Monday, 12 December 2022 — Uneven Earth
On AI, the COP, and why having more fun is good for the planet
Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.
We try to include articles that have been published recently but will last, that are relatively light and inspiring, and are from corners of the web that don’t always get the light of day. This will also be a space to keep you up to date with news about what’s happening at Uneven Earth.
On this month’s list, you’ll find a bunch of readings on the COP15 and COP27, worker exploitation behind AI innovation, the disastrous environmental impact of the World Cup in Qatar, the importance of working less, the growing popularity of degrowth, and so much more. We also linked a website you can use to get past paywalls! We don’t always have time to run articles through it before adding them, so keep the page bookmarked for those we might miss.
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Uneven Earth updates
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Top 5 articles to read
AI isn’t artificial or intelligent. How AI innovation is powered by underpaid workers in foreign countries.
The World Cup in Qatar is a climate catastrophe
Getting out of the food-energy-climate crisis
Having more fun is good for the planet
The Degrowth Paradox – degrowth is growing. A Twitter thread.
News you might’ve missed
Climate activists, including scientists, are arrested in protests at private airports
Barcelona students to take mandatory climate crisis module from 2024
It’s official: France bans short haul domestic flights in favour of train travel
Revealed: How the livestock industry funds the ‘greenhouse gas guru’
Brazil, Indonesia and DRC in talks to form ‘Opec of rainforests’
UK power station owner cuts down primary forests in Canada
Where we’re at: analysis
Taking back the mountains
Roshan Krishnan on energy democracy, carbon offsets, and finding a political home
Escape from the closed loop. Protests in China are shining a light not only on the country’s draconian population management but restrictions on workers everywhere.
From Ürümchi to Shanghai: Demands from Chinese and Hong Kong socialists
Is the world paying enough attention to Indigenous mental health?
Lost and damaged: the COP
The biodiversity crisis in numbers – a visual guide
COP27 and imperialism: Weaving a crown of thorns for the Global South
Greenwash and techno-babble take us towards catastrophe. We need to turn the great power of social movements against them
‘Extractivism’ is destroying nature: to tackle it Cop15 must go beyond simple targets
“Loss and damage” is not enough: Why we need climate reparations
CCS causes the problem it fails to solve
Chasing future biotech solutions to climate change risks delaying action in the present – it may even make things worse
Cities and radical municipalism
Recycling our cities, one building at a time
A challenge for cities: Going green, without the gentrification
A YIMBY and a “Left NIMBY” duke it out
Paris became a cycling success story—and built a roadmap for other cities
The fertiliser trap: the rising cost of farming’s addiction to chemical fertilisers (report)
Just think about it…
Where have all the snow crabs gone?
The spirit of the wetlands
Huge decline of working class people in the arts reflects fall in wider society
The ”I have NO friends” loneliness epidemic
Degrowth on CNN: A dangerous idea or the answer to the world’s biggest problems?
Our obsession with economic growth is deadly
‘Green’ tech can’t save us from climate change
Gurus of degrowth: Say hello to the ancient cynics
What is the theory of degrowth? Gustavo Petro’s development proposal
Degrowth can work — here’s how science can help
‘Now is time to hold degrowth as the banner of environmentalism’
Sci-fi, art and storytelling
Architect Indy Johar: ‘The scale of what we’re about to face is completely underestimated’
Can solarpunk save the world?
Octavia Butler’s science fiction predicted the world we live in
What if we cancel the apocalypse?
Archive.today to get past paywalls on articles
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