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Tipping point

#73 Weekend reads – have we finally hit the tipping point to act on the climate crisis?

If you’re one of the people that has been tracking and participating in the climate crisis conversation for a long time, one piece of good news is how many more are paying attention, especially in the last year or so. Have we hit the tipping point to act on the climate crisis? I believe we have. Let’s run!  

There is MUCH to read on the climate crisis in this blog, and all of the other topics covered, plus a reminder, I am constantly updating this blog with everything I’m sharing across the year. Have a look, and just scan the headlines if you don’t have time. It tells a rich and terrifying story in its own right.

A couple of articles I recommend you read – the links are below under the climate section. I’m not going to make it that easy for you! It’s worth doing the work my friends.

First is U.N. Warns Time Is Rapidly Running Out to Limit Global Heating to 1.5 Degrees Celsius.

We already know this, but some highlights.The World Meteorological Organization warns in a new report that governments are falling far short of the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal of limiting global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The U.N. weather agency says only immediate, large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can avert a global catastrophe.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Thursday that humanity’s “future is at stake.” The media is reporting his speech as “frustrated” and at “fever pitch.”

Good news China’s Xi Jinping promises to halt new coal projects abroad amid climate crisis. Now this isn’t enough but it is a VERY good start, because China has invested heavily in new coal projects abroad for its Green Belt and Road Initiative. I read a report a few years back, that this single project alone would push the world over three degrees warming, so it’s great, BUT there’s a domestic job to do too.

Coal remains the primary energy source by a long shot in China. It consumed more coal than all other countries in the world put together in 2020, and it accounted for 58% of the country’s energy demand in 2020.

And this article is why there is no time to lose – The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was in the Previous 50

To give you a sense – a former NASA climate scientist, James Hansen, urged Congress 33 years ago that human emissions of greenhouse gases were cooking the planet. He’s now warning that he expects the rate of global warming to double in the next 20 years. What. Why? Well the irony is, it’s because of reduced aerosol pollution that is leading to this steep temperature rise.

Don’t get me wrong, carbon dioxide and methane are driving global warming, but this warming is being accelerated by the decline of other industrial pollutants that we’ve cleaned up.

Declining sulfate aerosols has made some clouds less reflective, which means more solar radiation can reach and warm land and ocean surfaces. Sigh. Looks like we need to clean it all up!

And one more summary, titled: Are we eating ourselves to extinction? Read this. It’s an amazing piece, covering the decline in crops diversity, as we move closer and closer toward homogenous food. We’ve done to food what we’ve done in fashion….

It lists these facts:

  • The source of much of the world’s food – seeds – is mostly in the control of just four corporations
  • Half of all the world’s cheeses are produced with bacteria or enzymes manufactured by a single company
  • One in four beers drunk around the world is the product of one brewer
  • From the US to China, most global pork production is based around the genetics of a single breed of pig
  • There are more than 1,500 different varieties of banana, but global trade is dominated by just one, the Cavendish.

Another great Guardian piece this week – a long read – is on supply chain fraud. Brilliant.

There’s so much more, but do get stuck in.

Friend’s content and mine

Save Lives through Vaccine Access…Now my wonderful friend Wendy Tan, put together this petition to drive more vaccine equity. To get past this pandemic, this is absolutely critical. Great to see Joe Biden pushing this message strongly this week too. It is time!

Syzygy Moments with Anupama Singal on the Connect With Confidence podcast – two wonderful ladies, Anu and Kerrie Phipps, talking about Anu’s stunning coffee book – Syzygy Moments.

The first blog following the recent podcast of the same name for those who prefer to read: 22 Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Contribute to a Better World Instalment One: A Focus on Food. Will be doing another podcast with this group this week. Excited about it. Also will post another blog focusing on plastic.

And finally, a podcast with Katie Hudson, Karine Gauthier and Caryll Mullings-McDonald – Phuket book club reviews Uncommon Courage – wine, giggles and vulnerability – such a privilege to do this ladies, and to hear what really resonated with you all from the book. Super special.

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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  

U.N. Warns Time Is Rapidly Running Out to Limit Global Heating to 1.5 Degrees Celsius tks Robert Kirubi

Food fraud and counterfeit cotton: the detectives untangling the global supply chain

How will climate change affect where you live? This interactive tool shows you

Big Reefs in Big Trouble: New Research Tracks a 50 Percent Decline in Living Coral Since the 1950s

The companies polluting the planet have spent millions to make you think carpooling and recycling will save us tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Waste from one bitcoin transaction ‘like binning two iPhones’

The Rate of Global Warming During Next 25 Years Could Be Double What it Was in the Previous 50, a Renowned Climate Scientist Warns

Want to save the Earth? Then don’t buy that shiny new iPhone

‘Earth looks fragile from space’: Jeff Bezos pledges $1bn to conservation

Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Boris Johnson: Humanity is reaching a turning point on climate change

Most nations fall far short in plans to curb warming

China Pledges to Stop Building Coal-Burning Power Plants Abroad

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near Melbourne, tremors rattle southeast Australia

China’s Xi Jinping promises to halt new coal projects abroad amid climate crisis

Melbourne earthquake: The moment Australian TV studio is shaken

The world’s most sustainable smartphones tks Rohit Bassi

Climate change ETFs found to be undermining war on global warming

Are we eating ourselves to extinction?

California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees


COVID-19: Dining-in group size limit at regular F&B outlets down to 2 from Monday; social gatherings reduced tks John Vincent Gordon

They Shunned Covid Vaccines but Embraced Antibody Treatment

At Covid Summit, Biden Sets Ambitious Goals for Vaccinating the World

C.D.C. Chief Overrules Agency Panel and Recommends Pfizer-BioNTech Boosters for Workers at Risk

‘Funeral home’ ad spreads message for the unvaccinated

Aussie TikTok Lockdown Pro Hospitalised for Covid-19

Victoria’s health minister unleashes on Covid-positive tradie in hospital who attended Melbourne’s violent protests this week

Yemen, devastated by war, now faces a Covid surge, a nonprofit says.

Hospitals in Alaska struggle to handle a worsening outbreak.

It’s far from over, but Delta coronavirus wave might be the last major wave of infection, former FDA commissioner says

Germany to end quarantine pay for those without vaccinations

Moderna vs. Pfizer: Both Knockouts, but One Seems to Have the Edge

Biden calls on global partners to bolster the world’s Covid response: ‘We need to go big.’

WHO gives date for the end of the Covid pandemic, but Bill Gates says he has the ‘only solution’ to end the crisis

Are COVID-19 vaccine mandates a strategy to end the pandemic?

COVID-19 Task Force Hasn’t Ruled Out US Domestic Vaccine Passports

Pressure Grows on U.S. Companies to Share Covid Vaccine Technology

Did you know that a coronavirus epidemic hit 20,000 years ago?

 Covid-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu pandemic

US to drop travel ban for vaccinated international travelers starting in early November

COVID-19 and moral incompetence

Global Politics

How China’s ‘Common Prosperity’ Drive Will Redistribute the Wealth

Republican Review of Arizona Vote Fails to Show Stolen Election

Kim Yo-jong says North Korea open to ending war if conditions met

China frees Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig after Huawei boss released

China flies 19 aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers into Taiwan’s airspace as tensions build in wake of AUKUS pact

Does AUKUS Augment or Diminish the Quad?

Joe Biden plays down chances of UK-US trade deal

Britain’s nuclear submarines to use Australia as base for Indo-Pacific presence

Salisbury poisonings: Third man faces charges for Novichok attack

Trudeau stays in power but falls short of majority

Migrants in Texas: US flies Haitian migrants back home from border

Aukus: France pulls out of UK defence talks amid row

Business and Technology

Ordering in: The rapid evolution of food delivery

EU plans to legislate for common phone charger despite Apple grumbles

Facebook keeps researching its own harms — and burying the findings tks Susanna Hasenoerhl

Taxpayers face multibillion-pound bill to bail out failing energy firms, soaring bills AND empty supermarket shelves – amid fears dozens of gas companies could go to the wall in gas supply crisis tks Terresa Bayes

No More Apologies: Inside Facebook’s Push to Defend Its Image

Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity

Afghan girls school ban would be un-Islamic, Pakistan PM says

Former fire chief Greg Mullins faces the firestorm again tks Tim Wade                                                

Melbourne construction protest responses show Morrison government’s contradiction on lockdowns and mandates

Don’t Take A Gap Year Because Of The COVID-19 Pandemic tks Samantha Gayfer – not great advice!

Thousands of Haitians Allowed to Stay in U.S. as Texas Camp Clears Out

Female ‘Firies’ Are Fighting Flames and Stereotypes in Australia tks Kerrie Phipps

Melbourne protests throw dark clouds over the hallowed last week in September

Singaporeans React To Comments By And About New Immigrants

Passion, humour, history

Melbourne ends 57-year premiership drought with record-breaking grand final win

Canary Islands volcano: ‘Miracle house’ escapes lava

Willie Garson, ‘Sex and the City’ actor, dead at 57

The Most Meaningful Outfits At The 2021 Met Gala

Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!



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