Humans

Long Work Hours Don’t Work for People or the Planet

By David SuzukiDavid Suzuki Foundation In 1926, U.S. automaker Henry Ford reduced his employees’ workweek from six eight-hour days to five, with no pay cuts. It’s something workers and labour unions had been calling for, and it followed previous reductions in work schedules that had been as high as 84 to 100 hours over seven days a week. Ford wasn’t ...

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat

We need to take action to save this rich ocean habitat Date: February 09, 2015 Unsustainable development alongside the Great Barrier Reef could cause severe damage to one of Earth’s most important marine environmental systems, according to a new report commissioned by WWF. The Great Barrier Reef Under Threat found that the dumping of waste from port expansions within its ...

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This Hospital Prescribes Fresh Food From Its Own Farm

By Liza BaylessYes! Magazine In an industry usually focused on medicine and procedures, a Philadelphia-area hospital decided what its patients needed was a farm and advice about food. Five years ago, when Lankenau Medical Center was confronted with evidence that it was serving the unhealthiest county in Pennsylvania, the hospital decided to embrace the findings with an unconventional approach: building ...

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The Greening of The Commons

By Ruth WilsonOn the Commons The places we all share – the commons – vary in many ways.  Some are busy places; some are quiet.  Some are designed as pass-through places; others invite us to stay awhile.  They all are important to our lives. Now new research shows that green, natural spaces—including playgrounds, learning environments, neighborhoods, even exercise environments— offer particular ...

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Tread Lightly to Lift the Weight of the World

By David SuzukiThe David Suzuki Foundation How much stuff will you give and receive this holiday season? Add it to the growing pile — the 30-trillion-tonne pile. That’s how much technology and goods humans have produced, according to a study by an international team led by England’s University of Leicester. It adds up to more than all living matter on ...

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Why Science Says You Must Spend Time Outdoors

By Celene HolmesFeel Good Contact Lenses Nowadays, we see people walking around the streets on their phones, as well as students studying in the library with laptops instead of books. Indeed, technology has taken over the lives of many people today. Most people see staying indoors in a positive light, but, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s latest reports, ...

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Human Population Through Time – Video

Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History It took 200,000 years for the human population to reach 1 billion—and just 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 ...

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