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How do we feed the global family in the age of climate change?

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Published on Oct 17, 2014

By 2050, the planet will need at least 60 percent more food than it does today, as population is expected to reach more than 9 billion people. But climate change is leading to wild weather patterns, disrupting harvests and increasing pressure on farmers.

A panel of agriculturalists and experts hosted on October 15 agreed that new ways of thinking, planting, and distributing food will be crucial to increase production in an age of uncertainty.

Charles Ogang, president of the Ugandan National Farmers Federation, has seen diseases become more resistant in his country as the climate changes.

He encouraged small growers, who account for more than 80 percent of Uganda’s farmers, to find ways to change. “We have introduced drought resistant maize and it has done well,” he told the panel at Food and Agricultural Organisation’s headquarters in Rome. “The rains we used to expect are no longer there… farmers need to adapt.”

Gordon Bacon, chief executive of Pulse Canada, an industry body, agreed that “disease pressure is constantly changing” and farmers need to plant more drought tolerant crops.

He expressed optimism that farmers and consumers can meet the challenges of climate change, ensuring that global hunger continues to decline. New strains of seeds, coupled with dietary changes are some of the adaptation strategies, he said.

“Can we feed the world? Yes.” Bacon told journalists and fellow farmers. “Will farming look like it does today? No.”

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Naomi Klein: CAPITALISM vs. EARTH’s CLIMATE – Chris Hayes

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Published on Sep 18, 2014

There are still $TRILLIONS of dollars of fossil fuels under the ground. Big Oil has already found them and tapped most of them. However, if we want to save Spaceship Earth’s Life Support Systems we MUST LEAVE at least 80% of all those fossil fuels in the ground. We CANNOT BURN THEM! We must rapidly switch to a renewable Green Energy Economy. It’s Capitalism vs. Earth’s Climate.
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Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. The Climate | Cambridge Forum


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Published on Oct 17, 2014

Klein has been exploring the interface between environmental degradation and capitalism since her first book, No Logo, appeared in 1999. Her provocative new book, This Changes Everything, argues that carbon is not the ultimate cause of climate change; the real enemy is capitalism. She provides a far-reaching explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. Who benefits from the status quo? How deeply are the current power structures embedded in our political economy? How difficult will it be change them?

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of The New York Times and international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, which The New York Times called “a movement bible.”

She is a contributing editor for Harper’s and reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Additionally, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, El Pais, L’Espress and The New Statesman, among many other publications. A collection of her writing, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate was published in 2002. Klein is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award.

This talk was filmed at First Parish in Cambridge on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

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National Geographic Live! – Life Beyond Earth, Part 2: Kevin Hand


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Published on Oct 17, 2014

In the search for life beyond Earth, planetary scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand looks to the ocean worlds of our solar system, like Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa.

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National Geographic Live! – Life Beyond Earth, Part 4: Penelope Boston


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Published on Oct 20, 2014

Speleologist Penelope Boston studies bizarre life-forms in the deepest crevices of our home planet to understand what life might look like in harsh, extraterrestrial environments.

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The Lives of Others trailer

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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2007

At once a political thriller and human drama, THE LIVES OF OTHERS begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall and ultimately takes us to 1991, in what is now the reunited Germany. THE LIVES OF OTHERS traces the gradual disillusionment of Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe, best known for his lead roles in Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES and as Dr. Mengele in Costa-Gavras’ AMEN), a highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police. His mission is to spy on a celebrated writer and actress couple, Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch) and Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck).

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EU to appoint Ebola czar and step up aid effort


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Published on Oct 20, 2014

The European Union has agreed to step up efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in affected African countries.

EU Foreign Ministers have pledged at least 500 million euros in aid and guaranteed that infected humanitarian workers will be medically evacuated to safety.

Meeting in Luxembourg, they also said that a European Ebola czar will be appointed to oversee resources and funding. Britain wants the aid effort to reach a billion euros.

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