NEWS DIGEST 19.09.2021: Protecting the environment and archaeological sites

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The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, producing 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions – and it’s estimated that by 2050 this will have increased to 25%. A staggering 300,000 tonnes of clothes are sent to British landfills each year. Are fashion brands really doing enough to change? Recent UN reports state that we have 11 years to prevent irreversible damage from climate change. As London Fashion Week opened earlier this month, large protests and demonstrations highlighting fashion’s contribution to climate change reinforced the impact that consumers can have on raising public awareness of environmental issues. Consumer-driven behaviour change can encourage brands to adapt their practices towards a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. With Oxfam opening their charity superstore and Asda launching a pre-loved fashion pop up shop, buying second-hand clothing can give fashion products a new life and prevent the purchasing of new fashion garments – Why you should stop buying new clothes (Palm Oil Detectives/WordPress)

You’d think the result of this would be some bullish price action for ADA but, alas, its price dropped 10% following the rollout. Fake news: Litecoin price surges 35% following Walmart adoption hoax. While real news made the price of ADA drop, fake news made the price of Litecoin pump this week. The result? A chart showing Bitcoin’s current price against the backdrop of possible upper and lower price range boundaries. According to Clemente’s chart, the $39,000 price range could be the current bottom limit for Bitcoin’s price should it drop once again, given “a price floor based on Bitcoin’s real-time scarcity” – Clemente’s description of the lower limit on the chart – Cardano Price Dips After Smart Contract Launch, Walmart Working With Litecoin Is Fake News, Coinbase Raises $2B From Junk-Bond Sale: Hodler’s Digest, Sept. 12-18 (CrowMiningNews)

Something strange happened the morning after Colson Whitehead finished his forthcoming novel. Whitehead had chosen to conclude his latest novel, Harlem Shuffle, against the backdrop of the Harlem riot of 1964, which erupted after a 15-year-old black boy, James Powell, was shot dead by police lieutenant Thomas Gilligan. Harlem Shuffle is billed as a crime novel, charting the adventures of Ray Carney, a furniture salesman whose unwavering pursuit of upward mobility means he occasionally serves as a fence for stolen jewellery and electronics: “There was a natural flow of goods in and out and through people’s lives, from here to there, and Ray Carney facilitated that churn.” Carney’s cousin Freddie ropes him into a plan to rob the Hotel Theresa, and the novel expands from there into a character study that Whitehead describes as “a portrait of Carney in three different phases in his life as he gives in more and more to his criminal side”. In the aftermath of the riot, when discussing whether Gilligan might ever be imprisoned, a local bartender remarks, “Put a white cop in jail for killing a black boy? Believe in the tooth fairy.” Yet in April, almost a year after Whitehead had finished writing his novel, Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd and sentenced to just over 22 years in prison. “There’s the engine of racial injustice in Underground Railroad and Nickel Boys,” Whitehead says, “But in this book the big bad is New York real estate. The overriding concern, the overriding force that warps people’s lives is where do you live, can you get a better apartment, how do you get it, who is building the apartments? As the book progresses we get a different point of view on who actually runs the city and who builds the city.” Among other things, it is also a powerful evocation of mid-century Harlem, which Whitehead felt drawn to write about as the “centre of black life in the 60s”, as well as the site of some of his earliest memories – of “being a very tiny person, walking up Broadway” – New hustle: Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead on his heist novel (The Guardian UK edition – Culture – Books)

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Archaeologists fear a new planning bill might fast-track developments, leaving little time to dig sites. “If you have areas for growth and renewal with automatic planning permission then there is no chance to insert conditions for archaeological assessments,” said Ms Helen Geake, a Green Party councillor. “If you can’t put in archaeological conditions, we could lose so much archaeology.” Stephen Macaulay, deputy regional manager with Oxford Archaeology East, said he has been working well in partnership both with developer Endurance Estates and the local council on archaeological digs as new homes and a school are built on the edge of Ely in Cambridgeshire. Mr Macaulay added that archaeology employs local people and business and supports tourism. Norfolk developer Andrew Livsey said he has worked well with archaeologists on projects across the east of England and believes the present rules work well. A ministry of housing, communities and local government spokeswoman said: “We know that our archaeological treasures are irreplaceable and we are determined to protect them”Time Team expert says new planning review must protect archaeology (BBC News UK – Suffolk)

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