This week it seemed I read nothing that wasn’t depressing. It started with the Nation taking a troubling look at the fracturing of Occupy Wall Street.
More troubling was Eric Scigliano’s media analysis of recent global warming coverage, or lack thereof. Despite a spate of major developments, he finds that journalists are almost ignoring the topics.
Finally, it’s not accurate to say that I “enjoyed” reading them, but I was moved by Dave Roberts on the brutal logic of climate change (and the follow-on piece), as well as by Marc Lee’s post-mortem of the Durban climate talks.
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Have a healthy holiday, everyone! And remember: racial segregation and income inequality are serious killers. Also remember: a natural experiment in Oregon shows that giving health insurance to the uninsured makes people healthier and wealthier.
If you read, as Eric de Place’s recommends, Dave Roberts devastating description of how daunting the global climate challenge actually is, you might find it restorative to watch this video of college student Anjali Appadurai reading the riot act to the Durban climate conference: “You’ve been negotiating all my life,” she begins. It heats up from there. Next, take pride, because this passionate young leader is Cascadian. She hails from Coquitlam, BC.
Big Junk Food is fighting back against new guidelines for marketing to kids—voluntary ones at that. In a fight likened to the cigarette wars of the 1980s, food manufacturers are insisting that if they don’t dump massive amounts of salt and sugar into their foods sold to kids, they won’t be able to sell them. Already, regulators are planning to drop the age at which the guidelines kick in from 17 to 12. Because of course, 13-17 year-olds are capable of making completely rational food choices.