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Barry Andrews: Failure to tackle climate change puts unfair burden on the poor – Independent.ie

via Barry Andrews: Failure to tackle climate change puts unfair burden on the poor – Independent.ie.

This weekend’s Typhoon Haiyan was more severe in every respect and latest estimates suggest that more than 12,000 people have lost their lives as a result of the storm.

The question that returns more and more, as weather patterns become increasingly dynamic, is whether these events can truly be considered “natural disasters” any more. The truth is, these events are not entirely natural but whipped up through our failure to properly confront and tackle the human impact on our weather systems.

And the other awkward truth is that those that contribute most to climate change do not share equally the burden of its effects. Rather it is disproportionately the poorest and most vulnerable who are its victims…

Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com

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Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com

via Bill Gates: Here\’s My Plan to Improve Our World — And How You Can Help | Wired Business | Wired.com.

I have known since my early thirties that I was going to give my wealth back to society. The success of Microsoft provided me with an enormous fortune, and I felt responsible for using it in a thoughtful way. I had read a lot about how governments underinvest in basic scientific research. I thought, that’s a big mistake. If we don’t give scientists the room to deepen our fundamental understanding of the world, we won’t provide a basis for the next generation of innovations. I figured, therefore, that I could help the most by creating an institute where the best minds would come to do research….

85% of children aged 9-12 using Facebook | Irish Examiner

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85% of children aged 9-12 using Facebook | Irish Examiner.

Despite a minimum age limit of 13 years, 85% of nine to 12-year-olds are using social networking website Facebook, causing principals and teachers to have to deal with cyberbullying on an almost daily basis.

Irish anti-bullying service Bully 4U surveyed 1,720 children between nine and 17 years over the course of two months, asking them about their web usage.  One section of the survey asked different age groups whether they were on Facebook and Twitter.

It found that 85% of nine to 12-year-olds were using Facebook and 35% were on Twitter. For 13 to 14-year-olds 97% were on Facebook and 50% were on Twitter. And in the 15 to 17-year-old category, 98% were on Facebook and 55% were on Twitter.

The huge presence of the youngest children surveyed on Facebook was a significant concern for Bully 4U director Jim Harding…

OECD says young Irish are among main victims of the crisis

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OECD says young Irish are among main victims of the crisis.

A new report by the global economic think-tank found the share increased by 1 percentage point on average in the area covered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

But Ireland suffered the biggest hike, followed by Spain which increased 6 percentage points, according to an OECD study measuring the human cost of the crisis. It found that ordinary people’s satisfaction with life has plunged in the eurozone countries worst hit by the financial crisis as faith in their governments’ ability to ease the strain has diminished.

5 WAYS STORES TRICK YOU INTO BUYING WHAT YOU DON’T NEED!!!

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Studies have shown

that you move in predictable patterns,

that you can’t resist shiny things,

that shopping makes you high,

that you are not good with numbers, and

that you go for brands rather than cheaper generic equivalents.

For a detailed explanation of how you are tricked into buying things you don’t really need read this cracked.com link.

http://www.cracked.com/article_18805_5-ways-stores-use-science-to-trick-you-into-buying-crap.html

If you liked this evergreen blog then read more of them.

Enjoy!!!!!!

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Research finds sleep a factor in childhood obesity – Health News | Irish Medical News | The Irish Times – Tue, Nov 05, 2013

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Research finds sleep a factor in childhood obesity – Health News | Irish Medical News | The Irish Times – Tue, Nov 05, 2013.

Putting children to bed earlier may be a simple way to keep their weight down, research has shown.

Childhood obesity is not only caused by fast food, sugary drinks and lack of exercise, the new findings suggest. Lack of sleep also appears to be an important factor.

Scientists made the discovery after adjusting the sleep patterns of 37 children aged eight to 11, more than a quarter of whom were overweight or obese…

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