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There's Nothing Sacred about Nine Justices; a Livable Planet, on the Other Hand . . .

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⬆️ Vietnam just opened up a massive 450-megawatt solar farm. How long did it take to build? About three months. If you want to know why solar and wind power are so important to making transformative change in the next decade, keep that number in mind.

⬇️ The Pantanal, in Brazil, is the world's largest tropical wetland, a paradise of jaguars and giant otters. It covers an area larger than Greece, and a quarter of it -- a quarter -- has burned in the past few months.

⬇️ On half the days in Phoenix, Arizona, this year, the temperature has topped a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. That's a new record; essentially, the city is in a never-ending heat wave.

⬇️ I've talked about this before, but as oil companies start to go under it's becoming ever more clear that they are leaving behind billions of dollars in liabilities for leaking wells. This is a classic example of privatizing the profits and socializing the losses, and it's utterly maddening. New Mexico alone faces sixty-eight million dollars in costs, and has set aside two million dollars for the project.

⬇️ Colorado has joined California in the dubious 2020 distinction of having the biggest wildfire ever recorded inside its borders.

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Harmony Grisman learned blues guitar in the nineteen-sixties from, among others, the Reverend Gary Davis and Big Bill Broonzy. Here's a song she just recorded with some words from John Lewis (and a good picture of Greta Thunberg).

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Bill McKibben is the author of a dozen books, including The End of Nature and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes regularly for Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, and The (more...)
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