Glass Wings Blog: November 2021

Neoliberalism’s Bailout Problem

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 05:53:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://bostonreview.net/class-inequality/robert-pollin-gerald-epstein-neoliberalism%E2%80%99s-bailout-problem>

"The most basic tenet undergirding neoliberal economics is that free market
capitalism—or at least some close approximation to it—is the only effective
framework for delivering widely shared economic well-being. On this view, only

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How the 1% tricks you into thinking climate change is your fault

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 05:54:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.salon.com/2021/10/23/how-the-1-is-tricking-you-into-thinking-climate-change-is-your-fault/>

"Africa has 54 countries, more than one-quarter of the 195 nations on the
planet today. The continent is also home to roughly 1.3 billion souls, more
than one-sixth of the human population. And despite comprising a large chunk of

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Special Report: Is the Amazon near a tipping point? Three real-world studies are ominous

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 05:56:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.euronews.com/2021/10/24/uk-climate-un-amazon-tipping-point

"Covering an area roughly the size of the contiguous United States and
accounting for more than half of the world’s rainforest, the Amazon exerts
power over the carbon cycle like no other terrestrial ecosystem on Earth. The

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Arquitectura libre

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 05:58:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
http://arquitecturalibre.mx/

"Arquitectura libre is a long-term project on the self-built environment. It
focuses primarily on the architecture of remittances; the fantastical houses
being built by financing from Mexican immigrants in the US who send money home.

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Young Australians lodge human rights complaints with UN over alleged government inaction on climate

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 05:59:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/oct/25/young-australians-lodge-human-rights-complaints-with-un-over-alleged-government-inaction-on-climate>

"Five young Australians, including members of First Nations and disability
communities, have lodged three human rights complaints with the United Nations
over what they claim is the Morrison government’s inaction on climate.

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The Largest Buildings In The United States

Wed, 3 Nov 2021 05:19:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ1wbg-v-lY

"It isn't hard to find the tallest buildings in the United States... but what
about the largest buildings, the biggest buildings?  Sure the largest buildings
might not be the most glamorous thing to talk about, but I can assure you we

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When native title fails: First Nations people are turning to human rights law to keep access to cultural sites

Wed, 3 Nov 2021 05:21:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/when-native-title-fails-first-nations-people-are-turning-to-human-rights-law-to-keep-access-to-cultural-sites-169634>

"In a shift from their usual conduct, Queensland police have recognised the
cultural rights of Wangan and Jagalingou cultural custodians to conduct
ceremony under provisions of the 2019 Queensland Human Rights Act.

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Tough car emissions ceilings could get us well on the road to net-zero

Wed, 3 Nov 2021 05:22:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/tough-car-emissions-ceilings-could-get-us-well-on-the-road-to-net-zero-170446>

"The federal government’s mantra of “technology, not taxes” has left it with
few options to easily reduce carbon emissions.

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A successful COP26 is essential for Earth’s future. Here’s what needs to go right

Wed, 3 Nov 2021 05:23:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-successful-cop26-is-essential-for-earths-future-heres-what-needs-to-go-right-169542>

"A week from today, a crucial round of United Nations climate change
negotiations will begin in Glasgow and the stakes could not be higher. By the
end, we’ll know how far nations are willing to go to address humanity’s biggest

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Amnesty International to shut Asia headquarters in Hong Kong

Wed, 3 Nov 2021 05:23:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Hong-Kong-security-law/Amnesty-International-to-shut-Asia-headquarters-in-Hong-Kong>

"HONG KONG -- Human rights advocacy group Amnesty International plans to close
its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong by the end of the year due to
constraints on its operations from the national security law imposed on the

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The Secret Teacher of Al-Hol

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 05:21:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.hs.fi/sunnuntai/art-2000008302014.html

"For almost a year, a Finnish teacher covertly taught children in the al-Hol
refugee camp in Syria using WhatsApp messages. According to the Ministry for
Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Kurdish administration has delayed the

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Hollywood’s love of guns increases the risk of shootings – both on and off the set

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 05:22:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/hollywoods-love-of-guns-increases-the-risk-of-shootings-both-on-and-off-the-set-170489>

"In what appears to be a tragic accident, actor Alec Baldwin shot dead a
cinematographer on Oct 21, 2021, while discharging a prop gun on set in New
Mexico.

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Australia’s stumbling, last-minute dash for climate respectability doesn’t negate a decade of abject failure

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 05:23:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-stumbling-last-minute-dash-for-climate-respectability-doesnt-negate-a-decade-of-abject-failure-169891>

"Prime Minister Scott Morrison is poised to announce Australia will adopt a
target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The pledge is long overdue
– but the science tells us 2050 is about a decade too late to reach net-zero.

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Climate crisis: economists ‘grossly undervalue young lives’, warns Stern

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 05:24:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/26/climate-crisis-economists-grossly-undervalue-young-lives-warns-stern>

"Many economic assessments of the climate crisis “grossly undervalue the lives
of young people and future generations”, Prof Nicholas Stern warned on Tuesday,
before the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.

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helga stentzel hangs clothes to create surreal farm animal illusions

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 05:25:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.designboom.com/art/helga-stentzel-hangs-clothes-animal-illusions-02-25-2021/>

"russian-born but london-based visual artist helga stentzel has taken drying
clothes to a whole new level — she has transformed her laundry into whimsical
optical illusions that resemble farm animals and has set them against a

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Sci-Fi Icon Neal Stephenson Finally Takes on Global Warming

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:15:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.wired.com/story/sci-fi-icon-neal-stephenson-global-warming/

"His bushy beard is saltier now than in his old author photos, but Neal
Stephenson still pairs it with a characteristic, neatly shaved (and, not to get
too phrenological about it, large) pate. So he's easy to spot, even at the bar

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Anatomy texts should show sex as a spectrum to include intersex people

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:16:33 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/anatomy-texts-should-show-sex-as-a-spectrum-to-include-intersex-people-170205>

"Scientists are learning more and more about human biological variation,
including of sex characteristics. But images of the human body in anatomy
remain mostly muscular, white, and male with limited diversity, including of

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Intersex children in New Zealand are routinely undergoing unnecessary surgery – that needs to change

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:17:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/intersex-children-in-new-zealand-are-routinely-undergoing-unnecessary-surgery-that-needs-to-change-168936>

"Until very recently, people with intersex variations have often been unseen,
stigmatised and routinely discriminated against. Intersex Awareness Day today
(October 26) is therefore an opportunity to examine how much progress has been

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#StopBurningStuff - A special episode ahead of the UN Climate Change Convention (COP26)

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:19:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k865qo-6mw

"When it comes to the climate crisis, it’s simply not true to say that there is
no hope.

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Democracies that fail to act on climate change face 'existential' threat

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 06:20:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/democracies-that-fail-act-climate-change-face-existential-threat-2021-10-26/>

"LONDON, Oct 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change poses "an
existential challenge" for democratic governments and could lead to more
authoritarian rule if efforts to curb global warming founder, fuelling a surge

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How to Turn a Desert into a Forest

Sat, 6 Nov 2021 05:58:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/regreen-desertification-loess-plateau-great-green-wall/>

"Ties van der Hoeven can already picture it: Not too far into the future, the
bearded 41-year-old engineer will be standing on the hills above Lake Bardawil.
At the moment, it’s little more than a diminished lagoon amid parched land on

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How One Woman Protected Millions of Acres

Sat, 6 Nov 2021 05:59:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/kristine-tompkins-conservation-chile-argentina-national-parks/>

"How the daughter of an oil baron came to change the trajectory of two
countries and maybe the planet is a story of love and hardship, intuition and
calculation. Tompkins is petite, which explains her nickname “Birdie,” but her

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How much do marine heatwaves cost? The economic losses amount to billions and billions of dollars

Sat, 6 Nov 2021 06:00:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-much-do-marine-heatwaves-cost-the-economic-losses-amount-to-billions-and-billions-of-dollars-170008>

"Marine heatwaves are catastrophic impacts of climate change many of us are
already familiar with. But how much do they cost society?

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If all 2030 climate targets are met, the planet will heat by 2.7℃ this century. That’s not OK

Sat, 6 Nov 2021 06:01:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/if-all-2030-climate-targets-are-met-the-planet-will-heat-by-2-7-this-century-thats-not-ok-170458>

"If nations make good on their latest promises to reduce emissions by 2030, the
planet will warm by at least 2.7℃ this century, a report by the United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP) has found. This overshoots the crucial

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Letters from an American: October 26, 2021

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 05:23:36 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/october-26-2021

"For all the news stories that seem to tug us in one direction or another,
there is just one overarching story in the news for Americans today.

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Johnson & Johnson hides its 120-year-old baby powder business behind one-week-old company

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 05:25:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/26/2060300/-What-do-baby-powder-and-black-lung-have-in-common-corporate-bankruptcy-evasion>

"In May of 2007, the nation’s largest coal company—Peabody Holdings—spun off
its properties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana to a new
company: Patriot Coal.

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Consumers are wise to ‘woke washing’ – but truly ‘transformative branding’ can still make a difference

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 05:26:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/consumers-are-wise-to-woke-washing-but-truly-transformative-branding-can-still-make-a-difference-170190>

"With brands increasingly engaging in social change campaigns and leveraging
their influence to be “purpose-led”, the time has come to ask a couple of big
questions: is this a viable strategy, and how sceptical should we be of

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Australia’s net-zero plan fails to tackle our biggest contribution to climate change: fossil fuel exports

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 05:27:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-net-zero-plan-fails-to-tackle-our-biggest-contribution-to-climate-change-fossil-fuel-exports-170646>

"The Morrison government’s eleventh hour commitment to net zero by 2050 is a
monumental failure.

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Everyone was very excited to see the government’s new climate change plan!

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 05:46:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/27/everyone-was-very-excited-to-see-the-governments-new-climate-change-plan>

"Everyone was very excited - the government was going to announce their new
Climate Change Plan! Hooray! Perhaps they didn't want life on Earth to be
destroyed after all* ... There was a Plan!

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Utopia Science Fiction

Mon, 8 Nov 2021 05:23:51 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.utopiasciencefiction.com/

For I dipt into the future, far as Human Eye could see.
Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.
-- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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How to know if a country is serious about net zero: look at its plans for extracting fossil fuels

Mon, 8 Nov 2021 05:24:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/how-to-know-if-a-country-is-serious-about-net-zero-look-at-its-plans-for-extracting-fossil-fuels-170508>

"Fresh emissions targets from Saudi Arabia and Australia – two of the world’s
largest fossil-fuel producers – are due to arrive just in time for global
climate talks in Glasgow. These would commit the two countries to reducing

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What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

Mon, 8 Nov 2021 05:25:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-big-oil-knew-about-climate-change-in-its-own-words-170642>

"Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was
looking for documents that might reveal the hidden history of climate change –
and in particular, when the major coal, oil and gas companies became aware of

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UK’s top climate adviser launches scathing attack on Australia on eve of Cop26

Mon, 8 Nov 2021 05:27:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/30/uks-top-climate-adviser-launches-scathing-attack-on-australia-on-eve-of-cop26>

"The UK government’s climate change adviser has launched a scathing attack on
Australia’s net zero commitment on the eve of critical talks in Glasgow.

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Op-Ed: On the climate crisis, delay has become the new form of denial

Mon, 8 Nov 2021 05:28:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-10-31/climate-crisis-delay-has-become-the-new-form-of-denial>

"Whether it’s the apocalyptic wildfires that once again ravaged California and
the West this summer, a heat dome over the Pacific Northwest that made parts of
Canada feel like Phoenix on the Fourth of July or the devastating floods in my

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Meet Corsica's New Mammal Species, The 'Cat-Fox,' Which Has Been Terrorizing Shepherds

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 05:55:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexledsom/2019/06/19/meet-corsicas-new-mammal-species-the-cat-fox-which-has-been-terrorising-shepherds/>

"A new mammal has been identified on the French island of Corsica, looking like
a cross between a cat and a fox. It is hoped that this "cat-fox"—which has been
legendary amongst locals for generations—can now be formally identified."

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Russia Is Censoring the Internet, With Coercion and Black Boxes

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 05:56:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/22/technology/russia-internet-censorship-putin.html>

"Russia’s boldest moves to censor the internet began in the most mundane of
ways — with a series of bureaucratic emails and forms.

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As Prudes Drive Social Media Takedowns, Museums Embrace... OnlyFans?

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 05:57:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211021/17000447791/as-prudes-drive-social-media-takedowns-museums-embrace-onlyfans.shtml>

"Over the last few years, we've seen more and more focus on using content
moderation efforts to stamp out anything even remotely upsetting to certain
loud interest groups. In particular, we've seen NCOSE, formerly "Morality in

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Impasse on climate could last for years

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 05:58:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/impasse-on-climate-could-last-for-years-20211101-p594su.html>

"Rome: Progress on climate change has come to a grinding halt at the very
moment world leaders were supposed to pick up speed towards a global consensus.

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Climate optimism is an illusion, UN chief tells Cop26

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 05:59:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/01/climate-optimism-is-an-illusion-un-chief-tells-cop26>

"Optimistic assessments of progress on tackling the climate crisis were “an
illusion”, the UN secretary general has said in a scathing critique of world
leaders’ efforts so far to cut greenhouse gas emissions and stave off climate

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60 years after it first gazed at the skies, the Parkes dish is still making breakthroughs

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:29:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/60-years-after-it-first-gazed-at-the-skies-the-parkes-dish-is-still-making-breakthroughs-170753>

"The CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes Radio Telescope was commissioned on October 31
1961. At the time it was the most advanced radio telescope in the world,
incorporating many innovative features that have since become standard in all

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Why We Must Defund the Global Climate Wall

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:31:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/11/01/why-we-must-defund-global-climate-wall>

"At a National Security Council meeting in September, U.S. Secretary of State
Anthony Blinken said that the consequences of climate change "are falling
disproportionately on vulnerable and low-income populations." He continued,

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Forget 'The Kids These Days'; It's The Adults And Their Moral Panics To Worry About

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:32:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211029/15005647840/forget-kids-these-days-adults-their-moral-panics-to-worry-about.shtml>

"A recent episode of the Reply All podcast, Absolutely Devious Lick,
touched on a bunch of interesting points regarding the never-ending debates
about social media, content moderation, and how it's supposedly damaging the

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To avert climate disaster, we need resilient societies built on love, not just technology

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:34:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/01/climate-disaster-resilient-societies-love-technology-human-survival>

"When things look especially bleak for humankind, it’s worth reminding
ourselves who we are – what makes us such a special species. Beyond our
machines and our buildings, beyond our fiery conquests, beyond all of it, we’re

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The trailblazing Australian women who showed magic was not just for men

Wed, 10 Nov 2021 06:36:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-02/the-forgotten-lives-of-australia-s-pioneering-female-magicians/100575642>

"In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stage magic started to boom around
Europe and the US, with Australia following suit.

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End of the avocado: why chefs are ditching the unsustainable fruit

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 06:24:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/nov/01/end-of-the-avocado-why-chefs-ditching-the-unsustainable-fruit>

"On the one hand, they are deliciously creamy, versatile and gloriously
Instagrammable. On the other, they have an enormous carbon footprint for a
fruit, require up to 320 litres of water each to grow and “are in such global

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That’s One Wholesome Coping Mechanism

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 06:25:37 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://notalwaysright.com/thats-one-wholesome-coping-mechanism/245071/

"When I first started college in the early 2000s, people in my dorm “warned” me
about a curious character that would randomly appear around campus at the wee
hours of the morning — usually two or three in the morning — wearing a teddy

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No, that’s not the law: the danger of using pseudolegal arguments against COVID-19 rules

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 06:27:52 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/no-thats-not-the-law-the-danger-of-using-pseudolegal-arguments-against-covid-19-rules-170630>

"Don’t want to take a COVID test, wear a mask or get vaccinated? It’s pretty
easy to find advice telling you you’re legally entitled to say no.
Unfortunately, this advice is very bad.

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Latin American countries join reserves to create vast marine protected area

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 06:29:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/02/four-latin-american-countries-join-protected-marine-reserves-to-create-mega-mpa>

"Four Pacific-facing Latin American nations have committed to joining their
marine reserves to form one interconnected area, creating one of the world’s
richest pockets of ocean biodiversity.

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This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us - "Weird Al" Yankovic

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 06:30:38 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8xzdy2cxqo

"This performance is included in the jam-packed bonus disc of the Blu-Ray
release of Edgar Wright's amazing documentary The Sparks Brothers. Edgar
asked me to bring my accordion to the Q&A session and perform the Sparks

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Specks of dust on the microscope slide? No, we are looking at the building blocks of our genome

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:42:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
Interesting new developments in genetic research:

<https://theconversation.com/specks-of-dust-on-the-microscope-slide-no-we-are-looking-at-the-building-blocks-of-our-genome-168784>

"If you look at cells from a human or other mammal under a microscope, you’ll

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Australia’s refusal to sign a global methane pledge exposes flaws in the term ‘net-zero’

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:43:28 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australias-refusal-to-sign-a-global-methane-pledge-exposes-flaws-in-the-term-net-zero-170944>

"At the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, more than 90 nations signed a
global pledge led by the United States and United Kingdom to cut methane
emissions. However, Australia was not among them.

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Artists are not at the negotiating table at COP26 but art is everywhere. What can they accomplish through their work?

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:44:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/artists-are-not-at-the-negotiating-table-at-cop26-but-art-is-everywhere-what-can-they-accomplish-through-their-work-170786>

"Art is now a permanent fixture at UN climate conferences. In Paris, ArtCOP21
saw some 400 events that took place in 46 countries. This year, the artists’
presence is gathered in the Climate Fringe, its title referencing the Edinburgh

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How dung beetles, a tiny molecule and a giant extension cord could help solve our climate mess

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:47:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
This is really well done:

<https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-05/climate-change-cop26-untangling-the-mess/100382998>

"Climate change. We get it ...

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Friday essay: will the perfect men’s dress ever exist – and would men wear it?

Fri, 12 Nov 2021 06:48:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-will-the-perfect-mens-dress-ever-exist-and-would-men-wear-it-170112>

"More famous men are wearing dresses: from actor Billy Porter on the red carpet
to singer-songwriter Harry Styles on the cover of Vogue. They have prompted
much commentary, both positive and negative, leading fashion commentators to

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Discovering Electronic Music (1969-1983)

Sat, 13 Nov 2021 06:12:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGujfrgfR_U

"This film by Bernard Wilets was originally produced around 1969-70, but this
reel that I present is the updated version from 1983 which includes new added
Fairlight sequences with Rory Kaplan.  The original sections are VERY 1969 and

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What the Hell Is ‘Right-Clicker Mentality’?

Sat, 13 Nov 2021 06:13:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dgzed/what-the-hell-is-right-clicker-mentality>

"Every new subculture eventually develops its own language, and the people
buying and selling NFTs are no different.

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5 major heatwaves in 30 years have turned the Great Barrier Reef into a bleached checkerboard

Sat, 13 Nov 2021 06:14:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/5-major-heatwaves-in-30-years-have-turned-the-great-barrier-reef-into-a-bleached-checkerboard-170719>

"Just 2% of the Great Barrier Reef remains untouched by bleaching since 1998
and 80% of individual reefs have bleached severely once, twice or three times
since 2016, our new study reveals today.

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From dispossession to massacres, the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission sets a new standard for truth-telling

Sat, 13 Nov 2021 06:16:25 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/from-dispossession-to-massacres-the-yoo-rrook-justice-commission-sets-a-new-standard-for-truth-telling-170632>

"There can be no Treaty without truth.

This simple but powerful statement is the reason for the Yoo-rrook Justice

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Meet Australia’s Batshit Insane Mining Billionaires

Sat, 13 Nov 2021 06:17:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.gawker.com/politics/meet-australias-batshit-insane-mining-billionaires>

"The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is finally underway and one thing is
certain: the nation of Australia will show its ass.

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Green lending: world’s biggest banks’ latest initiative at COP26 is a step backwards

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 06:41:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/green-lending-worlds-biggest-banks-latest-initiative-at-cop26-is-a-step-backwards-169279>

"Over 450 of the world’s banks have committed to a new initiative at the COP26
UN Climate Change Conference which is designed to decarbonise their
investments. Overseen by former Bank of England supremo Mark Carney, the banks

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Shipping emissions must fall by a third by 2030 and reach zero before 2050 – new research

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 06:42:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/shipping-emissions-must-fall-by-a-third-by-2030-and-reach-zero-before-2050-new-research-167830>

"International shipping is a crucial part of the global economy – 90% of the
world’s trade is transported by sea. But almost all ships use fossil fuels, and
so the sector is also a major emitter of greenhouse gas pollution – with

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Scott Morrison is hiding behind future technologies, when we should just deploy what already exists

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 06:42:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/scott-morrison-is-hiding-behind-future-technologies-when-we-should-just-deploy-what-already-exists-169016>

"At the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow last week, more than 40
countries pledged to phase out coal-fired power. Some were big coal-using
countries such as Poland, Canada and Vietnam – however Australia was not among

(More...)

To reach net zero, we must decarbonise shipping. But two big problems are getting in the way

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 06:43:56 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/to-reach-net-zero-we-must-decarbonise-shipping-but-two-big-problems-are-getting-in-the-way-170464>

"Shipping, which transports 90% of the world’s trade, contributes nearly 3% of
global emissions – a little more than the carbon footprint of Germany. If gone
unchecked, this share could increase to 17% by 2050 as the world’s GDP keeps

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Scammers impersonate guest editors to get sham papers published

Sun, 14 Nov 2021 06:44:48 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03035-y

"Hundreds of articles published in peer-reviewed journals are being retracted
after scammers exploited the processes for publishing special issues to get
poor-quality papers — sometimes consisting of complete gibberish — into

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Milan Is Winning the Fight Against Food Waste

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:21:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/milan-italy-zero-food-waste/

"With its packets of tagliatelle pasta, tins of tomato sauce and large
bottles of extra virgin olive oil, the Gallaratese Hub just off Via Appennini
in Milan’s northwest seems like any other supermarket in the Italian city.

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Why voter ID requirements could exclude the most vulnerable citizens, especially First Nations people

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:23:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-voter-id-requirements-could-exclude-the-most-vulnerable-citizens-especially-first-nations-people-170797>

"On Tuesday October 26, the Guardian Australia revealed the Morrison government
intends to make further changes to Australian federal electoral legislation.

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As the world surges ahead on electric vehicle policy, the Morrison government’s new strategy leaves Australia idling in the garage

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:24:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-the-world-surges-ahead-on-electric-vehicle-policy-the-morrison-governments-new-strategy-leaves-australia-idling-in-the-garage-169824>

"The Morrison government will today announce its long-awaited electric vehicle
strategy, coinciding with COP26 climate change talks underway in Glasgow. The
new policy contains some welcome new funding, but is largely notable for what

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As the Beijing Winter Olympics countdown begins, calls to boycott the ‘Genocide Games’ grow

Mon, 15 Nov 2021 05:24:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/as-the-beijing-winter-olympics-countdown-begins-calls-to-boycott-the-genocide-games-grow-147352>

"Beijing is about to become the first city to host both a winter and summer
Olympics. However, this comes amid growing calls to boycott Beijing 2022, with
critics labelling them the “Genocide Games”.

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Lock-Down Under

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:32:24 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://thenib.com/lock-down-under/

"Australia’s restrictive “COVID Zero” strategy held the virus at bay until the
Delta variant. But people are ready to go outside."

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Updating The Verge’s background policy

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:34:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theverge.com/press-room/22772113/the-verge-on-background-policy-update>

"Today, The Verge is updating our public ethics policy to be clearer in our
interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals.
We’re doing this because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying

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I manage an employee who pushes too much positivity on her team

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:35:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.askamanager.org/2021/11/i-manage-a-boss-who-pushes-too-much-positivity-on-her-team.html>

"A reader writes:

I’m a senior director, recently promoted from a management position in my

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21 amazing things cities are doing to fight the climate crisis

Tue, 16 Nov 2021 05:36:11 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/cities-leading-the-fight-against-climate-change>

"We don’t want to point the finger, but cities have a lot to answer for when it
comes to climate change. The explosion of outsize metropolises around the world
has obviously brought untold benefits to billions. We wouldn’t have the jobs,

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What Collective Narcissism Does to Society

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 05:23:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/11/group-narcissism/620632/>

"In 2005, the psychologist Agnieszka Golec de Zavala was researching extremist
groups, trying to understand what leads people to commit acts of terrorist
violence. She began to notice something that looked a lot like what the

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The fate of our planet depends on the next few days of complex diplomacy in Glasgow. Here’s what needs to go right

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 05:24:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-fate-of-our-planet-depends-on-the-next-few-days-of-complex-diplomacy-in-glasgow-heres-what-needs-to-go-right-171501>

"A new, grim projection, released overnight by Climate Action Tracker, has
dashed the cautious optimism following last week’s commitments at the UN
climate talks in Glasgow. It found the world is still headed for 2.1℃ of

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Sex on the beach might be fun for people – but it’s bad for dunes and wildlife

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 05:24:40 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/sex-on-the-beach-might-be-fun-for-people-but-its-bad-for-dunes-and-wildlife-171591>

"Sun, surf, sand, sea – and public sex with strangers. These five S’s are a key
part of tourism in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago west of Morocco.
Unfortunately, what’s fun for humans can be bad for wildlife.

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Take heart at what’s unfolded at COP26 in Glasgow – the world can still hold global heating to 1.5℃

Wed, 17 Nov 2021 05:25:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/take-heart-at-whats-unfolded-at-cop26-in-glasgow-the-world-can-still-hold-global-heating-to-1-5-171488>

"Greta Thunberg has already pronounced the COP26 climate conference a failure.
In important respects, the Swedish activist is correct.

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Chinese Internet Companies Are Censoring People Who Write Or Speak Tibetan Or Uyghur, Lending A Hand To China's Cultural Genocides

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 05:47:01 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211109/09075447909/chinese-internet-companies-are-censoring-people-who-write-speak-tibetan-uyghur-lending-hand-to-chinas-cultural-genocides.shtml>

"Techdirt has reported on the oppression of Tibetans by the Chinese authorities
for 15 years now. More recently, the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs in Xinjiang have
come in for the same treatment, with the apparent aim of breaking their spirit

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Introducing the Icelandverse

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 05:48:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enMwwQy_noI

"The Icelandverse is unlike any other open-world experience with “-verse” in
name, because it’s real. Plus, you don’t need a funny-looking VR headset."

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Daði Freyr – Something Magical (Official Lyric Video)

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 05:48:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eWtKf_T2yU

"I made a christmas song, then I made a lyric video, then I uploaded the video
to YouTube and here we are."

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Grace Kelly ft. GRACE KELLY?!??! // Mika // POMPLAMOOSE

Thu, 18 Nov 2021 05:49:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5b7wLP1Bmwg

"Due to this song’s most excellent resurgence on TikTok, we had to pay tribute
to the great Mika! Also just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with our
saxophonist friend, Grace Kelly on it. Win, win."

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Ambient Chaos

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 05:27:46 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://neal.fun/ambient-chaos/

"Ambient music gone a little too far..."

Via Muse, who wrote "This is so fun to play with! Create your own ambience!"

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The ‘Ringo Starr’ of birds is now endangered – here’s how we can still save our drum-playing palm cockatoos

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 05:28:57 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-ringo-starr-of-birds-is-now-endangered-heres-how-we-can-still-save-our-drum-playing-palm-cockatoos-169534>

"Australia’s largest parrot, the palm cockatoo, is justifiably famous as the
only non-human animal to craft tools for sound. They create drumsticks to make
a rhythmic beat. Sadly, the “Ringo Starr” of the bird world is now threatened

(More...)

Technology-enabled abuse: how ‘safety by design’ can reduce stalking and domestic violence

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 05:29:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/technology-enabled-abuse-how-safety-by-design-can-reduce-stalking-and-domestic-violence-170636>

"Mobile phones and online technologies are frequently used by perpetrators of
domestic and family violence to coerce, control and restrict the freedoms of
victims and survivors.

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It’s time to kill the MCU

Fri, 19 Nov 2021 05:30:34 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.tomsguide.com/opinion/time-to-kill-mcu

"The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a good run. Between 26 films, 16 TV
shows and any number of smaller spinoffs, the MCU has dominated both big and
small screens ever since Iron Man debuted back in 2008. This project

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ONIONS (animated short film)

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 06:15:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO52131RTWU

"Two flightless Onions, Henry and Harold, go on a journey the Snolly-Goster
Woods. My BFA2 film made at calarts :)"

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Extreme heat hurts human health. Its effects must be mitigated – urgently

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 06:16:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/extreme-heat-hurts-human-health-its-effects-must-be-mitigated-urgently-171327>

"The African continent is heating up more, and faster, than other regions in
the world according to the recently released State of Climate in Africa
Report
. By 2030, the report says up to 118 million extremely poor people will

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‘The Australian way’: how Morrison trashed brand Australia at COP26

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 06:16:58 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-australian-way-how-morrison-trashed-brand-australia-at-cop26-171670>

"As the COP26 climate talks wind up in Glasgow, Australia has again proved
itself a climate laggard on the world stage. Prime Minister Scott Morrison
might be a marketing supremo, but he can’t spin his way out of his government’s

(More...)

‘Try harder. Try harder’: Today, COP26 negotiators will fight to save life on Earth. The next decade will reveal if they succeeded

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 06:17:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/try-harder-try-harder-today-cop26-negotiators-will-fight-to-save-life-on-earth-the-next-decade-will-reveal-if-they-succeeded-171661>

"At COP26 in Glasgow, the announcements came so fast there was barely time to
give each proper scrutiny before the next arrived. I’ve attended many United
Nations climate change conferences, but this fortnight felt different. The

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How People Actually Use Their Smartphones

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:52:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.sapiens.org/culture/anthropology-smartphones/

"In 2022, the smartphone, first introduced by IBM, will celebrate its 30th
birthday. Most of us now use a smartphone every day—whether we like it or not.
Previously associated with young people, these technologies have become

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Noam Chomsky Talks Climate and Racial Justice

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:54:06 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.yesmagazine.org/environment/2021/11/09/noam-chomsky-stan-cox-climate>

"This month will mark a critical juncture in the struggle to avoid climate
catastrophe. At the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland,
negotiators will be faced with the urgent need to get the world economy off the

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COP26 leaves too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry. Here are 5 of them

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:55:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/cop26-leaves-too-many-loopholes-for-the-fossil-fuel-industry-here-are-5-of-them-171398>

"For the Glasgow climate summit to be judged a success, a key outcome had to be
that parties agree the majority of the world’s fossil fuel reserves need to be
left in the ground.

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A chunk of Chinese satellite almost hit the International Space Station. They dodged it – but the space junk problem is getting worse

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:56:21 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/a-chunk-of-chinese-satellite-almost-hit-the-international-space-station-they-dodged-it-but-the-space-junk-problem-is-getting-worse-171735>

"Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to
maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk. With a crew
of astronauts and cosmonauts on board, this required an urgent change of orbit

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Australia has not just had a ‘diplomacy fail’ – it has been devaluing the profession for decades

Sun, 21 Nov 2021 05:57:14 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/australia-has-not-just-had-a-diplomacy-fail-it-has-been-devaluing-the-profession-for-decades-171498>

"We are seeing an unusual level of discussion about Australian diplomacy.

There’s been harsh criticism – and some degree of embarrassment – surrounding

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The cat is back: Wild Amur tigers rebound in China, thanks to govt policies

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 05:46:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://news.mongabay.com/2021/09/the-cat-is-back-wild-amur-tigers-rebound-in-china-thanks-to-govt-policies/>

"There was a time when tiger expert Dale Miquelle wasn’t sure if there’d ever
be a substantial population of Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) in China
again. In the 1990s, Miquelle and his colleagues estimated there to only be

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Where to find courage and defiant hope when our fragile, dewdrop world seems beyond saving

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 05:47:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/where-to-find-courage-and-defiant-hope-when-our-fragile-dewdrop-world-seems-beyond-saving-171299>

"The COP26 climate conference in Glasgow is over. Despite some progress, deep
concerns remain about the outcomes. The final pact at least mentions the
importance of exiting coal and the door remains open to ratcheting up national

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Are you kidding, India? Your last-minute Glasgow intervention won’t relieve pressure to ditch coal

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 05:48:49 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/are-you-kidding-india-your-last-minute-glasgow-intervention-wont-relieve-pressure-to-ditch-coal-171809>

"As the United Nations climate summit opened in Glasgow, India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi had a surprise positive announcement: a big net-zero target. The
world cheered at the planet’s third-largest greenhouse gas emitter getting on

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Australian deputy PM mocks Alok Sharma’s emotional reaction at Cop26

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 05:50:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/nov/15/australian-deputy-pm-mocks-alok-sharmas-emotional-reaction-at-cop26>

"Australia’s deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has mocked the British chair
of the UN climate summit for becoming emotional about the watering down of
language on coal, and for attempting to “shut down industries in other people’s

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'Utterly Shameful': Uyghurs' Frustration Grows Over Lack Of International Action Against China

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 05:51:23 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rferl.org/a/uyghurs-frustration-china-international-action/31562922.html>

"PRAGUE -- Four years after Beijing launched a brutal crackdown that swept more
than 1 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities in detention camps
and prisons in its western Xinjiang Province, members of the Uyghur diaspora

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The Strange History of the Worst Sentence in English Literature

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 05:42:43 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/651542/dark-and-stormy-night-worst-sentence-history-literature>

"If you want to start a novel, your options for an opening line are just this
side of infinite. But if you want to start a novel badly, any cartoon beagle
can tell you that there’s only one choice: “It was a dark and stormy night.”

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Amsterdam’s Instant Fix for Getting Rid of Junk Mail

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 05:43:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://reasonstobecheerful.world/amsterdam-junk-mail-opt-in/

"The essential question is this: Can consumers decide what ends up in their
mailbox? The answer depends on where you live. Several countries, including the
U.K. and Germany, are currently preparing legal drafts to limit or ban plastic

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Why the Russian anti-satellite missile test threatened both the international space station and the peaceful use of outer space

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 05:44:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/why-the-russian-anti-satellite-missile-test-threatened-both-the-international-space-station-and-the-peaceful-use-of-outer-space-171955>

"This week, Russia tested an anti-satellite missile on one of its own
satellites, COSMOS 1408, and created a stream of debris that forced the
International Space Station (ISS) crew to take shelter in their Soyuz and

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I’m an expert in what makes good policy, and the Morrison government’s net-zero plan fails on 6 crucial counts

Tue, 23 Nov 2021 05:45:26 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/im-an-expert-in-what-makes-good-policy-and-the-morrison-governments-net-zero-plan-fails-on-6-crucial-counts-171595>

"The Morrison government’s recent plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 has
been widely criticised by scientists, environmental organisations, journalists,
politicians and more.

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Restaurant Cloaked in 250,000 LED Lights Offers an Out-of-This-World Dining Experience

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:54:53 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://mymodernmet.com/interstellar-restaurant-design/

"The Interstellar restaurant in Mexico City invites you to dine under the stars
while still being indoors. Inspired by the vast unknowns of the universe and
the Christopher Nolan film of the same name, the locale boasts an awe-inspiring

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We’ve smelted a billion tonnes of recyclable aluminium. Do we need to make more?

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:55:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/weve-smelted-a-billion-tonnes-of-recyclable-aluminium-do-we-need-to-make-more-166784>

"Aluminium is light and versatile, but massively energy-intensive to produce,
requiring 10% of Australia’s entire electricity output . Recycling it uses just
a fraction of the energy. Why aren’t we closing the loop?

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Climate change: how elephants help pump planet-warming carbon underground

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:57:12 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/climate-change-how-elephants-help-pump-planet-warming-carbon-underground-170415>

"Imagine you’re in a hot air balloon flying over an African savanna in the late
growing season. Below, herds of elephants, zebras, wildebeests and rhinos roam
a mosaic landscape dotted with lonesome trees and daubs of woodland on a canvas

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The forgotten oil ads that told us climate change was nothing

Wed, 24 Nov 2021 05:58:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/18/the-forgotten-oil-ads-that-told-us-climate-change-was-nothing>

"Why is meaningful action to avert the climate crisis proving so difficult? It
is, at least in part, because of ads.

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Chile’s Atacama Desert: Where Fast Fashion Goes to Die

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 05:38:22 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.ecowatch.com/chile-desert-fast-fashion-2655551898.html

"Deep in the Atacama Desert of Chile, new dunes are forming — not of sand, but
of last year's unsold clothing from around the world. Piled high atop the
previous year's fast fashion casualties and unpurchased lines of clothes, the

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Climate change deniers are over attacking the science. Now they attack the solutions.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 05:40:00 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://grist.org/politics/study-charts-show-rising-attacks-on-clean-energy-and-climate-policy/>

"Believe it or not, it’s nearly 2022 and some people still think we shouldn’t
do anything about the climate crisis. Even though most Americans understand
that carbon emissions are overheating the planet and want to take action to

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First Nations kids make up about 20% of missing children, but get a fraction of the media coverage

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 05:41:32 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/first-nations-kids-make-up-about-20-of-missing-children-but-get-a-fraction-of-the-media-coverage-171666>

"In Australia, on average, 48 young people under the age of 18 go missing every
day.

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Revealed: the places humanity must not destroy to avoid climate chaos

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 05:43:44 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/18/revealed-the-places-humanity-must-not-destroy-to-avoid-climate-chaos>

"Detailed new mapping has pinpointed the carbon-rich forests and peatlands that
humanity cannot afford to destroy if climate catastrophe is to be avoided.

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There's a link between being kind to others and happiness, UBC researcher says

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:25:54 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/world-kindness-day-1.6245696>

'Studies have shown a "causal link where, when people behave in this generous,
kind way, they actually end up happier themselves," said Elizabeth Dunn, a
psychology professor and happiness researcher from the University of British

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COP26 failed to address ocean acidification, but the law of the seas means states must protect the world’s oceans

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:27:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/cop26-failed-to-address-ocean-acidification-but-the-law-of-the-seas-means-states-must-protect-the-worlds-oceans-171949>

"The COP26 summit may come to be regarded as a failure or an important
milestone, but it certainly failed to address the “other” climate change
problem: ocean acidification.

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We must rapidly decarbonise road transport – but hydrogen’s not the answer

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:28:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-must-rapidly-decarbonise-road-transport-but-hydrogens-not-the-answer-166830>

"Hydrogen has been touted as the fuel of the future, and the technology
features prominently in the Morrison government’s plan to reach net-zero
emissions by 2050.

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Friday essay: how do I understand who I am, when my family have hidden themselves from recent history?

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 05:29:47 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-how-do-i-understand-who-i-am-when-my-family-have-hidden-themselves-from-recent-history-171393>

"My auntie has stopped speaking to her siblings. Rifts like these are
commonplace in my family, where people fall out with each other like dealt
cards. The size of our family doesn’t help. The original eight siblings have

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The moral case for destroying fossil fuel infrastructure

Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:23:27 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/18/moral-case-destroying-fossil-fuel-infrastructure>

"The climate struggle has entered a new phase. It is marked by a search for
different tactics: something that cannot be so easily ignored, a mode of action
that disrupts business-as-usual for real, some way to pull the emergency brake.

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In Australian media, women’s voices are still not heard

Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:24:42 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/in-australian-media-womens-voices-are-still-not-heard-172060>

"The Women’s Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) recently released its 2021
Women for Media Report, which I co-authored with academic and journalist Jenna
Price.

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The ocean is essential to tackling climate change. So why has it been neglected in global climate talks?

Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:25:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-ocean-is-essential-to-tackling-climate-change-so-why-has-it-been-neglected-in-global-climate-talks-171309>

"Climate change is commonly discussed as though it’s a uniquely atmospheric
phenomena. But the crisis is deeply entwined with the ocean, and this has
largely been neglected in international climate talks.

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1 year and 700 lives lost, but Indian protestors have succeeded in repealing anti-farming laws

Sat, 27 Nov 2021 06:26:09 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/1-year-and-700-lives-lost-but-indian-protestors-have-succeeded-in-repealing-anti-farming-laws-172230>

"Days short of the first anniversary of the farmers’ protests, Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address the government had decided
to repeal the three new farm laws. The prime minister also said a committee

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Algorithms can decide your marks, your work prospects and your financial security. How do you know they’re fair?

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:04:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/algorithms-can-decide-your-marks-your-work-prospects-and-your-financial-security-how-do-you-know-theyre-fair-171590>

"Algorithms are becoming commonplace. They can determine employment prospects,
financial security and more. The use of algorithms can be controversial – for
example, robodebt, as the Australian government’s flawed online welfare

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‘This image has been digitally altered’: disclaimer labels are meant to protect viewers’ body image, but do they work?

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:05:05 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/this-image-has-been-digitally-altered-disclaimer-labels-are-meant-to-protect-viewers-body-image-but-do-they-work-172044>

"Around the world, the negative effect of looking at thin and unrealistic media
images on women’s own body image has become an increasing concern.

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White supremacist and far right ideology underpin anti-vax movements

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:06:04 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/white-supremacist-and-far-right-ideology-underpin-anti-vax-movements-172289>

"Thousands took to streets across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane on
Saturday November 20 to protest COVID-19 lockdown measures and vaccine
mandates.

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The seas are coming for us in Kiribati. Will Australia rehome us?

Sun, 28 Nov 2021 06:07:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/the-seas-are-coming-for-us-in-kiribati-will-australia-rehome-us-172137>

"Our atoll nation is barely two metres above sea level, and the waters are
coming for us.

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France Is Freeing Fruit and Veg from Its Plastic Prison

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:24:02 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://reasonstobecheerful.world/france-plastic-packaging-fruit-vegetables/>

"Stacks of wooden crates filled with bulging Savoy cabbages, thick sheathes of
wild leek and bunches of loose-leaf lettuce line the front of Kilogramme. And
it’s not because the morning’s delivery has just arrived.

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It’s 30 years since Freddie Mercury died. His music is still the soundtrack of our lives

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:25:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/its-30-years-since-freddie-mercury-died-his-music-is-still-the-soundtrack-of-our-lives-172389>

"Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946) died on this day 30 years ago.
A prolific songwriter, arranger and music producer, a consummate theatrical
entertainer and one of the 20th century’s best-known lead singers, Mercury

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Divided and paralysed, can the WTO negotiate a pandemic recovery plan that is fair for all?

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:26:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/divided-and-paralysed-can-the-wto-negotiate-a-pandemic-recovery-plan-that-is-fair-for-all-172484>

"Hard on the heels of the political deal-making by major powers and corporate
lobbyists at the COP26 climate conference, similar manoeuvres are shaping the
World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), scheduled

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Politicians are failing to deliver climate justice. Lawyers and scientists could do it in court

Mon, 29 Nov 2021 05:28:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/25/world/climate-court-litigation-uk-government-cmd-intl/index.html>

"There were few memorable moments at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow
earlier this month, but a video address by the foreign minister of Tuvalu,
speaking in a suit while knee-deep in tropical waters, is a hard one to forget.

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You'll go nuts over these photos of squirrels doing human things

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 05:20:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.cbc.ca/radio/nowornever/capturing-the-moment-1.5008202/you-ll-go-nuts-over-these-photos-of-squirrels-doing-human-things-1.5010757>

"Winnipeg photographer Debbie Vokey is sitting at her large kitchen window
patiently waiting.

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8 Things Not to Say to People Who Are Estranged from a Parent

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 05:21:30 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/tech-support/202105/8-things-not-say-people-who-are-estranged-parent>

"Family estrangement—especially when initiated by an adult child—remains a mark
of shame, despite all the recent psychological research that’s been conducted
reporting that it’s not uncommon, some sympathetic attention by mainstream

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Carl Sagan testifying before Congress in 1985 on climate change

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 05:23:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp-WiNXH6hI

"DECEMBER 10, 1985

Witnesses testified on how the greenhouse effect will change the global climate

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Confused old man believes economic system that caused climate change will magically solve it

Tue, 30 Nov 2021 05:24:41 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theshovel.com.au/2021/11/26/confused-man-climate-change-economic-system/>

"A bewildered quinquagenarian with no experience of the world outside the
Sydney elite is under the impression that the same economic system that led to
the overconsumption of fossil fuels which has caused “once in a hundred year”

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Our Oceans Have Gotten Much More Stable, Which Sounds Great. It Isn't.

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 05:45:13 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a34345907/stable-oceans-climate-change/>

"As the oceans warm, they become more stable in a way scientists say will
worsen climate change. If this sounds counterintuitive, remember that
instability of some kinds is essential to how both wind and air circulate

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We identified who’s most at risk of homelessness and where they are. Now we must act, before it’s too late

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 05:46:19 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/we-identified-whos-most-at-risk-of-homelessness-and-where-they-are-now-we-must-act-before-its-too-late-172501>

"Homelessness is traumatic. It affects not just housing arrangements but
whether or not someone can get enough food, feel safe and maintain
relationships with friends and family. The physical and mental health effects

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Deploying Redflow Zinc Bromine Batteries from Houses up to Grid Scale

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 05:47:45 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQvhxDSaOvQ

"This is a talk I (remotely) delivered to a Battery conference in South Africa
in August 2021.

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What does Shell’s takeover of Powershop mean for green energy?

Wed, 1 Dec 2021 05:49:16 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/economy/2021/11/27/what-does-shells-takeover-powershop-mean-green-energy/163793160012964>

"It’s been a bitter end to a beautiful relationship, marked by claims of
abandonment, betrayal and recrimination. The bust-up between the progressive
activist group GetUp! and the renewable power retailer Powershop has been as

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