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Andrea T Edwards

#147 Weekend reads – good on you Prince Harry

There is a lot of very important news this week to dive into, but I wanted to give a hat tip to Prince Harry for taking the Mirror Group to court in a hacking trial. Now I know he’s a figure that attracts lots of attention – positive and negative – and honestly, I couldn’t care less about any of it, but this story is a good one!

I have never been a reader of the tabloid press, in fact, the type of stories and how journalists go about getting them, has always revolted me. The other side, of course, is tabloid media is the ultimate shiny stuff spinner, designed to distract us from the more serious matters of the day. So no, it’s not for me and never has been.

Will he win? Who knows and I don’t even think it matters. He is getting an important message out into the British market and it’s a long overdue reckoning. I’d like to see it make a difference, but maybe a few more thousand people will stop spending their money on this terrible source of media, who knows?

In case you didn’t know, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, is the first senior member of the Royal Family in more than 130 years to give evidence to a civil court. He is also one of the British establishment’s very own – a prince of the realm, no less – to expose what he alleges was illegal information gathering by one of this country’s major tabloid newspaper groups.

Lots of great information is coming out, but one of the headline statements is: ‘If they’re supposedly policing society, who on earth is policing them?’ Obviously referring to the media.

Who indeed. So many of the media groups across the world are doing a terrible job right now, some worse than others. Always in my line of sight is anything the Murdoch empire owns, but most media are failing audiences and not uniting humanity and moving us forward in the direction we need to go. This is an issue that needs to be fought in every corner of the world.

So yeah, it’s time for a reckoning and if the person to start that is Prince Harry, then he gets a big bravo from me.

Just a quick final point, if you feel compelled to share with me why you hate Prince Harry, I want you to know in advance, I just don’t care. I really really don’t. I’m not being unkind; I literally just don’t care.

Right let’s get stuck into the reads – another big week in the news.

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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

Countries must put aside national interests for climate crisis, UN says

BP and Shell bosses among oil execs given £15m for ‘protecting environment’

Too late now to save Arctic summer ice, climate scientists find

Australia issues El Niño warm weather alert

Indonesia preparing ‘very well’ for haze amid possible return of El Nino, says minister

How climate change is causing ‘mega-fires’ and forcing people to migrate in Portugal

El Niño may push heating past 1.5C but urgent action could avert catastrophe

Broken record: Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels jump again

Bangladesh forced to shut biggest coal units in heatwave due to lack of coal

World has lost battle to stop glaciers melting and sea level rising, UN meteorological chief says

Water Crisis Threatens Alcoholic Drinks Supply, Top Distiller Diageo Warns

Japan releases seawater into tunnel built for Fukushima nuclear contaminated water

Qatar Airways CEO says aviation industry will miss 2050 net zero target

Climate Crisis Is on Track to Push One-Third of Humanity Out of Its Most Livable Environment

Countries have not yet agreed to put fossil fuel phase-out on Cop28 agenda

Degrowth and Aotearoa Politics: Notes from Europe

Carbon capture and storage is ‘no free lunch’, warns climate chief

Millions breathing hazardous air as smoke from Canadian wildfires streams south over US

Even As Smoke Engulfs Us, We Can’t Wrap Our Heads Around Climate Change

The uncomfortable reality of life on Earth after we breach 1.5°C

El Niño ALERT activated

“Current Climate Path Will Lead to Collapse of Life on Earth”

Everything is Shrinking Now

To create serious movement on climate change, we must dispel the myth of indifference

“Green” finance bankrolls forest destruction in Indonesia

I spend my days staring at the ocean. Trust me, plastic in our waters is a global crisis

Plastic bottles harm human health at every stage of their life cycle

Microplastics found in every sample of water taken during the Ocean Race

I love electric vehicles – and was an early adopter. But increasingly I feel duped

Regardless of What Mr. Bean Says, EVs Are Much Better for the Environment than Gasoline Vehicles

Fact check: why Rowan Atkinson is wrong about electric vehicles

How climate change is causing housing market chaos

Heavy rain triggers evacuation warnings in Japan

‘Only going to get worse’: Asia’s record-shattering heatwaves raise fears over climate change

The Science We Need to Assess Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal

Singapore coordinating action plans amid higher haze risk tks Kevin Cottam

Why Singapore is the only place in the world selling lab-grown meat

Australia: Watch moment trapped humpback whale is cut free

The Age of the Idiot Versus the Age of Extinction

Carnival Sunshine was battered by rough weather. ‘It was terrifying,’ passenger says

How Collective Climate Anxiety Is Shaping What We Wear

Iraq’s oil boom blamed for worsening water crisis in drought-hit south

3M Heads to Trial in Existential $143 Billion Forever-Chemicals Litigation

Dinosaurs Survived When CO2 Was Extremely High. Why Can’t Humans?

The multinational companies that industrialised the Amazon rainforest

The killer orcas aren’t winning. They could be self-sabotaging

As summer opens gates of hell on cities, heatwaves get deadlier than ever

A Path-breaking Innovation in Climate Journalism

Opinion | The Climate Solution That’s Horrible for the Climate

Is Wisconsin heading toward a drought?

Is a post-car future actually possible? Experts say yes — here’s how we could get there

World Environment Day brings solutions to plastic pollution into focus

Daily 2-meter Air Temperature

UK no longer following EU guides on cutting safe levels of BPA plastic containers

Excessive Heat Watch Is In Effect for the USVI and Puerto Rico This Weekend

Federal data forecasts grim wildfire season this summer

Air quality improves in New York City, Tri-State after smoke from Canada wildfires

Phuket bans small boats from leaving shore until end of week

The earth has Bipolar Disorder: and so do we

Stop Telling Kids They’ll Die From Climate Change

Climate change puts chief heat officers in the hot seat tks Susannah Hasenoehrl

Calls for landlords to face mandatory solar installation for tenants as energy divide widens

An oil state hired the biggest PR firms to buff its climate image. It didn’t help.

Pigs, rabbits and fish are dying from searing temperatures in China

Greenhouse gas emissions at ‘all-time high’ causing unprecedented rate of global warming, warn scientists

El Niño planet-warming weather phase has begun

The Climate Emergency

The Climate Crisis Was Always Real. Now It’s in Your Lungs

Singapore to launch guide on how to live and play in hotter weather tks Susannah Hasenoehrl

The Coming Collapse

Eco-Anxiety and Climate Change by a College Freshman

Global politics

Poland: Thousands protest over new law

Zelenskyy slams ‘Russian terrorists’ for blowing up Nova Kakhovka dam in Kherson region

War zone villagers flee after massive Ukraine dam destroyed

Water gushes through damaged Ukraine dam

China’s war chest: how Beijing has rearranged the diplomatic pieces ahead of a potential conflict

I’ve been forced out over Partygate report, says Boris Johnson

How misinformation feeds authoritarian politics

Donald Trump told he could face charges over classified documents

Donald Trump indictment: Seven charges over classified documents case

Video shows Florida Republican begging Latinos not to leave

Florida Republicans Admit They Made a Big Mistake With Anti-Immigrant Law

Ex-Vice-President Mike Pence joins White House race

Mark Meadows’ Lawyer Denies Report of Plea Deal

Congressional ‘Gang of 8’ gains access to Trump, Biden and Pence documents

What’s in the Trump indictment: US nuclear secrets and files kept in shower

How Republican voters reacted to Trump’s indictment

NATO/Ukraine: Playing Russian Roulette with Complex Life | Frankly #33

Business and technology

Prince Harry Takes a Stand for Us All: ‘If They’re Supposedly Policing Society, Who On Earth is Policing Them?’

Prince Harry appears to fight back tears and says press intrusion has been ‘a lot’ during evidence in Mirror Group hacking trial – as it happened

Ducking hell! Apple to tweak autocorrect that replaces one of the most common expletives

A company replaced all of its managers with coaches. Employees became 20% more productive–and much happier

Inside The Meltdown At CNN

Chris Licht To Step Down At CNN

Fox News tells Tucker Carlson he violated his contract with new Twitter show

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour says she disagrees with Trump town hall, confronted boss Chris Licht

Tucker Carlson Posts First Installment of New Show on Twitter

Psychologists have finally figured out why your toxic colleagues climb to the top at work

F45 co-founder buys $25.5m Barangaroo apartment

Social issues

The Bill establishing Creative Australia, Music Australia & Creative Workplaces has passed the House

Former Gun Company Executive Explains Roots of America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

Inside the Taliban’s war on drugs – opium poppy crops slashed

How Target went from loud and proud — to silent

Odisha train crash: Why derailments are a problem for Indian Railways

Agutaya archipelago doctor who cared for 13,000 people on her own

Catching the men who sell subway groping videos

Kathleen Folbigg: Misogyny helped jail her, science freed her

How to speak so that people want to listen

What’s in melatonin—and is it giving you nightmares?

Foreign Man Shot in a Car in Phuket, Suspect Flees

John Cleese’s War on Wokeism

A heartwarming rescue has turned sour after M’sian climber was accused of blocking his rescuer on Instagram tks David Lim

Wolverine spotted for the second time ever in California in the last 100 years

More people than ever are looking for a flatmate, with more 55+ people searching

The illusion of moral decline

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan condemns comedian Jocelyn Chia’s act

Hospitals inundated as norovirus infections rise

Moment 113 – Why You’re Not Having Sex & How To Get It Back: Jay Shetty The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett Podcast

A Conversation with Trevor Noah and Melinda French Gates

Passion, humour, history

The Vatican just revolutionized the way it investigates apparitions and other mystical phenomena around Virgin Mary sightings tks Claire Kielty

What did Stonehenge sound like?

Sinéad O’Connor Documentary ‘Nothing Compares’ Reexamines Her Complicated Story

11 Hannah Waddingham Moments That Cemented Her Status As A Queen Of The Screen

Prehistoric cave paintings discovered in Spain using drones

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



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