Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

BBC News – Brazil releases ‘good’ mosquitoes to fight Dengue fever

24 September 2014 Last updated at 17:38 ET

The project “Eliminate the dengue: Challenge Brazil” by state Brazilian laboratory Fiocruz released about 10,000 mosquitoes infected with a dengue blocking bacteria
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Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with a bacteria that suppresses Dengue fever.

The hope is they will multiply, breed and become the majority of mosquitoes, thus reducing cases of the disease.

The initiative is part of a programme also taking place in Australia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The intercellular bacteria, Wolbachia, being introduced cannot be transmitted to humans.

The programme started in 2012 says Luciano Moreira of the Brazilian research institute Fiocruz, who is leading the project in Brazil .

“Our teams performed weekly visits to the four neighbourhoods in Rio being targeted. Mosquitoes were analysed after collection in special traps.

“Transparency and proper information for the households is priority. ”

Ten thousands mosquitoes will be released each month for four months with the first release in Tubiacanga, in the north of Rio.

‘Good’ bacteria

The bacteria Wolbachia is found in 60% of insects. It acts like a vaccine for the mosquito which carries Dengue, Aedes Aegypti, stopping the Dengue virus multiplying in its body.

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Anti-nuclear Obama spending billions to upgrade nuclear arsenal


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

The US will spend nearly $1.1 trillion over the coming decades to revitalize its nuclear arsenal. Modernizing the vast stock of warheads and delivery mechanisms, the plans will take roughly three decades to complete, and make no mention of reducing the total size of the arsenal, as President Barack Obama promised to do in 2008. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has more on the initiative and the reaction of arms control proponents.

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Can the food and beverage industry improve American health?


PBS NewsHour

Published on Sep 24, 2014

The world’s largest soda manufacturers have pledged to reduce the number of calories in sugary drinks by 20 percent over the next decade. Judy Woodruff interviews PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson, part of a coalition of companies and nonprofits working to cut calorie consumption and improve the health of Americans.

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Save the Climate or Save Capitalism? | #FloodWallStreet Dispatch


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

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An exclusive Acronym TV dispatch from the Flood Wall Street day of action, featuring exclusive footage, analysis, and interviews with Adam Clayton Muller (Idle No More), Tim DeChristopher (Peaceful Uprising), Andy Bichlbaum (The Yes Men), Arun Gupta (Counterpunch), and Flood Wall Street organizer Goldi Guerra.

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Climate Change Discussed at Clinton Global Initiative…


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks with Secretary Rodney Slater, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Bill Clinton (participating in the Clinton Global Initiative for climate week)
Website: www.clintonfoundation.org/clinton-global

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Naomi Klein on Cause of Climate Crisis: “Capitalism Is Stupid”

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:46 By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview/News Analysis

Naomi Klein (Photo: Ed Kashi)Naomi Klein, author of the groundbreaking books, No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, is back with a new groundbreaking work, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. The book resets the debate over global warming by focusing on how it is integrally related to the current economic system that spans the globe.

Naomi Klein is out to change hearts and minds around climate change.

Her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate out now from Simon & Schuster, is a broad challenge to those who want a livable planet: We need to come up with a livable economic system too. Deeply researched and personally reported, Klein’s third book takes us from the tar sands in Alberta (“Earth, skinned alive”) to the oil-soaked waters of the Gulf of Mexico (“a miscarriage”), from climate denier conferences to a meeting of would-be geoengineers, as she traces the path of destruction that capitalism and a mindset she terms “extractivism” – that is perhaps even older – have left on the Earth.

At one point, Klein concedes, it might have been possible to stop the climate crisis with a few regulations here, a carbon tax there. But we’re too far gone for that, and nothing but a full-on change in how humans relate to the Earth and to each other will save us now.

The good news is that Klein has written an immensely hopeful book, a book about people who believe they can make change and who are doing it in the face of a political and economic system that would seem to doom them to failure. She doesn’t define what comes after capitalism, leaving that to the social movements she describes being born all over the world, but sketches its broad outlines, letting us know what this new climate justice movement is against – but also what it is for – and making a case for a broad redistributive justice movement that would include already-existing movements for racial justice, feminism and decolonization.

The problem is, capitalism is stupid … in that it doesn’t actually think.

Truthout’s Sarah Jaffe caught up with Klein on the eve of the People’s Climate March and of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York to talk about why liberalism is not enough, why billionaires can’t save us, and what we need to do to save ourselves.

Sarah Jaffe for Truthout: You’ve written two other books, No Logo and The Shock Doctrine, that helped to name and understand a particular historic moment. How was this book a direct outgrowth of your previous work, and how has your worldview changed in the years since those other books?

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We Need a News Network Independent of the Elites


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

TRNN Senior Editor Paul Jay: Because we don’t take corporate money or accept funding from either the Democrats or the Republicans, your donation is what makes The Real News possible

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