What are we reading? September 16, 2021

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

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Why Hurricane Ida has caused such lasting damage to the U.S. crude oil supply – an interruption that is being felt in Canada and around the world. – Bloomberg


Helpful explainer on the Mu variant, which has been identified as the cause of dozens of new COVID-19 cases in B.C.MSN


Glen Korstrom, reporter:

Esquire temporarily removed the paywall for this long read about “the jumpers” at the World Trade Centre during the on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

Much of the piece centred on one man who jumped, and was caught in an iconic photo, appearing to gracefully accept the inevitable by propelling head first with one leg casually bent. 

The story explored the horror of 9/11 and what people on upper floors of the towers must have been going through. It also explored various investigations into determining exactly who the so-called “falling man” was. The piece is worth reading as it explores journalistic issues, such as whether to show photos of people jumping to their deaths, and whether to try to track down potential family members and show them photos of jumpers. – Esquire


Another article related to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and journalism, was this piece on the September 10, 2001 edition of the New York Times. The story – A Time Capsule in Two Front Pages – delves into how different a world we left when the attacks happened. – New York Times


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

A decade's worth of Big Tech nickel-and-dime acquisitions unreported in the mainstream media but still of interest for fans of digital minutiae and perhaps fertile ground for conspiracy theory nitwits. – Federal Trade Commission


Insights on carbon pricing and why the world needs to establish a standard carbon-pricing floor. –  International Monetary Fund


Nelson Bennett, reporter:

Despite its significant investment in wind power, the UK is suddenly finding itself having to burn more fossil fuels for power. The reason? The wind died down. As this Fortune piece points out, one of the pitfalls of wind and solar power is its unreliability. In the UK’s case, wind power provided about 25% of Britain’s power in 2020, but is currently only providing 7%, simply because there is not as much wind this year. – Fortune


One of two companies in the direct air carbon capture space -- B.C.’s Carbon Engineering and Switzerland’s Climeworks -- has commissioned its first commercial scale plant. Climeworks recently commissioned its Orca direct air carbon capture plant in Iceland. It will suck 4,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the air annually, and sequester it underground. – Energy Industry Review