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It’s a Vast, Invisible Climate Menace. We Made It Visible.

The New York Times

This is what you get when you combine ace reporting and the power of visual storytelling. The New York Times discovered leaks at oil and gas sites that release immense amounts of methane, invisible to the eye. But not to this nice gadget: «The Times used a custom-built camera…that uses helium to cool down the sensor to the temperature of liquid nitrogen, around minus 200 degrees Celsius.»

Published in Weekly Filet #280

The great paradox of our time: everything is both better and worse than ever before

The Correspondent

To me, one of the best pieces on climate change in recent months, written by The Correspondent’s founding editor. I like how Wijnberg is both realistic («In the past two centuries, fossil capitalism has made us wealthier, healthier, safer and more informed than ever.»), optimistic («we can take heart from this fundamental truth about human nature: together we can.») and radical («The engine that drives our civilisation must be completely disassembled and replaced with a new model.»).

Published in Weekly Filet #279

Peter Singer on the lives you can save

Ezra Klein Show

A very interesting conversation between Ezra Klein and philosopher Peter Singer. The largest part is about his famous thought experiment and the moral imperative to give away most of what one earns. However, one side aspect towards the end of the podcast got me thinking in particular, where Singer makes the case against open borders. His argument: Immigration brings right wing leaders to power who then obstruct effective climate action – which is more urgent than open borders. I’m not sure yet whether I agree, but it’s a perspective that’s new to me.

Published in Weekly Filet #279

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

National Geographic

«Ocean plastic is not as complicated as climate change. There are no ocean trash deniers, at least so far. To do something about it, we don’t have to remake our planet’s entire energy system.» How the plastic crisis came to be, how massive it is – and how we can fix it. Comes with a cover you won’t forget quickly.

Published in Weekly Filet #274

Ice Apocalypse


«The glaciers of Pine Island Bay are two of the largest and fastest-melting in Antarctica. Together, they act as a plug holding back enough ice to pour 11 feet of sea-level rise into the world’s oceans — an amount that would submerge every coastal city on the planet.»

Published in Weekly Filet #257

The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition

New York Magazine

The original version of this text has been read more than 2 million times and has sparked a major controversy. Which boils down to the question: Is it careless to write about climate change by assuming worst-case scenarios rather than ones that are more likely? Or is it careless not to? The autor has doubled down and delivered a heavily annotated version of the text. Excellent read.

Published in Weekly Filet #240 In collection: Best of 2017

We have locked in centuries of climate change

The Ezra Klein Show

You’ve probably heard the news: 2016 has been the hottest year on record. For some context, I highly recommend this hour-long interview with Elizabeth Kolbert, one of the best-known writers on climate change, who won a Pulizer Prize for her book «The Sixth Extinction». Enlightening and trenchant. The quote that stuck in my mind: «We live in yesterday’s climate.»

Published in Weekly Filet #224