to Mapping Reform

Oregon Justice Resource Center: “Public awareness and concern about over-criminalization and over-incarceration has grown significantly in recent years but much of that attention is focused in the wrong places. What happens at the national level tends to be in the spotlight much of the time, despite the fact that most people entering our prisons and… Continue Reading

WSJ exclusive – Grand jury impaneled in DC to investigate Trump campaign and Russia

WSJ: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections, a sign that his inquiry is growing in intensity and entering a new phase, according to people familiar with the matter. The grand jury, which began its work in recent weeks, signals that Mr. Mueller’s… Continue Reading