Welcome to my round-up of the week’s causes for optimism, as noticed in the media. Plus some links to debunking of alarmism, and to more general opinion articles on optimism vs. pessimism.
* Alaska is welcoming back the first big holiday cruise ships. The U.S. state had experienced a cruise ship drought for “nearly two years” until late summer 2021.
* Bjorn Lomborg in the Wall Street Journal, countering alarmism with an article on how “Climate Change Saves More Lives Than You’d Think”. One of an ongoing series of articles Lomborg is publishing with the WSJ.
* Spiked! on how the doomster hijacking of “Environmentalism is a revolt against the people”. Such faux ‘environmentalism’… “so often looks like a revolt against the masses, an uprising of the elites against the throng. After all, greens’ greatest hatred is of mass society – with its industry and factories and supermarkets and cars – so it makes sense that they bristle so intolerantly against the inhabitants of mass society. It’s snobbery dolled up as radicalism.”
* The Spectator celebrates Australia and the new special relationship and also the new AUKUS alliance between the US, the UK and Australia. Though the latter has been little-reported… “It is hard to overstate the importance of this […] nuclear submarine pact between the US, the UK and Australia”. AUKUS also features co-operation on… “cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and quantum computing”. This is good news, depending on how you view it. Asia Times reports that AUKUS is… “expected to focus on underwater defence capabilities as a deterrence to the Chinese”. Who are laying claim to vast areas of ocean, building fortified islands and new bases, and threatening places such as little Taiwan. So all this is a cause for optimism if AUKUS helps curb China’s increasingly unhinged military rhetoric. But bad news if it provokes China’s leaders into such a frothing fury that they invade Taiwan.
* In Bangladesh… “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told Parliament that the tiger population in the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is rising.” Only rising slightly, admittedly — from 106 to 114 seen in surveys, and there has been no camera survey there for nearly three years now. But eco-worriers apparently like to claim in the media that sea-level rise is “wiping out” the vast World Heritage Site, implying its tigers must also be nearly gone. Which seems a curious claim, since the new tourism season has just started there and the locals have produced a record honey crop. “Fewer natural calamities” is said to be a key factor in the honey boom there.
* And finally, “India’s leading media house India Today has launched a new TV channel that will broadcast only good and positive news”, reports the Indian press. Good News Today will focus on… “stories of human achievements, hopes, inventions and performers in various walks of life from India and other parts of the world.”
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