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Friday essay: a rare bird — how Europeans got the black swan so wrong

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:16:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/friday-essay-a-rare-bird-how-europeans-got-the-black-swan-so-wrong-161654>

"The black swan is an Australian icon. The official emblem of Western
Australia, depicted in the state flag and coat-of-arms, it decorates several
public buildings. The bird is also the namesake for Perth’s Swan River, where

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'Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy' Shows Transition to Renewable Future Totally Doable

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:15:34 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/10/fossil-fuel-exit-strategy-shows-transition-renewable-future-totally-doable>

"Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming
below the 1.5ºC threshold is both "necessary and technically feasible."

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Multinational CEOs petition world leaders to 'supercharge' climate action

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:13:33 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.eco-business.com/news/multinational-ceos-petition-world-leaders-to-supercharge-climate-action/>

"Chief executives from 78 multinational corporations have co-signed an open
letter that calls on the world’s political leaders to set more ambitious
targets to tackle the climate crisis.

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Ascot declines to renew insurance policy for Adani coal mine

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:07:24 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/au/news/breaking-news/ascot-declines-to-renew-insurance-policy-for-adani-coal-mine-257453.aspx>

"Lloyd’s of London insurer Ascot has declined to renew an existing policy for
Adani Mining’s Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland when it expires in
September 2021, climate campaigners have confirmed.

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The ‘big con’ revealed: Report details fossil fuel industry’s deceptive ‘net zero’ strategy

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 06:05:17 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/06/09/the-big-con-revealed-report-details-fossil-fuel-industrys-deceptive-net-zero-strategy/>

"A new report published Wednesday by a trio of progressive advocacy groups
lifts the veil on so-called “net zero” climate pledges, which are often touted
by corporations and governments as solutions to the climate emergency, but

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We are the Global EV Alliance

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:40:41 +1000

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

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

"The Global EV Alliance is a network of national electric drivers’ associations
from around the globe. We facilitate global collaboration on best practices,
policies, education, and other EV related initiatives. We believe that zero

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What to Do About Jair Bolsonaro, the World’s Most Dangerous Climate Denier

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:38:39 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/jair-bolsonaro-rainforest-destruction-1180129/>

"There’s no prison (yet) for climate criminals, but if there was, Brazilian
President Jair Bolsonaro would have a spider-infested cell all to himself. Now
that Trump is gone, Bolsonaro — a.k.a. “The Trump of the Tropics” or “Captain

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What’s in a name? How recruitment discriminates against ‘foreign’ applicants

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:37:02 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/whats-in-a-name-how-recruitment-discriminates-against-foreign-applicants-160695>

"I have analysed 123 “resume studies” to get a more fine-grained understanding
of name-based discrimination in recruitment.

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What would sustainable tourism really mean for New Zealand? Let’s ask the river

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:35:26 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://theconversation.com/what-would-sustainable-tourism-really-mean-for-new-zealand-lets-ask-the-river-160438>

"As regular flights between Aotearoa and Australia resume, the issue of
high-volume tourism and its environmental impact is now front and centre.

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What Can We Learn from the World’s Most Peaceful Societies?

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 05:34:28 +1000

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

Andrew Pam
<https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_can_we_learn_from_the_worlds_most_peaceful_societies>

"Given the grinding wars and toxic political divisions that dominate the news,
it might come as a surprise to hear that there are also a multitude of
sustainably peaceful societies thriving across the globe today. These are

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