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Andrea T Edwards

#146 Weekend reads – earth health failing in seven out of eight key measures

In the news this week, we saw the US debt ceiling deal agreed averting economic collapse, a devastating Indian train crash with deaths increasing, Andrew Tate’s interview on the BBC, crazy fires in three parts of Canada, the EU threatening to ban Twitter across the whole continent, the rise of drought impacts on food supplies (Georgia has lost 90% of its peaches), Erdogan has retained power in a very divided Turkey, and so much more, but the story that got my attention is, the earth’s health is failing in seven out of eight key measures.

The report by the Earth Commission, is a group of scientists that have presented disturbing evidence that our planet faces growing crises of water availability, nutrient loading, ecosystem maintenance and aerosol pollution. These pose threats to the stability of life-support systems and worsen social equality.

Prof Johan Rockström, who is one of the lead authors, is quoted as saying: “We have reached what I call a saturation point where we hit the ceiling of the biophysical capacity of the Earth system to remain in its stable state. We are approaching tipping points, we are seeing more and more permanent damage of life-support systems at the global scale.”

It’s an interesting approach, comparing it to vital signs of the human body. Rather than a measure of pulse, temperature and blood pressure though, it looks at water flow, phosphorus use and land conversion. The good news is we aren’t terminal yet.

Joyeeta Gupta, the Earth Commission co-chair and professor of environment and development in the global south at the University of Amsterdam, said: “Our doctor would say the Earth is really quite sick right now in many areas. And this is affecting the people living on Earth. We must not just address symptoms, but also the causes.”

Here’s the report in Nature: Safe and just Earth system boundaries

And here’s a great Guardian take on it: Earth’s health failing in seven out of eight key measures, say scientists

And another from Euronews: ‘Sick’ planet: Earth is past almost all of its safe limits for humans, scientists say

What can we do?

We need to transform how we live, work, travel, and play – right across the board.

We need to live in harmony and balance with earth, as we’ve been in overshoot for decades.

We need to rewild the world, making nature the priority, not us, and we need to do it rapidly.

I’ve put an action plan together on adapting to hotter temperatures, and there are many ideas in here we can all embrace. Give it a read, it’s in the section below.

I really recommend reading this article too – The Former Extinction Rebellion Campaigners Rallying A Climate Majority – let’s build that majority. It’s our best chance of success, coming together and working together.

Friend’s content and mine

Unlocking the Secrets of Dairy: Say Goodbye to Bloating and Discomfort! – great piece by Elika Tasker on dairy, a journey I’ve been on for a while, attempting to move away from it.

Eatery owners bring travels to the table to hook locals – a great story on my pals Donna and Scot Toon, who’ve set up the cafe Brighton Beach House in Christchurch, New Zealand. Check it out it out and say hi from me if you go.

Love of paper books continues in digital age for this avid reader with 3,000-plus books in her shed a childhood friend, Melissa Boyes, is sharing her love of books and getting some recognition for it – congratulations woman, Genevieve and Emma would be so proud.

I published this tome this week Climate courage: get ready for wet bulb temperatures aka when it’s ‘too hot to live’ – essentially a blueprint for how we can get ready for wet bulb temperatures because the urgency is now here. From simple to complex, I’ve attempted to think through it all, but open to feedback on anything I’ve missed, as well as translation partners. I’d love to get this in front of the most vulnerable in the Global South.

Donation time

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, Medicine Sans Frontier, PowerOf , , Soi Dog Foundation.  It’s a time for giving and taking care of each other.

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

How Plants Cool the Planet

Earth’s health failing in seven out of eight key measures, say scientists

‘Sick’ planet: Earth is past almost all of its safe limits for humans, scientists say

More than 800m Amazon trees felled in six years to meet beef demand

New research suggests wheat crops may be threatened by unprecedented heat and drought

Warming climate could turn ocean plankton microbes into carbon emitters – British Ecological Society

Climate change protest: a single radical gets more media coverage than thousands of marchers

Pesticide firms withheld brain toxicity studies from EU regulators, study finds

‘Degrowth’ starts to move in from Europe’s policy fringes

Georgia peach crop decimated by bad weather, warming climate

JOHN DeMONT: The wildfires are my environmental tipping point

Temperature in Oman continues to rise, crosses 46 degrees

Climate paradox: Emission cuts could ‘unmask’ deadly face of climate change, scientists warn

Climate change could increase inflation by 1% a year over the next decade, but it’s your food that’s going to get really expensive

U.N. slams carbon removal as unproven and risky

Earth system justice needed to identify and live within Earth system boundaries

Why Climate Change Is Not an Environmental Issue tks Andy G. Schmidt

Breathing is going to get tougher

What we now know about the 2023 El Niño

‘Don’t F&*! The Planet’: Atlassian issues net zero guide for companies cutting climate impact

Antarctic Sea Ice Is at Record Lows. Is It an Alarming Shift?

‘Isn’t Journalism about Finding New Stories?’: The Climate News the Media Ignores

How Global Rice Farming Is Being Transformed by Climate Change The UN’s low-ambition plastics plan supports industry at humanity’s expense

El Nino costs trillions in lost economic growth, study shows

Rising global temperatures point to future widespread droughts

As Ocean Oxygen Levels Dip, Fish Face an Uncertain Future

Is COP28 destined to be a flop?

Rapidly increasing likelihood of exceeding 50 °C in parts of the Mediterranean and the Middle East due to human influence

Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming

James Hansen Warns of a Short-Term Climate Shock Bringing 2 Degrees of Warming by 2050

Record levels of heat worldwide in next five years

Shanghai breaks more than century-old heat record in sweltering May

Prolonged, intense heat expected from June to October, raising risk of haze, fires in south Asean

Climate change can cause a collapse of life on earth, claim scientists

As Asian heatwaves require burning more fossil fuels, fears of a slower transition grow

‘In a hot oven’: India heatwaves take a toll on most vulnerable

Record heat waves push India closer to limit of human survival

Drought fuels water conflict in France, Spain as farmers face fury

‘Unprecedented’ Nova Scotia wildfires expected to worsen, officials warn

California’s epic melting snowpack means cold, deadly torrents ahead of Memorial Day weekend tks Steve Johnson

Your Coming Summer of Blackouts

Aussie tourist left in tears after Thailand ‘monkey show’

Trolled in science: “Hundreds of hateful comments in a single day”

For Your Phone and EV, a Cobalt Supply Chain to a Hell on Earth

Knowledge overconfidence is associated with anti-consensus views on controversial scientific issues

Envisioning environmental equity: climate change, health, and racial justice

Impossible Burger Attacks Moms for Publishing Pesticide Results

The aviation industry has emerged as a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Insurance giant halts sale of new home policies in California due to wildfires

Tear gas fills the air as TotalEnergies AGM rejects climate activist resolution tks Susanna Hasenoehrl

The Collapse Chronicle

Glaciers, Expeditions, & the Amazing Dr. HeÏdi Sevestre Part 1 South of 2 Degrees – The Science Behind Climate Change Podcast

Glaciers, Expeditions, & the Amazing Dr. HeÏdi Sevestre Part 2 South of 2 Degrees – The Science Behind Climate Change Podcast

Venice canal patch turns fluorescent green

Beyond the poles: How melting ice affects everyone tks Andy G Schmidt

Vietnam To Cut Annual Rice Exports By 44% By 2030

Plants remove cancer-causing toxins from the air 

Mars bars trialling paper wrappers in effort to cut plastic waste

Cop28 president’s team accused of Wikipedia ‘greenwashing’

Amtrak is the climate-friendly option — if extreme weather doesn’t disrupt your trip.

Plastic pollution: Treaty talks get into the nitty-gritty tks Steve Johnson

Rock ‘flour’ from Greenland can capture significant CO2, study shows

Montreal Protocol has slowed loss of Arctic sea ice, say scientists

Get ready for snake season

World should prepare for new heat records – UN

How to Prepare for a Hot Summer

Insurance firms need more climate change information. Scientists say they can help

Fast fashion has spawned a mountain of leftover clothes in the Chilean desert that’s so massive it can now be seen clearly from space

Why Does Earth Have an Atmosphere?

A Breakthrough Model For Solar: Meet The Startup Democratizing The Energy Revolution

Global Warming in the Pipeline

Global politics

Kyiv hit by new massive Russian drone attack

Large-scale drone attack hits Moscow for first time in Ukraine war

Wagner boss blames Russian military for drone attacks, US aid, nuclear plant attack ban

No, the US didn’t “provoke” the war in Ukraine

Turkey presidential election decides if Erdogan should have five more years

Turkish election victory for Erdogan leaves nation divided

US debt ceiling deal ready for Congress vote, Joe Biden says

Biden says debt ceiling deal averted ‘economic collapse’

Tara Reade, who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, defects to Russia

What Happens When You Tax Billionaires at 90 Percent?

Business and technology

CNN’s Chris Licht could be in trouble with David Leavy as COO

Here’s What Happens When Your Lawyer Uses ChatGPT

The Godfather of A.I. Has Some Regrets The Daily Podcast

US air force denies running simulation in which AI drone ‘killed’ operator

Ted Lasso’s successes show how emotional intelligence can be a leadership superpower

2023 NYU Commencement Speaker Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland

Social issues

India train crash: More than 260 dead after Odisha accident

America’s Dysfunction Has Two Main Causes tks Claire Kielty

Parents clash in Pride protest at US primary school

The Gray Area with Sean Illing: Simone Weil’s radical philosophy of love and attention Podcast

Cancer mystery as cases rise among younger people around the world

There’s another invisible injustice for working women – the gender pension gap

Ben Roberts-Smith: How decorated soldier’s defamation case has rocked Australia

Influencer marketing on social media is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but is not without pitfalls

We Wouldn’t Be Having This Conversation If Taylor Swift Was a Man

Andrew Tate BBC interview: Influencer challenged on misogyny and rape allegations

“The poison in Australia’s bloodstream” tks Phillipa Edwards

Cambodia crocodile farmer killed after falling into enclosure Published

Passion, humour, history

BBC Strictly ‘want Phillip Schofield’ after ITV This Morning exit

Phillip Schofield latest: Fears for disgraced TV star as ‘plenty more revelations’ to be exposed tomorrow

Scientists discover never-before-seen brain wave after reading octopuses’ minds

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



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