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Andrea T Edwards

#129 Weekend reads – an iceberg the size of London calved off Antarctica

Did you hear the news that an iceberg the size of London calved off Antarctica? Breaking off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Western Antarctica last Sunday, it’s been cracking for years and its day finally arrived. However, it’s important to know this was expected and has not been linked to climate change, but a scientist at Halley research station said: “these are early days and we’re in a stage of heightened vigilance,” ref glaciologist Prof Dominic Hodgson.

Climate news is all around too.

North Korea has issued an extreme cold weather alert.

Algeria is experiencing rare snowfall. Yes, Algeria.

And in Afghanistan, 157 Afghans have now been confirmed to have frozen to death in the “coldest winter on record.” Afghanistan is facing lows of -34C, as well as disruptions to the power grid and food supply. A country already in crisis is now experiencing even more devastation.

Japan is busting climate records everywhere; the US has another big snowstorm coming through town, and today, all of my Auckland based friends were posting Marked Safe on Facebook due to floods, so I went and checked it out. A crazy amount of rain fell. It received 75% of its usual summer rainfall in just 15 hours.

Time is ticking away and nowhere near enough action is being taken. We should be screaming from the rooftops my friends, absolutely screaming. Let’s go.

Friend’s content and mine

Is it time to take a pause? I encourage you to listen to this podcast with Kevin Cottam, the Global Nomad, where we discussed why it is so important to stop, pause, reflect, think and then act. A privilege to know you Kevin.

A small social media/climate tip – let’s start rejecting ads of products not sustainable with a healthy planet.

Donation time

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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

Nature x Humanity (OXMAN)

Wow! Iceberg larger than London breaks off Antarctica

Halley station: UK polar base secure after big iceberg breakaway

Climate crisis? Who knew? Turns out the oil industry did – David Suzuki Foundation

‘Brazil was asleep’: as the rains come, hope reawakens for the Amazon tks Kevin Cottam

Auckland floods: New Zealand city declares emergency after torrential rain

Newly discovered deadly pools beneath the ocean kill anything that swims into them

One of the World’s Coldest Places Is Now the Warmest it’s Been in 1,000 Years, Scientists Say

Cultivated Meat Regulation: The 10 Most Supportive Countries, From Funding To Policy

Greta Thunberg says Davos elite are prioritizing greed and short-term profits over people and the planet

Algeria Sees Rare Snowfall; 157 Afghans Now Confirmed To Have Frozen-To-Death In “Coldest Winter On Record”

African forest elephants fight climate change by contributing in surprising ways to natural carbon capture tks Denise Chai

Davos 2023: A Conversation with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft World Economic Forum Podcast

‘Assassinated in cold blood’: activist killed protesting Georgia’s ‘Cop City’

Depleted Under Trump, a ‘Traumatized’ E.P.A. Struggles With Its Mission

Farmers Are Creating Circular Gardens in the Sahara Desert. Here’s Why

Davos 2023: Finding Europe’s New Growth World Economic Forum Podcast

ENSO: Recent Evolution, Current Status and Predictions

Brian Cox Shuts Down Celebrity Flat-Earther On Live Radio 

An Open Letter to Airbnb

Davos 2023: Keeping the Pace on Climate World Economic Forum Podcast

North Korea issues ‘extreme cold’ weather alert

Brazil airlifts starving Yanomami tribal people from jungle

‘No chance’ of global heating below 1.5C but nuclear tech ‘promising’ in climate crisis, Bill Gates says

william e rees the enigma of climate inaction and the human nature in policy failure

Jordan Peterson: climate change denier and faux science-lover

What cities are doing to fight climate change

How a Delhi district stopped the ground from sinking

EMISSIONS 29 April 2021  15:00 Explainer: Will global warming ‘stop’ as soon as net-zero emissions are reached?

Mining quantities for low-carbon energy is hundreds to thousands of times lower than mining for fossil fuels

You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local

The search engine for a better world

Star teenage British athlete won’t fly to Australia over climate concerns

Cameras show tornado ripping through Texas town

Davos 2023: Women’s Leadership: Towards Parity in Power World Economic Forum Podcast

Did an Australian linked mining firm trigger a natural disaster? tks Vicky Coburn

Global politics

Jacinda Ardern abuse ‘abhorrent’, says incoming NZ PM Chris Hipkins

Jacinda Ardern’s burnout highlights the pressure world leaders face

Lula accuses Bolsonaro of genocide against Yanomami in Amazon

Top Ukrainian officials quit in anti-corruption drive

Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks

Erdogan tells Sweden not to expect Nato bid support

Russia-affiliated journalist paid for Quran burning in Sweden

What Biden Miscalculated About His Classified Documents The Daily Podcast

Mike Pence: Classified documents found at former vice-president’s home

Inside the Supreme Court Inquiry: Seized Phones, Affidavits and Distrust

Nancy Pelosi, Liberated and Loving It

The GOP Is a Circus, Not a Caucus

Virginia Democrats defeat bills limiting abortion access

‘I hope this triggers outrage’: surprise Brett Kavanaugh documentary premieres at Sundance

New Brett Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations Revealed in Secret Sundance Doc

Older Voters Know Exactly What’s at Stake, and They’ll Be Here for Quite a While

Ending The Social Security Tax Break For The Rich

Officials from India’s ruling right-wing party said American tech companies like Twitter and YouTube complied with demands to remove the documentary.

Shame on our misogyny: It’s no wonder Jacinda Ardern was driven from office tks Phillipa Edwards

Suffolk and Essex NHS boss Nick Hulme says patients need to know ‘hospitals are not safe places’ tks Colin Tate

Business and technology

251 – Come up for Air – Nick Sonnenberg You Are Not So Smart Podcast

The Real Threat from AI

A team of Stanford scientists claims to have tested a new brain-computer interface (BCI) that can decode speech at up to 62 words per minute, improving the previous record by 3.4 times.

The Tech-Layoff ‘Contagion’

Dimon Says Remote Work ‘Doesn’t Work’ for Younger Staff, Management

Social Media CEOs Were Once the Rockstars Of Their Generation

Some Google employees didn’t realize they were laid off until their badges wouldn’t let them into the office

Why the DOJ Is Suing Google Again

Ryan Reynolds-owned Mint Mobile eyed for acquisition by T-Mobile

Social issues

We have far more to fear from stupidity than evil

‘My hate is pure and not misogynistic’ – how the right wing Trolls are defending their toxicity

Andrew Tate: Judge explains extended detention of ‘dangerous’ influencer

Marie Kondo admits she’s ‘kind of given up’ on tidying up after having 3 kids

We Need a Revolution in Clean Indoor Air

Billionaires at Davos don’t think COVID is a cold

China Covid: Coffins sell out as rural losses mount

Health leaders urge governments to step up COVID control

Heart-disease risk soars after COVID — even with a mild case

Five Rules for an Aging World

Australia Day is so fucking dumb tks Phillipa Edwards

Australia Day: Why young Aussies are shunning their national holiday

In Omaha, a Streetcar Named Undesirable by Warren Buffett

$2.8-billion settlement reached in class action lawsuit over residential schools

WEF: United States Will Soon Make Hate Speech Illegal, Says EU Commissioner

Monterey Park shooting: Ten dead and suspect at large

Monterey Park shooting: Suspect found dead after dance studio attack Published

Afghan women The Documentary Podcast

David Crosby responds to Joni Mitchell’s comment about her work “upsetting the male singer-songwriters”

The need to care: How Ursula Newell Davis is challenging Louisiana certificate of need laws to help those who need respite care

The Gig is Up, and It Feels Weird        

Youth pastor, hospital director among 46 men arrested in North Texas sex trafficking cases 

Early Abortion Looks Nothing Like What You’ve Been Told

Jelena Dokic is one of Australia’s greatest tennis players. But trolls seem to only care about her body.

A student asked her cosmology professor the meaning of life. Here was his response.

Samuel L. Jackson Liked Hardcore Porn On Twitter, And Fans Gave Him A Wakeup Call

Men, guard your friendships – heed the warning of the Banshees of Inisherin

Identical twins were raised in different countries. Here’s how they differ today.

Hacking the child brain: The 5 step process to unlock every kid’s potential

Mike Tyson sued over horrific allegations

DeKalb County District Attorney will recuse herself from ‘Cop City’ shooting case

Sandra Bullock Admits She Isn’t As ‘Woke’ As She Thought Parenting 2 Black Kids

Assessment of Efficacy and Safety of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Children Aged 5 to 11 Years A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Homosexuality is a sin but laws criminalising it are unjust, says Pope Francis

Fear not: The lion on Kylie Jenner’s Schiaparelli dress is fake

‘Unfortunate Family’

The Fierce Life and Sudden Death of America’s Strongest Woman

Tyre Nichols: Memphis braces for police video release

8 Things You Should Know About The Australian Island Completely Inhabited By Malays

Passion, humour, history

Ike & Tina Turner – Proud Mary live on Italian TV 1971 tks Phillipa Edwards

Jeremy Renner: Actor broke over 30 bones in snow plough accident

Jane Fonda’s Blog Is One Of The Internet’s Greatest Treasures

Jane Fonda on 80 for Brady, Cancer Battle, Activism, Retirement  

Tiger cub bites rabbit as China zookeepers try symbolic passing of zodiac baton for CNY 2023

Julian Sands: Family thanks California authorities for ‘heroic’ search

Egyptian boy mummy was buried with a ‘second heart’ made of gold

Exotic green comet not seen since stone age returns to skies above Earth

No Women Were Nominated For The Best Director Oscar This Year

2023 Oscar Nominees’ Five Biggest Snubs, From Tom Cruise to Women Directors

Adam Lambert Speaks Out Over ‘Sarcastic Little Comment’ About Theo James Playing George Michael

‘Mafia Mamma’ trailer teases Toni Collette becoming a reluctant mob boss

The Universe is disappearing, and we’re powerless to stop it

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



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Uncommon Courage: an invitation

Uncommon Courage is an invitation to be your courageous best self every day. It’s also an antidote to the overwhelm, fear, and rage rolling around the world. But it’s more than a book; it’s an invitation to join an inclusive community that wants to better understand humanities challenges – both global and personal – in order to take courageous action and create a better world for everyone. If Covid19 has given us the time and space to reflect, Uncommon Courage gives us the nudge we need to create lasting change.

You can buy it on AmazonApple BooksBarnes & Noble, Book DepositoryBooktopia, SmashwordsKobo, Gardners, Odilo, Indie Bound, BookShop by BookTrib and Scribd.

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