The Ebola virus has killed thousands and it now threatens entire economies, particularly those of the West African nations hardest hit. More than 5,000 people have been infected and almost 3,000 are dead, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which projects that the virus could infect more than 20,000 people. And with that comes the need for some serious money. The UN says West African countries need $1bn to tackle the outbreak, and of that number more than $350m has been pledged.We speak to Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, about efforts to fight Ebola, and whether he thinks it can be brought under control. We also speak to Chubuike Rotimi Amaechi, the governor of Rivers State in Nigeria – a country that has managed to contain the virus. And we report from Liberia, Senegal and Guinea about the human cost of the crisis. Also on Counting the Cost: Going supersonic. Swiss company Swiss Space System is trying to revive the idea of supersonic travel, and make it even faster.
Julian Boggs, Environment America, joins Thom Hartmann. So – in the build-up to the 2015 summit – what do global governments need to be working on to address the climate change crisis – and what solutions do we need to be putting in place to save our planet?
Tonight’s “Big Picture Rumble” discusses the recent police shootings in South Carolina and Ohio, a new chart showing how income distribution drastically changed when Pres. Reagan took office and whether Republicans will block Obama’s Attorney General nomination. In tonight’s “Conversations with Great Minds” Thom talks climate change with Journalist Naomi Klein, author of the new book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.”
Funding Promising Ideas that Challenge Conventional Thinking
The Institute for Venture Science (IVS) will fund high-risk, non-traditional scientific inquiries that may produce fundamental breakthroughs. We identify the most promising challenges to prevailing paradigms, and then fund multiple research groups simultaneously for each selected challenge.
An unconventional idea pursued by a dozen laboratories cannot be ignored. This means that challenge paradigms can compete on equal footing with prevailing paradigms. The superior one should prevail. This strategy of producing a critical mass for promising ideas can produce fresh, diverse understandings of the world in which we live.
Gaining fresh understanding may seem an outright luxury in today’s culture of practicality. However, human existence faces unprecedented threats: dwindling energy resources; diminishing supplies of potable water; increasing incidence of chronic disease; etc. Practical solutions have always come from scientific breakthroughs: e.g., the antibiotic addressed the problem of bacterial disease; the discovery of electricity solved the problem of worldwide communication. More than ever, the world needs revolutionary breakthroughs to break the logjam of existential crises that threaten our survival.
By fostering breakthroughs, the IVS will enrich the world with fresh vision, and help create viable solutions for today’s seemingly intractable problems.
Prime Minister Harper’s decision to skip the UN Climate Summit in New York this past week not only received criticism, but has raised concerns Canada may be missing out on important economic opportunities by failing to embrace bolder green initiatives. In our viewers’ choice for Story of the Week: the potentially high cost of inaction on climate change.
In a special PBS town hall called “America After Ferguson,” Gwen Ifill moderates a conversation on the death of Michael Brown and the wider community conflicts that have been exposed for Ferguson, Missouri, and the nation. In this excerpt, participants discuss getting more young people of color involved in politics, as well as a divide in the perception of race and empowerment.
Over 40 Humvees have been obliterated and countless other pieces of US-supplied weaponry and equipment have also been destroyed since airstrikes began against Islamic State group targets in early August. The radical jihadists acquired the arms through a variety of means, most notably after Iraqi forces laid down their arms and fled, and is only the latest group to use American weapons against the US itself. RT’s Manila Chan discusses this trend with Michael Beer, executive director of Nonviolence International.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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