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Andrea T Edwards

#106 Weekend reads – food crisis, climate, pensions, China, another school shooting…

Last week I talked about the global food crisis that is already here, and the potential impact it will have all around the world. Let’s just agree, it’s going to be a very VERY challenging time. While those of us who come from and/or live in wealthy countries might not feel the impact as badly as those suffering famine in Africa and many other parts of the world, we will ALL be impacted by this. It has already begun.

This piece blew my mind: A food insecurity expert predicts that there’s only 10 weeks of wheat supplies left in the world as Russian invasion disrupts production – you can find it down below in the climate section.

Remember, I’m not making it easy by providing links here. There’s a lot to pay attention to and that’s what the Weekend Reads is all about – encouraging you to spend time with information that matters, not the shiny stuff that always seems to grab our attention.

On the climate front (and famine is part of the climate story), we now have 100% agreement from climate scientists that we have a big problem: Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed – that’s good news, right? Well finally.

Do read: The Age of Extinction Is Here — Some of Us Just Don’t Know It Yet. He’s a powerful writer.

Oh and Bangladesh got hammered by floods this week, completely extreme: Four million people hit by floods in Bangladesh: UN.

There was also a new report: Climate Code Red: 1.5 degrees Paris climate target not ‘safe or appropriate’ given climate tipping point risks, ‘major rethink’ required: new report. So yeah, it’s already escalating and we’re running full steam ahead towards 3.2C, but the damage at 1.2C is already pushing us to the brink of irreversible tipping points.

If you’re in Asia, check out this piece: Explainer: APAC at 1.5°C of global warming in Eco-business. Important to know what’s coming right?

Another piece that broke this week, also relevant to the climate crisis: People in US and UK face huge financial hit if fossil fuels lose value, study shows. This goes beyond these two countries, so you might want to check if your country is listed.

I’ve got to tell you, how this is news is beyond me. OF COURSE pensions invested in an industry that must come to an end are at risk. How are we only having this conversation now – truly? This is where new economic models – with services like Universal Basic Income – need to be considered and implemented. How else are we going to make the switch?

I have to ask – in your industry or where you live – are you seeing conversations about total transformation happening at enough of a scale to know we’re headed in the right direction? I’m certainly not. It’s essentially crickets with business-as-usual still ruling the day.

Are we really going to allow ourselves to fall off the cliff? We’ve got to get ready for what is coming, and it will require a complete transformation of how we live, work, get paid, and more.

Cos you know he’s right: Peter Kalmus: ‘As a species, we’re on autopilot, not making the right decisions.’

In the US, I suppose they think we’ll ‘war’ our way out of this? Hedges: No Way Out but War. Are we really going to allow the leaders of our world to take us here? I hope not. Complete misery and it’s not the only path available. We can be better.

On a human dignity side, we saw the release of the story: The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps. Heart-breaking, despairing, but at least they can no longer hide behind the bullshit. Not to forget, the people who got this information are very brave indeed.

And finally, another school shooting in the US, and I just can’t even go there. It’s obvious what must be done, but it seems America isn’t willing to do it. I cannot imagine what it’s like to fear for your children doing something as simple as going to school. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live with this real possibility EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s just wrong. I thought this quote captured it. There are many wise observations being shared.

School shootings, gun control,

And finally, some good news: Australia showed us that kindness and a message of unity can prevail in its national election, and I wish Labour luck. The nation certainly needs to get on side to help them succeed. Every country needs to partner with and support their leaders.  

Right onto the reads.

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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 or watching 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

A food insecurity expert predicts that there’s only 10 weeks of wheat supplies left in the world as Russian invasion disrupts production

1.5 degrees Paris climate target not ‘safe or appropriate’ given climate tipping point risks, ‘major rethink’ required: new report

They once worked for big oil’s enablers. Now they refuse to be complicit

People in US and UK face huge financial hit if fossil fuels lose value, study shows

Helping Countries Cope with Multiple Crises

Humans Are Doomed to Go Extinct

Exmoor: ‘Stunning’ bluebells hint at a wooded past

How an accidental discovery made this year could change the world tks Bruce Cook

2030 – What Does The Future Hold?

In-depth Q&A: How the EU plans to end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels

Sydney covered by a thick blanket of fog

NZ King Salmon to close farms due to rising sea temperatures tks Sussana Hasenoehrl

The single most important action cities can take

‘It looks beautiful’: UK gardeners on leaving lawns uncut for No Mow May

India Heat Wave Drives Temperature Gap Between Rich and Poor

Welcome to the mountain: it’s Day 1 at Davos 2022 World Economic Forum Podcast

Nearly Half of Educators Say Climate Change Is Affecting Their Schools—or Will Soon

Vanguard refuses to end new fossil fuel investments

Energy bills to be cut by hundreds as part of support package worth billions

Fierce heat wave in India and Pakistan 30 times more likely because of climate change

Exxon must face Massachusetts climate change lawsuit, court rules

Great Barrier Reef: 91% of reefs surveyed affected by coral bleaching over 2021/2022 summer

Explainer: APAC at 1.5°C of global warming

Scientists discover an ancient forest inside a giant sinkhole in China

Philosopher of the apocalypse

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

Feeling Doomed? How to Tackle Climate Anxiety Podcast tks Kate Marsden

Shell forced to pause shareholder meeting as climate protesters chant ‘we will stop you’

Climate worries galvanize a new pro-nuclear movement in the U.S. tks Samantha Gayfer

Why is climate ‘doomism’ going viral – and who’s fighting it?

The Age of Extinction Is Here — Some of Us Just Don’t Know It Yet

Four million people hit by floods in Bangladesh: UN

Peter Kalmus: ‘As a species, we’re on autopilot, not making the right decisions’

Aviation’s climate ‘unicorns’ never show up, says charity calling for frequent flyer tax

Climate change means people are losing 44 hours of sleep per year

Australia’s ‘Climate Election’ Finally Arrived. Will It Be Enough?

Global politics

Global Food Crisis: Turkey Reportedly Trying To Free Ukrainian Grain Exports

The Economist Asks: How will the war in Ukraine change the world economy? The Economist Podcasts

Information Warfare and the War in Ukraine

Somerset hotel features on BBC breakfast as it offers all of its rooms to Ukrainian refugees

A Ukrainian soldier uploaded all his photos of Azovstal before he was captured. Here they are

Open Letter to Noam Chomsky (and other like-minded intellectuals) on the Russia-Ukraine war tks David Lim

WOW: Furious Beto O’Rourke interrupts Greg Abbott’s press conference, SHREDS him, gets escorted out – Gina Giachetti

The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps

Hedges: No Way Out but War

Boris Johnson Is Looking Beyond Partygate But Hurdles Loom

The true economic cost of Brexit is finally becoming clear

When Eric Trump stayed at Trump Hotels, Secret Service paid above government rate limits

Trump profited off visit to Vegas shooting victims

The Secret Service spent nearly $2 million at Trump properties

Partygate: Boris Johnson looking safe – for now

Did Australia just make a move to the left?

The Fina; Warning for Morison fell on deaf ears. Now women have voted him out

What Labor promised the arts tks Phillipa Edwards

United Australia Party gets confused, accidentally delivers 3% cap on its primary vote

Sri Lanka: Why is the country in an economic crisis?

Australian election latest: Which seats are still in doubt? And when will counting finish? tks Claire Kielty

Singapore to join Biden Indo-Pacific pact, back China’s CPTPP entry: Lee

Former Fox correspondent says police will have to start monitoring Fox News to prevent Tucker Carlson from lying on air

Rick Scott says Republicans should ‘be clear’ about white supremacy: ‘It’s wrong’

Crossing the Line

Tucker Carlson ‘Not Sure’ About Great Replacement Theory After Pushing It 400 Times

Anthony Albanese’s long-held family secret

How Anthony Albanese went from public housing kid to Australia’s new PM

Iranians yearn for a messiah. The ayatollahs are worried

Business and technology

Microsoft exec tells employees in Windows and Office groups to be more cautious in hiring

The American property market is once again looking bubbly

A little less now gives us much more future tks Dr David Ko

Tencent chief causes stir with repost of article on China’s economy

A top Morgan Stanley strategist thinks the risk of a recession has gone up ‘materially’ and stocks could fall another 15%

Fannie Mae says a recession is likely to hit next year, and it could hit the housing market too

Social issues and humanity

Steve Kerr Delivers Powerful Message After Mass Shooting At Elementary School

Children died in single classroom in Texas shooting

‘Please Send the Police Now.’ Students Begged for Help as Cops Waited Outside Classroom

The husband of a teacher killed in the massacre has died of a heart attack.

Texas pupils’ lives shattered by shooting two days before summer break

11 things doctors have learned about long COVID

Tesla fails to move ‘rampant sexual harassment’ case from open court into closed-door arbitration

World faces big challenges over Covid, monkeypox and wars – WHO

How Often Can You Be Infected With the Coronavirus?

Researchers are using Google’s app to study the effect of phones on mental health

Heard’s team change course on Johnny Depp testimony

Sports Illustrated Model Yumi Nu – 1; Jordan Peterson – 0

Amber Heard Has Already Lost in the Court of Public Opinion. Why?

#MeToo is over if we don’t listen to ‘imperfect victims’ like Amber Heard

‘SNL’ and the Ugly Comedians Feasting on Amber Heard’s Misery

14 of the Best Movies and TV Shows That Dared to Tackle Abortion

Depeche Mode’s Andrew Fletcher dies aged 60

Goodfellas star Ray Liotta dies aged 67

B.C. teen makes history as 1st female skater drafted to the Canadian Hockey League tks Tom Abbott

Passion, humour, history

Tom Cruise Terrifies James in ‘Top Gun’ Fighter Jet!

How Elisabeth Moss Became the Dark Lady of the Small Screen

The new supermassive black hole image just validated a key prediction of Einstein

Top Gun for hire: why Hollywood is the US military’s best wingman

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Is an Exhilarating, Maddening Spectacle—But One Made With Love

‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Ends After 19 Seasons With Tearful Goodbye

Scientists Discover 90% Of Earth’s Atmosphere Made From Thoughts, Prayers

Ancient massive ‘Dragon of Death’ flying reptile dug up in Argentina

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



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