What are we reading? October 11, 2018

Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.

Kirk LaPointe, editor-in-chief:

The landmark United Nations climate change study suggests that calamity is closer than we think, with major crises ensuing as early as 2040. - International Panel on Climate Change



If you want a journalistic treatment of the report, try this: - The New York Times



The changes under way in Saudi Arabia are consequential to the wider world, but this essay stresses that social shifts should not be confused with political ones. - The New York Review of Books



Andrea Komlosy book (reviewed here and thus easier on the system) on the last 1,000 years of work is filled with surprise revelations about what we do. - The Nation



Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Sharing the 21st century road in Ireland: new International Transport Forum study maintains that 2% of the current number of cars in Greater Dublin could provide the region’s mobility needs if all cars and bus trips were replaced with ride-share options. - International Transport Forum



Riding the rails in Cascadia: or, on this side of the Atlantic, we could sink US$40 billion into a bullet train line to Portland. - The Oregonian/OregonLive



Donald Trump’s affinity for tariffs is now threatening to enlist Captain America, Spider-Man and Barbie in his misguided trade war. - South China Morning Post



Hayley Woodin, reporter:

The Economist warns the world should begin preparing for the next recession while it still can. It’s not expected to be as bad as the downturn seen a decade ago, but this article highlights how, in several ways, the developed world is particularly unprepared to handle even a mild one.  - The Economist



This photo essay looks at how development has shaped the territories of B.C.’s Blueberry First Nation, which is in the process of taking the province to court over the cumulative impacts of oil, gas and forestry operations in northeastern British Columbia. - The Narwhal



Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

Credit unions were created for workers. So why the high fees? “As falling interest rates made loans less lucrative, credit unions largely turned to fees to help replace the lost income. Over the past quarter-century, the average value of the fees collected for every dollar of interest income has risen to nearly 17 cents, from just under 7 cents.” - The New Yorker



Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor

Ruben Bolling is one of the smartest, most biting and hilarious cartoonists alive. This nod to children’s author Richard Scarry is part affectionate homage, part deadly accurate U.S. state-of-the-union commentary. - Daily Kos



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Illuminating description of the how Canadian self-made billionaire Frank Stronach – the auto-parts tycoon and horse-racing enthusiast – is struggling to take back control of his company: by suing daughter and former MP Belinda Stronach and others. - Thoroughbred Daily News



Lululemon founder Chip Wilson muses about the future of clothing – how we will be able to choose the colour of our clothing by going to an app and other epiphanies. - Business Insider