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Andrea T Edwards

#116 Weekend reads – the spark that became a fire

The title the spark that became a fire could be linked to so many news shocks happening this week, but the focus of this title is Iran. The death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the morality police, for allegedly violating Iran’s strict hijab headscarf rules, is the spark that has become a fire for the country, and it’s set the protesters off on a collision course with government and religious leadership.

Starting as a women’s protest, with women of all ages, religions, cultures, and social brackets burning their hijabs and cutting their hair, men have also joined the uprising and it’s concerning to authorities because it’s now a widespread protest, across all layers of society.

Many deaths have already been reported, and with internet access cut-off too cool things down, so far, it hasn’t stopped momentum. The message underlying everything is, young people have had enough, and they aren’t going to take it anymore.

Of course, massive civil unrest across the world has been predicted this year due to a multitude of factors – fuel poverty, inflation, food prices, the climate crisis and more. We saw it start in Sri Lanka, although we don’t hear much about that anymore, especially as times are terrible for this beautiful country.

Uprisings and social unrest is predicted to consume many countries around the world, and of course, we may see it in our own countries. Please do read this article: Powder kegs waiting for a spark’: rising costs threaten global unrest, say risk analysts.

Analysis published by the company on Friday said 101 out of 198 countries, including the UK and across Europe, now had a heightened risk of conflict and instability.”

Intense times. Get prepared.

Beyond this, we also saw Putin announce a mobilization (rumoured to be one million-strong), with young Russian men fleeing for the borders to get out of the country. For those who can’t escape, protests are rising across the country, and this alone could be the test of Putin’s ability to stay in power. Nuclear is back on the table too.

We also saw Donald Trump and three of his adult children expected to face court in NYC for multiple cases of fraud. Not a surprise to many of us, and we wait and see what happens.

The UN is meeting, and many powerful speeches are being shared. We’re also witnessing big climate events this week too, with three super storms hitting at the same time – in Japan, Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic/Canada, as well as in the Arctic circle.

Right now, Hurricane Fiona made landfill in Nova Scotia Canada overnight and it’s apparently combined with another severe weather pattern. The news is still limited on impact. However, when it hit Puerto Rico earlier this week, it was only a Category one storm, but it stayed in place longer, more rain fell, and it is as damaging as previous Category four and five storms.

So much going on, but probably the most important issues we all must face is how close we are to crossing five tipping points. Watch the video below. He’s a goodie and worth a follow.

The scariest climate science paper I’ve ever read?


Friend’s content and mine

The controversy & complexity of celebrity-driven conscious collections – Susanna Jaffer is doing amazing work in the sustainable fashion space. Have a read and make sure you follow her. There’s another video featuring Susanna below.

It Was A River Of Hope – Dr David Ko was in the line to say goodbye to the Queen and I just found this an incredibly hopeful piece of writing. We are always better when we come together.

Massive congratulations to my friend Jerome Boyd-Kirkup, and his co-founder Piers Ingram, on the launch of their new biotech facility in Singapore. Just brilliant New biotech facility Hummingbird Bioscience opens

And weekend family time, our 2nd attempt to remove the “Rope Monster.” We will succeed.

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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

Powerful typhoon hits on Japan’s Kyushu island


The blow-by-blow of what to expect from Hurricane Fiona

Asia’s biggest firms are not joining the dots between biodiversity loss and business survival: study

Termites love global warming – the pace of their wood munching gets significantly faster in hotter weather (

World Bank Leader, Accused of Climate Denial, Offers a New Response

Nearly half of Britain’s biodiversity has gone since industrial revolution

This jet fuel was made by sucking carbon out of the air. It could power your flights by 2024

Nine climate tipping points now ‘active,’ warn scientists

Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts

What will actually happen when the so-called ‘Doomsday Glacier’ disintegrates?

Vanuatu the first country calling for treaty to restrict fossil fuels at UN assembly

Hurricane Fiona will be “a storm for the ages” 

Climate change risk to coastal castles – English Heritage

Activists take over billboards to call out impact of flying on global carbon emissions

We Can’t Have a Stable Climate If We Keep Destroying Nature

Fracking ban lifted, government announces

Unpriced climate risk threatens to wipe billions off food and agriculture businesses

GSK Unveils Sustainability Requirements for Suppliers

Deliver ‘robust’ net-zero plans in response to rising costs, Liz Truss urged by more than 100 businesses

Best Places to Live to Avoid Climate Change in 2022

School uniforms in N America linked to PFAS “forever chemicals”

‘This is what a river should look like’: Dutch rewilding project turns back the clock 500 years

UN secretary-general António Guterres called out the PR industry for its willingness to “shield the fossil-fuel industry from scrutiny” in a speech yesterday.

Gore Says Climate Crisis Is Like ‘Hike Through Book of Revelation’

Photos: Iraq’s mighty Tigris river is drying up

Stronger & Wetter: Michael Mann on How Climate Change Makes Storms Worse & Why We Must Cut Emissions

NGO vows restorative action after report blamed plastic pollution on poor countries

From soft fabrics to solid walls: FabBRICK reinvents construction materials with recycled textile waste

South-east Asian coastal cities sinking fastest, could worsen impacts of sea level rise: Study

UN chief: ‘Tax fossil fuel profits for climate damage’

Three massive storms slam U.S. and Japan, each with climate change ties

Pakistan Flooding Shows ‘Adapting’ to Climate Change Can Be a Dangerous Illusion

Australia’s most Important climate policy

New Zealand raises alert level on giant Taupo volcano

Hurricane Fiona: Dominican Republic hit as storm strengthens

239 agencies listed as ‘polluted’ in Australia

One Year of Global Waste Visualized tks Denise Chai

Anomalous collapses of Nares Strait ice arches leads to enhanced export of Arctic sea ice

Climate change threatens health and survival of urban trees

Nine million people told to evacuate as super typhoon Nanmadol hits

Hurricane Fiona slams Puerto Rico


Amazon rainforest ‘will collapse if Bolsonaro remains president’ This article is more than 1 years old

People don’t really talk about climate change. Here’s how to start.

What the complex math of fire modelling tells us about the future of California’s forests

Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona Aims for Canada After Lashing Bermuda

Where Thick Ice Sheets in Antarctica Meet the Ground, Small Changes Could Have Big Consequences

Storm Surge in Alaska Pulls Homes From Their Foundations

Deep Sea Mining About to Start in Pacific Not ‘Sustainable at Any Level’

Nature is telling us it’s time to act on climate

Arctic System Collapse? Devastating new research – Susanna Hasenoehrl


Scientists want to spray sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere to refreeze the poles

Japan storm: Millions told to evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol makes landfall

The World Has a $1 Trillion La Nina Problem

From coffee to codfish: The foods that will get more expensive with climate change

Rare ‘special warning’ issued as violent typhoon makes landfall in Japan

Now is the time for climate action

EU green finance advisers walk out in protest

Ever heard of ocean forests? They’re larger than the Amazon and more productive than we thought


Use COP27 to phase-out fossil fuels, $39trn investor coalition and hundreds of health groups urge

Ask the Experts: A Guide to Conscious Consumption – Susanna Jaffer

Global politics

Colombia – President Addresses United Nations General Debate, 77th Session


What to Know About Protests in Iran

Iran grapples with most serious challenge in years

Iran: Mahsa Amini’s father accuses authorities of a cover-up

Mahsa Amini: Iran police say woman’s death was ‘unfortunate’

Britain’s breaking point

The Myth of Russian Separatists In the Donbas

Ukraine war: Russia reveals exemptions as men flee call-up

Russian Panic Spirals With Arson Attacks, Street Fights, and Manhunts

Ukraine war: ‘What’s happening in Russia now is total fear’

Russians of military age are desperate to buy the next flight out of the country , but Putin may have just shut the door

Finland detects exceptionally large number of fake documents at eastern border

Baltic states and Poland close doors to Russian tourists

Thread. Russia’s declining influence can be seen throughout the post-Soviet world and here’s few signs:

Twitter whistleblower who foresaw the violence of Jan. 6 reveals her identity with an omen for the future of US democracy

DeSantis defends Martha’s Vineyard migrant flights after Texas investigation opens

Sri Lanka: Inflation rate jumps to 70.2% in August

Brazil election: Why it matters so much to the US

Digital World Acquisition extends 7-day decline to 31% after Trump’s Truth Social threatens a lawsuit against the SEC over delayed SPAC deal

New York AG Sues Trump Family for Financial Fraud

Italy elections: Far-right party sacks candidate for Hitler praise Published.

Liz Truss urges world leaders to follow UK with trickle down economics

No US trade deal on the horizon, admits Truss as she flies in for Biden meeting

Anutin slams call to re-list cannabis as narcotic plant

Liz Cheney says Mike Pence was ‘essentially the president’ on January 6 as Trump refused to send reprieve

Loyal to the last, queen’s corgis and pony watch her pass

What happens if Putin goes nuclear in Ukraine? Biden has a choice to make

Canada may need a recession to cool down inflation

Trussonomics is a fanatical, fantastical creed, and the last thing Britain needs

Business and technology


World’s second-biggest fortune fails to halt rout in bonds of Adani firms tks Jugdish Ahuja

Turkish cenbank stuns markets again with 100 basis-point rate cut, lira hits new low

The Luxury Home Market Posts Its Biggest Decline in a Decade. ‘It’s Like Crickets.’

How Supreme went from a small skateboarding store to a billion-dollar streetwear company

Bill Gates: ‘We’re in a Worse Place Than I Expected’

How LinkedIn became a Place to Overshare

Could this be a glimpse into life in the 2030s?

Stanley Druckenmiller says the Fed is like a ‘reformed smoker,’ while Jeff Gundlach warns it’s driving the US into a dumpster. 6 market experts talk straight about rate hikes.

Social issues and humanity


Unboxing, bad baby and evil Santa: how YouTube got swamped with creepy content for kids

Graham Norton Addresses Critics Over His Recent Interview With JK Rowling

How Russian Trolls Helped Keep the Women’s March Out of Lock Step

Cancer-killing virus shows promise in patients

Riverdale actor Ryan Grantham gets life in prison for killing his mother

Creepy ITV Clip From The Funeral Terrifies Twitter – But There Might Be An Explanation

How society sexualizes us Vox Conversations Podcast

We couldn’t have built a less fair school system if we tried tks Phillipa Edwards

Were you a ‘parentified child’? What happens when children have to behave like adults

Queen Elizabeth II funeral TV coverage – the end of an era, meticulously managed and undeniably moving

The Queen’s funeral in pictures

Australian reporter picks random man from queue to talk about Queen – only to learn he was BLACK ROD who had spent years preparing for the monarch’s death

Here’s the Order of Queen Elizabeth II’s Funeral Procession and Its Significance

What Is The Special Meaning Behind The Necklace Kate Middleton Wore To Queen’s Funeral?

Queen Elizabeth II: Grieving a loved one in public not easy, Queen told Sentamu

Petition to axe Phil and Holly from This Morning over Queen’s funeral passes 15,000 signatures tks Adrian Houghton

Why I can’t stop thinking about King Charles’ and the pen

Why Am I Speaking Out?

Parents Should Have a Voice in Their Kids’ Education But We’ve Gone Too Far

Alzheimer’s Might Not Actually Be a Brain Disease, Expert Says

Biden says Covid pandemic in US ‘is over’

Dr. Drea Burbank Of The Savimbo Project On Modern Consumerism; What It Was, What It Is, How We Got Here, & What We Can Do About It

Covid-19 pandemic is over in the US – Joe Biden

Large-scale disorder breaks out in Leicester

Passion, humour, history


Byzantine mosaics discovered under Gaza farm

Ezra Miller Believed They Were the Messiah, the Flash Was Jesus of the Multiverse: Report

Remembering Heath Ledger in 35 Unforgettable Photos

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



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