Thought of the year (according to nature.com)

I suggest that the following encapsulates the mother root of many of our challenges, especially the 2 bucks bit. Lets stop the bullshitting about god and the devil and lets do something about it:

“Living in the Anthropocene”

“The world’s population passed 7 billion this year, and our carbon emissions carried on rising too. Little wonder that geologists gathered in May to discuss whether human impact on the planet deserved recognition through the declaration of a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The year’s main climate-change conference in Durban, South Africa, ended with a last-minute agreement to work towards a global treaty to set emissions-reduction targets, bolstering political progress that included Australia instituting a carbon tax and a record low for deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. For the 3.4 billion people surviving on less than $2 a day, getting enough food and avoiding disease are more urgent priorities. And it is not getting any easier: after droughts and oil-price hikes, the cost of food staples reached a record high in February and dropped only slightly through the year. Help from the GAVI Alliance, however, came in the form of a new pneumococcal vaccinerolled out widely in February, and a rotavirus-vaccination programme to target childhood diarrhoea in Africa. In October, interim results from a huge phase III clinical trial of the RTS,S malaria vaccine candidate showed disappointing efficacy and no effect on mortality. But there was promising news in HIV: one trial showed thattreating infected people with antiretroviral drugs early helped to prevent them spreading the virus, and two others suggested that giving antiretrovirals to healthy people reduced their chances of becoming infected.”

The rest is commentary. The golden rule.

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