7 Eye-Opening Facts for Earth Day | Mashable

  1. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at a record high: greater than 400 ppm

Sources: NOAA (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/tre… Mashable (http://mashable.com/2014/04/08/carbon… 350.org (http://400.350.org/)

  1. We dump 19.4 billion pounds of plastic into the ocean every year

Sources: Science Mag study (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/347… Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/02/19/plasti…)

  1. An estimated 18 million acres of forest are lost each year

Source: FAO (http://www.fao.org/docrep/014/am859e/… Live Science (http://www.livescience.com/27692-defo…)

  1. Earth is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030

Sources: UNESCO (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-… FAO (http://www.fao.org/nr/water/aquastat/…)

  1. Climate change-related extreme events, plus population growth, could increase hunger by up to 20% by 2050

Source: WFP (http://www.wfp.org/climate-change)

  1. September Arctic sea ice extent is declining at a rate of 13.3% per decade

Sources: NASA (http://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/a… AND http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/septem… NSIDC (http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/)

  1. Earth is off to its warmest start on record

Sources: NOAA (https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/); Mashable (http://mashable.com/2015/04/17/earth-…)

The Origins of the Future: From Medicine and Synthetic Biology to Machine Intelligence-Part-1

This discussion is part of ‘The Great Debate’ moderated by Lawrence Krauss of the Origins Project of Arizona State University. I am fascinated by some of the areas discussed here and will continue posting some of the lectures this week by scientists that I admire such as Craig Venter and Richard Dawkins.

The Origins of the Future: From Medicine and Synthetic Biology to Machine Intelligence, features Richard Dawkins, Craig Venter, Kim Staney Robinson, Esther Dyson, Eric Horvitz, George Poste and Randolph Nesse discussing the origins of the future, followed by Q&A (coming up in part 2 which I’ll post tomorrow).

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