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Brexit: The End of the Beginning?

This is going to be a shorter Brexit post than I would like, but since the UK and EU are yet again in a jockeying and attempting-to-put-down-markers phase, the speculation to development ratio is high. You might have missed it between Iran and royals furors, but the Withdrawal Bill passed its third reading in the House on party lines and is expected to sail though Lords. •Harry and Meghan driven out by Royal British Media ?•As you work till you die at 75 on 0hr contract Boris Johnson...

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2019 in Climate Science: A Continued Warming Trend and ‘Bleak’ Research

Yves here. I remember in 2007 when I was invited to an open house at the Explorers’ Club in New York City, which featured a day of presentations of scientists involved in research for that year’s Polar Year, a once-a-decade program of measurements and sightings in the Arctic. By then, it was clear to all those who’d been to the Arctic area recently, explorers as well as scientists, that warming in that polar region was already dramatic and alarming by historical standards. Yet this was still...

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What Is Next for Venezuela?

Yves here. I must confess to having missed that negotiations in Venezuela were underway. But as a finance and economics site, we can’t give geopolitical developments the same level of coverage as topics more central to our beats. Having said that, and readers closer to the action may beg to differ, but the very fact of negotiations looks like an admission of the obvious, that the US-backed coup effort has failed. However, the fallback seems to be to wrest some concessions from the Maduro...

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‘Because Insects Are Key to Our Own Survival,’ 73 Scientists Unveil Global Roadmap to Battle Bugpocalypse

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams Highlighting the “strong scientific consensus that the decline of insects, other arthropods, and biodiversity as a whole, is a very real and serious threat that society must urgently address,” 73 international scientists on Monday published a roadmap to battle the world’s “bugpocalypse.” The roadmap, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, explains that a mountingbody of research shows “a...

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In Iran Showdown, Conflict Could Explode Quickly – and Disastrously

Yves here. This article gives important and depressing context into how armed conflict, far more often than people realize, tips into deadly wars. By Bear F. Braumoeller, Baranov and Timashev Chair in Data Analytics and Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University. Originally published at The Conversation Despite the claims of optimists, the odds that an international conflict will snowball into a bloody war haven’t gone down significantly since the end of World War II. Trump...

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Nick Turse: Trump Threatens Mass Destruction in Afghanistan

Yves here. While you’ve been preoccupied with the cray-cray in Iraq, Trump has some seriously bad ideas for Afghanistan too. By Nick Turse a fellow at the Type Media Center and the author most recently of Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan and of the bestselling Kill Anything That Moves. Originally published at TomDispatch On February 4, 2002, a Predator drone circled over Afghanistan’s Paktia province, near the city of Khost. Below was al-Qaeda’s...

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What if We Let the Oceans Into Our Cities?

Yves here. This idea for keeping cities on coasts is admittedly not ready for prime time. But one could argue it has bigger potential pitfalls than “what about sewage?” It’s “what about food?” Modern cities depend on farming that in most cases isn’t all that nearby, to state the obvious. By Nathanael Johnson (@savortooth on Twitter), Grist’s senior writer and the author of two books. Originally published at Grist The way we build our houses, roads, and cities reflects the great necessity of...

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Plastics Problem: Overview, Plus What YOU Can Do to Reduce Your Use of Plastics

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Yves mentioned in a post yesterday how hard it is to reduce one’s use of  plastics – a problem I’ll examine further in the latter half of this post. Before I get to that issue, however, I first want to consider an article that appeared in yesterday’s Guardian, The plastic polluters won 2019 – and we’re running out of time to stop them. I encourage...

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What Is Climate Change Adaptation, and Why Does It Matter?

Yves here. As we’ve indicated, we are already well past the point of no return on climate change. The question is how much does it make sense to invest in adaptation and remediation, such as seawalls and putting coastal houses on stilts, versus how much abandonment will be necessary. Readers have pointed out some major issues that aren’t even remotely acknowledge, such as the fact that many sewage treatment plants are at low elevations and are thus very exposed to flooding, with the potential...

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The Crapification of Mattresses and Retail Therapy (and an Iran Aside)

One might wonder why I’m posting on such a trivial-seeming topic as mattresses. The troubling news of the US assassination of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani is Defcon 1 news, after all, and is understandably dominating the press and Twitterverse. And I have to confess it’s got me wound up about how reckless and wantonly destructive our foreign and Middle Eastern policy has been, and how we’ve somehow managed to turn the dial on that to 11. However, as you’ll see in due course,...

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