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Jessica Wildfire, OK Doomer

"Maybe you fantasize about living in a cave in the woods, but your family doesn't want that. You don't really know where you belong anymore. Part of you wants to be done with industrial civilization, but the other part still kind of likes the internet and hot showers. You also realize the appealing myth of homesteading is not exactly without its own hardships and risks."

MARIANNE COOPER & MAXIM VORONOV, Scientific American

We are living through a terrible time in humanity. Here’s why we tend to stick our heads in the sand and why we need to pull them out, fast. ... [T]he danger here is desensitization: that we meet this unprecedented litany of “wicked problems,” from climate change to the rise of fascism, with passive acceptance rather than urgent collective action.

the intergenerational baton pass of climate work

Britt Wray, Generation Dread

Joanna Macy and Jess Serrante launch a brave, fascinating, and vulnerable new podcast called We Are The Great Turning: a kitchen table conversation between Jess and Joanna about climate grief, aging, emotional resilience, and how to make it through the climate crisis with our hearts protected, but still wide open.

MIT Press Reader, 5/13/24 -Peter Watts

Technology is not going to save us, real or imaginary. If we don’t change our behavior, we are unlikely to come up with a magical technological fix to compensate ...we should not be talking about sustainability, but about survival, in terms of humanity’s future.

News

The Recorder, 5/13/24 - Tanisha Bhat

More and more farmers in recent years have been installing machinery and finding ways to protect their crops from worsening and fluctuating weather conditions like increased moisture levels, sudden temperature drops and milder winters. “We really do see climate change as an existential threat and farms are going to have to make big changes..."

The Guardian, 5/9/24

Many people, faced with the worsening impacts of the climate emergency, want to know what they can do personally to fight global heating. The Guardian asked hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists for their views.

Scientific American 4/12/24 - Mark Fischetti

Given the circumstances, Scientific American has agreed with major news outlets worldwide to start using the term “climate emergency” in its coverage of climate change. An official statement about this decision, and the impact we hope it can have throughout the media landscape, is below.

The Guardian 4/14/24 - Amy Westervelt and Kyle Pope

Swayed for 30 years by fossil fuel industry propaganda, the media has been as likely to unknowingly amplify falsehoods as they were to bat them down. It’s only in recent years that more journalists started to shy away from “both-sides-ing” the climate crisis – decades after scientists reached an overwhelming consensus on the scope of the problem and its causes.

NY Times 4/16/24 - R. Jisung Park

At present, our social and economic systems are not well prepared to adjust to the accumulating damage wreaked by climate change, even though much of what determines whether climate change hurts us depends on the choices we make as individuals and as a society....Recent research indicates that how temperature affects human health depends greatly on the adaptations that happen to be at play locally.

Bloomberg  4/17/24 - Laura Millan

Climate change will inflict losses to the global economy worth an annual $38 trillion by 2049, as extreme weather ravages agricultural yields, harms labor productivity and destroys infrastructure, according to researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).

Guardian 4/6/24 - Robin McKie

On March 18, 2022, scientists at the Concordia research ... recorded the largest jump in temperature ever measured at a meteorological center on Earth. According to their instruments, the region that day experienced a rise of 101.3 F (38.5 C) above its seasonal average: a world record.  

This startling leap—in the coldest place on the planet—left polar researchers struggling for words to describe it. “It is simply mind-boggling,” said Prof Michael Meredith, science leader at the British Antarctic Survey.

NY Times 4/20/24 - Stephen Markeley

In the 12 years it took me to write “The Deluge,” my novel of the climate crisis, I watched as chaotic weather, record temperatures and shocking political events outpaced my imagination. The book depicts the human tipping point, when the damage becomes irreversible and the foundations of our economy, our politics and our world begin to crack.

The Wrong Question to Ask About Climate Change

The New Republic, 4/24/24 - Heather Souvaine Horn
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has famously argued over the past decade that "the most important thing you can do to fight climate change" is to "talk about it."  ... The most important thing you can do to fight climate change may be to talk, specifically, about what policies and steps you support.

Spilka pledges ‘comprehensive climate bill’ in Senate

Recorder, 4/23/24 - Sam Drysdale
Signaling the potential for more change in the transportation and energy sectors, Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that the Senate plans to tackle a major climate bill within the next three months... [T] he “comprehensive plan” to address the climate crisis will be led by Sen. Michael Barrett, co-chair of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and Majority Leader Sen. Cynthia Creem.