December 24th, 2016 | Published in News
When a year nears its end there’s a natural inclination to take stock, and 2016 has been a year like few others.
At Runbox, while working hard each day to improve our product and ensure that our services are reliable and secure, we have watched the world’s events unfold from our vantage point in the high north.
With customers in 172 countries we feel that we are connected with people in every corner of the world.
And as our planet completes another revolution, its fate seems more uncertain than ever. Just since Runbox was launched in 2000,
- average global temperature has increased 0.4°C ,
- average sea level has risen almost 6cm (2 inches) ,
- human population has grown by more than 1 billion , and
- around 30,000 species have gone extinct [4,5].
Humanity’s ecological footprint is so large that we are literally about to eradicate the planet’s resources:
- Humans annually absorb more than 42% of the Earth’s terrestrial net primary productivity, 30% of its marine net primary productivity, and 50% of its fresh water .
- 40% of the planet’s land is devoted to human food production, up from 7% in 1700 .
- 50% of the planet’s land mass has been transformed for human use .
Clearly this is not sustainable, and humanity is on a collision course with its environment.
This increasing urgency implores us to do more to help decrease human impact. We all depend on our environment — and when it deteriorates it affects us all.
This includes both our email hosting and web hosting services, up to 100 email accounts and 1 000 MB website storage per organization. If you are a registered environmental NPO/NGO, please contact us to apply.
We encourage other email and web hosting providers to do the same.
And we wish everyone the very best for the new year.
6. Vitousek, P. M., H. A. Mooney, J. Lubchenco, and J. M. Melillo. 1997. Human Domination of Earth’s Ecosystems. Science 277 (5325): 494–499; Pimm, S. L. 2001. The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth. McGraw-Hill, NY; The Guardian. 2005. Earth is All Out of New Farmland. December 7, 2005.