Daily Archives: November 25, 2012

NYU professor plows her way through 663-page farm bill | The Splendid Table

http://www.splendidtable.org/story/nyu-professor-plows-her-way-through-663-page-farm-bill

http://www.splendidtable.org/episode/495

http://www.splendidtable.org/embed/31901

NYU professor plows her way through 663-page farm bill

by Lynne Rossetto Kasper

We shouldn’t kid ourselves. Politics plays a large role in what’s on our dinner plates. Professor Marion Nestle knows this from first-hand experience. She’s worked in government. She’s an authority on food politics. Nestle is also a force behind one of the broadest academic food programs in the United States. It’s at New York University, where she’s a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health. With all of this, Nestle decided to teach the 2012 farm bill.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper: You decided to teach the farm bill. Why?

Marion Nestle: Well, I didn’t know anything about it. I knew that I would be asked about it by reporters, because I’m asked by reporters about everything and they think I know everything. In 2006, when the previous farm bill was under discussion, I actually tried to read it. I opened up the file that was on the Internet and the table of contents was 14 pages long. The entire thing was 663 pages and it’s totally incomprehensible.

So, I’ve decided to take it on, and I must say I’ve had moments when I’ve regretted it deeply. But it’s been absolutely fascinating and the class is enormously exciting. I’ve got 45 students who are jumping out of their seats because what they’re finding out is so absolutely amazing and none of us knew any of this before. We’re learning it together…..(more).

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Black Friday Disasters Supercut

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By now, we’ve all heard the Black Friday horror stories. The cast of characters is always the same: stampeding shoppers, pushy patrons and bellicose bargain-hunters.
Along with great deals, the post-Thanksgiving shopping “holiday” can bring out consumers’ more agressive natures. Before you foray into the retail free-for-all, check out this compilation. You might think twice about leaving the house.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
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Buzz Box: Drone tests over West Wales enrage locals – YouTube

Published on Nov 25, 2012 by RussiaToday

The West’s controversial use of unmanned military aircrafts in hot spots around the world looks set to go on with the British Government developing new technology.

But, as RT’s Polly Boiko found out, the locals close to the testing ground don’t share their government’s excitement.

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air

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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

James Balog on Capturing our Disappearing Glaciers

http://billmoyers.com/segment/james-balog-on-capturing-our-disappearing-glaciers/

http://youtube.com/w/?v=RJVvD2cNZHI
October 11, 2012

Photographer James Balog talks about documenting the erosion of glaciers around the world, and what his footage tells us about the state of our planet.

James Balog on Capturing our Disappearing Glaciers
October 11, 2012

James Balog, one of the world’s premier nature photographers, joins Bill to explain how “the earth is having a fever.” At tremendous risk to his own safety, Balog has been documenting the erosion of glaciers in Switzerland, Greenland, Iceland, and Alaska. Now he joins Bill to share his amazing photos, discoveries, and self-discoveries –  including his transformation from climate change skeptic to true believer, and his mission to capture footage of these destructive environmental consequences before it’s too late. Balog’s soon-to-be-released film, Chasing Ice, is a breathtaking account of climate change in action.

“What made me a skeptic 30 years ago was that I didn’t have it in my head that it was possible that our species, homo sapiens, was capable of so profoundly altering the basic physics and chemistry of the planet,” Balog tells Bill. “And of course the revelation that we can alter the physics and chemistry so profoundly is something that has just emerged in the scientific community in the past ten or 15 years… It’s a really revolutionary idea.” .…(more).

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Is This the End?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/opinion/sunday/is-this-the-end.html
November 24, 2012
Is This the End?
By JAMES ATLAS

WE’D seen it before: the Piazza San Marco in Venice submerged by the acqua alta; New Orleans underwater in the aftermath of Katrina; the wreckage-strewn beaches of Indonesia left behind by the tsunami of 2004. We just hadn’t seen it here. (Last summer’s Hurricane Irene did a lot of damage on the East Coast, but New York City was spared the worst.) “Fear death by water,” T. S. Eliot intoned in “The Waste Land.” We do now.

There had been warnings. In 2009, the New York City Panel on Climate Change issued a prophetic report. “In the coming decades, our coastal city will most likely face more rapidly rising sea levels and warmer temperatures, as well as potentially more droughts and floods, which will all have impacts on New York City’s critical infrastructure,” said William Solecki, a geographer at Hunter College and a member of the panel. But what good are warnings? Intelligence agents received advance word that terrorists were hoping to hijack commercial jets. Who listened? (Not George W. Bush.) If we can’t imagine our own deaths, as Freud insisted, how can we be expected to imagine the death of a city?

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Long-term sea-level rise implied by 1.5 C and 2 C warming levels

http://ssi.ucsd.edu/scc/images/Schaeffer%20SLR%20at%20+1.5%20+2%20NatCC%2012.pdf

Long-term sea-level rise implied by 1:5 C and 2 C warming levels
Michiel Schaeffer1,2*,William Hare1,3, Stefan Rahmstorf3 and Martin Vermeer4

November 24, 2012

Rising Seas, Vanishing Coastlines

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/opinion/sunday/rising-seas-vanishing-coastlines.html

By BENJAMIN STRAUSS and ROBERT KOPP

THE oceans have risen and fallen throughout Earth’s history, following the planet’s natural temperature cycles. Twenty thousand years ago, what is now New York City was at the edge of a giant ice sheet, and the sea was roughly 400 feet lower. But as the last ice age thawed, the sea rose to where it is today.

Now we are in a new warming phase, and the oceans are rising again after thousands of years of stability. As scientists who study sea level change and storm surge, we fear that Hurricane Sandy gave only a modest preview of the dangers to come, as we continue to power our global economy by burning fuels that pollute the air with heat-trapping gases.

This past summer, a disconcerting new scientific study by the climate scientist Michiel Schaeffer and colleagues — published in the journal Nature Climate Change — suggested that no matter how quickly we cut this pollution, we are unlikely to keep the seas from climbing less than five feet…..(more).

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Signature Lecture with Jeff Rubin: “Oil and the End of Globalization”

Uploaded by cigivideos on Nov 1, 2010

What do subprime mortgages, Atlantic salmon dinners, SUVs and globalization all have in common? They depend on cheap oil.

According to Jeff Rubin, we are poised on the brink of massive change. Dependent as it is on cheap oil, our global civilization is about to get the shock of its life.

Systems of trade, of finance, of shipping and manufacturing, of labor and international relations are all about to be rearranged. Get ready for a new world—one in which domestic manufacturing will be reinvigorated and the products and services we still enjoy will start coming from places much closer to home. There will be winners as well as losers when the age of globalization comes to an end. Distance will soon cost money, and so will burning carbon—both will bring long-lost jobs back home.

We may not see the kind of economic growth that globalization has brought, but local economies will be revitalized, as will our cities and neighbourhoods. Whether we like it or not, our world is about to get a whole lot smaller.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
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Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

The Problem – Peak Oil – Part One Understanding and looking forward

Uploaded by johnnyboy41 on Feb 2, 2012

Created with Creative commons license videos I created this video in order to inform regarding peak oil and the reality we will need to rethink how we do things for the future.

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Peak Oil & $225 Oil by 2012 Predicts CIBC Economist Jeff Rubin

Uploaded by TurnKeyOil on Oct 11, 2011

Be sure to check out Jeff Rubin’s other interviews:

Jeff Rubin is a Canadian economist and author. During a stellar career with CIBC World Markets he made a name for himself with prescient predictions. He has a knack for generating controversy, being mocked by peers only to be proven correct as history unfolds.

Jeff was born in 1954, and after receiving his B.A. from University of Toronto and his Master’s from McGill, both in Economics, Jeff began his career with the Ontario Treasury Department. There he projected future interest rates.

In 1988 he switched to the private sector, joining a brokerage firm then known as Wood Gundy. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce took over Wood Gundy, renaming it CIBC Wood Gundy and later CIBC World Markets. Jeff worked his way up the ranks there and became the Chief Economist after just four years with the company. He worked in that role from 1992 until 2009.

During that tenure Jeff left a trail of accurate predictions. He correctly predicted fluctuations in interest rates and the value of the Canadian dollar. He first gained fame in 1989 when he predicted a 25 per cent decline in Toronto real estate prices, and a subsequent serious decline in Ontario’s entire real estate market.

Jeff was also one of the first economists to accurately predict soaring oil prices in 2000. At that time, Jeff said that oil prices would hit $50 (U.S.) a barrel within five years. Although other economists balked, time proved him correct.

Jeff’s track record has garnered national headlines and raised key financial concerns for a national and international audience. Large fund managers in North America, Europe and the Far East have been wise enough to heed Jeff’s words of wisdom.

In 2009, Jeff resigned from CIBC World Markets to focus on writing and public speaking. He authored the best selling 2009 book Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller: Oil and the End of Globalization. He forecasts that the price of oil will reach $225 a barrel by 2012, thanks to increasing demand and decreasing affordable supply. Jeff says that without affordable oil, the world will be forced to de-globalize and re-discover local, autonomous economies.

His name has since persisted in headlines, and he is known as a dynamic and engaging speaker, always controversial and fresh-minded. Jeff believes the new world will be more local and less global, with a reinvigoration of local cultures and customs.

Jeff has also written popular columns and commentary for the Globe and Mail (a regular column called “Ahead of the Curve”), the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek and The Economist. He makes regular radio and television appearances on CBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and CNBC.

Jeff has been named Canada’s top economist 10 times, and has had 10 number one rankings by international economists, such as in the Brendan Woods annual survey.

Jeff lives with his wife, children and dog in Toronto. He is also an avid fisherman who enjoys a good fishing analogy.

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Biography Source: http://www.thegreeninterview.com/jeff-rubin-bio

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WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

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