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#77 Weekend reads – Carbon sucking tech and climate shadows

I could highlight so many news pieces this week, but I want to focus on two topics that I believe are worth your attention. Carbon capture technology and our climate shadow.

The first is about understanding how we sequester CO2 out of the atmosphere and store or use it. The other side worth understanding is how we can harness and store renewable energy. Both are critical pieces of knowledge if we want to understand the crisis we face.

Please look for – Is Sucking Carbon Out of the Air the Solution to Our Climate Crisis? Also listen to the podcast by the Wall Street Journal, The Future of Everything. They are doing a series on capturing and storing energy, and the one to look out for is Zero Carbon Future 2: How to Store Renewable Energy For a Rainy Day.

For the sucking carbon out of the air article, it takes us on a journey of this technology (DAC, BECCS, etc…), where it is in its development and possibilities, the challenges it faces (and there are many), the opportunities, but most importantly, how the solutions being put forward will mean the fossil fuel industry can continue.

An example of where we are with DAC, is a pilot plant currently operational and it can process up to 1,000 metric tons of CO2 annually. We emit approximately 33 billion metric tons a year, so when it comes to significantly reducing our emissions, it’s a long way off.

The question this articles tackles is – can we solve climate change with CO2-sucking machines? And if so, how can we pull 10 billion metric tons per year out of our atmosphere, which is equal to nearly a third of our current annual CO2 output? And is this the area where we should focus? The article makes the argument from every angle.

From all I’ve been reading on this topic, yes tech that can sequester carbon will have a major part to play, but it’s not the only solution. Just like planting trees isn’t the only solution. For trees to be a success, afforestation and reforestation run into the same problem that BECCS does. Planting enough trees to reach net zero by 2050, would require four billion acres, which is equivalent to more than 80 percent of all the existing farmland on the planet.

It’s not an easy answer, but well worth a read.

The second piece is Forget your carbon footprint. Let’s talk about your climate shadow.

This article moves the conversation well-beyond BPs marketing ploy of the carbon footprint, which pushed all of the responsibility onto us, the consumers. This puts us at risk, because our attention isn’t on the big stuff, but instead on the smaller stuff – like turning lights off. Bigger stuff includes lobbying local politicians or speaking up at work about wasteful practices.

The author Emma Pattee came up with the concept of the climate shadow. This is about our life choices within the context of the climate emergency, so it’s not turning off the aircon, but: how you vote, how many children you choose to have, where you work, how you invest your money, how much you talk about climate change, and whether your words amplify urgency, apathy, or denial.

Your climate shadow is made of three parts: my consumption, my choices, and my attention. Well worth a read.

Articles worth digging into are bold down below. They’re all worth it, but making it as easy as possible. Get stuck in.

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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         

Is Sucking Carbon Out of the Air the Solution to Our Climate Crisis?

News Corp’s dramatic climate change backflip | Media Watch tks Willie Wahlin

The Baghdad traffic officer who works in 50C heat Tks Steve Johnson

Can a Carbon-Emitting Iron Ore Tycoon Save the Planet?

Google’s Biggest Moonshot Is Its Search for a Carbon-Free Future

Earthshot Prize: Costa Rica wins £1m from William’s Earthshot prize

As Imperial Co. heat deaths rise, ‘people have died’ from Calexico’s inaction, critics say

Climate Point: Quiet deaths in extreme heat, and New England color could brown out.

Climate Change Poses a Widening Threat to National Security

Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as ‘mismanaged’

Alan Kohler: The alarming consequences of Canberra’s climate capers tks Phillipa Edwards

Manchin throws ‘hand grenade’ at Biden’s climate change agenda for Glasgow

‘Case closed’: 99.9% of scientists agree climate emergency caused by humans

COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

Planned fossil fuel output ‘vastly exceeds’ climate limits, says UN

Climate change: Fossil fuel production set to soar over next decade

Waterspout spectacle off the coast of Cuba tks Steve Johnson

Podcast Zero Carbon Future 2: How to Store Renewable Energy For a Rainy Day

Raging Flood Waters Driven by Climate Change Threaten the Trans-Alaska Pipeline

What’s behind News Corp’s new spin on climate change? tks Sophia Henri

Forget Your Carbon Footprint. Let’s Talk About Your Climate Shadow. tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

14 Documentaries That Could Change the Way You Eat tks Karen Leong          

The nightmare of India’s tallest rubbish mountain

Risks associated with global warming of 1.5°C or 2°C

Plant-Based Food Companies Face Critics: Environmental Advocates

At least three dead in Bali earthquake

Kerala floods: At least 26 killed as rescuers step up efforts

Climate Change 1958: The Bell Telephone Science Hour


New Delta descendant may be more infectious than its ancestor Tks Tim Wade

Covid-19 Herd Immunity Proves Elusive in U.K.

Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Booster Shot Was 95.6% Effective in Large Trial, Companies Say

Covid: Why are UK cases so high?

Anti-vaxxers fabricated quotes attributed to infectious diseases expert Kristine Macartney and spread them online tks Philippa Penfold

Colin Powell dies from COVID-19 complications

‘Sad and tragic’: Victorian teenager among seven new COVID deaths in the state

Colin Powell: Former US secretary of state dies of Covid complications

Covid: Virus may have killed 80k-180k health workers, WHO says

Global Politics

Myanmar army general Min Aung Hlaing excluded from leaders’ summit

Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social

Biden Backs Compromise to Win a Vast Social Agenda

Coal-state Democrat set to scupper Biden clean energy plans

NUCLEAR THREAT US is DEFENSELESS against China’s hypersonic nuke missiles, says top diplomat

Capitol riot: Lawmakers vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt

North Korea fires suspected submarine-launched missile into waters off Japan

China denies testing nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

Do you care if the image of Texas has taken a public relations beating in 2021?

China tests new space capability with hypersonic missile

Business and Technology

The duel: Should we despise billionaires?

How Working From Home Could Change Where Innovation Happens

Five U.S. lawmakers accuse Amazon of possibly lying to Congress following Reuters report

What we really want for Christmas this year tks Sue Adams

Facebook Is Rebuked by Oversight Board Over Transparency on Treatment of Prominent Users

Facebook plans new group name to revamp image, says The Verge

Social issues and humanity

China: The patriotic ‘ziganwu’ bloggers who attack the West

Drama in Hell tks Willie Wahlin

What I Learned About Life at My 30th College Reunion

Alec Baldwin ‘heartbroken’ over fatal film set shooting

Here’s How a Prop Gun Using Blanks Can Still Fire a Fatal Shot tks Barry Graubart

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

‘Rust’ crew describes on-set gun safety issues and misfires days before fatal shooting tks Cheryl Tan

Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

How conspiracy theories bypass people’s rationality

Brian Laundrie: Remains of Gabby Petito’s fiancé found – FBI

‘It’s not helpful’: Jonah Hill asks fans not to comment on his body tks Mireille Barber

Gabby Petito: ‘Human remains’ found in Brian Laundrie search

Pru Goward’s comments on Australia’s underclass play on disproven and harmful myths tks Phillipa Edwards

Why you shouldn’t underestimate the underclass tks Phillipa Edwards

Sometimes People Don’t Say Sorry—Why It Pays to Forgive Nonetheless

Malala Yousafzai urges Taliban to allow girls’ education                                                

‘Water’s Soul’: Massive white sculpture makes a statement in New York harbor

Netflix just fired the organizer of the trans employee walkout

What Number of Kids Makes Parents Happiest?

English council urges parents not to allow children to watch Squid Game

The Cruel Paradox of Linda Evangalista’s Fate

Passion, humour, history

On the origin of minds needs a Copernican shift in perspective

Drone operator will try to rescue dogs from Spanish volcano

Diver finds 900-year-old crusader sword off Israel’s coast

More Details Are Coming Out About The British Baker Caught Using Illegal American Sprinkles, And I Can’t Stop Laughing About The Entire Saga tks Barry Graubart

Richard Dawkins on the Luckiness of Death

A woman won a million-euro Spanish literary prize. It turned out that ‘she’ was actually three men.

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



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