We've killed off more than 50% of forest animals on Earth, a new report found — even more evidence of a 6th mass extinction
- The report tracked populations of 268 species of forest-dwelling birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles worldwide between 1970 and 2014 (the most recent year for which data is available).
- In South America and Africa, for example, many of the tree species that absorb the most carbon rely on large birds and primates to eat their fruits and spread their large seeds, according to the report.
- Hunting, too, is a major culprit for declining animal populations — more than half of the species threatened by over-hunting, according to the report, are African primates, since they're hunted in the bushmeat trade.
- Helping forest animals avoid extinction is not as simple as planting more trees, the report added, since it can take decades for animal populations to recover even after tree cover gets replaced.
12 of the most powerful fully electric cars money can buy, including the car James Bond may drive in the next '007' film
- That means an electric car can feel more powerful than an internal-combustion-engined (ICE) car with the same horsepower rating at the low end, but start to lose some of its gusto at sustained high speeds unlike a gas-powered car.
- The car has a top speed of 195 mph and horsepower rating of 1,341, giving it a zero-to-60 time of only 2.7 seconds.
- Rimac's Concept One, which debuted in 2011, has a rating of 1,224 horsepower, allowing it to reach top speeds of 220 mph and hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds.
- Although the company has not released final specifications, its target is 2,000 horsepower, which would be good for a zero-to-62 mph acceleration time of under three seconds and a top speed of around 200 mph, according to CNET.
Truckers voted for Trump in droves. Now they say his trade war is 'killing' their ability to make a living.
- A Verdant Labs analysis of Federal Elections Commission data found that nearly three-quarters of truck drivers are Republican — one of the most conservative jobs in America, along with surgeons and farmers.
- Trump's tax reworking in 2017 led to many truck drivers having to pay hundreds in taxes this year, thanks to a change in per-diem laws.
- Truckers say the dip in manufacturing numbers, which they say are tied to Trump's trade war, are part of the reason why there are so few jobs.
- Last year, trucking was incredibly profitable, with record-low bankruptcies, remarkably high rates, eight-month-long wait lists for new trucks, and huge bumps in trucker pay.
- The segment of truckers called owner-operators, for instance, who are independent rather than company drivers, are fiercely engaged with politics on the national level.
From luxury yachts to private beachfront mansions: this is how much it costs to vacation like a Kardashian
- The average cost of renting a small yacht in Portofino (like the one Kylie has been posting to Instagram) is around $50,000 per week, according to Charter World.
- The Kardashian-Jenners stayed in two $5,000-a-night Presidential villas at the Conrad Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa. According to PR Newswire, the villas the family stayed in are "the only two-story overwater villas in French Polynesia." Each villa features a private pool and deck, as well as 360-degree ocean views.
- The luxury wellness spa features "casita-style" suites as well as private villas, perfect for celebrities looking to get away and enjoy some privacy.
- The suite Kourtney Kardashian and her model beau stayed in costs anywhere from $1,800 to $3,700 per night, depending on availability and the time of year you choose to visit.
- According to Elle, the Kardashian-Jenners stayed in a four-bedroom private residence, which costs roughly $8,000 dollars a night.
Antonio Brown's helmet saga has taken another bizarre turn and seems to be reaching a breaking point with the Raiders
- Antonio Brown is still fighting to wear the helmet of his liking through the 2019 NFL season, and the Oakland Raiders appear to be running out of patience with their superstar wide receiver.
- According to Schefter, Brown is hoping to argue in his second greivance that he should be given a one-year grace period to search for a new helmet, as the league had not formally banned his replacement helmet until this year, meaning he did not have the grace period afforded to other veteran players last season.
- It's unclear what other steps Brown might try and take in order to continue wearing his preferred helmet through the 2019 season should his second grievance with the league also be denied.
Microsoft’s HR chief says that purpose is the ‘secret sauce’ of engagement for every employee, not just millennials
- This, as Microsoft chief people officer Kathleen Hogan recently told Business Insider, is a key takeaway from her first half-decade on the job.
- Hogan is accountable for over 140,000 Microsoft employees across the globe, and she looks for indicators that potential employees will find purpose through the company and the opportunities and culture it provides.
- She points to the research on how millennials want purpose from their work.
- Hogan says the need for purpose encompasses everyone, not just millennials.
- Hansen, a management professor at the University of California, Berkeley, found that finding purpose could help with job performance as well.
- People who matched passion with purpose performed better at work than people who didn't express one or both qualities, according to Hansen's research.
- When Microsoft employees aren't feeling fulfilled, Hogan encourages them to zoom out and look at the bigger picture.
Inside the shadowy criminal alliance that's flooding Europe with cocaine
- The recent arrests of two members of the 'Ndrangheta in São Paulo have further highlighted the increasingly close partnership between the Italian mafia and Brazil's PCC — two of the world's most powerful criminal groups.
- Nicola Assisi is allegedly the 'Ndrangheta's main contact in South America and worked with Brazil's First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando da Capital - PCC) to smuggle cocaine into Europe, according to an investigation published in Portuguese newspaper Expresso.
- No other criminal group in Brazil has been able to achieve such a broad logistical network across the region, allowing the group to control the movement and sale of cocaine to foreign organizations like the 'Ndrangheta.
- The group may control as much as 80% of all of the cocaine entering Europe, a major source for the group's massive criminal profits, estimated at $60 billion a year, which is akin to the GDP of Croatia or Bulgaria, according to CNN.
A hiker says he survived for 5 days in the rugged Montana wilderness by eating only berries and bugs
- A lost hiker has been reunited with his family after spending five days alone in the Montana wilderness.
- When his brother's horse went lame, Laga volunteered to get off and walk because, he was the strongest hiker of the group, according to MTN News.
- But Laga took a wrong turn that led him off the trail and left him lost in the woods for five days, according to MTN News.
- Meanwhile, Laga's family organized search and rescue efforts.
- Read more: An 80-year-old man was left behind on a hiking trail.
- But Laga made it — thanks in part to the support of his family, who transformed their home into a command center in their search for Laga, and launching a Facebook page to update friends.
- A final update on the Facebook page juxtaposes a smiling Laga with his tattered hiking shoes after five days of wear.
2 children in 2 states died on the same day after being left in hot cars
- A 21-month-old boy was found on Friday in a vehicle in Booneville, Mississippi, according to a statement from Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey.
- Ramey said although the vehicle was in a parking lot between a daycare and an adult daycare facility, neither were involved in the death.
- It appears the child was left in the vehicle at a workplace all day before the car arrived at the parking lot and the child was discovered, Ramey said.
- Since 1998, more than 800 children have died from pediatric vehicular heatstroke, which occurs when a child's body temperature rises to 104 degrees.
- Last year was the deadliest year for child vehicular heatstroke in 20 years, with 52 children between 7 weeks and 5 years old dying after being left in cars, according to Amber Rollins, director of KidsandCars.org, a national nonprofit.
A key regulation put in place after the 2008 financial crisis is about to get a major overhaul
- Wall Street regulators are set to approve an update to the Volcker Rule, a section of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that prevents banks from using their own funds to make risky, short-term investments.
- The updated rule, dubbed "Volcker 2.0," is expected to simplify which types of trading and short-term investments banks can make with their own funds.
- The new policy will also clarify limits placed on banks' investments in hedge funds and private equity firms, Bloomberg reported.
- Three other regulators still need to review and approve the update including the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
- The agencies are expected to introduce more changes to make it easier for banks to identify which types of investing the initial policy was supposed to cover, according to Bloomberg.