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Daily Archives: December 8, 2022

The case for buying less — and how to actually do it

Vox: Buying fewer unnecessary items is good for the planet, your wallet, and your brain. “This holiday season could be a scary time for some: Between inflation (prices have risen 8.2 percent in a year) and economic uncertainty pointing to a potential recession, in addition to ongoing pandemic recovery, it might not be the ideal moment to think about buying a bunch of crap. A 2019 survey by Ladder and OnePoll revealed that Americans spend an average of $18,000 per year on nonessential items, including streaming services and lattes, impulse Amazon finds, and unnecessary clothes. Not only is this enough to buy a semester of in-state tuition for your soon-to-be-college kid, but it translates to lots of clutter you have to deal with as items become unnecessary with time. Household goods and services are responsible for 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, one study shows. It seems we are as aware as ever of this fact — since the pandemic, consumers want to reduce their unnecessary shopping behaviors.” [Shop your closets, basement, shed, dresser drawers. You will be surprised at the clothes, shoes an boots you will find to wear again. Donate what you do not want or use – check into Habitat for Humanity ReStores in your area. Book exchanges and used book shops allow in kind exchanges so that you always have new-old books to read. Plant and seed exchanges are also plentiful and make gift giving and receiving a year round event, rather than just on the holidays.]

UK Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2022: air pollution

Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2022 Air pollution: “Air pollution affects us all. It is associated with impacts on lung development in children, heart disease, stroke, cancer, exacerbation of asthma and increased mortality, among other health effects. Except for air quality in our own homes, we have little control as individuals over the level of… Continue Reading

UN passes resolution to curb space debris from anti-satellite missile tests

engadget – China, India and Russia all voted against the measure. “The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution today asking countries not to conduct direct-ascent anti-satellite tests (ASAT) that create space junk. The US spearheaded the measure after the International Space Station (ISS) had a close call last year with more than 1,500 pieces… Continue Reading

Twitter to Start Telling Users When Their Account Has Been ‘Shadowbanned’

PC Mag: “Elon Musk took to Twitter early this morning to announce a surprising new feature is being worked on: finding out if you are “shadowbanned.” Shadow banning is when a user’s account gets blocked or muted, but has no knowledge the block is in place. To them, their tweets/comments appear as normal, but nobody… Continue Reading

UN – Reverse nature’s decline or there is no future

“In order to realise a “world living in harmony with nature” by 2050, UN experts today called on States to ensure that the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is centred on human rights. “Healthy biodiversity and ecosystems are the foundation of life and fundamental to the enjoyment of human rights, including the rights to life, health,… Continue Reading