Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Under Stifling Waves is a Digital Collage which seeks relief from relentless humidity of a future of Wet Bulb Environments and turgid Heatwaves. Next month we will see out the end of one of the hottest years on record. Due to Cilmate Change extreme heatwaves are already becoming more common place, placing huge stresses on the critical infrastructure on which populations depend. Ecologists studying the hard limits of heat and survivability have warned of the potential future formation of Wet Bulb Environments as global tempretures rise. A Wet Bulb Environment occurs once the air becomes heated and saturated with humidity past a certain threshold, beyond this point a human body can no longer dispense with its excess heat through perspiration as the air has already reached maximum saturation. Without an effective means for shedding this heat, the bodies core temperature quickly builds to lethal levels. A dire warning indeed and all the more reason to keep a cool head.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Paradise Lost/Blood Money is a Digital Collage which is entangled in a web of international tax evasion schemes. This week has seen the release of The Paradise Papers. A massive leak of files detailing the offshore schemes, havens and agencies employed by the super-rich to avoid paying their fair share back into a society which benefits them the most. When large corporations and wealthy individuals forgo the responsability of tax payments the results for our society are devestating. With more of this tax money filtering back upwards instead of going down, there is less and less in the pot to pay for vital services like healthcare, education, policing, social support, transport and in some countries the result is a lack of essential food programmes, medicine, clean water or emergency aid. There is no easy way to say it, Tax evasion kills people.