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Andrea T Edwards

#174 Weekend reads – why do scientists get it wrong?

Something we’re hearing regularly now is research showing initial estimations by scientists on various scenarios playing out in the planetary crisis end up being underestimates – here’s an example from this week – How Did We Miss 20% of Greenland’s Ice Loss?

The reasons are simple. We didn’t have powerful enough technology to enable scientists to effectively analyse the data before AND many of the areas where underestimations happen are completely inaccessible, like the frozen lands in the North and South, as well as the depths of our oceans. Then again, it doesn’t even need to be deep ocean, as we’ve just learned our coral reefs are 25% bigger than previously thought – crazy huh?

The lack of research in many parts of the world is always something worth paying attention to. When you look at everything we already do know, as well as understanding how consensus science works, what we don’t know – the gaps – are critical pieces of knowledge to include in the wider view of the planetary crisis. Especially as every time those gaps are ‘filled’, the situation is considerably worse than previously reported. Essentially, a lack of knowledge is knowledge too.

Another compelling story this week is the release of videos of polar bears in Canada, where 20 bears had cameras attached to them, showing them going about their days. Do yourself a favour and have a look at these videos. Absolutely beautiful to see these majestic creatures, but also a very sad story, as they struggle to survive due to arctic ice shrinking and the food available on land is not enough to sustain them.

Moving on, today we woke to the news that Alexei Navalny has died in a Russian prison. The conversation is already going in a million directions, of course.

We also heard the news that Donald Trump has been found liable for almost $355 million in penalties by Justice Arthur Engoron, in a long-awaited conclusion to the billionaire’s fraud trial. His charming son’s were penalized too.

A couple of new reports, one found legacy car companies are bigger polluters than Big Oil, and I have to ask: is this industry finally going to come clean? They have been very quiet in the global conversation, apparently happy the fossil fuel industry gets all the negative attention, while continuing to grow at unsustainable levels. And surprise surprise ‘they lied’: plastics producers have been deceiving the public about recycling. So, are they now going to commit to cleaning it up?

You have to check this out, the journalist is amazingly uninformed (or acts like it) while discussing with a glaciologist the fact the world’s largest iceberg is on the move after dislodging from the ocean floor.

Indonesia has a new leader, Prabowo Subianto, so it is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out, the Amazon is rushing towards its tipping point, and is the drought in Spain a sign of things to come?

Because our leaders are obviously so switched on to the escalating crisis (sarcasm), they clearly understand that one of the most destructive acts we can do to ourselves (and all life on earth) is war, and yet global defence spending has risen 9% to a record $2.2tn – yep, we’re getting the message loud and clear!

Plenty more to read or watch, so do click through to the reads at the image below, and a reminder, this platform ( means the articles go back weeks, and potentially months as the year progresses. If you want to see the latest, it’s the first 100 or so articles added.

Please do let me know what caught your attention? Or share with me what has your attention now? There’s a lot going on, which means none of us can cover everything. Besides, it’s always great to get feedback so I know I’m delivering something of value.



Uncommon Courage, an invitation

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