We’re back and super excited to get started on our plans for 2024.
For those of you that are new here, welcome! This is our Monday newsletter, where we provide weekly news links that provide context on today’s biggest issues, and action steps you can take to move the needle.
Quinn’s essays come out on Fridays — if you missed last week’s on what to expect for 2024, you can read it here.
OK, let’s get up to speed on the news from the last couple of weeks.
🌍️ $250 billion in global losses from natural disasters
😷The ongoing Covid fight
🧑🌾 Climate resilient crops
📰 Substack’s stance on Nazis
This is science for people who give a shit.
Every week, we help 27,000+ humans understand and unfuck the rapidly changing world around us. It feels great, and we’d love for you to join us.
👉 New Shit Giver Michael wants to help solve “climate change, AI in terms of ethics and hyper-automation, education, the decline of civility and democracy, the advance of fascism and post-truth, and more. It's a lot...“
Check, check, check — you’re in the right place, Michael! And it is a lot. But we like to think of all of these issues as opportunities to build something better, and through compound action, something better is possible.
Your plastic water bottle contains hundreds of thousands of plastic particles, the vast majority of which are small enough to enter your bloodstream
Extreme weather means we need to develop more resilient crops, and wild varieties may be the answer
A possible solution to the mounting plastic pollution problem? Banning the “toxic two”: polystyrene (Styrofoam) and PVC
AI and satellite imagery advancements have made it possible to map human activity at sea with great precision. Check out the maps to get an idea of the state of offshore infrastructure (from oil platforms to wind turbines) and vessel activity
Research from California suggests that taxing groundwater by making farmers pay for using it is helping to maintain aquifers
Last week’s (er, month’s?) most popular Action Step was going through your pantry and medicine cabinet to find healthier alternatives using the Yuka app (I love this app so much).
Donate to Circle of Blue and support independent journalism providing essential information on the water scarcity crisis.
Volunteer with a 350.org chapter in your community, or start one, and become part of the fight towards a world free from fossil fuels.
Get educated about electrifying the school buses in your district with help from Highland Fleets.
Be heard about codifying abortion rights, and tell your representative to support the “Women’s Health Protection Act”.
Invest in green, sustainable companies and divest from fossil fuels using the Carbon Collective.
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The best stovetop you can buy
A favorite in our home electrification series with Rewiring America, we’ve outlined why induction is king when it comes to cooking.
It’s better for the planet, for your wallet, and for avoiding explosions or even small fires in your kitchen (I may or may not be speaking from personal experience here…ahem, how were your holidays?).
Learn more about the best options for your home 👇️
It’s controversial and for good reason (see the “What The What” story linked in the section below re: consequences of technological advancements), but it could also do a lot of good.
Read our CRISPR explainer to get a better understanding of what the heck CRISPR even is and the ethical concerns around its use.
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Did you know that leaded gasoline and chlorofluorocarbons were invented by the same guy? I didn’t. This story about the potential long-term consequences of technological advancements — known and unknown — is wild 👇️
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