Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

Preview: The War on Climate Scientists

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Preview: The War on Climate Scientists

May 14, 2014

Climate change is increasingly making mainstream media headlines and this week was no exception.

On Tuesday, scientists said that the long-feared collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, kicking off what they believe will be a centuries-long, irreversible process that could raise sea levels by as much as 15 feet.

News reports like this show that climate change is serious, but corporations and even some governments seem recklessly determined to minimize or deny the reality of global warming, as well as undermine the authority of scientists.

In the second part of his conversation with Bill, Canadian scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki says killing the messenger is a 50-year-0ld strategy ripped straight from big tobacco’s playbook.

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BBC News – Tropical storms migrate toward poles

By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst

Storms are reaching their maximum intensity further north and south every

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Tropical storms have been migrating northwards and southwards towards the poles for the past 30 years, a paper in Nature says.

People are becoming less likely to face the worst of a hurricane or typhoon if they live close to the Equator, and more likely if they live on the edges of the tropics.

The storms are reaching their maximum intensity 52-63km further north and south every decade.

The paper, led by the US agency Noaa, underlines a previous finding that the area defined as the Tropics is clearly expanding.

The researchers believe humans are influencing the changes – with climate change, ozone depletion and aerosols playing a part. They cannot yet be certain which factor is most significant.

The lead author, James Kossin from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (Noaa) National Climatic Data Center, says the research is based on observations of the point of maximum intensity of the storm.

He told BBC News: “By the time a serious storm reaches maximum intensity, someone has picked it up and is monitoring it, so we can be pretty confident of this data.

“What we can’t be sure of yet is exactly what’s causing the trend. There is compelling evidence that the expansion of the tropics is attributable to a combination of human activities, but we don’t know which is the primary factor.

“If ozone depletion is mainly to blame, then the situation is likely to stabilise by the middle of the century after ozone-depleting chemicals are phased out. But if climate change is the main factor then there’s no end in sight to this phenomenon.”

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A World Beyond Markets


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Published on May 14, 2014

For more information about the event and to listen to the podcast go to the RSA event page: http://bit.ly/1jGN6C3

How will the ‘collaborative commons’ transform our lives? Jeremy Rifkin, one of the world’s most popular public thinkers and political advisors, argues that capitalism will no longer be the dominant paradigm in the second half of the 21st century.

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Markey: Fighting to Preserve #NetNeutrality

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Published on May 14, 2014

Senator Markey spoke on the Senate floor on the preservation of an open internet & net neutrality.

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Surviving Earth – mass suicide prevention! Theatrical trailer 2014

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United Natures Media

Published on Feb 16, 2014

Surviving Earth — mass suicide prevention! Theatrical trailer 2014.

Directed by Peter Charles Downey
Produced by PCD, Peter Erb, Chris Erb

With Prof. Tim Flannery
Dr. Ian Dunlop
Prof. Ian Lowe
Prof. Paul Ehrlich
Prof. Roger Short
Dr. Simon Michaux
Prof. David Lindenmayer
Dr. Stephen Bygrave
Major-General Michael Jeffery
Prof. Antony McMichael
Julian Cribb
and Bindi Irwin

– Coming in 2014 –

Website
http://www.survivingearthmovie.com
Facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/survivingearth

Copyright 2014 United Natures Media and Peter Erb Media. All rights reserved.
Music by Peter Charles Downey (c) 2014

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We the Eaters: Ellen Gustafson at TEDxLaJolla

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Published on May 14, 2014

On a global scale, there’s a very large percentage of us who are either suffering from obesity or suffering from hunger. Why is this? Why are some of the hungriest parts of the world places where we end up fighting wars? If we can change dinner and our eating habits, can we change the world? Ellen Gustafson addresses all these points and more in her insightful talk at TEDxLaJolla.

Ellen Gustafson is a sustainable food systems activist and social entrepreneur. She is the cofounder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank and lectures around the world on global food issues. The cofounder of FEED Projects and the FEED Foundation, which have provided more than 60 million school meals to children in need, Gustafson has also worked at the U.N. World Food Program, ABC News, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Her first book, “We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World,” will be published by Rodale on May 20, 2014.

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Marine Ice Sheet Collapse Potentially Underway for the Thwaites Glacier Basin, West Antarctica

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