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28 December, 2020

Planet Ocean

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Saw this film yesterday; although it is from 2012, it is still both beautiful and shocking. Amazing photography and filmmaking of Yann Arthus-Bertrand Michael Pitiot, with a gorgeous soundtrack by Armand Amar. The full-length movie is on YouTube #^

Planet Ocean [UK]- the film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand & Michael Pitiot
by Planet Ocean on YouTube

The day after the COVID-19 jab, I felt completely normal. The roaring wind we've had the last few days has died down. Temperatures around 12-19 C around here and fair weather. A family of raucous birds - not sure what they are, maybe minahs - have made their home in our yucca tree. They are at their voluble peak just after sunset, when I come home from my afternoon walk.

Links blog

✭ Is nuclear fusion the answer to the climate crisis? | Environment | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/28/nuclear-fusion-power-climate-crisis
Researchers
 developing a nuclear fusion reactor that can generate more energy than it consumes have shown in a series of recent papers that their design should work, restoring optimism that this clean, limitless power source will help mitigate the climate crisis.
#environment #energy

✭ Indian police charge army officer with killing three Kashmir civilians | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/indian-police-charge-army-officer-killing-ka
Indian police have indicted an Indian army officer, accusing him of killing three civilians in Kashmir in July and staging their deaths as a fake gunfight.
#india #Kashmir

✭ China orders Alibaba founder Jack Ma to break up fintech empire | Business | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/dec/28/china-orders-alibaba-founder-jack-ma-brea
An editorial in the People’s Daily Chinese state mouthpiece said efforts to prevent monopoly and anti-competitive practices were “requirements for improving the socialist market economy system and promoting high-quality development.
#china #capitalism

✭ Saudi rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul sentenced to almost six years in jail | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/saudi-rights-activist-loujain-al-hathloul-se
Although human rights campaigners will say she should never have been detained for so long without charge, the prospect of serving only a further three months in jail will help defuse a potentially damaging early confrontation with the Biden administration that would have occurred if she had been locked up for a further 20 years, as seemed possible at one point
#MENA

✭ If you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport - CNN
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/27/tech/coronavirus-vaccine-passport-apps/index.html
Several
 companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their Covid-19 tests and vaccinations, creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices, or even countries.
#technology #COVID-19

✭ Wuhan citizen journalist jailed for four years in China's Christmas crackdown | World news | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/28/wuhan-citizen-journalist-jailed-for-four-yea
“The slew of detentions of those who speak out will only further impede the flow of information about the situation in China,” Human Rights Watch researcher Yaqiu Wang said. “Governments around the world should press Beijing to release wrongfully detained journalists and activists immediately.”
#china