Daily Archives: July 27, 2012

US Drought Linked to Climate Change – YouTube

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by VOAvideo A severe drought – one of the worst ever – continues to grip major portions of the United States, with the American South hardest hit. And for the first time, climate scientists say they have evidence that this record-setting dry spell and other extreme weather events can be linked to the world’s warming climate. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
Tim Weiskel, Cambridge Climate Research Associates, Harvard Extension School – SEM Program

In the Shadow of Fukushima – Japanese are Moving back to Ghost Cities – YouTube


Published on Jul 27, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT Karl Grossman, Investigative Reporter / Professor of journalism at the State University of New York. 500 days have now passed since the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan began. And one thing’s clear – it’s still an extremely dangerous situation. A Japanese newspaper is reporting that plant operators still face a number of hurdles before they can decommission the plant and officially close the book on the crisis – and it could take decades. One of those hurdles include trying to determine why 8 million becquerels of radioactive cesium still continues to pour out of reactor number 2 every single hour. And, plant operators still have no clue how they’re going to remove massive pools of highly radioactive spent fuel from the roofs of the reactors. As the newspaper reports, “Not only will that work be unprecedented, but the work will also have to be done in an environment of high radiation levels.” Oh, and then there’s the situation with reactor 4, which could collapse at any moment, triggering a worldwide nuclear disaster worse than Chernobyl. There are also reports of civilians moving back into ghost cities near Fukushima. Let’s hope nuclear regulators in America are paying attention.
Tim Weiskel, Harvard Extension School – SEM Program, Food-Matters

Panel Discussion: Totally Drug Resistant TB is here: Are we too late? || HGHI – YouTube

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by Harvard

Barry Bloom, Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health (Chair);
Sarah Fortune, M.D., Harvard School of Public Health;
Jeremy Greene, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School;
Bob Horsburgh, Ph.D., Boston University;
Khisimuzi Mdluli, Ph.D., TB Alliance;
Scott Podolsky, M.D., Harvard Medical School;
Zarir Udwadia, M.D., Hunduja National Hospital, Mumbai; and
Rob Warren, Ph.D., Stellenbosch University, Cape Town

A topical discussion to answer how we have arrived at TDR; to discuss new drugs in the pipeline; to consider the ethical and policy considerations surrounding patient treatment; to predict the spread of TDR, and to mobilize our community to devise a strategy to cure people infected with TDR TB.
Sixth Annual New England Tuberculosis Symposium
Harvard Global Health Initiative
June 28th, 2012
The Broad Institute
7 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA

Tim Weiskel, Harvard Extension School – SEM Program

US midwest drought worsens despite rains | Environment | guardian.co.uk

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jul/26/us-midwest-drought-worsens

The drought across the states that produce most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock has intensified, a report shows

The most extensive drought in five decades intensified this week across the US midwest and plains states that produce most of the county’s corn, soybeans and livestock, a report from climate experts showed on Thursday.

Almost 30% of the nine-state midwest was suffering extreme drought, nearly triple from the previous week, according to the US drought monitor for the week ending 24 July.

Conditions in the midwest, which produces roughly three quarters of the corn and soybean crops in the world’s largest producer and exporter, worsened despite the first measurable rainfall in a month in some areas.

Tim Weiskel, Harvard Extension School – SEM Program, Food-Matters

Robin Hood Tax to the rescue? – YouTube

Published on Jul 27, 2012 by AlJazeeraEnglish Could a small financial transaction tax or Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street help save Main Street?
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Storm and Suspected Tornadoes Pound Northeast – YouTube


More than 200,000 homes and businesses in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York lost power in Thursday’s severe storm. Suspected tornadoes touched down in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (July 27)
Tim Weiskel, Cambridge Climate Research Associates

The Politicization of Antibiotic Resistance, 1948-2012 || HGHI – YouTube


Published on Jul 26, 2012 by Harvard Scott Podolsky, M.D., Harvard Medical School Sixth Annual New England
Tuberculosis Symposium Harvard Global Health Initiative, June 28th, 2012, The Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center Cambridge, MA
Tim Weiskel, Harvard Extension School – SEM Program, Food-Matters

Beijing storm official death toll more than doubles to 77 | World news | guardian.co.uk

Beijing storm official death toll more than doubles to 77 | World news | guardian.co.uk. Chinese authorities revise estimate as residents mistrustful of official disaster management compile own totals.

  • guardian.co.uk, Thursday 26 July 2012 10.13 EDT

Chinese authorities have raised the death toll from Beijing’s floods to 77 from 37 after the public questioned the days-old tally. Some residents even compiled their own totals amid deep mistrust of the government’s handling of the disaster.

The Beijing city government said 77 bodies had been found in the city as of Thursday. It said 66 had been identified, five of whom were local officials who died while helping disaster relief and rescue efforts.

No figures had been issued since Sunday, the day after Beijing’s biggest downpour in 61 years overwhelmed drainage systems, swamped underpasses and caused flash flooding.
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Tim Weiskel, Cambridge Climate Research Associates

BBC News – Moon formation: Was it a ‘hit and run’ accident?

BBC News – Moon formation: Was it a ‘hit and run’ accident?.

Scientists have proposed a fresh idea in the long-running debate about how the Moon was formed.

What is certain is that some sort of impact from another body freed material from the young Earth and the resulting debris coalesced into today’s Moon.

But the exact details of the impactor’s size and speed have remained debatable.

In a report online to be published in Icarus, researchers suggest that the crash happened with a much larger, faster body than previously thought.

T. C. Weiskel, Cambridge Climate Research Associates
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