10 places not to visit in 2023

+ Companies that are changing the world for the better, and people who can't tell left from right (#425)

This is David, your diligent curator, and you're reading the Weekly Filet for another carefully curated set of the best things to read, watch and listen to. It's great to have you.

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1. Ten regions to reconsider in 2023

The New York Times has released its annual list of 52 places to visit. While it's always nice to browse through and indulge in fernweh, it feels like something from a different time. Consider, on the contrary, Fodor's «No List». They are highlighting destinations you might have on your travel wish list, and explain why you might want to reconsider. Not because those places are overrated, but because they could use a break from mass tourism.

2. Six Questions for Hannah Ritchie

These are really interesting questions that you might want to take the time to reflect on yourself before reading Hannah's answers. I'm going to spoil one answer because I think it nails a really important point. «There are two groups of companies that are changing the world for the better. Those that are making sustainable living cool. And those that are making it cheap. The special ones can do both.»

Six Questions for Hannah Ritchie, Our World In Data
Our World In Data is one of our favorite resources.

3. Why some people can't tell left from right

Around one in six people have trouble telling left from right. Apparently, they might just be too symmetrical. «Research suggests that the more asymmetrical someone's body is the easier they find it to tell left and right apart

Why some people can’t tell left from right
It can seem like an almost childish mistake, but a surprising number of adults confuse left from right and scientists are only just starting to understand why.
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4. The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari

In late 2019, the Whakaari volcano off the coast of New Zealand erupted, leaving dozens of tourists scrambling to get off the island to safety. This documentary recounts the dramatic story, using original cell phone footage and first-hand accounts of survivors and rescuers. Intense, worth your time.

The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari (2022) - IMDb
The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari: Directed by Rory Kennedy. With Mark Inman, Hazel Osborne, Pouroto Ngaropo, Andy McGregor. Portrays human bravery and resilience after a tragic volcano disaster in New Zealand.

5. The Carbon Con

Look at any large corporation's «net-zero strategy» and you'll see carbon offsets as one key part of it. It makes sense: Some emissions are hard to reduce, so you pay to reduce the same amount elsewhere where it's easier. Offsets have always been criticised for being unsustainable and intransparent. An investigation into the world’s leading provider of carbon offsets now reveals: a mere six per cent of the total offset credits were real emission reductions.

The Carbon Con – How offsetting claims are vastly inflated
The world’s biggest companies are pouring billions into an offsetting industry whose climate claims appear increasingly at odds with reality.

What else?

A view of the crescent Earth. Through the clouds we see a slice of the Atlantic Ocean. Africa would be in the centre of our view, but is in darkness. The shot was taken by an automatic camera onboard the unmanned Apollo 4 mission, on November 9th 1967. Throughout the year, I will end each newsletter with an image of this amazing series, a true reminder of the beauty — and fragility — of the planet we live on. Credit: NASA, edited by Toby Ord.

Thanks for reading. I wish you a nice weekend and hope to see you again next Friday!

— David 👋