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Andrea T Edwards

#140 Weekend reads – India in the eye of the climate storm

More and more attention has started to shift towards India in the climate conversation and that’s because it’s now the most populous country on earth with 1.4 billion people (or it soon will be), and it’s economy is built on the back of coal.

India is in the middle of the biggest climate experiment the world has ever known, and it has massive challenges ahead, which could undermine global climate targets if it continues to grow with fossil fuels as the backbone of its energy supply.

On top of that, India, as a country, is facing some of the greatest dangers from climate change (check out the heat waves already this year), and if it keeps growing as it is, we’ll see escalation off the charts and the devastating human cost that will come with it.

The massive challenge for India is to move away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible, but the targets set for India to follow, have been set by industrialized nations that benefitted from unfettered energy development, and these limits could significantly cut the growth India is focused on, which is to increase economic prosperity for its citizens. A double bind.

As a lower-middle income country, to meet the needs of its citizens – housing, water, energy, mobility, nutrition — how can it succeed, when no country has ever met these goals without also releasing greenhouse gas emissions, without using fossil fuels?

India is already the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, and its demand for energy is expected to grow faster than any other country over the next two decades. By 2040, it will need to add a power system that’s the equivalent of the European Union, and because of its size, if it’s energy is based on coal, it will guarantee a hot house earth for all.

What can we do? The only possible solution is the world’s wealthiest people and countries must invest in moving India forward and help develop it into a sustainable energy superpower ASAP. If we don’t, well, we can’t afford to go there.   

Keep an eye on this story. We ignored China’s growth and emissions, which is why the escalation in the last decade has been so rapid, so if India grows in the same way as China did, we are literally toast.

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We are in the ‘Plague Phase’ for humanity – just a few thoughts on an article discussing the potential for six billion deaths due to climate collapse.

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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

Antonio Turiel: “Deep Challenges: Oceans, Scarcity and Culture” | The Great Simplification #65

Column: Forecasts start fast-tracking El Nino, though jury still out on ‘super’ event

‘Flash’ droughts are besieging the planet

‘Every river in this country is polluted’: how Feargal Sharkey got swept up by the clean water campaign

India Is Encouraging the Heatwaves That Will Cripple It

Climate models warn of possible ‘super El Niño’ before end of year

World as Lover World as Self by Joanna Macy

Europe Is Drying Up

Bangkok is hottest area in Thailand on Apr. 6, heat index shoots up to 50.2°C

Thailand to suffer scorching heat, summer storms this weekend; people advised to stay indoors

Economic models of climate change costs are setting us up for disaster

What happens when we run out of water? Thanks to climate change, a dystopian premise is coming true

Miami and New Orleans face greater sea-level threat than already feared

Study finds record-breaking rates of sea-level rise along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts

Bubble trouble: Climate change is creating a huge and growing U.S. real estate bubble

Cuts in Europe’s air pollution have boosted Arctic warming by 0.5C

Wheat conditions: Season likely a loss fascinating read!

Chile’s Atacama Desert has become a fast fashion dumping ground

Death threats, trolling and sexist abuse: climate scientists report online attacks

It’s Not Just Climate: Are We Ignoring Other Causes of Disasters?

Updating the Climate Science – What Path is the Real World Following?

Texas dairy farm explosion kills 18,000 cows

The Gray Area with Sean Illing: The climate apocalypse will be televised – Podcast

JPMorgan CEO suggests government seize private property to quicken climate initiatives

Today’s Contemplation: Collapse Cometh CXIX

What you eat can reprogram your genes

French Alps avalanche: Six dead and nine injured

What Happens to Climate Migrants After the Dust Settles

Toyota looks to overhaul EV strategy as new CEO takes charge

The Crisis of Growth and Capital

Magnets and water net Magnotherm $6.9M seed round to kill hazardous refrigerants

Degrowth: No, Let’s Not Call It Something Else

Accelerating the alternative protein industry

The hottest new climate technology is bricks

Exxon CEO’s pay rose 52% to nearly £30m amid Ukraine war, figures show

Yes, the Climate Crisis May Wipe out Six Billion People

Top 10: Causes Of Global Warming 2023

Top 10: Podcasts to Help You Understand Sustainability

More Than a Decade of Megadrought Brought a Summer of Megafires to Chile

Overshoot: Why It’s Already Too Late To Save Civilization

Australia’s climate battle has moved on – leaving deniers behind

The Need For Human-Free Zones

Will flying ever be green?

Climate Casino  – Sam Mitchell, Michael Campi & Elliot Jackson Talk Doom

Australia is quitting coal in record time thanks to Tesla

‘This shouldn’t be happening’: levels of banned CFCs rising

Oxford Study Warns Extreme Heat and Drought to Hit 90% of World Population

Past extreme climate warming triggered by tipping points, study finds

Indonesia’s new capital raises fears for orangutans, dolphins and more tks Denise Chai

Why I Wrote Hothouse Earth

IPCC Report: Carbon Removal is Now Required to Meet Climate Mitigation Targets

No bonuses for water CEOs

The Rising Chorus of Renewable Energy Skeptics               

Why the Climate Fight Will Fail without India

Mining Crypto Is Even Worse For The Environment Than We Thought

Eight things the world must do to avoid the worst of climate change

High hopes after £10.5m sale of Highland estate to rewilding project

The Crisis of Growth and Capital

Flood watch remains in effect as pounding rain continues hitting South Florida

Housing plays key role in disaster preparedness, says study

Oil giant knew about climate impacts even earlier

Degrowth in the age of the climate emergency

Scientists’ warning of an imperilled ocean

Are You Suffering From Shifting Baseline Syndrome?

Swimming pools of the rich driving city water crises, study says

Wildfires and hailstorms cause insurers to raise premiums and drop customers in Colorado

Does climate breakdown mean we’re doomed? No: if we’re brave, big change can happen fast

IEA chief slams climate ‘contradictions’ from oil companies

Getting real: what would serious climate action look like?

Indonesia’s war on secondhand clothes riles local sellers

Warming Water and Downpours in Peru

Fort Lauderdale was inundated with a third of its annual rainfall within hours

A monthly summary of the status of El Niño, La Niña, and the Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, based on the NINO3.4 index

Twitter ‘ninjas’ against climate denial

Transcending Materialism: Embracing Consciousness and Interconnectedness for a Sustainable Future

Urgent warning from Noam Chomsky

Not just how much we finance but what we finance – The importance of estimating Abatement, Avoidance and Sequestration in climate change funding

U.S. Seeks to Accelerate Transition to EVs With Tough Tailpipe Emission Rules

Jeff McFadden on Twitter

‘I’m all for climate change’: Axel Springer CEO faces heat over leaked messages

Cyclone Ilsa: Powerful storm hits Western Australia

Snow, floods and wildlife in peril: gruelling winter leaves Yosemite scarred

Britain faces hotter summer than last year’s 40C record baker due to weather phenomenon

Global oil demand on course for record as China’s economy rebounds

Science with conscience: 50 years of the foundations of a wellbeing and sustainable society

The Decline of Supermarkets – A sector in Crisis

Global politics

Republican Senator’s DEADLY STUNT Exposed

Ukraine war: Who leaked top secret US documents – and why?

President Zelensky condemns beheading video

Episode 16: Sky News Australia and Andrew Bolt caught out spreading misinformation

Voice to Parliament: Debunking 10 myths and misconceptions tks Graham Harvey

Japan PM Fumio Kishida evacuated after what appears to be smoke bomb thrown

Rupert Murdoch and Dominion defamation trial against Fox discussed by former prime minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull

Probe widens into federal watchdog over missing Jan6 Secret Service texts

Countries worldwide are dropping the US dollar: De-dollarization in China, Russia, Brazil, ASEAN

Jen Psaki Interviews California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Full Interview)

Jack Teixeira: National Guard airman arrested over leaked Pentagon documents

Why Wisconsin Has Republicans Worried

Anonymous says it has obtained Republican credentials, secrets

Pressured by Their Base on Abortion, Republicans Strain to Find a Way Forward

In Nashville, VP Harris Delivers a Powerful Speech on Freedom and Justice.

France pension reforms: Macron signs pension age rise to 64 into law

From Red Carpet to Doghouse: Macron Returns From China to Allied Dismay

Keir Starmer breaks silence on ‘gutter’ attack adverts saying he makes ‘zero apologies’

Even Labour’s own MPs are deserting the party’s new ‘gutter politics’ approach

Investigative reporter eviscerates the cult of Boris Johnson

Business and technology

Companies That Get ‘Woke’ Aren’t Going Broke — They’re More Profitable Than Ever

Twitter Inc. no longer exists tks Oliver Gill

The entrepreneurs who regret starting businesses

San Francisco could be on the verge of collapse. What should California do about it?

Interest rates likely to fall to pre-Covid levels, IMF predicts

The Absurdity of the NYT’s Latest Bitcoin Hit Piece tks Robert Kirubi

The Real- World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin                                                                                              

Elon Musk BBC interview: Twitter boss on layoffs, misinfo and sleeping in the office

Simon Reeve unmasks hidden deprivation in Cornwall in first episode of new programme

Social issues

George Monbit explains Rusell Brand’s dangerous gama with the far-right

Top 10 hedge funds made £1.5bn profit from Ukraine war food price spike

News Corp condemned for malicious lies and attacks against minorities

I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health

On the hunt for the businessmen behind a billion-dollar scam.                                                                                              

Million-year-old viruses help fight cancer, say scientists

Dalai Lama regrets asking boy to ‘suck my tongue’

The Tibetan meaning of “Eat my Tongue.” {Dalai Lama}

2023 is shaping up to be the Year of the 50+ Woman

Charles Leclerc: Ferrari driver asks fans to stop gathering outside his home

Covid origins: Chinese scientists publish long-awaited data

Louisville, Kentucky: Gunman kills five in bank shooting

He Made His Country Rich, but Something Has Gone Wrong With The System

What do you hope will be better for Gen Z than it was for your generation?

Meet the cranky uncle ‘vaccinating’ people against conspiracies

Paramedic who died in stabbing at McDonald’s in Sydney’s south-west was a young father

Passion, humour, history

Sharing a drive through Cherngtalay, Surin and Bangtao to embrace the joy of Songkran

The Daily: Broadway’s Longest-Running Musical Turns Out the Lights – Podcast

Why Barbie’s selfie generator is going crazy viral

Jamie Lee Curtis Has A Controversial Concert Idea, And People Love It

British Person Lists What They Think Each U.S. State Is Famous For And It’s All True

Inside Rupert Murdoch’s Succession Drama

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



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Four environment resources to help you navigate this challenging territory.

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