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#107 Weekend reads – are we finally addressing global water management?

Before we get to water management, we had some wonderful news for the environment this week, as it was announced: Scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off Western Australian coast. The genetic testing determined that this is a single 4,500-year-old seagrass and may have spread over 200 square kilometres, which is the equivalent of 20,000 football fields. Definitely have a read of that!

Another important announcement and we’re only just hearing this, is Vice President Harris Announces Action Plan on Global Water Security and Highlights the Administration’s Work to Build Drought Resilience. This is SO important. We need a global water management team, working out how to make sure every country on earth has access to safe drinking water. If we can keep people where they are, we will have less migration, less wars, and less misery.

But not all people will be able to stay. It’s not all due to mismanagement or corruption – although that is a HUGE part of the problem.

According to this article: more than two billion people today lack access to safely managed drinking water, and nearly half the world’s population lacks access to safely managed sanitation services. An accelerating climate crisis will increase pressure on water resources during this decade, and half the world’s population is expected to face severe water stress by 2030. 

Some other environment articles in the section below

  • ‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future
  • Current policies will bring ‘catastrophic’ climate breakdown, warn former UN leaders
  • The Observer view on the summits that forecast global environmental dangers

And I found this one really fascinating – take note Southern Hemisphere: Israeli study: Climate change already causing storm levels only expected in 2080.

Published this week, the Israeli study has found that climate change is already causing a “considerable intensification” of winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere to a level not anticipated until 2080.

Comparing previous predictions of human-caused intensification of winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere with current storm observations, it found that the “bleak” reality was far worse than expected.

Why is this important? “One example of this is the role the storms play in regulating the temperature at the Earth’s poles. Winter storms are responsible for the majority of the heat transport away from tropical regions toward the poles…” noting that without their contribution, the average pole temperatures would be about 30°C (54°F) lower.

It finishes with: the current trends pose “a real and significant threat to societies in the Southern Hemisphere in the next decades.”

Some more to read in the environment section

  • UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’ Due to Breaching of Planetary Boundaries
  • Mounting Research Shows It’s Time to Stop Drilling
  • Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it

And finally, please spend some time with: The six great transitions to regenerate nature, society. Important piece and solution focused.

The six great transitions emerge from backcasting (as opposed to forecasting): asking, what does a future in which we can thrive look like? When we put it that way, the answer seems obvious. We want a future in which we can feel secure in face of crises, where technology connects us in smart ways, where we feel healthy and satisfied, where economic opportunities are fairly shared, where natural resources are used in sustainable ways, and where ecosystems continue to be symbiotic (mutually beneficial).

That all sounds pretty reasonable, yes? The six transitions are:

  1. Transition 1: from degradation to restoration
  2. Transition 2: from depletion to renewal
  3. Transition 3: from disparity to responsibility
  4. Transition 4: from disease to revitalisation
  5. Transition 5: from disconnection to rewiring
  6. Transition 6: from disruption to resilience

Have a read of this article and now it’s time to get stuck into the Weekend Reads.

Friend’s content and mine

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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

Scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off Western Australian coast

In the race against time to cut emissions, companies’ supply chains are key

Global food crisis looms as fertilizer supplies dwindle      

Vice President Harris Announces Action Plan on Global Water Security and Highlights the Administration’s Work to Build Drought Resilience

‘We were all wrong’: how Germany got hooked on Russian energy

Israeli study: Climate change already causing storm levels only expected in 2080

Cost of living crisis: 1 in 4 people in the developed world are struggling, poll shows

The Six Great Transitions to Regenerate Nature, Society and the Economy

Mona Lisa: Man dressed as old woman throws cake at da Vinci painting

French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg Announce a Climate Data Steering Committee to Advise How to Capture and Create Open, Centralized Climate Data to Accelerate the Transition Towards a Resilient, Net Zero Global Economy

M’sia Airlines operating flight to S’pore using fuel made from renewable waste & cooking oil on June 5, 2022   

Life in a ‘degrowth’ economy, and why you might actually enjoy it

What HSBC’s Stuart Kirk got right

Murder, rape and abuse in Asia’s factories: the true price of fast fashion

Chicken rice: Why Singapore’s much-loved dish is under threat

Sharp cut in methane now could help avoid worst of climate crisis

Norwegian clothing firms told to share microplastic pollution impacts

Judge rules that bees, legally, can be fish

‘Consequences will be dire’: Chile’s water crisis is reaching breaking point

Current policies will bring ‘catastrophic’ climate breakdown, warn former UN leaders

Millions warned of power cuts this winter

Food Export Restrictions during the Ukraine-Russia crisis

BOM forecasts destructive winds, low-lying snow, rain and freezing temperatures as cold blast hits east coast

The net-zero challenge: Accelerating decarbonization worldwide

Giant Deep Ocean Turbine Trial Offers Hope of Endless Green Power

Rain storm claims 100 lives in north-east Brazil

The net-zero challenge: Accelerating decarbonization worldwide

How Diesel Giant Cummins Might Beat Tesla In The Green Engine Battle

Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice

Brexit means fall in crops and fewer British products in supermarkets, farmers tell MPs

Mounting Research Shows It’s Time to Stop Drilling

UN Warns of ‘Total Societal Collapse’ Due to Breaching of Planetary Boundaries

Sun-Starved Sweden Turns to Solar to Fill Power Void tks Avi Liran

Is the world’s oldest tree growing in a ravine in Chile?

The Observer view on the summits that forecast global environmental dangers

‘Don’t work for climate wreckers’ UN chief tells graduates, in push to a renewable energy future

Scientists can now grow wood in a lab without cutting a single tree

Regulators take aim at ESG ratings in fight against greenwashing

The Short List Of Climate Actions That Will Work

Global politics

What do Russians think of Putin and the war in Ukraine?

Negative views of Russia mainly limited to western liberal democracies, poll shows

Analysis: Russians feel little economic pain now, long-term outlook darkens

Russia won’t use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, says ambassador to UK

Russian Journalist to Auction Nobel Medal to Benefit Ukraine

Ambassador Qin Gang publishes an article on the South China Morning Post

Turkey wants to be called Türkiye in rebranding move

Analysis: Turkey’s recurring currency nightmare strikes again

North Korea assumes leadership of top disarmament group

Has Texas Turned on Greg Abbott? tks Chris Vega

Republicans throw their weight behind Johnny Depp by posting a video of star as Captain Jack Sparrow seconds after jury verdict found Amber Heard had defamed him

The DOJ’s Jan. 6 Investigation Appears to Be Closing in on Trump

Marjorie Taylor Greene Goes Completely Off The Rails With Her Latest Beef

Anthony Albanese and Labor to form majority government with projected win in Macnamara

The election ‘backlash’ that shouldn’t surprise anyone in Canberra

Scott Morrison instructed Border Force to reveal election day asylum boat arrival

Frydenberg moves straight to bankruptcy court

Requiem for a lost country tks Phillipa Edwards


Short-term profits and long-term consequences — did Jack Welch break capitalism?

Is globalization dead? Author and columnist Thomas Friedman in conversation at Davos 2022 World Economic Forum Podcast

Don’t get too excited about the stock market’s recent rally. Some Wall Street experts say it could be a trap—and the bear market will still wreak havoc

‘I’m not woke’: JPMorgan CEO and ‘red-blooded capitalist’ Jamie Dimon fires back at criticism of stakeholder capitalism

Jamie Dimon Says JPMorgan Is Bracing Itself for Economic ‘Hurricane’

The stock market is freaking out because of the end of free money. It all has to do with something called ‘the Fed put’

Business and technology    


Australian Billionaire Scott Farquhar Faces Off With Elon Musk Over Tesla’s Work From Office Threat

Musk deal for Twitter dodges lengthy U.S. antitrust review

Amazon Fight Over Work-From-Home Expenses Set to Head to Trial

Current and former Meta staffers describe confusion, disarray and declining confidence in Mark Zuckerberg as Sheryl Sandberg departs

Sheryl Sandberg Stepping Down as COO of Facebook Parent Meta Platforms

NASA Partners with Industry for New Spacewalking, Moonwalking Services

Elon Musk tells Tesla staff: return to office or leave

Davos 2022: What’s worrying Ray Dalio – and what gives him hope World Economic Forum Podcast

Spotlight on Davos: Harnessing the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Davos 2022 – YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki on misinformation, the creator economy and more – World Economic Forum Podcast

Has the ‘great resignation’ hit academia?

Social issues and humanity

Disney and Ewan McGregor condemn ‘horrendous’ racism sent to Obi-Wan Kenobi star Moses Ingram

Omicron subvariant drives spike in cases and deaths in Portugal

The misunderstood—and misrepresented—Zero COVID policy in China

Rapid rise in Mumbai pushes India’s COVID numbers to month high

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People

You Are Going to Get COVID Again … And Again … And Again

‘Hard to believe it’s actually happening’: Shanghai to lift COVID lockdown

Tucker Carlson Invites Wrath of ARMY After Insulting BTS White House Visit

Something Dark Unfolded in Jerusalem This Week

Toxic Femininity: When So-Called Allies Curb Your Career tks Dr Margie Warrell

The world’s religions face a post-pandemic reckoning

‘Wonder Woman’ Star Schools Fans Who Say The Character’s ‘Not A Queer Or Trans Icon’

Why Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard Dominated the Internet

Depp v. Heard: What the trial and verdict say about our culture

Amber Heard’s Attorney Says Jurors Were Skewed by ‘Lopsided’ Social Media Posts, Actress Was ‘Demonized’

In bad taste? National Crime Prevention Council removes Amber Heard meme

234 – The Truth Wins – Tom Stafford You Are Not So Smart Podcast

Archbishop of Canterbury suggests Prince Andrew wants to ‘make amends’

Kellyanne Conway knocks ‘Peter Pan Taylor Lorenz’ and other reporters for messaging her teenage daughter: ‘I will never forgive and forget’

Catholic girls’ school demands students submit photos of their dress for ‘approval’ before formal

Infant formula: the superfood you never think about

A researcher’s avatar was sexually assaulted on a metaverse platform owned by Meta, making her the latest victim of sexual abuse on Meta’s platforms, watchdog says

Students in the room with the gunman called 911 many times.

America, how long will you sacrifice your children on the altar of gun worship? tks Amber Pearl

Our Narrative of Mass Shootings Is Killing Us

Canada introduces law to freeze handgun sales, ban look-alike toys

Texas officials investigate whether police acted fast enough to stop shooter at Uvalde school

British soldiers arrested over ‘drugs and money laundering’ days before Queen’s Jubilee tks Nicci Mcshane

Updated Thailand Entry Measures Starting Next Month

Vivica A. Fox Unloads On Jada Pinkett Smith For ‘No Accountability’ In Slap

Passion, humour, history    


Carl Sagan Predicted The Mess 2021 Would Be 25 years Ago  

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

Platinum Jubilee: Queen pulls out of St Paul’s Cathedral service

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: A collective misremembering of empire | Opinions | Al Jazeera

Megalodon shark extinction may have been linked to great white competition

Channing Tatum Talks Fatherhood And The Expanding World Of His ‘Sparkella’ Children’s Books

Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Debuts to Stratospheric $124 Million

How to kill a god: the myth of Captain Cook shows how the heroes of empire will fall – podcast

Australia’s Top Baby Names 2022

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



Uncommon Courage: an invitation – my latest book

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