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Overload: Kurzweil Doesn't Stress Climate Change, a Lost Satellite, The Next Great Extinction, and More

Peace of mind in technofuturism and mass extinction in today's daily roundup of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ. Enjoy!


A 100-square-mile ice island broke off the Petermann glacier in northern Greenland last August. Jeff Masters breaks down the record melt.

NASA's Glory satellite, which was supposed to analyze some key climate variables and fill in some gaps in understanding global warming's impacts, got lost during launch this morning.

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, he of the man-machine merge in 2045, isn't all that worried about climate change.

Who better than Bill McKibben to voice what so many of us are feeling about the conviction of Tim DeChristopher, aka Bidder 70.

The next "Great Extinction," which would be the sixth in known history, might already be underway.

Conventional D.C. wisdom crows on about how the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations would kill jobs, but history suggests differently.

Overload is a daily round-up of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ.

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The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

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