Daily Archives: January 25, 2014

Viewers respond to our report on the Indian space program

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 25, 2014

Viewers respond to our report on the Indian space program. (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/…)

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Killer Typhoon – PBS | NOVA


It was the strongest cyclone to hit land in recorded history. On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, whipping the low-lying and densely-populated islands with 200 mph winds and sending a two-story-high storm surge flooding into homes, schools, and hospitals. It wiped villages off the map and devastated cities, including the hard-hit provincial capital Tacloban. Estimates count more than 5,000 dead and millions homeless. What made Haiyan so destructive? Meteorologists charged with tracking Pacific storms reveal why the Pacific is such fertile ground for cyclones, and NOVA’s film crew documents how conditions dramatically deteriorated in the storm’s aftermath, as impassable roads and shuttered gas stations paralyzed the critical relief effort, leaving food, water, and medicine to pile up at the airport.

Disaster preparedness experts scramble to understand why the Philippines was so vulnerable. As climate change and sea level rise threaten millions of the world’s most impoverished people with stronger, and perhaps more frequent, storms, how can we prepare for the next monster typhoon?

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Health and Places Initiative (HAPI)


This project investigates how to create healthier cities in the future, with a specific emphasis on China.

Bringing together experts from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), it creates a forum for understanding the multiple issues that face cities in light of rapid urbanization and an aging population worldwide.

It has three main components:

  • Education
  • Research on healthier places
  • A forum for further work on the connections between built environments and public health


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Do Americans Still Watch The Evening News?

The Young Turks

Published on Jan 13, 2014

“A chart from the Pew Research Center offers more proof that America’s evening news programs are on the decline — a survey conducted over the summer shows that most Americans can’t correctly identify Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, the top rated evening news show for the past 17 years.

In 2013, only 27% of people surveyed could correctly identify Williams. But in 1985, 47% of people were able to correctly identify well-known anchor Dan Rather of CBS Evening News, the top rated evening news show of the time.”

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Published on Jan 25, 2014

January 24, 2014 MSNBC News http://MOXNews.com

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New England Grassroots Environment Fund


This site is here to help connect individuals and groups working to improve their communities with people, resources and ideas. Since 1996, NEGEF has reviewed thousands of applications and given grants to hundreds of grassroots groups. We now are able to share our database of grassroots groups and vetted resources with all of you. Join the network and you’ll be able to apply for a grant, find groups working on similar issues or in nearby communities and access resources for and by grassroots groups.

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Boston Area Transition Network – Transition Massachusetts


Created by Rob Riman   View Groups Information

An online community for people who are concerned about the interconnected challenges of Peak Oil, Climate Change and Economic Instability. This group is a spinoff of the Greater Boston Peak Oil/Climate Change Meetup.

Website: http://oilawareness.meetup.com/312/
Location: Boston Area
Members: 34
Latest Activity: Nov 26, 2013

Join the Boston Area Transition Network

Recognizing the Transition model as the most hopeful approach to confronting the multiple challenges our world faces, leaders of the Greater Boston Peak Oil/Climate Change Meetup chose to ally with Transition Massachusetts. This group intends to foster and nurture Transition initiatives and related efforts in communities around the Boston Area. We believe that encouraging more resilience, connectedness and cooperation in our local communities, and promoting social equity and justice alongside environmental sustainability, can bring about healthier and more fulfilling lives for all.

We will continue to meet regularly, sometimes for general discussion/planning meetings, sometimes in a community in the Boston Area where local activists feel ready to start a Transition initiative. All meetings will be posted in the Events area on this Transition Massachusetts site, and members of this group will receive an email notification. Please use the RSVP feature of the Events area to indicate your intentions.

How do I join?
Sign up (top right) for this Transition Massachusetts site if you are not already a member. When you fill out your profile be sure to let us know about your personal interests, what we can do for you and how you would like to help. Then return to this page and click “Join Boston Area Transition Network” to the right of the Group Name.

To find out more about the Transition movement see the following websites.
Transition Towns WIKI
Transition Culture
Transition United States

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Transition Massachusetts

Transition Massachusetts is an informal network where members inspire, support, and learn from each other as they consider, adopt, adapt and implement Transition Initiatives in their communities.

The Transition approach is a replicable, flexible methodology that empowers communities to squarely face the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and economic instability, and to unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:

· drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
· significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil);
· and greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.

For more information on what Transition Initiatives are and how they work, click here, and here. See The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins for a complete and inspiring treatment by the Transition movement’s founder.

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Anjan Sundaram – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – 01/23/14

Thursday January 23, 2014

Journalist Anjan Sundaram explains why he gave up a job at Goldman Sachs to report on life in the Congo. (06:51)

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What effect does cold weather have on people’s views on climate change?

We are more susceptible to our own biases than we might realise, which means the answer depends on your existing views

The US side of Niagara Falls has begun to thaw after being partially frozen from the recent “polar vortex” that affected millions in the US and Canada Photograph: Nick LoVerde/AP

If climate change means higher temperatures, then what are people to make of the brutal cold that continues to cause havoc across the US? Or the fact that only three years ago the UK experienced one of its coldest Decembers for decades, if not centuries?

With public concern about climate change stalling in recent years, these might seem exactly the sorts of weather events likely to generate sceptical viewpoints, a sign that something is seriously amiss in the case for climate change.

A study I have just had published in the journal Climatic Change suggests however that this way of interpreting extreme cold is actually quite rare. At the same time, I found that people’s reading of the weather was strongly influenced by their pre-existing attitudes towards climate change.

The research was carried out in the middle of February 2011, when much of the UK was still experiencing severe disruption from ice and snow. Using a representative sample from across the country, I gauged the prevalence of two competing interpretations: either that the cold weather was seen by people as a form of counter-evidence for climate change, or as pointing to the reality of its existence.

Around one in seven people did agree that the cold winter of late 2010 “suggests climate change may not be happening.” But three times as many – close to 40% of the respondents – were of the opposing view that this same winter “suggests climate change may now be a reality.” The implication here is that climate change is now associated more with the idea of weather systems which are disrupted or strange, than with an expectation of uniformly higher temperatures.

A closer look at who held each of these types of view says a lot about the ways we bring our preconceptions to bear when forming opinions on this subject.

….(read more).

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