Daily Archives: August 28, 2013

BBC News – Rio de Janeiro’s Igarape Institute visualises global arms trade

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23822086

26 August 2013 Last updated at 19:01 ET Help

In 2011 the US exported more than $800m (£513m) in small arms and ammunition and imported $1.2bn. More than a tenth of those imports came from Brazil, a country that has quickly become the biggest player in the Southern hemisphere, exporting $330m worth in 2011.

These kind of numbers and connections are easily accessible through a website called Mad (Mapping Arms Data). In conjunction with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Google Ideas, the Igarape Institute collected data from 73,000 records of the export and import of small arms, light weapons and ammunition from more than 262 states and territories for the decade ending in 2011.

Robert Muggah, the research director at Igarape, says the online tool – and its availability on the internet – has influenced the debate on the global arms trade.

“It’s fundamental that we start thinking about ways of digitising the research that we do as think tanks, as research institutes, as advocacy organisations,” Mr Muggah told the BBC at the Igarape Institute in Rio de Janeiro.

Produced by the BBC’s Franz Strasser.

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BBC News – Deep microbes live long and slow

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23855436
28 August 2013 Last updated at 06:52 ET
By Simon Redfern Reporter, BBC News, Florence

Viruses exist in rocks deep beneath the ocean floor all over the globe
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A diverse range of life forms exists deep below Earth’s surface, scientists have concluded, but they survive at an incredibly slow pace.

Long-lived bacteria, reproducing only once every 10,000 years, have been found in rocks 2.5km (1.5 miles) below the ocean floor that are as much as 100 million years old.

Viruses and fungi have also been found.

The discoveries raise questions about how life persists in such extreme conditions.

Scientists from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program have announced the findings at the Goldschmidt conference, a meeting of more than 4,000 geochemists, in Florence, Italy.

Fumio Inagaki of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, reported that the microbes exist in very low concentrations, of around 1,000 microbes in every tea spoon full of rock, compared with billions or trillions of bacteria that would typically be found in the same amount of soil at Earth’s surface.

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MAP OF FUKUSHIMA-STYLE GE NUCLEAR REACTORS INSIDE THE U.S. “Hi Old Boss!” Maddow


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Fukushima-StylePublished on Aug 27, 2013

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Facebook: Governments requested information on thousands of users


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Published on Aug 27, 2013

Facebook just released its first-ever “transparency report,” following the lead of Google. The report detailed how many government requests per country the company handled, as well as the number of user accounts requested. In both cases, the most requests came from the United States government. RT’s Erin Ade has more on the transparency report and the types of information the U.S. requested.

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ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson on Energy

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http://www.bloomberg.com/video/exxonmobil-ceo-rex-tillerson-on-energy-6sul0T8ySP2DXIPKkBwGuQ.html
Charlie Rose, March 8: ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson discusses the impact of Hugo Chavez’s death on Venezuelan oil, US. energy policy, the Keystone pipeline, lessons learned from the BP oil spill and the natural gas revolution.

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Is Victory At Hand for the Climate Movement?


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Published on Aug 27, 2013

Asher Miller (PCI Executive Director) speaks with Paul Gildling (PCI Climate & Business Fellow) on the subject of Paul’s thesis in “Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement?”

Link: http://www.resilience.org/stories/201….

In this far ranging discussion, Paul and Asher discuss the importance of the psychology of winning within the climate movement and the evidence Paul sees — in the debate of ideas, in the renewable energy market, in the fear of investors — that the fossil fuel industry is on the cusp of becoming a dying industry.

ABOUT PAUL:
Paul Gilding has spent 35 years trying to change the world, doing everything he can think of that might help. He’s served in the Australian military, chased nuclear armed aircraft carriers in small inflatable boats, plugged up industrial waste discharge pipes, been global CEO of Greenpeace, taught at Cambridge University, started two successful companies and advised the CEOs of some the world’s largest companies.

He is the author of The Great Disruption: How the Climate Crisis Will Transform the Global Economy.

ABOUT PCI:
Post Carbon Institute leads the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, and ecological crises of the 21st century.

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NSF Ocean Sciences Division Director David Conover answers questions about ocean acidification

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Published on Aug 27, 2013

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