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MP #20 - Ukraine, the recent IPCC Report, and more.

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MP #20 - Ukraine, the recent IPCC Report, and more.
By Trey • Issue #20 • View online
It’s been a long few weeks. I don’t have much to say in the front matter right now, other than to say the major stories haven’t changed much over the last few weeks (also why I chose not to send out an Issue over the last few weeks - too much information, with not enough being confirmed). I’m going to be sticking with the same format as the last Issue, so please enjoy.

Here's What I've Been Watching
First… Ukraine.
It’s been a long 10-ish days since Russia began their invasion of Ukraine, in some oddly twisted desire to occupy the country and “return” it to Russian control. There’s a lot to say about this - and the factors motivating the invasion. First of all, there’s oil and gas politics at play (as always, in war), with Putin probably (this is my own conjecture) not expecting the West (EU/NATO) to assist this much due to their (over-)reliance on Russian oil and gas. Second, it’s important to note the amount of commodities that Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus produce for the world; between wheat, potash (fertilizer), etc. While I don’t think there will be food security issues for the Global North (see: EU/UK/US/Can) - just increased prices, there likely will be significant issues in Africa and other poorer nations. CSIS (the American think tank) had a great podcast episode on food security issues, which is a great - and short - listen. Third, and finally, this war/invasion will be a world-changing event for many years to come, and I imagine we’re only beginning to see some of the consequences.
Why this is important:
  • I mean, war in Europe is… rare (in recent times), and this war will have untold consequences as the world continues its transition from a Unipolar world (with the U.S. in charge) to a Multipolar world [U.S., China, Russia(?)]. I also think this event, while horrendous for the Ukrainian people, is also an incredibly bad look for everyone in the West. Not in a “we have to intervene more” kind of way (you can form your own opinion on that), but in a “damn, we’re still incredibly racist towards refugees” kind of way. We’re seemingly able to take in unlimited refugees from conflict when they’re primarily white, but when they’re from an “uncivilized” nation in the Middle East or Africa… all of a sudden, there are limits. Shocking! (Sarcasm.)
Coverage (where do I begin):
Second - the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report
Climate change is, undoubtedly, one of the main focuses of this newsletter and my studies. That being said, I can’t truly do this report any justice with any explanation, other than to quote the IPCC’s summary: “…the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report assesses the impacts of climate change, looking at ecosystems, biodiversity, and human communities at global and regional levels. It also reviews vulnerabilities and the capacities and limits of the natural world and human societies to adapt to climate change.”
The final line in the Summary for Policymakers kind of sums everything all up: “Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.
Why this is important:
  • Climate change. Liveable planet for humans and other species. I don’t know, seems important. Plus, it seems that this IPCC report kind of got lost in this weeks news of gestures to everything all that is going on in the world.
Other… stuff
Have a good week!
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