What to read this weekend
Start your weekend by catching up with some articles in The Planet
For some of you, it will be a typical weekend; for others, it will be a long three-day weekend. Whatever the length of your weekend, The Planet newsletter is here to get you started.
My plan is not to begin my Saturday morning drinking coffee and reading but to go for an early walk here in the Ottawa region; I might share some pictures later.
I know some of you can’t keep up with the frequency of the newsletters, so today, I will share few recent ones so you can catch up. If you missed them the first time, this is your chance. If you have read every article, skip today’s post.
If you like history, science, and storytelling, you may want to read about John Snow, the founding father of epidemiology. This story brings you to London in the mid-19th century. The lessons of his work are still relevant during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you liked that article, you might also like the combination of science and history in the story of the cicadas; it takes you to Leiden, the Netherlands in the 17th century, and then to the Mayflower, William Bradford, and the founding of the Plymouth colony. If you are in a hurry, look at least at the short video of the cicada hatching.
I had written before about cicadas, and if you liked these two stories, you might also want to read this one that will take you to the World Fair of 1904 and tells more about this unique insect.
If you prefer to read about climate change, there is the article that I wrote a few days ago about the International Energy Agency that calls for an end to coal, oil, and gas development to reach net zero in 2050. I am surprised that it did not get more attention in the media, especially since the IEA found a narrow pathway to lead us out of the climate crisis.
I want to end with an impressive article I read this week and wanted to mention here as well. The New York Times wrote how researchers used enhanced, rare footage of a transport to a Nazi death camp to identify some passengers, including children who survived. The NYT interviewed one of them in this article.
Photos are from the original articles (all on The Planet on Substack), see there in notes for links to the sources.