Teachers have long been pressured to teach “alternate views” of evolution. Now they’re being pushed to deny that global warming is happening, or if it is, that humans aren’t a major factor. Genie Scott dissects the tactics of climate change deniers, and the parallels with anti-evolutionists. Where: Glasgow, Scotland. When September 15, 2011
DemocracyNow.org – We host a conversation about how to confront global warming it with 350.org founder Bill McKibben and journalist Christian Parenti. Some have called 2013 “year zero” in the battle over climate change. This comes as 2012 was a year of extreme weather, from the melting of the Arctic, to Superstorm Sandy, to the massive typhoon in the Philippines. It was also the warmest year on record in the United States, with massive droughts and frequent wildfires. In the U.S. presidential debates, neither of the major party candidates took on climate change. But right after the election, McKibben and 350.org hit the road to begin a campaign focused on confronting the role of the fossil fuel industry — what McKibben calls, “Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.” The tour has since ended, but the fossil fuel divestment campaign it launched is growing. Many environmentalists welcome the fossil fuel divestment campaign as the new frontier in their activism, but some have raised questions about the effectiveness of a widespread fossil fuels divestment campaign, including Parenti, who wrote the recent article, “Problems With the Math: Is 350’s Carbon Divestment Campaign Complete?” We host a discussion about the campaign with McKibben, who was just voted “Vermonter of the Year” by the Burlington Free Press and is the author of “Eaarth: Making A Life On A Tough New Planet.” Parenti is professor of sustainable development at the School for International Training and the author of “Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence.”
It’s an event that has united millions around the world – Earth Hour also saw Moscow turn the lights off in the Kremlin for the very first time. The lights are now back on in the Russian capital, and earlier I spoke to Madina Kochenova about the fascinating event – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/x9wf7v
A state of emergency has been declared in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Saturday as the city is paralyzed by heavy snowfall and blizzard totally abnormal for March. Heavy snowfalls are already in full swing in Russia’s Tula and Lipetsk Regions, with snow-clearing vehicles taking to the streets, while the city of Kursk, the administrative center of Kursk Region, which borders Ukraine, was forced to declare the state of emergency too – READ MORE http://on.rt.com/b54d43
India’s Maharasthra state has been hard-hit by poor rainfall and dwindling water supply – causing many farmers to have to pay for water tankers to deliver water on borrowed money. Many have farmed their land for generations and no option but to try to make their crops grow successfully no matter the cost. The government has allocated $280m for a relief package for a quarter of a million Indians living in Maharasthra and suffering from drought. But for many, it may already be too late. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reports from Satara, Maharasthra.
The United States Department of Justice is under increasing scrutiny over its unwavering determination to prosecute internet journalists and activists, especially those who challenge what appears to be the abuse of power by corporations and the government. Those accused of the alleged crimes – described by many as trivial – face years in prison and relentless pursuit by the authorities. So, why is the Department of Justice so relentless in its pursuit of internet activists, shrugging off notions of the public interest in favour of recommending sentences that far outweigh any crime committed? And what does this tell us about the priorities of Obama’s Department of Justice? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas with presenter Shihab Rattansi, is joined by Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer and columnist for the Guardian newspaper; Christian Stork, who has written extensively on the Barret Brown case for the investigative journalism site, WhoWhatWhy.com; and Kevin Gallagher, founder of the Barrett Brown Legal Defense Fund.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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