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Andrea Edwards

#4 Weekend reads – and the craziness continues…

What a week of news! It feels like civil war is closer than ever in the US, and on the other side of the world here in Asia Pacific, slowly, slowly, some semblance of normality is coming back.

However, none of us are being reckless or taking it for granted, and I have to say, it’s good living in a region where everyone does takes the threat of a pandemic seriously. Did you see that Korea closed its schools again?

I personally feel like this is all a long way from over, and as my family finish our 11th week in quarantine (our choice), we have ventured out into the world a couple of times, but it’s so depressing, I just want to stay home until this is all resolved.

So many questions remain unanswered, but that is the nature of a pandemic and the speed science can work at to get those answers we all so desperately need. Patience is definitely what is needed right now, and trust in science.

One thing I noticed about self-isolating this week – the whole family felt really exhausted. You know when you get so tired your eyes itch and your body is sluggish? That sort of exhaustion, and I think it’s another aspect of this journey we’re all on – the relentlessness of it. It takes a toll in different ways. Let me know if you can relate?

Sometimes we’re up, sometimes we’re down, and of course, there are many people that are going much further down, really struggling with this time. I am sending a big virtual hug for anyone in this space. It’s a really tough time!

A tip for dealing with an Infodemic

One tip I want to give everyone to deal with the enormous amount of information circulating. Read/watch with the lens of history over the top of what you’re consuming. I know it all can feel incredibly overwhelming, but putting this lens on top of it, helps to determine what really matters.

Therefore, anything you take on board, ask yourself – will this be part of the story when we reflect back on this time in the future? Sometimes just doing this helps to identify the information that really matters. The day-to-day news is not all going to make it into the cut of our future reflections.

This approach helps you to not get so caught up in every piece of information doing the rounds. We need to focus on what is most important, because, there is a LOT of distraction from the core truth today. I hope this tip is useful.

As always, I’m sharing a selection of articles and videos I’ve been reading/watching, in the hope it helps you navigate this Infodemic. There’s a lot going on around the world and some of it is extremely alarming. But we can overcome together. We can.

So here it is, without opinion. Scan through and select one or read them all! Sometimes just reading the headlines can give you the context of this time.

Friends blogs

Still ‘greenwashing’ – or taking real climate action?  Susanna Hasenoehrl

3 Big reasons to cheer for AI in the fight against COVID-19 Nishan Weerasinghe

Bring Sustainability from the Sidelines to the Stadium  Tim Hamons

In no particular order

Faces of the dead

Trump says terminating US relationship with World Health Organization over COVID-19

Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm One Person in Particular: Donald Trump

Mississippi River Delta Marshes Have Hit a Tipping Point, Study Finds

Minnesota police arrest CNN team on live television

Arresting reporters at a protest is an affront to the First Amendment

How do I make sure I’m not raising the next Amy Cooper?

How fast will you need to flee from the heat? There’s a word for that.

Casual sex is out, companionship is in 

Why Don’t Americans Trust Experts Anymore?

In post-pandemic renewables boom, Australia is once again the lucky country

30 Times Peoples’ Awful Ideas Were Executed Perfectly tks David Lim

It Hit 80 Degrees in the Arctic This Week

Norwegian companies take petroleum technology into renewable industries

Coronavirus: Leading economist warns of 10 years of depression and debt

Watch the Earth Day Week broadcast

From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities tks Ava Diamond

Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich

Why We All Need To Just Wear The Freaking Masks tks Lisa Larson Lee

600 Physicians Say Lockdowns Are A ‘Mass Casualty Incident’

Column: Trump’s coronavirus response has been brilliant. Here’s what you don’t understand.

Art historian Alice Procter is on a mission to decolonise museums and galleries in her ‘Uncomfortable Art Tours’ tks David Lim

Deforestation boosts Brazil greenhouse gas emissions as global emissions fall

These Are The Fake Experts Pushing Pseudoscience And Conspiracy Theories About The Coronavirus Pandemic

India parents make pandemic road trip to get to stranded infant

Americans ignore social distancing measures as US death toll nears 100,000

We found 2˚C of warming will push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold

Coronavirus: WHO halts trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety fears

The Dark Core of Personality

10 best countries to invest in post-COVID

A quick guide to effective recycling in Phuket

CNN reporter debunks beachgoers’ coronavirus theories

Coronavirus: How scared should we be?

Rio Tinto blasts 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site to expand iron ore mine tks Willie Wahlin

Opinion Done Wrong: Researchers Find Fox News Hurts Stay-At-Home Compliance tks Gina Giachetti

Trump to ‘sign executive order about social media

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency

Coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people across the US 

White House organizes harassment of Twitter employee as Trump threatens company

Alibaba Hunts for a Million Influencers Keen to Make Big Money

Moscow more than doubles city’s Covid-19 death toll

Study shows erosion of ozone layer responsible for mass extinction event

Trump’s Order on Social Media Could Harm One Person in Particular: Donald Trump tks Kerrie Phipps

Commentary: The wonder of clear skies and returning wildlife is our new climate problem

 Online child abuse rising during lockdown warn police

Public Speaker Reacts to Pewdiepie

One of the people I most admire on social media is David JP Phillips. He is doing amazing work and I definitely recommend you check him out if you want to be better in the digital world!

Hope you found something of value in this list – definitely a busy news week. See you next week!



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