“HAPPY?” SPLUTTERS a middle-aged man at a polling station in central London, when asked about his feelings on voting in a recent European election. “I’d be happy if I could kick all the bastards out.” He is not with the programme. In 1972 the king of Bhutan decided his country would adopt gross national happiness as a goal. At the time it seemed eccentric. But over the past decade, politicians in democracies have started to pay more attention to the idea that they should give priority to the well-being of their citizens. Thomas Jefferson argued that “the happiness of every individual [is] now acknowledged to be...the only legitimate object of government”. That view is now mainstream. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. In 2008 the French government set up the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi commission to create new national accounts which go beyond GDP and reflect things like the quality of life … [Read more...] about Why are happy people voting for angry parties?
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Science & Environment By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 28 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48059043 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsLondon climate change protests Scientists and … [Read more...] about ‘Nature’s emergency is our emergency too’
So much of Iceland’s history and a great deal of current controversy revolves around the largest animals on the planet—whales. But did you know that a pound of “whale poop” could be worth 7,000 USD? We asked Joe Roman, a visiting Fulbright conservation biologist at the University of Iceland: why is whale poop so valuable? Most whales live on diets of fish. So you might see fish scales and even squid beaks in their poop. There are also a lot of nutrients and micronutrients in whale feces, such as nitrogen, phosphorus and iron. It is those nutrients that are of most value here. Whales can dive hundreds of meters beneath the surface to feed. When they come up to breathe, they rest, digest, and often defecate. They release nutrients in their poop near the ocean surface, where there’s enough sunlight for photosynthesis to occur. Whale poop fertilizes ocean gardens—increasing the growth of algae, zooplankton and even fish populations. This can enhance the … [Read more...] about Ask A Marine Ecologist: What Is The Importance Of Whale Poop For The Ocean?
There are more than 200 billion cubic meters of gas in the Black Sea, and once it starts extraction, Romania could double its annual production in a decade, from 10-11 billion cubic meters to 20 billion. These are the recent words spoken by a high official of the state, Sorin Gal – the director of the National Mineral Resources Agency (ANRM) – during a debate on energy-related topics. For the first time, even though he is from an institution that’s only concerned with the concession of resources and the collection of royalties, he raised the issue of the profitable use of resources, rhetorically asking “what are we going to do with that gas?” – “I can’t answer this question, because the oil law says that, after the royalty is paid, the owner of the oil agreement is free to sell, use, or export gas,” said Gal. “The question has been asked before, occasionally, by Energy ministry officials, by Energy minister Anton Anton, and by … [Read more...] about Why Romania urgently needs major gas consumers
One of the most successful investors of all time is somebody you probably have never heard of, despite his net worth of $18 billion. Ray Dalio avoids extensive interviews and has not allowed news cameras full access to his firm, Bridgewater Associates, until now. He predicted the 2008 financial crisis. Now he sees a prolonged period of sluggish economic growth and the threat of a confrontation between the U.S. and China. But there's a greater danger Dalio wanted to warn us about. So we figured it would be a good investment of our time to do a deep dive on the principles of Ray Dalio. 60 Minutes Overtime: Ray Dalio explains his principles When a billionaire invites you to his boat, you gotta go. Bill Whitaker: "It looks like a terrific day to be out on the water" Especially if he sends a chopper to take you. We flew just north of Nassau in the Bahamas to meet Ray Dalio. "Alucia" is a 180-foot long research ship and Ray Dalio's pride and joy. Dalio, who loves scuba diving, … [Read more...] about Ray Dalio says wealth inequality is a national emergency