Daily Archives: October 6, 2014

People’s Climate March: Just Transition


climatebrad

Published on Oct 6, 2014

@climatebrad interviews Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a teenager with the South Bronx organization The Point, and José Bravo, executive director of the Just Transition Alliance at the start of the People’s Climate March. – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/climate…

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People’s Climate March interviews: Schumer, Whitehouse, more


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Published on Oct 6, 2014

Brad Johnson (@climatebrad) interviews Oil Change International’s Steve Kretzmann, a WWF official, Energy Action Coalition’s Maura Cowley, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), activist billionaire Tom Steyer, nurses with SEIU 1199 before the start of the People’s Climate March. – Captured Live on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/climate…

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First the Arctic, now Greenland’s Ice is Melting…


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Published on Oct 6, 2014

Thom Hartmann talks with Dr. Poul Christoffersen, MSc PhD. University Senior Lecturer. Glaciologist-Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Website: http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk, about new concerns for Greenland.

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From the North Pole to the hands of Ban Ki-moon

Greenpeace Nordic

Published on Sep 19, 2014

Last year she trekked to the North Pole to declare the top of our world ‘the common heritage of everyone on earth’. Now she’s taking the very same message to one of the top political figures on behalf of a six million people strong movement. Meet Indigenous rights activist, youth leader and Saami politician Josefina Skerk.

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Black Ice (Trailer) – The Arctic 30 – Greenpeace

The Orchard Movies

Published on Jun 19, 2014

When a Greenpeace ship set sail to protest the first oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, no-one on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint and detained as pirates, the fate of the ‘Arctic 30’ sparked a bitter international dispute.

For background and additional material see: “The Arctic 30 – Greenpeace”

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ZCommunications » Farm Bill Economics: Think Ecology

http://zcomm.org/zblogs/farm-bill-economics-think-ecology-by-brad-wilson/
By Brad Wilson

January 3, 2013

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An Ecological Analogy for Economics

In the ecology of farming, the idea is to follow the designs of nature as much as possible, to work with, not against nature. To undertake a farming operation that ignores the realities of nature, of ecology, is to court peril. This view of the ecology of farming makes a great analogy for understanding the economics of the Farm Bill, such as the role of farm subsidies.

Consider

the view that is widely held in the Food Movement, that Farm Bill spending is the key to Farm Bill economics. The basic goal is to remove subsidies (spending) from what is not desired, and pour them in to what is desired.1 Thus we see that corn and soybeans, for example, receive a lot of subsidies, but people will be healthier if they eat more fruits and vegetables, so why not transfer this money to fruits and vegetables?

In light of the analogy of ecology, such a strategy is completely arbitrary. It’s like ignoring nature. It fails to take into account the underlying economy of agricultural production and marketing. To follow such a strategy, then, is to court peril.

What is most fundamentally needed in the Farm Bill is economic management, not elaborate schemes for writing out massive checks and spending huge sums of scarce money in arbitrary ways. Save the spending for more minor, more highly valued purposes, as a way to make up for past mistakes.

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Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience – Antioch University New England

 

Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience

Upcoming Webinar Series:
Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities
Resilient Design: Transitioning to the New Built Environment

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Monsanto’s Roundup Linked to Cancer – Again

Monday, 06 October 2014 09:19
By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout | News Analysis

(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)A brilliant and celebrated inventor, John Franz, gave us an herbicide, Roundup, which has changed the face of agriculture. This herbicide has become the foundation for an entirely novel approach to farming – biotech agriculture – that has expanded rapidly throughout the globe.

Monsanto makes seeds for soy, corn, canola, cotton, alfalfa and sugar beets that are genetically engineered to be tolerant to Roundup. The seeds are marketed in 120 countries. Throughout the world, Roundup is sprayed heavily as a weed killer without fear of damaging the cash crops, which have been engineered to survive the herbicide’s effects.

“The change in how agriculture is produced has brought, frankly, a change in the profile of diseases. We’ve gone from a pretty healthy population to one with a high rate of cancer, birth defects and illnesses seldom seen before.”

Roundup seemed, at first, to be the perfect herbicide. It blocks the ESPS synthase enzyme, which prevents the synthesis of amino acids that plants need for growth. Since animals don’t have this enzyme, it was initially hypothesized that they would be safe from Roundup’s effects.

Unfortunately, Roundup has now been shown to affect much more than the EPSP synthase enzyme. The herbicide has been proven to cause birth defects in vertebrates, including in humans, and it may also be the cause of a fatal kidney disease epidemic.

An increasing number of studies are now linking the herbicide to cancer.

Roundup Linked to Increased Cancer in “Soy Republic”

Roundup is now heavily sprayed in what is known as the “Soy Republic,” an area of Latin America larger than the state of California. This region has undergone a profound transformation since genetically modified (GM) crops were first introduced in 1996. Some 125 million acres in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay are now devoted to GM soy production.

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Why Do We Care About Space? | Nicholas Venelosi and Mehdi Sabzalian Gonzalez

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Planning adaptive health systems: the climate challenge : The Lancet Global Health

<img src=”cid:part4.09060805.08020400, Johanna Hanefeld a In 2011, a group of delegates at the UN framework Convention on Climate Change’s 17th Conference of the Parties signed the Durban Declaration, stating “The World Health Organization predicts that unmitigated climate change will lead to significant increases in illness and death brought on by environmental changes.”1The Lancet called climate change the greatest global health threat of the 21st Century.2 The effects of climate change on health have begun to be well established,2, 3 but despite global and regional efforts4 to make connections between climate and health, planning and policy development continues to occur separately. Little attention has been paid to the health systems that must adapt to deliver services that can respond to changing disease patterns and health needs of people.

Climate change will have far-reaching effects on how we build, organise, and manage health systems as complex institutions.5 Yet, to date, these challenges have largely been ignored by the research community. Despite substantial work by WHO on the interface between climate and health,6 two major conferences on health systems, failed to consider climate-related issues. On the eve of WHO’s third Health Systems Global conference (Sept 29—Oct 3), we highlight some key implications of climate change for health systems to form the basis of an agenda for research and action.

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