Report comparing past mass extinction events warns that hunting and killing of ocean’s largest species will disrupt ecosystems for millions of years. (...)
But today’s “sixth extinction” is unique in the way that the largest species, such as great white sharks, blue whales and southern bluefin tuna, are being pushed to the brink, due to humans’ tendency to fish for larger species more often than smaller ones.
The danger is disproportionate to the percentage of threatened species, with the authors warning the loss of giants would “disrupt ecosystems for millions of years even at levels of taxonomic loss far below those of previous mass extinctions”. (...)
In distributed systems, where there is no overt hierarchy, power is a function of design.
Peer Governance and Democracy tends toward a stakeholder model, with active participants directing decisions, but also incorporating an auto-immune system to prevent the private appropriation of power.
People all over the planet are using the interconnection afforded by technology to forge a new society – a society built from the ground up, rather than governed from the top down.
We are realising the failures of democracy, and forging our own systems of fairness.
We are starting to distrust the mass media.
We are growing tired of our governments.
We are losing interest in state led education, instead choosing to learn based on what inspires us, because we no longer need the authorities to provide for us.