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Weekend reads Andrea T Edwards

#72 Weekend reads – Covid back in the headlines, patience required in this pandemic journey

The week started with some distractions in the mix, which is always great (and so needed right now), and of course, I’m talking about the extraordinary fashion on display at the Met Gala in the US.

Kudos to Billie Eilish for agreeing to wear the Oscar de la Renta dress only if they committed to stop using fur. Influence for good.

Kim Kardashian – on the other hand – had a wonderful opportunity to represent oppressed women everywhere through her dramatic outfit, unfortunately, it was all about her. Such a missed opportunity.

For the last month, Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 took up the lead news, and while it hasn’t gone away, Covid is back in the headlines. When mainstream news takes a break, I always find it comes back deeper, more thoughtful and less reactive. This is so important, as we are now in the gruelling stage of this pandemic!  

When I dug into the Covid news, the Israel outbreak has created hesitancy around the world, with its the surge linked to the fact it ‘flung the doors open’ just as Delta arrived. It created a lot of misinformation as well – not that this is anything new.

The challenge was, the data from Israel was applied across all citizens, versus being broken down by demographics, which is what really matters. As an example, with the data broken down, it showed the vaccine was more than 90% effective at preventing severe disease in people under 50, and more than 85% effective in those over 50.

Equally, the chance of being hospitalised if you’re over 60 was reduced 40-fold if you’re vaccinated compared to if you’re unvaccinated.

Around the world, we see the US and Europe getting back to normal, but when you consume what’s going on, we all know normal is a long way away. Six months is the minimum period of time we have ahead, before we can expect anything close to “normal” – but that’s not worldwide, of course.

Until it’s over everywhere, it’s not over anywhere!

I saw one very compelling quote in a Bloomberg article: “this is a coronavirus forest fire that will not stop until it finds all the human wood that it can burn.” Very appropriate with everything else going on around the world.

As I said, the challenge of misinformation continues to plague us. Take a look at the piece on Nikki Minaj’s tweet and the global response. Please, if it’s not peer-reviewed, wait for it to be peer-reviewed! Don’t panic. Wait. Watch. Listen to the scientists. We must use our critical thinking right now, or we will continue in this mess.

Dig in, lots to read this week, especially around the climate crisis.

Friend’s content and sometimes mine

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I kicked off my first #GalTalk episode on my podcast Uncommon Courage, and it’s with my sister Phillipa Edwards, where we talk about the crazy stuff going on in my home country, Australia. Never boring when Phillipa is in the room.

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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      

Making sense of the ‘S’ in ESG

Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation tks Robert Kirubi

Do We Need to Shrink the Economy to Stop Climate Change?

At What Cost: How chronic gaps in adaptation finance expose the world’s poorest people to climate chaos

Different names for “natural gas” influence public perception of it

Climate Point: Yes, extreme weather events are up. But they’re less deadly than in the ’70s

California fires: General Sherman and other sequoias given blankets

Flying blind: The glaring absence of climate risks in financial reporting

Fossil fuel firms sue governments across the world for £13bn as climate policies threaten profits tks Teressa Bays

Despite the warnings signs, climate action is still painfully slow

Canadian prairie ranchers struggle with drought conditions  Canadian prairie ranchers struggle with drought conditions Close

Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

Report expects to see more than 200 million climate refugees by 2050 tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Join the final fight to save the bees

This new mixed-income housing complex comes with its own farm

Climate change’s impact on health tks Robert Kirubi

Global warming isn’t just a natural cycle

Is Carbonated Water Just as Healthy as Still Water?

Only a few carbon projects meet basic criteria for climate integrity, human rights and more tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Shape-shifting: changing animal morphologies as a response to climatic warming

People of color face disproportionate harm from climate change, EPA says

 Meat accounts for nearly 60% of all greenhouse gases from food production, study finds

Rethinking meat: A leader in the cultivated meat industry envisions the future

Weather disasters are getting worse worldwide, report says. But the good news is they aren’t as deadly.

Earth’s future ‘hinges on UN Glasgow climate talks’ tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Tropical storm Nicholas brings heavy rain to Texas and Louisiana

Climate change: World now sees twice as many days over 50C

The World is Not Enough

Mice with bigger ears? Climate change is causing animals to ‘shapeshift,’ new study shows

This plant medicine teacher is reclaiming Anishinaabe names for species. Why that could be good for the planet Social Sharing tks Kevin Cottam

Record number of environmental activists murdered

How is air pollution caused? Tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Moving Water in the Everglades Sends a Cascade of Consequences, Some Anticipated and Some Not

To Meet Paris Accord Goal, Most of the World’s Fossil Fuel Reserves Must Stay in the Ground

The dangerous myth that only young people care about climate change


They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

UK travel update: Amber list scrapped in overhaul of travel rules in England

In Red Texas, Parents Sue for School Masks on ‘Right-to-Life’ Grounds

Israel is struggling with COVID-19, despite high vaccination rates. What lessons can Australia learn?

Alberta doctors, businesses react to new COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport

Nicki Minaj: Trinidad minister criticises rapper’s vaccine tweet

Vaccine queues and lockdown videos: how one little NSW town is dealing with Covid tks Kerrie Phipps

One Third Of Vaccinated Americans Have Cut Ties With The Unvaccinated, Poll Finds

Federal regulators publish the first analysis of Pfizer’s booster shot application.

Study that claimed boys are at increased risk of myocarditis after vaccination is deeply flawed, say critics

Governor unveils new COVID plan, assures no hospital bed shortage

Gorillas At Atlanta’s Zoo Have Contracted COVID, Probably From A Zoo Worker

Covid Hospitalizations Hit Crisis Levels In Southern I.C.U.s

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs

Top FDA Vaccine Regulators Resist COVID Booster Shots, Fear Adverse Reactions Backfiring

Covid-19: Singapore residents who took Sinovac turn to Pfizer to up their antibody counts, amid debate on booster shots

Antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps – study

11 things to do at 11am now Gladys’ press conference is (sort of) gone

Here’s what the next six months of the pandemic will bring tks Wayne Chan

Vaccinating teenagers against Covid is priority, says UK epidemiologist

Singapore reaches 80 pc double-vaccination rate but life is not returning to normal

NSW records 1257 new cases, seven deaths as Premier warns of ‘slight slowdown’ in vaccinations

S’pore should make Covid-19 jabs mandatory so measures can be eased for all

Phuket Opinion: A dare to be honest

Global Politics

Aukus: France recalls envoys amid security pact row

As Russians Vote, Resignation, Anger and Fear of a Post-Putin Unknown

Aukus: US and UK face backlash over Australia defence deal

Taliban leaders in bust-up at presidential palace, sources say

Initial Taliban moves fail to convince Afghanistan’s neighbours

An Honourable Man tks Phillipa Edwards

Canada election: Lytton fire puts village at centre of debate

Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China

To Trump voters, chaos in Afghanistan ‘another betrayal’ by Biden

5 takeaways after Gov. Gavin Newsom prevails in California recall

10-hour debate in Parliament over foreign competition in job market ends past midnight

Norway’s center-left Labour begins coalition talks as anti-oil Greens sidelined

West Virginia Activists Are Coming for Joe Manchin

British American Tobacco negotiated bribe for Mugabe, new evidence suggests tks Steve Johnson

The hard reality of Brexit is hitting Britain. It’s costing everyone but Boris Johnson

FBI begins declassifying documents into Saudi 9/11 links

Indonesian Minister: Backpackers Are Not Welcome In Bali Upon Reopening

Business and Technology

Canva founders to put their billions to good use

How would we cope with a Cryptocalypse?

Working from home likely to stay long after COVID-19 pandemic is over

LinkedIn launches a $25M fund for creators, will test Clubhouse-style audio feature in coming weeks

Influencer Sues Pinterest, Alleging She Cofounded The Company—And Might’ve Been A Billionaire Today

Food shortages ‘permanent’ and shoppers will never again enjoy full choice of items, Britons warned

The Long and the Short of It maps exactly onto the challenges of global marketing tks Dan Hochuli

3 things to know about Amazon’s plan to cover 100% of employees’ tuition

Air India Express: Deadly plane crash blamed on human error

Social issues and humanity      


1970s paper predicting we’ll hit societal collapse is right on schedule

Could the ways you cope with stress be undermining you? Here are healthier ways to respond tks Verdayne Nunis

Shamima Begum tells the BBC she will forever regret joining ISIS

Why nations that fail women fail

The Neuroscience of News Overload

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF 2021 : Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Prince Andrew case: High Court to notify duke of US civil proceedings

Thousands of Migrants Huddle in Squalid Conditions Under Texas Bridge

Abuse, stress, overwork: nursing is in crisis tks Fiona Task Is

The Little Voice – tks Muriel Boutin-Becuwe

Passion, humour, history

The Matrix Resurrections – Official Trailer 1 tks Tim Wade

Animal magic! All Creatures Great and Small is the comforting TV we all need

Kim Kardashian West reveals the meaning of her bizarre Met Gala outfit

Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction

Vertical histories

Emma Raducanu wins US Open by beating Leylah Fernandez for maiden Grand Slam

You Can Make a Netflix Style Doco About Literally Anything – tks Warwick Merry

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