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More than 200 Australian birds are now threatened with extinction – and climate change is the biggest danger

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 05:17:27 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/more-than-200-australian-birds-are-now-threatened-with-extinction-and-climate-change-is-the-biggest-danger-172751>

"Up to 216 Australian birds are now threatened – compared with 195 a decade ago
– and climate change is now the main driver pushing threatened birds closer to
extinction, landmark new research has found.

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Breathtaking wilderness in the heart of coal country: after a 90-year campaign, Gardens of Stone is finally protected

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 05:16:40 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/breathtaking-wilderness-in-the-heart-of-coal-country-after-a-90-year-campaign-gardens-of-stone-is-finally-protected-172503>

"In the rocky upland wilderness of Wiradjuri Country two hours west of Sydney
lies a new protected area with a nine-decade-long history of dogged
environmental activism: the Gardens of Stone.

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The Great Moose

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 05:15:44 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
"All Hugo & Nebula Nominated Novels"

https://great-moose.blogspot.com/

Via Esther Schindler, who wrote "Someone collected all the Hugo/Nebula awards

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Search the Internet

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 05:14:25 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://search.marginalia.nu/

"Ever feel like the Internet has gotten a bit... I don't know, samey? There's
funny images scrolling by and you blow some air through your nose and keep
scrolling and then someone has done something upsetting and you write an angry

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‘A safe haven’: how Dungeons & Dragons is slaying social anxiety

Sun, 5 Dec 2021 05:40:59 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/games/2021/nov/30/a-safe-haven-how-dungeons-dragons-is-slaying-social-anxiety>

"As pandemic restrictions lift across Australia and more face-to-face
activities resume, socialising can be a source of profound anxiety for many
people. But what if, when you met up with others, you don’t have to be

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Visualizing the Accumulation of Human-Made Mass on Earth

Sun, 5 Dec 2021 05:39:26 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.visualcapitalist.com/visualizing-the-accumulation-of-human-made-mass-on-earth/>

"The world is not getting any bigger but the human population continues to
grow, consuming more and more resources and altering the very environment we
rely on.

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Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Sun, 5 Dec 2021 05:38:21 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/29/nurdles-plastic-pellets-environmental-ocean-spills-toxic-waste-not-classified-hazardous>

"When the X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and sank in the Indian Ocean
in May, Sri Lanka was terrified that the vessel’s 350 tonnes of heavy fuel oil
would spill into the ocean, causing an environmental disaster for the country’s

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The Computer Designed to Last

Sun, 5 Dec 2021 05:37:05 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/computer-designed-to-last/

"Sleek aluminum housing? Check. A 13.5-inch, high-resolution display? Check.
Backlit black keyboard? Check. Fingerprint scanner? Check.

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Calling climate change a ‘crisis’ doesn’t do what you think

Sat, 4 Dec 2021 05:46:17 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/language/calling-climate-change-a-crisis-or-emergency-stu/>

"The way people talk about our overheating planet has been getting pretty
spicy. Bland, neutral-sounding phrases like global warming are out; evocative
words like crisis and emergency are in. Some activists have argued that

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Australia’s Black Summer of fire was not normal – and we can prove it

Sat, 4 Dec 2021 05:44:09 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-black-summer-of-fire-was-not-normal-and-we-can-prove-it-172506>

"The Black Summer forest fires of 2019–2020 burned more than 24 million
hectares, directly causing 33 deaths and almost 450 more from smoke inhalation.

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