Scientists claim that humanity's impact on the Earth is so profound that we should now define a new geological epoch, called the Anthropocene. So what determines the start and end of previous geological periods? And what exactly characterizes this new one?
In 2018, an estimated 2.5 billion people, mostly in India, Africa and China, are thought to need spectacles, but have no means to have their eyes tested or to buy them. “The visual divide”, as NGOs call it, is one of those vast global shortcomings that suddenly makes sense when you think about it. Across the developing world, straightforward myopia, and presbyopia, the loss of near vision caused by ageing, have been linked with everything from high road deaths to low educational achievement and poor productivity in factories. Eye-health campaigners call it the largest untreated disability in the world.
The description "frugal legal secretary" takes on a whole other meaning. Check out the links in the article for more stories about people who lived simply and gave generously. They are models for all of us.
I'm guessing most of my students rarely think about being a cop or a spy. This New Yorker article may make you think about both in a new way. It even has audio so you can view the text along with someone reading out loud. Comments?