Plastic recycling?, discovering the seas, and more: THE WEEKLY RECAP (2022#22)

Off for a week in Spain. A trip to Barcelona with the gang to see the 🌶️, so do not expect a lot of movement around here for a bit. Still, I wanted to share a few cool links. Let’s start:


Wishful thinking

A couple interesting reads on climate change. First, a thoughtful text on the many problems that arise when trying to recycle plastics, and how the only solution that makes sense is to stop using them once and for all.

The second link I found a bit afterwards, and made me think a lot about the article from The Atlantic. It talks about how people tend to disdain many actions that would help fight climate change because they are not a perfect solution. This is usually bad for many reasons. First, there is not a unique solution to the environmental crisis we live in. Even if we stopped all emissions tomorrow, climate would still get worse for a long time, and many of our industries would actually cause catastrophic events if suddenly discontinued. Second, thinking that we cannot solve this crisis with a clear roadmap usually serves as a tremendous excuse for countries and companies to maintain the crazy practices that first created the problem we face.

Plastic Recycling Doesn’t Work and Will Never Work, on The Atlantic
‘Thinkwashing’ Keeps People From Taking Action in Times of Crisis, on Wired

Connecting with the planet

Two stories here. First one is a really beautiful piece I found on The Verge about bird watching, and how it helped its protagonist fight against the hardships in his life. It really shows the power of connecting with nature, and reminded me about one the most passionate books I have ever read: The Peregrine, by J.A. Baker.

Second story is a very interesting article about the recent advances in tech that are allowing to track marine species in unprecedented ways. Sensors getting smaller and more affordable allow to follow the trajectories of many species, providing insights on how they hunt for food and also other interesting biological events. We are also getting images of the deepest areas of the oceans by mounting cameras on the back of animals, which if you think about it, it is a super cool thing.

A ONCE-in-a-LIFETIME BIRD, on The Verge
Call of the deep, on Knowable Magazine

And that’s it for the week. Stay safe!

Current mood: Whatchu Thinkin’

Featured image from Octavio Aburto

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