It’s no secret that the world’s ocean trash problem is getting bad; looking at a handful of images from the Texas-sized Pacific garbage patch should be enough to convince anyone. As for all of our litter that doesn’t end up in the middle of the ocean? It often stays close to shore, where volunteers for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup pick some of it up, cataloging all the items they find.
The 10 types of trash that are littering our beaches
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99% of people in Estonia have blue eyes!
If you didn’t already know this, then we will tell you now - originally, all humans had brown eyes. Having blue eyes is actually the result of a mutation that one of our ancestor’s would have experienced. A similar mutation exists within people with blonde hair, as we all used to have brown hair.
Ironically enough, blonde eyes are seen as particularly beautiful - perhaps because of the rarity of them in certain regions of the world, but Estonia is definitely not one of those areas. Located in Europe, Estonia has the highest percentage of citizens with blue eyes, 99%, according to Hans Eiberg of the University of Copenhagen.
Close runner ups include Germany, where 75% of citizens have blue eyes, and in Denmark, around 85%-90% of citizens are said to have blue eyes.
Researchers have all come to the conclusion that blue eyes were predominant amongst our ancestors that lived in a few regions of the world. These regions are Ireland, the Baltic Sea, Northern, Southern, and Eastern Europe, as well as certain parts of Western Asia [most notably Afghanistan, India, and Syria]
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Hyperrealistic 3D Toys
Acrylic paintings that are so precisely detailed, with life-like colors, perfect shadows and incredible reflections by Jason de Graaf
The most Beautiful Street in the World
Located in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, this gorgeous tree-lined street is said to be the most beautiful street in the world. Planted 70 years ago by German employees in a former brewery site, one hundred tipuana trees stretch approximately 500 meters.
In the last 50 years we have devastated approximately 90% of large fish stocks in the world’s oceans. We have a small window of opportunity to save the last 10% before they are pushed to extinction. Halt the plunder of our seas – visit www.ewt.org.za
Advertising Agency: Lowe, Cape Town, South Africa
Creative Director: Kirk Gainsford
Art Director: Dane Alexander
Intern Art Directors: Natasha Dobbs, Tammy Hart
Intern Copywriters: Lauren Rimmer, Phillip Black
Illustrator: Chris Eloff
Why The Happiest People Have The Hardest Jobs
“The happiest people I know are dedicated to dealing with the most difficult problems,” Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes for HBR. Whether reversing schools’ struggles, making unsafe water potable, or helping the terminally ill, “they face the seemingly worst of the world with a conviction that they can do something about it and serve others.”
Kanter pulls in a number of anecdotes, including that of her friend, the Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Goodman. Upset by the care her dying mother received, Goodman left her syndicated columnist gig to start The Conversation Project, which aims to get every family to talk about death and end-of-life care. While Kanter doesn’t quote Goodman in the piece, we can infer that Goodman is doing emotionally fulfilling work—which, as positive psychology tells us, is a key to enduring happiness, as opposed to the fleeting nature of pleasure.
A meaningful, happiness-generating career, then, will include a sense of engagement—or even devotion—to the work one does. And while engagement is a predictor of success on a global level, less than half of American workers have it.
The role of money
Money isn’t what motivates these high achievers, Kanter writes; instead, engaged people pursue mastery, membership, and meaning. Money was a distant fourth.
Let’s be clear: money matters plenty—if you don’t have enough to feel secure, you’llact like an alligator. But as research suggests, once you clear the income thresholds of $50,000 to $70,000 a year, the cash-to-happiness correlation levels off).
“Money acted as a scorecard, but it did not get people up-and-at ‘em for the daily work,” Kanter observes, “nor did it help people go home every day with a feeling of fulfillment.”
But fulfillment doesn’t have hockey-stick growth. Kanter talks about the corps members of City Year who are working with at-risk students and seeing improvements and problems come in waves. But progress “isn’t linear,” she says—it may only be apparent after many long days, like when a D student raises his hand.
So, in our work, we need to be mindful of cultivating mastery of our skills, give our people a sense of membership, and look for where we can find meaning from what we’re doing.
“It’s as though we all have two jobs,” Kanter says, “our immediate tasks and the chance to make a difference.”
The Happiest People Pursue the Most Difficult Problems
[Image: Flickr user Bob Vonderau]
Mali: End Child Labor in Gold Mines
The Malian government should take immediate action to address child labor in mining instead of denying it. Human Rights Watch published an in-depth report on the issue in December 2011, but Malian authorities attacked this research at a news conference earlier in April 2013 and rejected well-documented evidence that child labor is used in the country’s mines.
Human Rights Watch conducted field research in artisanal gold mines in Kéniéba and Kolondiéba circles in 2011 and interviewed more than 150 people for its report. Children between the ages of 6 and 17 told the organization how they dug pits, worked underground in unstable mines, carried and crushed heavy ore, and used toxic mercury to extract gold. Such work is hazardous and prohibited under international and Malian law.
Photo: Children work in an artisanal gold mine, Kéniéba cercle, Mali. © 2010 International Labour Organization/IPEC
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Advertising Agency: Batarya, Turkey
Creatives: Bora Topsever, Cansu Bakır, Veli Güzel, Derya Taşçı