Look for the headline – Chemical pollution has passed safe limit for humanity, say scientists. This is NOT a feel good read, but yet another code red for humanity and a demand that we all pay attention.
We have now passed the 5th of the nine planetary boundaries. Do we keep going? Are we ready for what that means?
This article discusses the cocktail of chemical pollution that pervades the planet, and it is now threatening the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends. Plastics are of particularly high concern, along with 350,000 synthetic chemicals – pesticides, industrial compounds, and antibiotics.
Antibiotics have been in the headlines recently for other reasons – Antimicrobial resistance now a leading cause of death worldwide – and of course, we don’t just take them, the animals we eat are pumped full of them.
However, the other alarming part of this story is the 350,000 chemicals already in circulation, and yet barely ANY have been tested for safety. We are a crazy species aren’t we?
This news shows that chemical pollution threatens Earth’s systems by damaging the biological and physical processes that underpin all life. As an example, a chemical used for one job, might also be responsible for killing all insects in an area. The death of these insects means ecosystem collapse, poisoned soil, dirty water and so much more.
And it’s only growing – there has been a fiftyfold increase in the production of chemicals since 1950. It’s projected to triple again by 2050. Plastics are supposed to triple by 2050 too. We’re already in a mess, can you imagine what this will look like?
This article finishes with this statement. The chemical pollution planetary boundary is the 5th of nine that scientists say have been crossed. The others are global heating, the destruction of wild habitats, loss of biodiversity and excessive nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.
The nine boundaries, according to this reference, are:
- Climate change
- Change in biosphere integrity (biodiversity loss and species extinction)
- Stratospheric ozone depletion
- Ocean acidification
- Biogeochemical flows (phosphorus and nitrogen cycles)
- Land-system change (for example deforestation)
- Freshwater use
- Atmospheric aerosol loading (microscopic particles in the atmosphere that affect climate and living organisms)
- Introduction of novel entities
Here is another reference.
We’re going to wake up and get to work soon? All of us doing our part, together? Anyhoo, let’s get into the weekend reads.
Friend’s content and mine
SAP appoints Susanna Hasenoehrl as its inaugural Head of Sustainability, APJ – absolutely delighted for Susanna Hasenoehrl, following the announcement on her new role this week. What an opportunity to create great change!
Wayne Milgate on providing ultra luxury in the Maldives – and my friend Wayne Milgate, doing great work in the Maldives!
Digital 2022: Top 10 Takeaways – Simon Kemp of Kepios has released his annual report, and this is always worth digging into. Here’s the top 10. Awesome job my friend. Here’s a link to the full report.
20 things that shit us, must we really endure? – loved doing this podcast with Phillipa Edwards, John Vincent Gordon and Steve Johnson. This is the stuff we rarely put words too and yet, why don’t we?
I also published this blog – Let’s make 2022 the year we get single use items out of our lives – this is something everyone of us can work towards. It feels awesome too.
If everyone gave #just10percent of their time, talent, money or voice, we’ll change the world. Can you donate? Make it a regular donation to the World Food Programme. Or donate to the UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org , Soi Dog Foundation. It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.
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.
New paper shows: ‘A win on climate is a win for health’ tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
What Happens to Norway Without Oil Income? tks David Lim
How a Tongan volcano shocked the world tks Lynn Guo
Major investor will target bosses at firms failing on climate tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Small brands are setting goalposts for sustainable fashion tks Susannah Jaffer
Because we could not stop for death tks Phillipa Edwards
Backed by Science: Here’s How We Can Eliminate COVID-19 tks Phillipa Edwards
The sweetheart deal that caused testing to collapse tks Phillipa Edwards
Grace Tame appears stony faced next to Scott Morrison during Australian of the Year photo op – tks Graham Harvey
Business and technology
16 Idioms You Need to Stop Using When Working Internationally tks Jason McBride
Social issues and humanity
Why young women aren’t smiling for you any more tks Phillipa Edwards
Women’s anger is not dissipating – and politics as usual won’t solve it tks Phillipa Edwards
Passion, humour, history
Are You Sure You Know What a Photograph Is? tks Shalaka Verma
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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