A directory to presentations, discussions, articles
and documents drawing upon the
African Art & History Collections
of T. C. Weiskel
Historical Maps of Africa
Jan 17, 2020
9th of January, 2020 (excerpt) Siân Berry questions Sir Stephen House, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, about who had final sign off on the decision – later declared unlawful by the High Court – to completely ban Extinction Rebellion protests in London from 14 October. A section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986 was issued at 9pm on 14 October, effectively banning all Extinction Rebellion protests in London. The High Court found the blanket ban had gone beyond the powers granted to police through the Public Order Act. Full ‘Police and Crime Committee’ broadcast here: https://youtu.be/sGNv–Kb-fk
Jan 15, 2020
UK scientists say the recent fires in Australia are a taste of what the world will experience as temperatures rise.
Prof Richard Betts from the Met Office Hadley Centre said we are “seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under a future warming world of 3C”.
While natural weather patterns have driven recent fires, researchers said it’s “common sense” that human-induced heating is playing a role.
Last year was Australia’s warmest and driest year on record.
Jan 16, 2020
President Donald Trump is taking steps to solidify his evangelical base by reaffirming students’ rights to pray in public schools and giving religious organizations easier access to federal programs. (Jan. 16)
American Geosciences Institute
Feb 19, 2013
From the Pacific Northwest to the shores of the Atlantic seaboard, the breadth and scope of America is like no other place on Earth. Travel with geoscientists and explore how time and the forces of nature have shaped the continent and influence the life in the United States. Episode 3 of the 4-part Faces of Earth series.
Jan 16, 2020
Spain’s water crisis and illegal water extraction is having fatal consequences, not only for the environment. There are believed to be a million illegal boreholes in Spain, used to irrigate agricultural zones. Last year, a toddler died after falling into an open borehole near Malaga, Spain. Felipe Fuentelsaz is an activist campaigning against illegal boreholes and water extraction and pushing for sustainable water usage, hoping to improve awareness of the issue among both farmers and consumers. For the past 16 years, Felipe has been using satellite imaging to locate illegal boreholes and agricultural zones, which he then reports to the local water authority. But so far his efforts have had little impact. He is mainly active in the Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is under threat because some 1,000 illegal boreholes have been drilled here for fruit cultivation. 30 percent of the EU’s strawberry production is located in the region. Groundwater levels in the park have fallen dramatically as a result of the illegal wells: its marshes, streams, rivers and lagoons are increasingly dry. Felipe Fuentelsaz believes that Europe uses too much water, and is determined to help bring about improved management of water resources. But Spain faces a dilemma: the country is still struggling with the fallout from the financial crisis and its economy relies heavily on agriculture, one of its few stable economic sectors. But export commodities such as fruit and vegetables are highly water-intensive.
Jan 16, 2020
Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
How do you effectively lead sustainability initiatives and build a strong business case for sustainability in your organization? Learn from Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh, senior sustainability scientist at ASU.