miscellaneous

What we learned this week

  • Not the first time it’s been done, but there’s been another survey of climate scientists and whether or not they agree with that human activity is warming the planet. This time it’s 97%.
  • Meanwhile, how about this for the definition of institutional denial – the Treasury recently blocked a proposed review into the risks that climate change and resource scarcity pose to the economy. That’s from this speech by John Ashton CBE, in which he also mentions that the number of people working on climate adaptation at DEFRA has been cut from 38 to just 6. I find that extraordinary.
  • I came across The Baffler the other day, a somewhat unorthodox journal of art and criticism. This issue includes an extract on revolution from David Graeber’s book The Democracy Project, which is well worth a read.
  • And as Microsoft and Sony prepare to do battle again in the next generation of games consoles, did you know there’s an Android-based open-source upstart console?

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