Daily Archives: January 18, 2014

Privatizing Our Water–Will the Air Be Next?


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Uploaded on May 14, 2007

“Privatizing Our Water–Will the Air Be Next?” Nancy Price, Alliance
for Democracy; Marie Mason, Sweetwater Alliance (Detroit); and Darcie
Rowe, Minnesota Water Alliance, discuss water privatization in
general; water privatization in Detroit and what has happened to
those who cannot pay the hugely increased water bill; Nestle
(Perrier) buying up a community’s spring water to bottle Ice Mountain
water; and how the scene gets set in states (Minnesota) for
privatization of municipal water systems. Taped October 2003.

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Flow – For Love of Water


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Uploaded on Jun 12, 2009

Can anyone really own water? There’s a 400 billion $ of global business made by corporations out of the blue gold every year. Water is a resource for your life, not a private property. Who controls the resources of life now will soon controls the rest of all things. A small group of private interests (with the help of the World Bank) is making decision on the water we drink, regardless of natural rights of the people.

Irena Salina’s documentary, beyond identifying the problem, also gives a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

www.flowthefilm.com

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IPCC Working Group I Contribution to AR5

Climate Change 2013:
The Physical Science Basis

The Twelfth Session of Working Group I (WGI-12) was held from 23 to 26 September 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. At the Session, the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (WGI AR5) was approved and the underlying scientific and technical assessment accepted.

Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

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Published on Nov 21, 2013

The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other parts will be released with the successive approvals of the other two Working Group contributions and the Synthesis Report in the course of 2014.

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Climate change report: ‘extremely likely’ that humans are responsible – CNN.com

By Brandon Miller, CNN
updated 10:12 AM EDT, Fri September 27, 2013

(CNN)

(CNN) — Human activity has caused at least half of climate change in the last half-century, hundreds of scientists say. They are 95% certain of this, the surest they’ve ever been, says a United Nations report published Friday.

That activity? Driving cars, running power plants on coal and oil, torching swathes of forestland and debris; anything involving burning carbon-based fuels and emitting greenhouse gases.

We are seeing the consequences already in extreme weather patterns, particularly drought and flood, and they will probably get worse this century, the report said.

“It should serve as yet another wake-up call our activities today have a profound impact on society, not only for us, but for many generations to come,” Michel Jarraud, head of the World Meteorological Organization, said at a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry echoed his words in an official statement.

“Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire,” he said. “Once again, the science grows clearer, the case grows more compelling, and the costs of inaction grow beyond anything that anyone with conscience or common sense should be willing to even contemplate.”

Beneath Greenland’s ice, a grand canyon

The assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the benchmark study on global warming published every few years. Nearly 1,000 researchers from around the world work on the document, which then undergoes review by about as many scientists.

The panel released a summary report Friday and plans to post the full version, roughly 2,500 pages, online on Monday.

…(read more).

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Wildfire threat looms in severe drought


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Published on Jan 17, 2014

California’s governor declares a state emergency due to a 100-year drought. CNN’s Kyung Lah reports.

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UN report: Don’t delay on climate change – CNN.com

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN
updated 9:46 AM EST, Sat January 18, 2014

U.N. climate report blames humans

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate expert: Cars and coal are big problems
  • Carbon dioxide changes climate and drives acidification of the ocean
  • Economic and population growth drive fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions

(CNN) — Procrastinate on tackling a problem and it might get worse, and more expensive. Climate change is no different, a new report says.

The longer we wait to mitigate the detrimental levels of carbon dioxide thrown into the atmosphere, the harder it’s going to be to work against rising temperatures, says a leaked draft report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by CNN.

“It’s really about cars and coal,” said Marilyn Brown, professor of public policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, who was one of the review editors of the report. “We need to reduce our reliance on coal power and find a way to transport ourselves and all of the goods we consume more economically, more efficiently.”

Climate experts have modeled a variety of scenarios of how atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations will affect global temperature changes. If in 2100 the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are between 430 and 480 parts per million, the global temperature change, as compared to the mid-1800s, will be likely to stay below 2 degrees Celsius, according to a chart in the report.

A greater temperature change becomes more likely if carbon dioxide levels exceed 530 ppm by 2100.

Already, in 2013, atmospheric carbon dioxide reached a historic high of 400 ppm at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory in Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

“Delaying mitigation through 2030 will increase the challenges of, and reduce the options for, bringing atmospheric concentration levels to 530 ppm” or lower by the end of the century,” the report said.

Two degrees Celsius may seem tiny, but a U.N. report from September said that a rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by the end of this century could result in “a nearly ice-free Arctic Ocean in late summer.”

…(read more).

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‘Obey’: Film Based on Chris Hedges’ ‘Death of the Liberal Class’ by Temujin Doran


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Published on Feb 24, 2013

AS OF MAY 2013 an UPDATED version can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/59002146

British filmmaker Temujin Doran released this movie based on the book “The Death of the Liberal Class” by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. The film, titled “Obey,” explores the rise of the corporate state and the future of obedience in a world filled with unfettered capitalism, worsening inequality and environmental changes. Many thanks to Temujin Doran.

Warning: Viewers may find some of the clips in the film disturbing.

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