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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

Like the friends of Godot, I am waiting, hopelessly, for the impossible. Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.”

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

They are highly social: They regroup in their roosts daily to be closer to ‘friends’, favour matrilineal relatives, demonstrate sharing and other altruistic behaviours, and rub noses as greetings and to confirm identities. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

So, psychologically, it’s better to downplay its likelihood (which is already occurring, ie 100%) and its impact (catastrophic, even just considering the effects of the destruction of forests, oceans, soils and permafrost, which are already well-advanced and accelerating).

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