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 change.org 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!
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.
Mitigation pathways compatible with 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
The world’s most sustainable smartphones tks Rohit Bassi
Business and Technology
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
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Don’t Take A Gap Year Because Of The COVID-19 Pandemic tks Samantha Gayfer – not great advice!
Female ‘Firies’ Are Fighting Flames and Stereotypes in Australia tks Kerrie Phipps
Singaporeans React To Comments By And About New Immigrants
Passion, humour, history
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