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Welcome to this week's edition of our Snippets newsletter.

 

As we enter the third week of lockdown here in NZ, you are likely reading this at home and we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

 

Although most of the news is pretty grim at the moment, we have done our best to bring you a selection of articles that will bring you hope. We start by contrasting the COVID-19 pandemic with the most severe threat to life on earth - global warming.  It's a sobering outlook, but we then switch to some more promising news on climate action and finish with an encouraging scientific review of the future of the oceans. 

 

 

Covid-19 has simply dominated the international media headlines, like no other, including the September 11 terrorist attacks, or the 2008 global financial crash. In so doing, it has suffocated the life out of any other issue, including existential threats, such as those posed by climate change. Whilst COVID-19 is a clear and immediate problem, it is unlikely to have anywhere near the impact of climate change: extreme weather, ecosystem collapse, crop failure, climate-related wars and, yes, increasing incidences of infectious diseases that could claim billions of lives. Read more.....

 

 

 

 

And as this next article reminds us, the implications of a warming world are likely to be dire. Many researchers now fear the climate system is approaching a tipping point – a threshold beyond which rapid and irreversible changes will occur. We are already seeing glimpses of these in the Arctic. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Earth’s next mass extinction is avoidable, as long as carbon dioxide emissions are dramatically curbed and then sequestered. The human species caused this planetary tragedy and together, as with COVID-19, we can solve it Read more.....