Daily Archives: April 14, 2014

Climate Change Countdown

April 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM
An urgent call to act on climate. A top UN panel says we have just 15 years to avoid calamity.

Activists of the international environmentalist organization Greenpeace pose with posters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, April 13, 2014, to support clean energy. After a one week meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Berlin the final document which was released on Sunday said that a global shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels like oil and coal are required to avoid potentially devastating sea level rise, flooding, droughts and other impacts of warming. (AP)

The climate change warnings are getting louder. More urgent. Yesterday in Berlin, a big global panel delivered the latest. We are not doing enough to head off calamitous change. And the time frame remaining to avert the risk is closing in. Just fifteen years now to change course, or face a heavy price. The upside, said the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is that we know what to do and how to do it. The question is when and whether we will. Fifteen years is not that long. This hour On Point: spelling out in black and white how close we are to the edge on climate change, and what it will take to pull back.

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Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Momentum on Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows As Harvard Professors, Desmond Tutu Call For Action


democracynow

Published on Apr 11, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – Momentum is growing in the movement to divest from fossil fuel companies. On Thursday, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the industry for its role in driving climate change. Meanwhile, nearly 100 members of the faculty at Harvard University released an open letter calling on the Ivy League school to sell off its interests in oil, gas and coal companies. “If the Corporation regards divestment as ‘political,’ then its continued investment is a similarly political act, one that finances present corporate activities and calculates profit from them,” wrote the professors. “Slavery was once an investment issue, as were apartheid and the harm caused by smoking.” Harvard has the largest university endowment in the country, worth more than $32 billion. We speak to James Anderson, professor of Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. He is one of the signatories to the letter urging Harvard to divest from the fossil fuel industry. He has done groundbreaking work exposing the link between climate change and ozone loss. We also speak to Jamie Henn, co-founder of the climate change-focused organization, 350.org.

Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

“Years of Living Dangerously”: James Cameron, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford in TV Climate Change Series


democracynow

Published on Apr 11, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – A new Showtime television show featuring Hollywood actors and award-winning journalists brings the issue of climate change alive with the full drama and suspense of a blockbuster movie. In the series, “Years of Living Dangerously,” Harrison Ford travels to Indonesia to investigate the palm oil industry and Arnold Schwarzenegger joins an elite team of wild-land firefighters. Hollywood luminaries such as Matt Damon, James Cameron and Jerry Weintraub have paired up with top reporters and leading climate scientists such as Drs. Heidi Cullen, Joe Romm and James Hansen to tell the true stories of people affected by climate change.

We speak to Joe Romm, chief science advisor to “Years of Living Dangerously” and founding editor of Climate Progress.

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Global Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Food-Matters

Fukushima Sue-nami: US Navy first responders in court over radiation exposure


RT

Published on Apr 14, 2014

TEPCO is struggling to contain radioactive waste, 3 years after the disaster. Tons of highly contaminated water has been mistakenly pumped into crippled Fukushima power plant. A new report suggests US servicemen who helped with clean up were misled about radiation risks and now have serious health problems. RT’s Ameera David has more.

Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Nuclear

Military Waste — A special series from RT America


RT America

Published on Apr 10, 2014

What went into Afghanistan must now come back out. Billions of dollars are being spent to withdraw American military equipment from the country, but are the costs and risks worth it? In a special series, RT’s Meghan Lopez gets an inside view into the massive operation now underway. Watch every Thursday, only on RT America.

Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics

Congress considers blocking GMO food labeling

RT America

Published on Apr 10, 2014

Congress is considering a bill that would override state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified foods. Called the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014,” the bill would allow the Food and Drug Administration to set the standards for the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, potentially eliminating more stringent standards set by individual states. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the legislation, saying there is no evidence foods containing GMOs are unsafe. RT’s Ameera David speaks with Elizabeth Kucinich, executive producer of GMO OMG, who believes the bill “obliterates” the progress made towards proper labeling in recent years.

Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics
Food-Matters

Navy vets still reeling from the effects of Fukushima


RT America

Published on Apr 11, 2014

It’s been three years since radioactive water began leaking from Japan’s stricken Fukushima Nuclear reactor. And with dozens of U.S Navy personnel falling sick from radiation contamination, new questions are arising over what Tokyo’s electric power company and the U.S Navy may have known about the extent of radiation exposure. RT’s Ameera David reports.

Environmental Justice
Environment Ethics