Daily Archives: July 25, 2014

MSNBC’s Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Gov’t Bias at Network & in US Media


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Published on Jul 23, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – A week after public outrage helped force NBC’s reversal of a decision to pull veteran reporter Ayman Moyheldin out of Gaza, the sole Palestinian contributor to sister network MSNBC has publicly criticized its coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict. “We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Rula Jebreal said Monday on MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily, citing a disproportionate amount of Palestinian voices and a preponderance of Israeli government officials and supporters. Jebreal joins us to discuss her decision to speak out against MSNBC and her broader criticism of the corporate media’s Israel-Palestine coverage. An author and political analyst who worked for many years as a broadcast journalist in Italy, Jebreal also shares her personal story as a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship, who is married to a Jewish man, and has a Jewish sister.

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Rich Brats Hijacked Our Democracy


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Published on Jul 24, 2014

In 2012 – Sheldon Adelson dropped at least $150 million into the American political system. This year – he’s reportedly planning to spend another $100 million on the best politicians money can buy. Isn’t it time we stopped rich brats like Adelson from buying up our democracy?

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Global Warming is Happening Now


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Published on Jun 10, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses climate change in a Senate floor speech.

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Published on Jun 26, 2014

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Corporate Deserters


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Published on Jul 25, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses corporate tax inversion with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

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Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy – The Washington Post

By Robert E. Rubin July 24 at 6:48 PM
Robert E. Rubin, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, was treasury secretary from 1995 to 1999.

Good economic decisions require good data. And to get good data, we must account for all relevant variables. But we’re not doing this when it comes to climate change — and that means we’re making decisions based on a flawed picture of future risks. While we can’t define future climate-change risks with precision, they should be included in economic policy, fiscal and business decisions because of their potential magnitude.

The scientific community is all but unanimous in its agreement that climate change is a serious threat. According to Gallup, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that global warming is caused by human activity. Still, for many people, the effects of climate change seem like a future problem — something that falls by the wayside as we tackle what seem like more immediate crises.

But climate change is a present danger. The buildup of greenhouse gases is cumulative and irreversible; the pollutants we are now emitting will remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. So what we do each day will affect us and the planet for centuries. Damage resulting from climate change cuts across almost every aspect of life: public health, extreme weather, the economy and so much else.

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BBC News – Sierra Leone hunts Ebola patient kidnapped in Freetown

25 July 2014 Last updated at 14:04 ET

The Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are centred in the country’s eastern districts of Kailahun and Kenema
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A hunt has been launched in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital by her relatives.

Radio stations around the country are appealing for help to find the 32-year-old who is being described as a “risk to all”.

She is the first Freetown resident to have tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s health minister has confirmed that a Liberian man has died of Ebola in Lagos.

According to the Reuters news agency, he collapsed on arrival in Lagos on Sunday and was taken from the airport and put in quarantine at a hospital in the Nigerian city.

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Business & Sustainability Programme Online | Learn Online | CISL – Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

BSP Online overview

The Business & Sustainability Programme Online (BSP Online) is an engaging, interactive programme designed for mid-career, high-potential and senior managers to enable them to understand the fundamentals of sustainability, how sustainability is relevant to their role and its importance to business success. It is also suitable for sustainability professionals who would like to refresh their knowledge.

CISL has a 25-year track record in designing programmes to build leaders’ understanding and capacity in relation to the complex and interconnected economic, social and environmental issues that organisations face. This includes a ten-year history in online learning with Chronos, the first corporate sustainability e-learning programme, developed with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and launched in 2003.

The Business & Sustainability Programme Online is a new standalone CISL programme, which builds on CISL’s track record and experience, and draws on leading practice in online learning.

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Mangrove Science Database

Welcome to the Mangrove Science Database, a global resource for lawyers and other professionals who are interested in the value of mangroves and their conservation.

A Case for Mangroves
The approximately 70 distinct species of mangroves in the world cover roughly 17,000,000 hectares globally (Valiela et al. 2001) – only 0.12 percent of the Earth’s surface (Sullivan 2005, Ellison 2008). The greatest diversity is in Southeast Asia (36-46 species); the lowest diversity is in the United States and the Middle East (1-3 species) (Polidoro et al. 2010). Mangroves are being cut down or otherwise destroyed at such a high rate that they may be functionally extinct by 2100 (Duke et al. 2007). In just the last 50 years, 30-50 percent of the global acreage has been lost. (Alongi 2002, Duke et al. Mangroves are among the most valuable and most threatened ecosystems on Earth. The ecosystems services they provide—e.g., buffering coastal communities against flooding and storms, fiber production, habitat for thousands of species of birds, mammals and marine species—are estimated to be worth US $1.6 billion dollars/year (Polidoro et al. 2010). In addition, recent evidence suggests that mangroves sequester carbon more effectively than any other tropical forest (Donato et al. 2011).

Description
The Mangrove Science Database includes summaries of more than 65 of the most influential scientific articles from the last 20 years on threats to mangroves and their value as irreplaceable ecosystems. The articles that are associated with particular sites in various countries have been linked to a map, so that users can search for studies that may be relevant to areas where they are working. The Database also includes brief summaries of the state of the scientific knowledge of the major threats to mangroves. We will keep the database updated as the state of the scientific knowledge changes. If you know of an important paper, please bring it to our attention (contact information below).

How To Use
The blue bar at the top of every page on the site provides navigational and search functionality on the site. Clicking on the “Search the Mangroves” link in the blue bar will allow you to conduct a full-text search of the reports in the database, with optional sorting by country and year that the report was created. You can read details about each threat from the “Mangrove Threats” link in the main menu. Finally, if you are interested in a specific geographic area, visit the Mangrove Map – where site-specific threats and research are marked on the map and linked to reports in the database.

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What If Your Home Was Slipping Into the Ocean?


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Published on Jul 25, 2014

North Carolina’s barrier islands, known as the Outer Banks, are eroding as the sea level rises. This means some land—and homes—will be swallowed by ocean, and the people who live there must cope with the immediate impacts of climate change. Money has been spent to keep the sand in place, but Mother Nature keeps pushing back.

Read more about the changes happening in the Outer Banks:
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PRODUCERS: Sara Peach and Eileen Mignoni
VIDEOGRAPHERS: Eileen Mignoni and Sara Peach
EDITORS: Eileen Mignoni and Nacho Corbella

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