“There are only about 500 million of us left, after the convulsive transformations caused by climate change severely diminished the planet’s carrying capacity, which is the maximum population size that the environment can sustain. Most of us now live in what the British scientist James Lovelock has called ‘lifeboats’ at the far reaches of the northern hemisphere, in places that were once Canada, China, Russia and the Scandinavian countries.” In Aeon, Linda Marsa pays a visit to scorched earth, 2200 AD.

+ WaPo: The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished.

+ The Future Rise of Extinction Tourism.