Andrea T Edwards Weekend Reads

Knowledge is power. My reading list from the last few months

Hi everyone, I’ve shared a few blogs full of links (here and here) to important climate change information in recent years, hoping that people will start reading at least some of it, so we can collectively realise we need to act and we need to act now.
I know there’s a lot. I know many are overwhelmed, so by collecting the best and most insightful of what I read, I’m hoping to help those feeling frazzled by the amount of information feel, well, less frazzled.
One thing I’ve discovered in life is we’re all good at different things. I like the fact we’re good at different things, because people who are good at things I’m rubbish at, can help me when I need help.
One of the things I’ve always believed I’m good at is reading lots and lots of different perspectives and drawing conclusions across multiple perspectives. I love doing this. It’s a pleasure for me and why I LOVE social media so much. We have the gift of incredible knowledge today. Although trust me, I get the bad side of social media too.

It’s all so overwhelming!

People regularly express how overwhelmed they are by the amount of information on climate change and the 6th mass extinction, and because I’m not overwhelmed (by the amount of information) I reckon this is a way I can help. Packaging up and sharing knowledge worth reading.  
As I’ve done all the hard work, why not scan through and pick a few that grab your attention?
I’m not sharing deniers’ stuff here, because well, 99% of the global scientific community agree that we have a massive problem that needs to be addressed and addressed now. I agree with the scientists, because I’ve been reading their stuff.
I think 2019 was a year we started getting closer to the tipping point of public attention on climate. We’re not there yet, but it finally feels a lot closer. For people like me, who been convinced for some time, that is a relief. Maybe we’ll now do something? I hope so!
Here you go. Spend some time with this knowledge. Even if you don’t agree with it, surely all of our futures are worth some time invested in what is being shared? Surely it’s worth putting aside all other distractions, because as far as I’m concerned, the only information that matters right now, is the information the scientists are putting out.

An assortment of global information

  1. NASA: Study Confirms Climate Models are Getting Future Warming Projections Right
  2. World Economic Forum: Climate change is a planetary emergency – how can we avert disaster?
  3. Stop blaming population growth for climate change. The real culprit is wealth inequality
  4. Reuters: World needs to prepare for ‘millions’ of climate displaced: U.N.
  5. Global Citizen: Humanity Has Killed 83% of All Wild Mammals and Half of All Plants: Study
  6. The Washington Post: The world’s oceans are speeding up — another mega-scale consequence of climate change
  7. NASA: Arctic Ice Melt Is Changing Ocean Currents
  8. The Conversation: Global emissions to hit 36.8 billion tonnes, beating last year’s record high
  9. The Guardian: Let’s abandon climate targets, and do something completely different
  10. World Economic Forum: Why 2020 is the year to reset humanity’s relationship with nature
  11. Gizmodo: Carbon Dioxide Reached a New High in Humanity’s Existence
  12. Reuters: Carbon emissions from tropical forest loss underestimated, scientists say
  13. Carbon Brief: Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2019
  14. Mashable: NASA’s new video is grim
  15. Time: These Charts Show How High Sea Levels Will Rise if Antarctica’s Ice Continues to Melt
  16. National Geographic: Weather shows evidence of climate change every single day since 2012
  17. The Guardian: Humans risk living in an empty world, warns UN biodiversity chief
  18. Climate News Network: Little time left to arrest Greenland’s melting
  19. Common dreams: In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as ‘Utter Failure’ as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis
  20. World Economic Forum: These are the top risks facing the world in 2020
  21. The Guardian: Climate refugees can’t be returned home, says landmark UN human rights ruling
  22. Vice: This Decade We Became Really, Really Sure Climate Change Is Real
  23. Economist: The EU’s Green Deal is full of ambition but needs more detail
  24. Positive Money: There will be no escape from fires and floods without a transformation of our economic system
  25. The Guardian: How scientists are coping with ‘ecological grief’
  26. Wired: Capitalism Made This Mess, and This Mess Will Ruin Capitalism
  27. IFL Science: Ocean Temperature In 2019 Was The Warmest In Recorded Human History
  28. Fast Company: Climate change won’t result in a new normal but in constant, horrifying new disasters
  29. World Economic Forum: Arctic regions are burning – and it should set alarm bells ringing
  30. The Guardian: The age of the individual must end – our world depends on it
  31. Huffpost: The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change
  32. Grist: Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight, due in part to climate change
  33. Inside Climate News: Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice May Affect Tropical Weather Patterns
  34. Mashable: Even the ‘optimistic’ climate change forecast is catastrophic
  35. Stockhead: How long before climate change risk becomes an issue for small caps?
  36. The Times: We need climate protesters like Extinction Rebellion, says scientist Sir David King
  37. Vox: UN: The world has backed itself into a treacherous corner on climate change
  38. Scientific American: A Scary Year for Climate Change
  39. National Geographic: Oceans and ice are absorbing the brunt of climate change
  40. Climate News Network: Paris climate goals may be beyond reach

And then we had the Australian bushfires

Not just because I’m Australian, but because the land of my birth finished off 2019 and started 2020 with record breaking temperatures, fires the likes we’ve never seen, record breaking droughts, record breaking lack of rainfall, then record breaking rainfall, well over one billion animals dead, AND it was another stunning example of how certain media are pushing out false information around climate change, creating confusion, backed up by a bot and troll army. It’s quite incredible what is going on.
The best bit? Australians aren’t stupid, so this little tactic is backfiring. Which it would, when so many, across so many different classes, age groups and more, are impacted in one way or another – as we have been witnessing in these devastating fires.

Here’s a selection of media that has caught my attention in recent months.

  1. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: On a hotter planet, we are all Australians
  2. Australian Academy of Science: Statement regarding Australian bushfires
  3. Australian Bushfires and Climate Change: There is no strong, resilient Australia without deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions
  4. SBS News: 11,000 scientists from around the world unite to declare global climate emergency
  5. NY Times: How Does a Nation Adapt to Its Own Murder?
  6. The Guardian: Australia fires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists
  7. The Conversation: Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned
  8. ABC: Omnicide: Who is responsible for the gravest of all crimes?
  9. Time: Australia’s Bushfires Show the Wicked, Self-Destructive Idiocy of Climate Denialism Must Stop
  10. Canberra Times: It turns out Morrison doing nothing on climate was the best-case scenario
  11. New York Times: Apocalypse Becomes the New Normal
  12. The Guardian: The bushfires are a national catastrophe for the city and country. How are we going to live like this?
  13. The Conversation: In fact, there’s plenty we can do to make future fires less likely
  14. The Pedestrian: The BoM’s 2019 Climate Report Proves We Need Drastic Changes Right Bloody Now
  15. Mother Jones: Australia’s Wildfire Catastrophe Isn’t the “New Normal.” It’s Much Worse Than That.
  16. Sydney Morning Herald: Behind the lens: on the front lines of the bushfire crisis
  17. The Age: Leaked report lays bare environmental devastation of Victorian fires
  18. Vox: Boomers: You can still be heroes in the story of climate change
  19. The Guardian: Bushfires, ash rain, dust storms and flash floods: two weeks in apocalyptic Australia

And deeper research

When you’re ready, the real meat on climate change is with these organisations, as well as many more. We need to go deep to understand what is really at risk and what we can do about it.
  1. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  2. NASA Global Climate Change
  3. UN Climate Reports
  4. Club of Rome
  5. WEF Reports
  6. IMF
  7. OECD
  8. Yale: 12 major climate change reports from 2019
  9. World Meteorological Organization
  10. Nature Climate Change
  11. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  13. CDP
  14. GRI
  15. CSIRO
  16. WHO
  17. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine
  18. The Lancet
  19. BSR
  20. APS Physics
  21. Science Advances: Degradation and forgone removals increase the carbon impact of intact forest loss by 626%

10 scientists talking climate

If you’re interested in the top scientists discussing climate, here are 10 I pay attention to and are regularly rated within the top commentators world-wide.
So there you go, my gift of knowledge to you and I hope you can make the time to read some. Knowledge is power and while it makes for a scary read, it is something we must face. We must.
And to add one more thing to your pile, watch this – my son, Jax is 11 and he told me all adults should watch it. I agree.
I won’t give up. The changes we need to make are radical, but ultimately, life will be better for all living beings – humans especially.
Let’s wake up and do this for our kids? I still have hope in our ability to do this. Do you?
Yours, without the bollocks
Thank you for reading my ramblings. My brain and heart are a work in progress, always. I’d love a comment if it stirred any thoughts or feelings and of course, please feel free to share it with anyone you know who might be interested or entertained. I sure do appreciate it when you do. If you want to connect, I’m on Twitter here, Instagram here, YouTube here, and Facebook too. I share loads of stuff, not just my own xxxxx

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