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The New York Times recently published a beautiful photo essay titled “Keeping Love Close”.

What does love look like in a time of hate? Asian and Asian-American photographers respond.

Read the full article on The New York Times.

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APN published a gut-wrenching reflection on our insatiable need for palm oil, and the conditions many who farm it are forced to live in.

Palm oil is found in everything from potato chips and pills to pet food, and also ends up in the supply chains of some of the biggest names in the $530 billion beauty business, including L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Avon and Johnson & Johnson

Read more on Associated Press News.

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Humans are exploiting and destroying nature on an unprecedented scale. On average, global populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016, according to the WWF and Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s Living Planet Report 2020. Two years ago, the figure stood at 60%. Wildlife populations in Latin America and the Caribbean are down 94%, Africa down 65%, Asia-Pacific down 45%, North America down 33% and Europe and Central Asia down 24%.

Read the full article on The Guardian.

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Eyes as Big as Plates is the ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. Starting out as a play on characters from Nordic folklore, Eyes as Big as Plates has evolved into a continual search for modern human’s belonging to nature. The series is produced in collaboration with retired farmers, fishermen, zoologists, plumbers, opera singers, housewives, artists, academics and ninety year old parachutists. Each image in the series presents a solitary figure in a landscape, dressed in elements from surroundings that indicate neither time nor place.

View the full series.

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Hong Kong is the most expensive housing market in the world, with tens of thousands of people living in “cage homes”; spaces ranging from 75 to 140 square feet.

Watch on Vox’s YouTube channel.

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I became a father recently, which prompted a dramatic uptick in “book time”. Of the books I’ve read, Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster stands out as being the most helpful and assuring. The book is thoroughly enjoyable to read and offers only fact and not opinion.

Buy the book on Bookshop.org.

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David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor at New York Magazine, wrote an extraordinary–if not terrifying–book called The Uninhabitable Earth. The human cost is laid bare, and is hard to imagine.

Buy the book on Bookshop.org or read a long-form essay version of it on New York Magazine.

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Wars are being waged over the most innocuous of resources; sand.

Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings.

Read more on Wired.

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Rooney Mara joined Animal Equality for a short film on factory farming.

I think a lot of people — even after they do see things like that — have some level of denial because it is so painful to imagine that that’s really how the world works, and that’s really something we’ve been party to.

Read more on Animal Equality and Sentient Media.

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Vox did an intriguing piece on the gig economy, referencing a report recently published by the Federal Reserve. An overall exploitative model mixed with a race to the bottom.

Read more on Vox.

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A British Columbia diver found a pipe dumping untreated blood and viscera directly into the waters off Vancouver Island.

Read more on Vice.