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Andrea T Edwards, Weekend Reads

#98 Weekend reads – did you know trees are more than carbon capture sticks?

Yes, they are… apparently. There’s a new report that proves it too and I have to say, hearing that trees are more than carbon capture sticks as a new idea, took me by surprise. I mean duh, right?

Look out for: The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds

In summary, the world’s forests play a far greater and more complex role in tackling the climate crisis than previously thought, due to their physical effects on global and local temperatures. Trees do more than just store carbon, they keep air near and far cool and moist due to the way they physically transform energy and water.

The band of tropical rainforests spanning Latin America, central Africa and south-east Asia generate the most local and global benefits. Forests are important to mitigation and adaptation, cooling the air and protecting us from droughts, extreme heat and floods caused by the climate breakdown.

Two big stories

Beyond trees, there are a couple of BIG stories circulating right now, and I encourage everyone to read some of these. The first is the risk of global famine and food security issues because of the war in Ukraine. While many do not see the risk of war for themselves, it’s going to be more than rising food prices and soon, if we don’t get this war stopped.

An interesting insight for me has been that Ukraine has been one of the world’s largest contributors to the World Food Programme. The Head of the WFP – David Beasley estimates that it provides 40% of its wheat. The war has now reversed this flow: the WFP is now working to provide Ukrainians with the supplies they need in this crisis.

A wheat crisis will severely impact the Middle East and North Africa, potentially creating another ‘Arab Spring’ moment. Regardless: the war in Ukraine could have profound impacts on global food supplies, with far-reaching consequences for hunger and food security across the world.

Keep an eye out for

Farmers on the Brink

How could the war in Ukraine impact global food supplies?

War in Ukraine could plunge world into food shortages

Could The War In Ukraine Break The Global Food Supply Chain?

The second biggest story is the fact that what is happening right now in our environment, was not expected until 2050. Everything is happening harder, faster and is more extreme than expected. This is a siren for all of us, but will we hear it? I know I have….

Some headlines to look out for in the environment section below

Climate change that happened gradually is accelerating suddenly

2021 emissions surge leaves less than 10 years to avoid 1.5 degree warming: study

Antarctic ice shelves are shattering. How fast will seas rise?

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres

Antarctic ice shelf nearly the size of Los Angeles collapsed as temperatures soared to 40 above normal

Past the warning stage on climate

What about the climate displaced?

Finally, before you read the articles below, please do watch this. Sir Ken Robinson is still speaking to us and this is brand new. Launched today.

Friend’s content and mine

I feel exhausted all the time. I’m not sure if I’m burnt out. What can I do? Big shout out to my friend Sha-En Yeo, who write this very important piece. Have a read so you can know the signs and know what to do about it. Asking for help is not weakness.

If you go to one hour 22 mins on this video, you can hear Dion Jensen talking about crisis leadership and mental health on The Know Show. Some hugely powerful ideas here if you are struggling with your mindset right now. Have a listen to the pro and someone who is dedicating his life to service.

I had a wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Dr Sharon Spano, who hosts The Other Side of Potential podcast. We discussed social leadership, including how social media is democratizing information and can be used as a tool to heal society, how to take a stand on social media without suffering negative repercussions, the importance of using inclusive and unifying language on social media, the value of objectivity and not investing emotionally in information and how we all need to walk the world with gentler feet. Here’s the link to the podcast and on Apple.

Dr Sharon Spano, The Other Side of Potential #SocialLeadership

I launched my daily tips for everyone to help address climate change and here is week three. I will also be updating these ideas at this blog – What can I do to act on climate change? Actions we can all embrace. Favorite it and check in often.

Donation time

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 , , Soi Dog Foundation.  It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.

If you want to support Ukraine Red Cross Ukraine, Medicine Sans Frontier, Defend Ukraine, as well as World Food Programme and UN Refugee Program.

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.

Global politics – focus in Ukraine

Ukraine braces for fresh wave of attacks in east as Russia builds forces in Donbas

The Russian Air Force Is Losing Its Best Jets Over Ukraine

Ukraine war: Russia says it will curb Kyiv assault as peace talks progress

As it happened: UK and US urge caution on Russian pledge​

Russia targets east Ukraine, says first phase over

Battle for Irpin: Russian forces pushed out of Kyiv suburb

Food shortages and famine

War in Ukraine could plunge world into food shortages

How could the war in Ukraine impact global food supplies? tks Damian Corbet

Farmers on the Brink

Could The War In Ukraine Break The Global Food Supply Chain? tks Damian Corbet

Economy, sanctions

Russian oil tankers have vanished from tracking systems. Someone is buying that crude and we don’t know who

UK detains Russian-owned superyacht in London’s Canary Wharf

Russia’s ruble has almost totally recovered. Does that mean sanctions aren’t working?

Germany girds for gas rationing, Europe on edge in Russian standoff

EU will do ‘whatever it takes’ to rebuild solar energy manufacturing in Europe

List of companies still buying Russian crude oil

Putin’s inner circle

Putin being misled by fearful advisers, US says

Why are Russian generals being killed in the Ukraine war?

Boris Nemtsov: Murdered Putin rival ‘tailed’ by agent linked to FSB hit squad

Humanity or lack of

Antytila: Ukrainian band backed by Ed Sheeran refused fundraiser slot

What is a war crime and could Putin be prosecuted over Ukraine?

Does video show Russian prisoners being shot?


Ukraine defence: Red lights and painted arrows fuel fear of Russian agents

Sean Penn Threatens To Smelt His Oscars In Public If Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Is Not Invited To Speak At The Academy Awards

Deeper reading/thinking

Inside Mariupol – The Daily Podcast

‘A turning point in history’: One month of war in Ukraine

Why has Russia invaded Ukraine and what does Putin want?

Opinion: A madman threatens to use nukes. It’s just not the madman we expected.

Other politics

PM Lee Hsien Loong’s Dialogue with the Council on Foreign Relations – must watch!!

Police find five foetuses at the home of US anti-abortion activist

Research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems tks Damian Corbet

NASA Administrator Statement on President’s FY 2023 Budget Request

New Director-General of the International Labour Organization elected

Sleight of hand: Frydenberg’s disappearing cash trick tks Willie Wahlin

Politicians ‘addicted’ to buying votes, take spending out of their hands

Finger-pointing ensues after Congress fails to extend universal school meals

Prince William and Kate: The PR missteps that overshadowed a royal tour

‘Actually a Moslem’: The true story of Morrison’s ruthless preselection tks Phillipa Edwards

Climate crisis

Dystopia: This Horrible Time We Live In – tks Ferenc Nyiro, must watch

Climate change that happened gradually is accelerating suddenly

More than 500 academics call on universities to stop accepting research funding from fossil fuel industry

Business travel may never fully recover, as companies like McKinsey make permanent cuts to trips.

Palm oil company appoints orangutan to board of directors in diversity world first note article date 😊

Top 100 Female Leaders

2021 emissions surge leaves less than 10 years to avoid 1.5 degree warming: study

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy

‘Meet us, don’t eat us’: Iceland turns from whale eaters to whale watchers

Fast fashion: European Union reveals fast fashion crackdown

The world’s forests do more than just store carbon, new research finds tks Rohit Bassi

EU wants to force fashion firms to make clothes more durable and recyclable

Climate Research Shouldn’t Be Funded by Fossil Fuel Companies

Misinformation is derailing renewable energy projects across the United States

Antarctic ice shelves are shattering. How fast will seas rise?

Azores earthquake: Locals flee after tremors make volcano eruption ‘real possibility’

Climate change: Heatwave temperature threshold raised in England by Met Office

Shifts in El Niño May Be Driving Climates Extremes in Both Hemispheres

Antarctic ice shelf nearly the size of Los Angeles collapsed as temperatures soared to 40 above normal

Believe it, you are living through an energy revolution

Past the warning stage on climate

What about the climate displaced? tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

Explainer: the many shades of hydrogen

DeepMind’s AI predicts almost exactly when and where it’s going to rain

Germany’s New Government Had Big Plans on Climate, Then Russia Invaded Ukraine. What Happens Now?

Locals Warn Biden’s EU Export Plan Would Make Gulf Coast ‘Sacrifice Zone’ for Fracked Gas tks Robert Kirubi

Top 40 Impacts of Climate Change


New Mutant XE Omicron Variant May Be Most Transmissible Covid Yet

The virus doesn’t care whether you think the pandemic is over

The controversial quest to make a ‘contagious’ vaccine

More Aussies are getting Covid twice – but it’s not all bad news

Covid News: U.S. Health Officials Clear Second Booster for Those 50 and Older

Shanghai Covid: China announces largest city-wide lockdown

Business and technology

Ransomware and ransom-war: why we all need to be ready for cyber attacks

Levi’s brand president Jennifer Sey reveals CEO’s warning, claiming she was forced out for slamming COVID measures for kids while colleagues branded Fox News ‘divisive and bigoted’ after she appeared on it

Can the yuan be a key world reserve currency? tks Richard Turin

NASA’s FY 2022 Budget

Dyson launches Zone air purifying Bluetooth headphones with visor

An Appalachian town was told a bitcoin mine would bring an economic boom. It got noise pollution and an eyesore.

Social issues and humanity

294 The Five Laws Of Stupidity tks Ferenc Nyiro (really interesting perspective)

Your Feelings Are No Excuse

Chris Wallace says working at Fox News became ‘increasingly unsustainable’ after the 2020 election

It’s Been 4 Days Since The Oscars And I Hate That We’re Still Talking About Will Smith – great read!

Will Smith Resigns From Academy As It Probes His Slap Of Chris Rock At Oscars

Will Smith’s Smackapalooza and the 15 Best, Worst, and Most WTF Oscars Moments

Ricky Gervais reveals the Jada Pinkett Smith joke he’d have told

Sex-trafficking: Arrests in Luton and Romania

$45 million donation to autism research

Indian American ‘Summer of Soul’ Producer Joseph Patel Calls Chris Rock ‘a F—ing Dick’ for Calling Him ‘White Guy’ During Oscars

Jamal Khashoggi: Call for Turkey murder trial to be halted

What really happens when babies are left to cry it out?

Oscars: What Will Smith’s slap says about him – and us

The Two Americas Debating Will Smith and Chris Rock

I stand with Jada: Alopecia is no joke for sufferers

Chris Rock’s Joke About Actress Jada Pinkett Smith Creates Crisis For Academy Awards

Tiffany Haddish Gives Fierce Defense Of Will Smith Slapping Chris Rock At Oscars

‘He Could Have Killed Him’: Celebrities Weigh In on Will Smith Slap

Will Smith’s PR Consulted Him During the Commercial Break After Chris Rock Slap at the Oscars

Oscars 2022: Will Smith not facing charges for slapping Chris Rock, says LAPD, as Academy releases statement – as it happened

Will Smith Slaps Chris Rock at Oscars Over Jada Pinkett Smith Joke

7 Things Confident People Always Say

Oscars 2022: Female directors write history with every win

Thousands of women face homelessness every night. A new campaign hopes to tackle the issue

Scientist Warn That Social Media Could Be A Threat To Civilization

Passion, humour, history

Defiant family refuse to sell $50m Sydney property to developers tks Willie Wahlin

Bruce Willis gives up acting due to brain disorder aphasia

Record-Setting NASA Astronaut, Crewmates Return from Space Station

Oscars fashion: Red carpet in pictures

Aretha Franklin’s Granddaughter, Age 15, Auditions For ‘American Idol’

I Still Call Australia Home tks Andrew Psarianos – always emotional

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



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