Every year - on a date that gets earlier and earlier due to the expanding ecological impact of humanity - the Global Footprint Network (GFN) commemorates Earth Overshoot Day to shed light on the planet's dwindling resources. In 2019, the partner organisation of British think-tank New Economics Foundation chose July 29 as the illustrative day by which total resource consumption for the calendar year has already surpassed the Earth's capacity to regenerate itself.
Exxon Mobil Corp shareholders on Wednesday rejected a proposal that would have forced the company's board to create a special committee on climate change. Shareholders also defeated measures requiring the company to report the risks of climate change at chemical plants on the Gulf Coast in the United States and to report political contributions and lobbying.
The New York Times is the barometer of the health and sickness of the American society. So long as it keeps hasbara propaganda officers like Thomas Friedman on its columns the New York Times offers us a perfectly accurate measure of where this society is and where it is headed. It both reflects and manufactures the United States for us.
"This audit provides a worrying insight into the US army's flawed – and potentially dangerous system for controlling millions of dollars' worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region," stated Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International's Arms Control and Human Rights researcher in the report.
More than six million Americans of voting age – that is one out of every 40 people of voting age in the country will be ineligible to vote in the upcoming elections. They are people who have been convicted of a felony, a crime typically punishable by more than a year in prison, and who, as a result, have had their voting rights taken away from them.