The number of deaths from the worst Ebola outbreak on record has now surpassed 2,300. To combat the epidemic, the U.S. has pledged funds, research and additional medical resources. Judy Woodruff sits down with Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Agency for International Development for a detailed look at what the U.S. is providing.
In our news wrap Tuesday, the UN’s weather agency reported that carbon dioxide in the world’s atmosphere hit a record high in 2013. The World Meteorological Organization warned that the global warming trend is accelerating. Also, Dutch authorities released initial findings on the destruction of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine.
Seasonal monsoon moisture combined with the remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert to dump rain throughout the Southwest on Monday. Residents were still dealing with heavy flooding especially in the Arizona neighborhood of Mesa on Tuesday. (Sept. 9)
Egypt has begun digging a new Suez Canal, 72 kilometres long, hoping to squeeze money from it by allowing two-way traffic on the Europe-to-Asia shipping route.
Today it takes at least 11 hours, in the single lane, with passing bays. The aim is to cut this to three hours. The alternative is to ship round the bottom of Africa, many thousands of kilometres longer.
A month to the day after unarmed black teenager Mike Brown was gunned down by a white police officer, children from the very neighborhood that was ground zero for America’s largest racial tension flare-up in decades marked the day with the release of a mockingly funny and slickly produced Internet video. The sometimes brutally blunt clip directly targets whites who believe racism in America is over. In the video, children from 13 to as young as 6 years old list off shocking statistics about the racism their generation faces and humorously lampoon common statements from white people who claim racism is a thing of the past. In the clip Ferguson kids use biting humor to take down the myth of the “race card” and sarcastically skewer certain white people’s claims that “some of my best friends are black” and that they “don’t see color.” The kids appear in the video sporting black T-shirts with bold white text declaring “Racism Is Not Over. But I’m Over Racism.” The video is part of advocacy T-shirt companyFCKH8.com’s charity T-shirt fundraising effort. The group’s website is making tees available starting at $13, with $5 from each tee sold benefiting five anti-racism organizations and projects.
“We just want an equal shot in life, not to be shot to death.”
“Just because Beyoncé is on your playlist and you voted for Obama, doesn’t mean that our generation has seen the end of racist drama.”
“Employers don’t even have to see the color of our skin for the discrimination to begin. Resumes with ‘black sounding’ names like Tanisha and Tyron are 50% less likely to get called in for a job interview than the exact same resumes with white sounding names.”
Kid Mocking White Person: “Some of my best friends are black.” Kid Sarcastically Holding Cookie: “You get a cookie!”
Video producer Marcus Kon comments, “We wanted to give a voice to kids from Ferguson who have to grow up facing racism that most white people do not want to acknowledge still exists. It’s a wake up call for America from racism’s new ground zero.” He added, “All of the children featured in the video were auditioned and cast right there on the sidewalk next to where Mike Brown was gunned down. This could have been any one of them. Working with the kids and their parents, some of whom saw the shooting with their own eyes, was emotional and powerful and it all comes across in the video.”
Video director Luke Montgomery offered, “Some white people may be uncomfortable with the blunt tone of how these articulate and adorable Ferguson kids point out the racism they still face at the hands of white people. As a white guy myself, I’m OK with that.” He added, “If they think hearing about racism is difficult, they should try being black and living in America. Us white people need to erase it, and the first step is to own up and face it.”
Sales of the “Racism Is Not Over. But I’m Over Racism” T-shirts and hoodies featured in the video will benefit five different anti-racism organizations and projects. From each sale, a $5 donation will be split between the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, NAACP, The Brown Memorial Fund, Race Forward, and Crossroads Anti-racism Organizing & Training.
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Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans
Carbon Dioxide Concentration Surges
Geneva, 9 September 2014 (WMO) – The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.
The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin showed that between 1990 and 2013 there was a 34% increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on our climate – because of long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide.
In 2013, concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere was 142% of the pre-industrial era (1750), and of methane and nitrous oxide 253% and 121% respectively.
The observations from WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) network showed that CO2 levels increased more between 2012 and 2013 than during any other year since 1984. Preliminary data indicated that this was possibly related to reduced CO2 uptake by the earth’s biosphere in addition to the steadily increasing CO2 emissions.
The WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations – and not emissions – of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere. Concentrations represent what remains in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans. About a quarter of the total emissions are taken up by the oceans and another quarter by the biosphere, reducing in this way the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
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