This weeks links (2019-05-27)

In brief:

* Snake mistake: CSIRO says it’s a myth that Australia is home to world’s deadliest species (2019-May-26) [Guardian]

❝ To present a more realistic picture, scientists have come up with a more relevant concept of dangerous snakes in Australia, which is based on the actual threat posed on human lives.
Species such as brown snakes and tiger snakes top the list as they are relatively common in urban areas and can be aggressive if confronted.
Brown snakes are also considered potentially more dangerous because they are daytime active so encounter rates are higher. ❞

* ‘Forest Bathing’ Really May Be Good For Health, Study Finds (2018-Jul-10) [Forbes]

❝ ‘Forest bathing’ or shinrin yoku—spending time in a forest or other green space to reap the health benefits—has become an increasingly popular activity in recent years, especially in some countries, like Japan, which take it pretty seriously. And with good reason—the practice isn’t some new-age form of woo-woo healing; it’s an increasingly well-evidenced health habit that’s garnered a lot of popular and scientific interest in the last few years. ❞

* Veteran climber urges Everest adventurers to ‘educate themselves’ (2019-May-28) [ABC]

* Lydia Bradey – “EVEREST ESSAY 2019” (2019-May-27) [Facebook]

* How to return dignity to the sullied icon that is Everest (2019-May-29) [SMH]

❝ Once the preserve of only hardened climbers relying on their own skills rather than others’ and even forging new and more difficult routes, Everest’s summit has now become a purchasable commodity via dozens of companies offering to guide the two easier routes. …
To me there is an elegant solution that should not result in any loss of revenue but would spread the windfall to mountain villages below lesser peaks across the country. The rules could be changed so that there’s a process of qualification requiring aspirant “Everesters”, or those wanting to ascend any of the other increasingly popular 8000-metre peaks, to first climb a designated 6000-metre mountain away from the Everest region followed by climbing a similarly designated 7000-metre mountain. ❞





Some reading/listening:

* Paolo Bacigalupi’s “A Full Life” (2019-Apr-24) [MIT Technology Review]
A science-fiction story about America in the age of climate change.

* 📻 Old Time Radio – Afloat With Henry Morgan [Internet Archive]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Afloat with Henry Morgan was an 52 episode Australian series from, it is generally thought – 1933. Each episode was about 12 minutes long and the series was probably aimed at the youth market.

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