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David Pocock condemns Australia’s fossil fuel projects as an ‘existential threat’ to Pacific neighbours

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:37:07 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/29/david-pocock-condemns-australias-fossil-fuel-projects-as-an-existential-threat-to-pacific-neighbours>

"The independent senator David Pocock says the Australian government is failing
to listen to its “Pacific family” and must stop approving new fossil fuel
projects that fuel “an existential threat for those nations”.

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It is January 6. All Over

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:35:20 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://freedium.cfd/https://nadinbrzezinski.medium.com/it-is-january-6-all-over-9e2af9f296fb>

"This is a complete change of pace, but I owe my readers, both in the United
States and abroad, a warning about what may be taking shape. And the post below
from Twitter has all the vibes of January 6. That was an insurrection; we may

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Deadliest six months on Australian roads since 2010 leaves industry demanding answers

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:34:17 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/28/deadliest-six-months-on-australian-roads-since-2010-leaves-industry-demanding-answers>

"The second half of 2023 was the deadliest six months on Australian roads since
2010, but there is “no credible plan” to make roads safer, the industry claims,
as it pleads for better data to understand what is causing the surge in fatal

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Why a Decade of Protests Didn’t Lead to Revolution

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:33:10 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jacobin.com/2024/01/vincent-bevins-interview-mass-protests-2010s-arab-spring-euromaidan/>

"The last decade was marked by a series of explosive protest movements from the
Middle East to Latin America, Asia, and Europe. After two decades in which
liberals insisted that we were living through the “end of history,” these

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‘It’s not an Oedipus complex’: why Japan’s ‘silver porn’ market is booming

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:31:15 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/28/its-not-an-oedipus-complex-why-japans-silver-porn-market-is-booming>

"Emi Tōda was in her late 50s, recently divorced and getting by on wages from
part-time jobs at supermarkets and an undertaker when she decided it was time
for a change.

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Medicare turns 40: since 1984 our health needs have changed but the system hasn’t. 3 reforms to update it

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 03:30:03 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/medicare-turns-40-since-1984-our-health-needs-have-changed-but-the-system-hasnt-3-reforms-to-update-it-217264>

"Forty years ago, Medicare as we know it today was born. It was the
reincarnation of the Whitlam government’s Medibank, introduced in 1975 but
dismantled in stages by the Fraser Liberal government.

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The "Icon Of The Seas" Is 250,000 Tons Of Floating Carbon-Emissions Horror

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 20:01:29 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://jalopnik.com/the-icon-of-the-seas-is-250-000-tons-of-floating-carbon-1851189439>

"The Icon Of The Seas is Royal Caribbean’s newest two-billion dollar
boondoggle. Boasting twenty decks and capacity for 7,600 guests (plus 2,350
crew), this is the single largest cruise ship in the world. It is scheduled to

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How to skip the too-hard basket and recycle Australia’s most challenging household items

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:58:18 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/jan/27/how-to-skip-the-too-hard-basket-and-recycle-australias-most-challenging-household-items>

"When it comes time to ditch items that can’t go in the council kerbside
recycling bin – an old mattress, say, or your running shoes – don’t throw them
in the too-hard basket.

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Climate scientist Mark Maslin: ‘We have all the technology we need to move to a cleaner, renewable world’

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:56:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2024/jan/28/climate-scientist-mark-maslin-we-have-all-the-technology-we-need-to-move-to-a-cleaner-renewable-world>

"Prof Mark Maslin studies climate change and human impacts as professor of
Earth system science at University College London (UCL) and the Natural History
Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. He recently partnered with the comedian Jo

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Electric vehicles: Can 'lightweighting' combat range anxiety?

Mon, 26 Feb 2024 19:55:39 +1100

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20240108-electric-vehicles-can-lightweighting-combat-range-anxiety>

'It seems like a simple enough choice. The widespread use of electric vehicles
could trigger a potential "positive tipping point" in the efforts to limit
global warming. But many motorists are still choosing not to make the switch to

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