Daily Archives: August 1, 2014

North Korea Looks Strangely Dark From Space In Asia Fly-Over


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Published on Aug 1, 2014

Starting over Bangkok and flying over Hanoi, the Hainan Islands, Hong Kong and more, these spectacular nighttime views of the major Asia cities were captured from the ISS. With the exception of Pyongong, most of North Korea is dark.

Credit: Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA-Johnson Space Center

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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change


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Published on Aug 1, 2014

Presentation and panel discussion from the July 25, 2014 launch of “Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change: How Strengthening Community Forest Rights Mitigates Climate Change”, a report by WRI and the Rights and Resources Initiative. Find out more at http://www.wri.org/events/securing-ri…

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Emory Prepares to Treat American Ebola Cases


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Published on Aug 1, 2014

Plans are underway to bring back the two American aid workers sick with Ebola from Africa. The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are helping to arrange the evacuation. (Aug. 1)

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How the World Economy Fell Apart, and Why the Economists Didn’t Have a Clue


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Published on Aug 1, 2014

The Great Recession of 2008 was officially over in 2009, but in 2011 U.S. unemployment remains above 9%, consumer confidence is low, European and Asian economies are nervous, and there is recurrent talk of a double-dip recession. James Galbraith, calls this “One Great Crisis,” examining how it came about and why economists did not understand what was at stake or warn us to modify our troubled economic structures in time to avoid the crisis itself.

Most citizens are not experts in economic theory, yet the prevailing theories can have a profound impact on our individual well-being. Why didn’t current theory predict the economic melt-down? How could the public – from investors to employees to retirees – have been better served? What theories can best lead us out of the Great Recession?

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People Rush to Testify on Climate Issues


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Published on Aug 1, 2014

Proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.

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BBC News – Ebola crisis: Virus spreading too fast, says WHO

1 August 2014 Last updated at 14:05 ET

The WHO says that when well managed, an Ebola outbreak can be stopped
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The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading faster than efforts to control it, World Health Organization (WHO) head Margaret Chan has said.

She told a summit of regional leaders that failure to contain Ebola could be “catastrophic” in terms of lives lost.

But she said the virus, which has claimed 729 lives in four West African countries since February, could be stopped if well managed.

…(read more).

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BBC News – WTO members fail to agree global trade deal

1 August 2014 Last updated at 06:19 ET

The WTO had seemed on the verge of reaching its first major agreement
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The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement would have streamlined global customs procedures, and should have been finalised by Thursday.

But it was blocked over a number of rifts, including India’s demands for concessions on the stockpiling of food.

The WTO said it had not been possible to find a breakthrough.

‘Uncertain ground’

“We have not been able to find a solution that would allow us to bridge the gap,” WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said.

He asked WTO members “to reflect long and hard on the ramifications of this setback”.

And US ambassador to the WTO, Michael Punke, said that the failure to agree a deal had “put this institution on very uncertain new ground”.

The WTO had seemed to be on the verge of reaching its first comprehensive agreement since it was founded in 1995.

….(read more).

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