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#61 Weekend reads – and the Northern Hemisphere cooks

If you’re like me, you’ve been transfixed by the news of the unrelenting heat wave hitting Canada, with record temperatures killing hundreds from heat related issues, as well as setting off fires that are destroying whole towns.

And we all know this heat wave is extending well beyond Canada. The US is experiencing intense heat, but so is Europe, Russia, and the Arctic is burning up too – which is of huge concern, because it is here we release the methane dragon – a gas 86 times more potent than carbon. We are inching ever closer to this reality, and the impact of this, well it’s too frightening to know. Let’s just say we can expect uncontrollable climate change, and it will happen fast, not slow.

Some heat news

A Scorcher in Siberia and Europe

Heat wave in Russia brings record-breaking temperatures north of Arctic Circle

Another significant heat wave enters West Coast forecast

Heat waves, storms and drought: The Northern Hemisphere summer is off to a wild start

But then we have some deeper commentary

Heatwave causing ‘biggest glacier melt in Washington state in a century’.

Or this one As a climate scientist, I know the knock-on effects of heatwaves like these — and we need to act urgently.

Or even this one Canadian inferno: northern heat exceeds worst-case climate models.

Are we getting the message yet?

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Meet Susanna Hasenoehrl, The Sustainability Speaker Drawing Up Future-Ready Solutions for Environmental and Social Causes – I met Susanna Hasenoehrl nearly a decade ago in Singapore. Hugely passionate about the environment and sustainability, she’s equally passionate about food, health and childhood obesity. Wonderful to see people paying attention to her. Very well deserved!

EPIC035 – John Gordon | Owner, Expat Choice (Full Episode) – John Vincent Gordon is having a wonderful, far-reaching conversation with Edric Poon. Wonderful insights for anyone in the creative industry, as well as the publishing sector. It’s also a story of multiple careers spanning a lifetime. Great interview.

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Content to read

And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.

Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction

‘Worst is yet to come’: Disastrous future ahead for millions worldwide due to climate change, report warns

‘Big oil is the new big tobacco’: Harvard professor attacks ‘denial and delay’ tactics of ExxonMobil tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

‘Humans caught the ocean on fire’: Gas pipeline fire in Gulf of Mexico creates shocking scene

Canada Lytton: Heatwave record village overwhelmingly burned in wildfire

Canada heatwave: Lightning strikes trigger wildfires in British Columbia

Australia is at the climate crossroads. The choice is yours, mates

Indigenous Leaders and Human Rights Groups in Brazil Want Bolsonaro Prosecuted for Crimes Against Humanity

Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records

Fukushima’s boar-pig hybrids reveal how nature can heal after humans

Nuclear legacy is a costly headache for the future

Some Republicans Find Failure to Grapple With Climate Change a ‘Political Liability’

In a Growing Campaign to Criminalize Widespread Environmental Destruction, Legal Experts Define a New Global Crime: ‘Ecocide’

Old, small and CO2-intense: why Canada’s highest-carbon oil sites keep pumping

Canada weather: Heat hits record 46.6C as US north-west also sizzles

The weird argument that offshore oil is good for the climate, debunked

California deserts have lost nearly 40% of plants to hotter, drier weather, satellite data shows

Western Canada heat wave expected to break daily, all-time temperature records tks Kevin Cottam


Is the Murdoch-Morrison Government actively trying to kill everyone? tks Phillipa Edwards

Record 61 Covid deaths, 6,087 new cases

Covid: Australia to halve arrivals and trial home quarantine

Thailand Ready to Tackle Outbreak From Reopening, Minister Says tks John Vincent Gordon

Inside India’s deadly mucormycosis fungus epidemic

Recipients of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine not exempted from pre-event testing: MOH tks Chris J Reed

Covid: Masks upgrade cuts infection risk, research finds

Infectious diseases expert slams open letter by 5 doctors for ‘misleading’ public on Covid-19 vaccines for youth

Covid study with trumpeter Alison Balsom reveals brass-playing is safer than talking tks Phillipa Edwards

Australia Covid: Outbreaks emerge across country in ‘new phase’ of pandemic

Singapore’s surprising new plan to ‘live with covid’ revealed tks John Vincent Gordon

Covid: How Delta exposed Australia’s pandemic weaknesses

Global Politics

After Alexei Navalny the opposition to Vladimir Putin has no single leader

Bagram: Last US and NATO forces leave key Afghanistan base

Kim Jong-un: North Korea sees ‘grave incident’ after Covid lapses

Leonard Pitts Jr.: No mystery why conservatives find education dangerous

AOC Claps Back In Iconic Style After Marjorie Taylor Greene Slams Her As A ‘Little Communist’

Matt Hancock quits as health secretary after breaking social distance guidance

Business and Technology

JPMorgan Chase Releases Grave Warning For Crypto Holders

Here’s What We Learned About Evergreen Content  tks Michelle Cockrill

Did Ronaldo damage Coke’s brand? It depends where you were standing

Americans’ Hunger for the World’s Goods Drives Global Recovery

Judge Throws Out 2 Antitrust Cases Against Facebook

Texas Supreme Court rules Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking, citing SESTA/FOSTA

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Boy Scouts of America: $850m deal agreed over sexual abuse claims

Ethiopia Tigray conflict: Famine hits 400,000, UN warns

Modern medicine still has much to learn about women’s bodies

Bill Cosby freed after top court overturns sexual assault conviction

“I want to honour the strength and resilience of women like my mother”

‘Should be ashamed’: Uproar over ‘disgusting’ moment at Euro 2020 tks Damian Corbet

Wisdom vs. Intelligence: What’s The Difference?

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

10 Traits Of Old Souls – Are You One?

Serena Williams will skip Tokyo Olympics: “I keep the reason for myself”

Town of Jabiru on Kakadu’s outskirts handed to local Mirarr people in ‘monumental moment’

Trans Girls Belong on Girls’ Sports Teams tks Brian Sibley

Q&A: ‘Why do people have to die before a famine is declared?’

Second-guessing yourself leads to worse decisions, study finds

Residential school survivor walking to Ottawa to honour ‘lost little souls’ reaches Manitoba Social Sharing tks Kevin Cottam

Hundreds of unmarked graves found at second Canadian school

5 Accidental Truths Unloved Daughters Learn

Passion, humour, history

Cause of worst mass extinction ever found

Fairy Tales Could Be Older Than You Ever Imagined

Possible shaman’s snake stick from 4,400 years ago discovered in a Finnish lake  

Pembrokeshire: Hundreds of medieval bodies excavated at Whitesands Beach

Four philosophers who realized they were completely wrong about things

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021: Shortlist revealed

5,000-year-old man was ‘oldest plague victim’

Getting Strangled as Gracefully As Possible, or A Year in the Belly of The Whale

The riddle of how humans evolved to have fathers

Where Did That Cockatoo Come From? This is a very cool story!

Did a Lost Roman Legion Wind Up in Liqian, Northwestern China?

Tour de France: Police seek spectator after crash

The Wisdom of Cleopatra, the Intellectual Queen Who Could Outsmart Them All

Scholars Are One Step Closer to Solving the Mystery of an Enormous Chalk Figure

Let me know what jumped out at you?



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