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One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break

January 1, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

One New Year’s Resolution We Can’t Afford to Break

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As you’re poring over your resolutions this week, add this one somewhere between saving money and learning a new skill: Share the planet.


This year has been full of bad news for the planet, from our dietary habits making climate goals impossible to the loss of half of all wildlife over the past four decades.Even fireflies had a bad year. On top of that, we added more than 77 million people to our population in 2014. That’s like adding another California, Florida and New York to the world in a single year.


And we’re not done yet — not even close. In the first month of 2015, 4.3 people will be born worldwide every second. By mid-century, it’s estimated that we’ll be ringing in the New Year with almost 10 billion of our closest friends. There’s not enough champagne to go around (especially since climate change may bring the end of winefrom the Champagne region).

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