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Thursday, 25 October

10:00

Eliot Weinberger: Ten (More) Days in America "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On Brett Kavanaughs first day as justice, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to a ruling written by Kavanaugh himself in 2017 when he was an appellate court judge. Kavanaugh had determined that the EPA lacked the authority under the Clean Air Act to enforce an Obama administration rule regulating hydrofluorocarbons, industrial chemicals that deplete the ozone. (And so it begins.)

Meehan Crist: Am I My Mother-in-Law? "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Before I got pregnant, I thought I understood how DNA works: parents pass on some combination of their DNA, which codes for various heritable traits, to their children, who pass on some combination to their children, and so on down the neat branching lines of the genealogical tree. What I didnt know was that women can also receive DNA from their children.

Christopher Tayler: The Psychologicals "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

On the one hand, its clearly part of Anna Burnss project in Milkman to redescribe the Troubles without using such terms as the Troubles, Britain and Ireland, Protestant and Catholic, RUC and IRA. On the other, the narrators mad, first-principles language, with its abundance of phrases in inverted commas and sudden changes of register, is also used to describe the inner world of a young woman with no idea whom to tell, and no templates for what she might say, when shes stalked and groomed by a powerful older man. The public-political and the personal-political arent easily disentangled, and theres no reason that they should be. But the plot complicates the readers and the narrators sense of the way they interact.

Nico Muhly: How I Write Music "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The primary task, I feel, is to create a piece of art that is better than the same amount of silence; I would prefer to sit silently thinking for ten minutes than to listen to certain pieces of music, and therefore feel that it is my duty as a composer to occupy the time of the listener and the musicians with something challenging, engaging and emotionally alluring. I dont want to play them a movie with a clear exposition, obvious climax and poignant conclusion, nor do I want to drop them blind into a bat cave of aggressively perplexing musical jabs. I try to create an environment that suggests motion but that doesnt insist on certain things being felt at certain times. Mapping the pieces route helps me avoid the temptation of the romantic journey or the provocateurs dungeon.

Letters "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 20 (25 October 2018)

Table of contents "IndyWatch Feed Allworld"

Table of contents from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 20 (25 October 2018)

Friday, 19 October

19:00

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Tropical deforestation now emits more CO2 than the EU "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"

To stay under 2 degrees Celsius of warming and thereby stave off the worst effects of climate change, more funding must be allocated to forest-focused global warming mitigation strategies. Thats the takeaway from a new analysis by Global Forest Watch (GFW) this month. The numbers suggest that forests, harnessed effectively, could be a powerful climate mitigation tool, but forests have long been overlooked as a climate change solution, said Nancy Harris, Research Manager for GFW. One consequence of this oversight, according to climate scientists, is that the contributions of deforestation and forest degradation to climate change have received less attention than fossil fuel emissions. Tree cover loss contributes to global carbon emissions because trees naturally capture and sequester atmospheric carbon as they grow. When the trees are consumed by forest fires or cleared and burned to make way for pastureland, carbon that took decades to store is released back into the atmosphere near-instantaneously. According to analysis by Global Forest Watch, tropical forest loss currently accounts for 8 percent of the worlds annual carbon dioxide emissions. In other words, if tropical deforestation were regarded as a country, it would be the third-biggest emitter globally ranking just below the U.S and significantly above the EU. And, according to GFW, forest-related emissions have gone up, not down, since the Paris Agreement. Between 2015 and 2017, forest-related emissions were 63 percent higher than the average for the previous 14 years, rising from 3 billion to 4.9 billion metric tons per year. This increase

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