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Weekend Reads: Climate Change Tetris, the Deal with 2° C, Lessons from the Passenger Pigeon
Four #greenreads to distract you from that freeloading rancher's ramblings.

Two Degrees
Almost every article you read about climate change references the 2° Celsius limit. We simply cannot afford to let the world warm more than 2° Celsius, leading climate scientists say. To do so would bring mass extinctions, coral reef collapses, crop failures, ice shelf obliterations, and massive sea-level rise. But if we continue emitting as much carbon pollution as we do each year, we’ll blow those two degrees by mid-century—and more than double it by 2100. Brad Plumer explains how 2° Celsius became the line in the sand, and how it now may be losing value as a climate goal. Vox

The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External
In some ways, it’s ironic that we should stumble upon the truth of climate change now, when we’re both the most scientifically capable of dealing with it and the least politically inclined to actually do so. But as Naomi Klein writes, that’s just one of the ways climate change intersects with the notion of timing. There’s also this business of warmer temperatures leading to earlier springs and jamming up Mother Nature’s intricate schedule. And as our news media jumps from climate crisis to climate crisis—hurricanes, floods, droughts, wars—it should really take time to digest the larger message of what to do about it. The Nation

My Life As an Urban Egg Smuggler
When you’re the caretaker of the oldest Dutch colonial farmhouse in New York City, you have a different set of chores than other urban dwellers. For instance, collecting eggs from your backyard chicken shack every damn day of the spring and summer. And as OnEarth editor Melissa Mahony reveals, there are only so many omelets a gal can eat. That means taking eggs on the subway, giving them away at work, and smuggling them into bars for birthday presents. Aside from all the free protein, the hens are there to show visitors what it’s actually like to have a connection with your food—something fewer and fewer Americans understand today. OnEarth

Why the Passenger Pigeon Went Extinct
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Admittedly, it’s not one of those anniversaries where you get a cake and throw a party. What it is though, is a valuable teaching moment for the next generation of conservationists. OnEarth contributor Barry Yeoman explains the forces that led to the bird’s extinction, how recent advances in science might be able to bring the bird back, and what that might mean for ecosystems that have long since learned to go without passenger pigeons. Audubon Magazine

Tired of Reading Yet? Watch This.

Falling blocks: Anyone who’s ever played Tetris knows the feverish chaos of a screen full of bricks with nowhere left to put them. Now imagine that game as an analogy for climate change, CO2 gradually building and building in the atmosphere until there’s no time left to store it neatly somewhere else—that last half-second before “Game Over.” TED-Ed


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