The Latest: 31.1 | Climate

Ehsan Masood fears a coming mass extinction; Christopher Jones deliberates on global weirding; Hafeez Burhan Khan experiences the dry heat of Wadi Rum; Moiz Bohra watches the gas and oil flares in Qatar; Yovanka Paquete Perdigao suggests Game of Thrones is a climate allegory; Marjorie Allthorpe-Guyton samples the delights on offer at the Venice Biennale; a short story by Hafsa Abdurrahman; and M Iqbal Asaria remembers S M Idris, the legendary peoples’ champion of Malaysia.

The concept of ‘global weirding’ has grown in popularity as an alternative to the phrase ‘global warming’.

The Venice Biennale is an irresistible, indigestible moveable feast. Like a Chinese Lazy Susan, the table turns each time, pushed forward by geopolitical shifts.

Regardless of whether you agree if Game of Thrones is an allegory for climate change or nuclear war, one thing remains clear – its fantasy world is not so much fantasy as rooted in our present reality.

The transition to a post-carbon future gives us the opportunity to create a more equitable and just world.

We know there’s a mass extinction coming because conservation biologists have been repeating for at least the past two decades that the rate at which species are becoming extinct is higher now than at any time since the last (fifth) mass extinction.

The other-worldliness of the place is compounded by the fact that we are completely cut off from technology. No phone signal, or WiFi, and electricity is only available for a few hours in the evening.