Daily Archives: September 24, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio to Global Leaders: “Now Must Be Our Moment For Action” on Fighting Climate Change


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

http://democracynow.org – World leaders have wrapped up a one-day United Nations summit on climate change with pledges to tackle global warming, but no binding commitments. On Tuesday, world leaders set goals including stopping tropical deforestation by 2030, improving food production and increasing the number of electric cars on the roads. Yet no movement was made on how to slow global warming and keep the rise in ocean temperatures below two degrees. In his remarks, President Obama called for a “global compact” to fight climate change. Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio also addressed the U.N. summit on climate change Tuesday. He was recently named a United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Leonardo DiCaprio said:

“Now must be our moment for action. We need to put a price tag on carbon emissions and eliminate government subsidies for oil, coal and gas companies. We need to end the free ride that industrial polluters have been given in the name of a free market economy. They do not deserve our tax dollars, they deserve or scrutiny for the economy itself will die if our ecosystems collapse.”

“This is the most urgent of times and the most urgent of messages. Honored delegates, leaders of the world, I pretend for a living, but you do not. The people made their voices heard on Sunday around the world, and the momentum will not stop. But now it is your turn. The time to answer humankind’s greatest challenge is now. We beg of you to face it with courage and honesty.”

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Peoples Climate March – Report Back


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Published on Sep 24, 2014

We said it would take everyone to change everything — and everyone showed up.

With world leaders coming to New York City for a landmark summit on climate change, people around the world took to the streets to demand action to end the climate crisis.

Now, more than ever, we are a big, beautiful, unified movement. We are coming together around the world like never before to demand a brighter and more just future for everyone.

This march came out of months of hard work, building connections with people far and wide, and for all the success of today, it’s ultimately about what we do when we’re in our own communities. It’s about next week, next month, next year. But this is turning point – a huge step forward in our calls for climate justice.

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Stephen Blyth Named Next President and CEO of Management Company

By Christine Y. Cahill, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
UPDATED: September 24, 2014, at 4:40 p.m.

Stephen Blyth will be the next president and chief executive officer of Harvard Management Company, the University’s investment arm which manages its $36 billion endowment.

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Richard Tarrant presents the Teaching Prize to Stephen Blyth (Department of Statistics) at the Phi Beta Kapps Literary Exercises in Sanders Theatre in May 2013.

Blythe, who is currently a managing director and head of public markets at HMC, as well as a professor of statistics, will assume the role Jan. 1, 2015. He will manage the largest university endowment in the world, which, as reported yesterday in HMC’s annual report, currently sits at $36.4 billion.

He will succeed Jane L. Mendillo, who announced in July her decision to end her eight-year tenure at the helm of HMC.

Blythe joined HMC in 2006 upon leaving Deutsche Bank, where he served as managing director and head of its global rates proprietary group in London. Before that, Blyth was a managing director of Morgan Stanley’s interest-rate group in New York.

In his role as a professor, Blyth has taught Statistics 123: “Applied Quantitative Finance,” a popular undergraduate course within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, since 2009, and was awarded the Alpha Iota Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

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Bill McKibben Thanks People Around the World

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Thousands Rally in Tokyo to Oppose Nuclear Resumption

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Politics Panel – Sunday Shows Goes Silent on 400,000 Marchers

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CDC: Worst-Case Scenario Sees 1.4 Million Ebola Cases by January

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