Daily Archives: July 3, 2013

US Officials Defend Surveillance of Allies

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News Wrap: Egypt’s Political Crisis Causes Oil Price Spike

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Will Obama’s Ambitious New Climate Plan Work?

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2013/06/26/obama-climate-plan
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Will Obama’s Ambitious New Climate Plan Work?

President Barack Obama wipes perspiration from his face as he speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AP)

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his ambitious new plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions and lessen the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

For the first time, power plants — which are responsible for nearly 40 percent of CO2 emissions — will have those emissions regulated.

“There will be strong opposition but I think he can make a lot of progress over the next few years.” –Dan Reicher

The president’s plan also aims to increase reliance on natural gas and renewable energy; make trucks more efficient; and give homeowners and businesses incentives to invest in energy-efficiency improvements.

The plan will likely be challenged by Republicans in Congress and the power plant industry, according to Dan Reicher, head of the Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University. But a 2007 Supreme Court decision gave the EPA jurisdiction over regulating CO2.

“I think [Obama] will prevail,” said Reicher, who has worked in three administrations and was Assistant Secretary of Energy under Clinton. “A lot of these other actions, he has his own authority to carry them out. He can direct the Department of Defense, for example, to use more renewables at their bases; to speed up the permitting of renewable energy projects on Department of Interior lands; to work with the states on natural gas development. So he’s got a lot of authority and I think he’s going to use it.”

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

BBC News – Why China loves to build copycat towns

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23067082
30 June 2013 Last updated at 20:09 ETBy Ruth Morris PRI’s The World, Thames Town

In today’s Magazine

China is well known for its pirated DVDs and fake iPhones, but this “copycat culture” extends to architecture too – with whole towns sometimes replicated.

As you enter Thames Town, the honking and chaos of Chinese city life fall away.

There are no more street vendors selling steamed pork buns, and no more men hauling recyclables on tricycles.

The road starts to wind, and then, in the distance, you see what looks like a clock tower from a Cotswold village.

“It has this almost dreamlike quality of something European,” says Tony Mackay, a British architect, and the master planner for the Thames Town housing scheme and the surrounding district of Songjiang. ….(read more).

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

WMO: The Global Climate 2001-2010: a decade of climate extremes

http://library.wmo.int/pmb_ged/wmo_1119_en.pdf

World Meteorological Organization. Published by: WMO, 2013

A decadal perspective makes it possible to assess trends and anticipate the future. it can also inform efforts to develop operational climate services that provide information and forecasts for decision-making in agriculture, health, disaster risk, water resources and other sectors.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

UN Climate Report Reveals a Decade of Extreme Weather and Record High Temperatures

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/2782/20130703/un-climate-report-reveals-decade-extreme-weather-record-high-temperatures.htm

By James A. Foley
Jul 03, 2013 12:14 PM EDT

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its decadal climate report Tuesday, which corroborated what many already believe to be true: the world is getting warmer, marked by a decade of unprecedented climate extremes. (Photo : World Meteorological Organization )

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its decadal climate report Tuesday, which corroborated what many already believe to be true: the world is getting warmer, marked by a decade of unprecedented climate extremes.

The 10-year period between 2001 and 2010 was the warmest decade on record since modern meteorological records began around 1850, the report stated.

Those 10 years accounted for more record-breaking temperatures than any previous decade, and sea levels were said to have risen about twice as fast as the trend in the last 100 years.

Average air temperature on Earth during the study decade was nearly half a degree Celsius warmer than the average temperature from 1961-1990. Nine of the decade’s years were among the 10 warmest on record, with 2010 being the warmest year ever recorded.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

United Nations News Centre – Soaring temperatures add to threats facing children in Syria, warns UNICEF

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45238&Cr=syria&Cr1=#.UdSv220oHCo

Soaring temperatures add to threats facing children in Syria, warns UNICEF

Displaced Syrian children play among tents at the Domiz refugee camp. Photo: UNHCR/B. Sokol

21 June 2013 – Soaring summer temperatures, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are among the latest threats facing Syrian children, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, stressing the need to provide sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene to some four million young people affected by the ongoing conflict.

“Without enough safe water and sanitation, the likelihood that children in Syria and those living as refugees around the region will fall sick with diarrhoea and other diseases is certain to rise,” said Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

In Syria, the availability of safe water is one third what it was before the crisis. Many of the civilians displaced by the conflict live in overcrowded shelters with insufficient access to toilets and showers. Sewage systems are damaged or overwhelmed by the increase in displaced populations, the agency stated in a news release.

Without enough safe water and sanitation, the likelihood that children in Syria and those living as refugees around the region will fall sick with diarrhoea and other diseases is certain to rise.

In refugee camps like Domiz in Iraq – expanded to accommodate around 25,000 people but now hosting almost twice that number – conditions are just as severe. In Jordan’s Za’atari camp, aid agencies are struggling to meet the needs of what is now the world’s second biggest refugee camp, housing at least 120,000 people.

In Lebanon, more than half a million refugees are scattered in host communities and in informal tented settlements, placing increased pressure on existing water and sanitation services. Multiple families often share small apartments or live in makeshift settlements that lack access to safe water, basic toilets and waste collection. Women and children often have to walk long distances to collect water that in many cases may be unfit for drinking, UNICEF noted.

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Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Historian vs Futurist on Human Progress – Long Now Foundation


ForaTv

Uploaded on Jun 6, 2008

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/04/28/Niall_Ferguson_and_Peter_Schwartz_on_Human_Progress

Historian Niall Ferguson debates futurist author Peter Schwartz on the overall nature of human progress.

Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change?


ForaTv

Uploaded on Jun 6, 2008

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/04/28/Niall_Ferguson_and_Peter_Schwartz_on_Human_Progress

Historian Niall Ferguson debates futurist author Peter Schwartz on reasons to feel optimistic about the issue of global climate change.

Climate, Mind and Behavior Videos 2013

https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/climate-mind-behavior-project/cmb-video-presentations/cmb-video-2013

Climate, Mind and Behavior Videos 2013

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120