Kevin J Spellman, PhD

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What determines human decisions?

One could call Daniel Kahneman the unicorn of economics. As a psychologist, he had a profound influence on people who criticized the homo economicus …

Critical Thinking

Blackberry’s new concept phone is perfect for their target audience

The Blackberry has always maintained its reputation of being the ideal businessman’s phone. It’s handy and useful, comes with all the apps you need …

Apps

The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity

Plastic pollution has grabbed the world’s attention, and with good cause.<p>More than 100 years after its invention, we’re addicted. To pass a day without encountering some form of plastic is nearly impossible. We’ve always been eager to embrace the promise of a product that could make life cheaper, …

Sustainability

Report: One Third of America’s Wildlife Is Now Under Threat

On Thursday, the National Wildlife Federation, the American Fisheries Society, and The Wildlife Society released a report finding that up to a third …

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.<p>Before you upgrade your next iPhone, you may want to consider a $29 battery instead. Not only will the choice save you money, it could …

Google Search

We're going to lose a lot of species by 2050, U.N. report finds

A panel of scientists commissioned by the U.N. just published a comprehensive three-year study assessing the regional impacts of humans on biodiversity around the world. And the situation is looking pretty grim — not just for animals but also for the people who rely on them, the report …

Fifty years after the publication of his controversial book The Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge<p>A shattering collapse of civilisation is a “near certainty” in the next few decades due to humanity’s continuing destruction …

Geography

Biodiversity Scientist Warns: "We're Sleepwalking into a Mass Extinction"

Diversity "can be damaged in the blink of an eye."<p>Most scientists acknowledge that we are smack in the middle of the planet’s sixth great mass …

Ecology

Ocean plastic could triple in decade

<b>The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to triple in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned.</b><p>Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says.<p>But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK …

Northern white rhino: Last male Sudan dies in Kenya

<b>The world's last surviving male northern white rhino has died after months of poor health, his carers say.</b><p>Sudan, who was 45, lived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. He was put to sleep on Monday after age-related complications worsened significantly.<p>His death leaves only two females - his …

The warnings about an unfolding climate catastrophe are getting more desperate, yet the march to destruction continues<p>“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”<p>The mournful remark supposedly made by foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey at dusk on 3 …

The Arctic

Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain – review

Bloodworth avoids the narcissistic style that blights so much leftwing journalism<p>We perpetrate a swindle every time we use that hip phrase “the gig economy” to describe the modern labour market. If we wanted to be accurate, we could call it the “piece-rate” or the “precarious” economy. If we wanted …

Cultural Appropriation

At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, electric cars finally took over

Meander around the expansive halls of the Geneva Motor Show, collar one of the many engineers busy explaining their latest innovation and ask them a …

Auto Shows

20,000 scientists give dire warning about the future in 'letter to humanity' – and the world is listening

A dire warning to the world about its future, which predicts catastrophe for humanity, is continuing to gain momentum.<p>The letter – which was first …

Climate Change

Mass die-off of sea creatures follows freezing UK weather

Massive numbers of starfish, crab, mussels and lobsters have been washed up on the North Sea coast of the UK, following the recent freezing weather and storms.<p>Tens of thousands of creatures are piled up ankle-deep in places along the Holderness coast in Yorkshire and similar mass mortality has been …

Marine Conservation

Brazil's top court approves controversial forestry law

<b>Brazil's supreme court has upheld major changes to laws protecting the Amazon rainforest, delivering a blow to environmentalists.</b><p>The revision of the 2012 law includes an amnesty programme that scraps penalties for landowners who have cut trees down illegally in the past.<p>Environmentalists say it …

Brexit threatens everything I fought for in the Second World War. On my 95th birthday, this is what I need people to know

It was at the end of February in 1945 that I celebrated, courtesy of the RAF and Hitler, my 22nd birthday in Belgium. I was stationed at a former …

Great Depression

Bad news: the Amazon might be past the point of saving

The Point of No Return<p>The world’s forests are shrinking. For years, they’ve withstood a multitude of human impact. But according to a new study …

Breakthroughs

His death comes after years of destructive government policies, leaving a desperate situation affecting every community<p>The death of a homeless man in an underpass at Westminster tube station, in London, appears to have brought the massive problem facing families and communities across the UK right …

Homelessness

'100,000 orangutans' killed in 16 years

<b>More than 100,000 Critically Endangered orangutans have been killed in Borneo since 1999, research has revealed.</b><p>Scientists who carried out a 16-year survey on the island described the figure as "mind-boggling".<p>Deforestation, driven by logging, oil palm, mining and paper mills, continues to be the …

Plastic chemical linked to male infertility in majority of teenagers, study suggests

A plastics chemical linked to reduced fertility in men is in the majority of teenagers, research has found.<p>More than 80 per cent of teenagers have traces of the chemical compound in their bodies, according to the study involving 94 young people aged between 17 and 19.<p>The chemical known as Bisphenol …

The company is mired in scandals of pollution and animal cruelty. Does it deserve to be rewarded with electric car sales?<p>It is hard to think how Volkswagen could top a scandal involving it selling drivers 11 million cars that produced more pollution than advertised, harming human health and …

Pollution

Report: White House Wants to Cut Renewable Energy Programs by 72%

President Donald Trump—who remarked Tuesday that his administration ended the nonexistent "war on beautiful clean coal"—really wants to make fossil …

Qantas makes world's first US-to-Australia biofuel flight

This past Sunday, Qantas flight QF96 departed from Los Angeles and arrived in Melbourne 15 hours later. What made the trans-Pacific flight special is …

You're on the verge of losing everything - but you don’t understand why

<b>A run of bad luck leaves one man struggling to make sense of the UK benefits system. Very soon he is left with no income and at risk of losing the roof over his head. Can he find his way through a bafflingly complex maze of rules? Put yourself in his shoes.</b><p>Your name is Tony Rice. You're the sort of …

New Zealand debates access to dead sea life footage

<b>New Zealand's fishing industry has found itself at odds with conservationists over whether or not the public should be allowed to see the realities of commercial fishing.</b><p>In the waters around New Zealand - as many countries - animals including sea birds, dolphins, penguins and sea lions are …

The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt<p>We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried …

United Methodist

The Trump Administration has been quietly removing content from federal websites — here's the before and after

The Trump Administration is quietly changing things on .gov websites — and a group of academics and non-profits is keeping track.<p>The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) released a new report on Wednesday that details how references to our changing climate and greenhouse gases have …

I’ve been homeless. Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan’s big day, Windsor council has no excuse for its callousness towards the most vulnerable<p>Is this a new low in the callousness of modern Britain? The Conservative leader of Windsor council has demanded that the police remove homeless people from …

Homelessness

Donald Trump overturns Obama bans on drilling as he moves to vastly expand US offshore oil

Donald Trump's administration has announced plans to vastly expand oil and gas drilling in nearly all US coastal waters, reversing protections in the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific.<p>Environmentalists, and some Republicans, sharply criticised the move which is part of Mr Trump's "American Energy …