Remember our Cycads this Endangered Species Day

Worthy re-post on Endangered Species Day.  Enjoy!

The Eastern Cape is home to a number of iconic endangered species, notably our rhino population. But it is not only our rhino that are being poached to the point of extinction!

On the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – and also actively targeted by poachers – is the Alexandria Cycad or Dune Cycad (Encephalartos arenarius). It is unique to only a small area of the Eastern Cape in South Africa – from Nanaga in the west to Canon Rocks in the east – and grows mainly near the town of Alexandria.

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Are you sharing the custody of your home with companies?

The follow article by Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu is very well researched and written article that looks behind the scenes with what’s happening to all those lovely “smart” devices plugged in the the Internet at your home. Even if you don’t have a “smart home” we all have very smart devices, aka our phones…, sitting with us all the time. This applies to them too.

So have a read, it’s very insightful.

The House That Spied on Me

In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a “smart home.” I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid’s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

“Our bed?” asked my husband, aghast. “What can it tell us?”

“Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,” I explained.

“Sounds creepy,” he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch.

I soon discovered that the only thing worse than getting a bad night’s sleep is to subsequently get a report from my bed telling me I got a low score and “missed my sleep goal.” Thanks, smart bed, but I know that already. I feel like shit.

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Shell knew climate change was dire 25 years ago, they even made a nice film about it

Below is a video. Considering where we stand today with human caused climate change and the mounting pressure on these companies to take responsibility for their actions, this is pretty telling stuff. Make your own mind up by reading a year of investigative reporting results:

https://thecorrespondent.com/6286/if-shell-knew-climate-change-was-dire-25-years-ago-why-still-business-as-usual-today

 

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