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#149 Weekend reads – it’s getting hot hot hot

The Titanic Sub received global minute-by-minute coverage this week, which attracted a lot of different conversations, mainly the hypocrisy of the media for giving it so much attention, when more than 600 refugees drowning in a boat off Greece gained little coverage, and certainly not the logistical support the Titanic Sub received.

And today’s news, which will be the week’s news, is happening in Russia, after Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the mercenary group Wagner, called for a rebellion against the army, but he has denied it is a coup. This action could have so many ramifications, so I’ll be keeping an eye on it. You too?

Check out this Twitter thread for some interesting commentary on the situation.

However, the biggest story of the moment is the heat events happening across the globe, as well as extreme weather events smashing into communities. All of this is happening when summer in the Northern Hemisphere is just getting started, and records above 50°C are expected to be numerous in the coming months.

Here’s a summary of some of the extremes

Abadan in Iran has recorded the highest temperature at 52.2°C on June 21 – the hottest temperature on earth this year!

We’ve seen reports of nearly 100 people dying in India from wet bulb temperatures, with more deaths being reported.

Off the coast of England and Wales, ocean temperatures are 5°C above normal. This could be catastrophic for life in the ocean, and no one seems to know how it will impact weather events on land. Definitely one to watch. The UK has also had nation-wide flood warnings.

China, which had the 70-day heat wave in 2022, is experiencing heat and extreme rainfall in different parts of the country.

Mexico is baking under a heat dome with children dying of extreme heat, and birds falling from the sky. Initially it was thought the birds were dying from bird flu, but no, it’s heat.

Texas is in the “Ring of Fire” because it’s being impacted at the edge of the heat dome currently over Mexico, which is feeding intense and severe weather, like the violent tornado in the West of Texas that happened this week, with more tornados, hurricanes, etc expected.

Canada is still on fire, but so is Kazakhstan with 60 million hectares burning since 8th June.

The Arctic is melting, Greenland is melting, the Himalayan Glaciers are melting faster than expected, and there’s more talk of Antarctica melting at a rapid rate, not to forget the jet stream is going crazy, which creates extreme weather impacts.

Climate scientists are using the words – insane, astonishing, and at a loss for words. We’ve never seen these temperatures throughout the entirely paleo history record of earth, so no one knows what is to come.

And Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology released this prediction for El Niño this week!

Please prepare for the risks you are facing based on where you live. This year and next will change the world, especially as El Niño is still not here. Here’s a link to the ideas I’ve researched for getting prepared for wet bulb temperatures, which is expected to become the leading cause of deaths worldwide.

Let’s get stuck into the reads.

Friend’s content and mine

Mountaineer David Lim, Leader Of S’pore’s 1st Everest Expedition, Talks About Letting Go In Retirement – terrific interview with David Lim and great advice on retirement too.

Fly Away (Little Bird) – Recycler One ft. Ruby Redl – my friend Gary Crausse wrote, produced and created the film for this song. I love it, because it’s dedicated to his lovely wife Debbie, who went home to South Africa to spend time with her family. Love in action.

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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

Weather tracker: extreme rainfall and heat hit China amid Asian heatwave

‘The Fires Here Are Unstoppable’

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

How ‘tornado alley’ is changing

Mexico bakes under killer heat wave

Maps reveal ‘extreme’ marine heatwave developing off the British coast – after the UK’s warmest start to June in decades

Why 40°C is bearable in a desert but lethal in the tropics

‘Unheard of’ marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts poses serious threat

In Mexico – Heat Extreme Killing Children, Birds

Triple-digit heat across Texas is forecast to break energy records

Scientists monitoring ‘doomsday’ glacier in Antarctic warn climate change happening faster than ever before

“Insane”, “Astonishing” Jet Stream Leaves Scientists “At a Loss” for Words

Wet Bulb Temperature Soon to Become Leading Cause of Death

Aftonbladet investigation into H&M’s recycling: Airtags in items

Ocean heat is off the charts – here’s what that means for humans and ecosystems around the world

Ecological tipping points could occur much sooner than expected, study finds

This city records highest temperature in 70 years

Himalayan Glacier Loss Speeding Up, New Report Finds

Vanishing Himalayan glaciers threaten a quarter of humanity

India vows to tackle heatwave deaths as temperature soars

India heatwave: 96 people dead reportedly from heat-aggravated conditions

‘We are gambling with the future of our planet for the sake of hamburgers’: Peter Singer on climate change

Flood warnings issued for England as parts of the north are deluged

The Atlantification of the Arctic Ocean Is Underway

June 18 votes: results from across Switzerland

Antarctica’s sea ice growth is at record lows. But it’s more complicated than just climate change

Boeing Sees $8 Trillion Jet Market as Climate Reshapes Travel

Biggest-ever airliner order marks first day of Paris Air Show

“Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons

USPS worker collapses, dies on the job in Dallas

A Family Legacy: Leadership or Broken Promises?

Jesus vs. Big Oil: Church of England divests

Ancient Amazon charcoal seen as next big thing in carbon markets

Bill Ford’s Vision for a World Beyond Cars

World Refugee Day: How will climate change force us to rethink attitudes to mass migration?

Science Says Earth Is Dangerously Close To Total Chaos

Earlier collapse of Anthropocene ecosystems driven by multiple faster and noisier drivers

The River Rhine Is Starting to Dry Up Already — Two Weeks Into Summer

Needed: Either Degrowth or Two Earths

Open letter to Good Morning Britain

The dull way Americans are being forced to care about climate change risk: Insurance

E.coli ‘found in Blackpool sea’ following raw sewage discharge and no swim warnings across coast

Oil Lobby Pushed Pollution Loophole For Wildfire Smoke

Campaigners react as Bonn climate talks are dominated by impasse on agenda

Sea Level Rise Viewer

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Tagged by Source

Concrete is a huge source of carbon emissions. These researchers are working to make it greener

Paris talks to focus on funding poor countries to tackle climate crisis

Rebuilding the reefs

Swiss approve net-zero climate law

Climate Change Driving Behavior Changes Of 60% Americans, New Study Finds

Rewilding complex ecosystems

Hitting The Wall

Climate change is scarring Europe, and southern countries most of all

Europe is world’s fastest warming continent: climate report

Climate change denial hit its stride in the Bush-Cheney era, precipitating today’s climate disaster

Climate change: why we can’t rely on regrowing coastal habitats to offset carbon emissions

Beyond borders: Why new ‘high seas’ treaty is critical for the world

This New Wildlife Sanctuary will be unlike any other part of the YOU.S. – and it’s 6 times the size of Yosemite National Park

Australian mine sites screened for methane leaks by European group seeking full emissions picture

Catch-22: Scientific communication failures linked to faster-rising seas

Sustainability Development Report 2023

Why we should ration the distance each person can fly every year

Global Temperature Change

Redesign Cities to Manage Extreme Heat, UN Official Urges

Climate Model Summary.


What does the UN high seas treaty mean for protecting the ocean?

UN adopts historic treaty to protect ecosystems in international waters

The scientist who raised dangers of carbon dioxide in 1950s

Farmers are Struggling With Climate Change, but Yields Continue to Rise. What’s Going On?

Just Stop Oil: We are the Real Opposition

Chinese tourists caught handling starfish, corals tks Steve Johnson

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration

Monday, June 12, 2023! Dr. Greer’s Groundbreaking National Press Club Event!

Global politics

Wagner chief vows to topple Russian military leaders

US convenes nuclear weapons meeting with China, France, Russia, UK

US-China tensions: Biden calls Xi a dictator a day after Beijing talks

US and China pledge to stabilise tense relationship after talks

Modi US visit: Why Washington is rolling out the red carpet for Indian PM

Don’t Debate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Surprise! Judge Cannon Isn’t Running The Trump Documents Trial. Jack Smith Is

Hunter Biden to plead guilty to tax crimes and admit gun offence

Honours row grows after claim Charlotte Owen ‘worked as maternity cover’

Brexit was bound to fail and has – we must now return to the centre of Europe, Lord Heseltine says

Apac countries ‘less transparent’ since pandemic

True Democracy Is Incompatible With Capitalism

Business and technology

Complaints about Grab ‘anti-public transport’ ad dismissed by Singapore advertising watchdog

The mid-career workers pivoting to dream jobs

Elon Musk: Australia threatens to fine Twitter over online hate

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg agree to hold cage fight

Singapore’s Grab cuts 1,000 jobs to stay competitive

Raising interest rates won’t solve inflation

Social issues

The 3 Great Untruths Destroying  Our Kids

Titanic sub search: US Navy detected implosion sounds after sub lost contact

Titan sub debris field: Parts of missing sub’s cover found, expert says

Titanic tourist submersible goes missing with search under way

Hamish Harding, Shahzada Dawood and son Suleman: Who was on board Titanic sub?

Underwater noises heard in search for missing sub near Titanic wreck

White Evangelicals, This is Why People Are Through With You

Everybody in the US Is Getting Depressed, CDC Says

Greece boat disaster: BBC investigation casts doubt on coastguard’s claims

The Long War on Black Studies

Dave Bautista Says Getting Rich Made Him Miserable

Austrian police foil alleged Islamic State sympathisers’ plot to attack Vienna pride parade

E257: Queer Eye Star Opens Up About Hitting Rock Bottom: Jonathan Van Ness The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett Podcast

Decades after polio, Martha is among the last to still rely on an iron lung to breathe

Nearly All Covid Deaths in US Are Now Among Unvaccinated

Deadly measles outbreak hits children in Samoa after anti-vaccine fears

Andrew Tate charged with rape and human trafficking

I Lived A Charmed Life. Then My Husband Went To Prison For Embezzling Millions.

Musk Incites Anti-Vaccine Conspiracists By Mischaracterizing Peter Hotez

Children raised under UK austerity shorter than European peers, study finds

New report warns long COVID could be “mass disabling event” tks Tom Abbot

Judge strikes down Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors

What the Teen-Smartphone Panic Says About Adults

One year after Roe v. Wade’s reversal, warnings about abortion become reality

Woman who knocked on coffin at her funeral dies after week in hospital

Is there ‘incomprehensible military activity’ in the United States?

Passion, humour, history

Meet the Man Who Started the Illuminati

He ran out of countries to visit, so he created his own

You really are a mosquito magnet. Here’s what you can do about it.

Coldplay add Jan 30 show after selling more than 200,000 tickets for 4 Singapore gigs

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



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