Daily Archives: October 21, 2014

Can We Stop Another Global Economic Crash?


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Published on Oct 17, 2014

Dr. Stephanie Kelton, University of Missouri – Kansas City / The Levy Economics Institute joins Thom Hartmann. A volatile couple of days on Wall Street is giving economists the jitters. Could another financial crisis be on its way sooner than anyone predicted?

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EPA report blames industry for mass bee die-of


RT America

Published on Oct 21, 2014

A study by the Environmental Protection Agency has found that a top pesticide used on soybeans does relatively little to kill pests, and is instead responsible for up to one-third of bee deaths. The findings coincide with claims by environmental activists that the large drop in the pollinating insects’ population is a man-made disaster fueled by industry. RT’s Manila Chan has more details on why this report is of such importance.

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Harvard University To Receive Record $350M Gift From Hong Kong Billionaire Gerald Chan

Harvard University will receive $350 million from a charitable foundation run by its alumnus and Hong Kong billionaire Gerald Chan, making it the single largest donation in the institution’s history, Harvard Gazette — the official news website of the university — reported Monday.

The money, which is being donated by the Morningside Foundation run by Chan and his brother, will go to the Harvard School of Public Health, or HSPH, where it will be used to tackle the “world’s health challenges,” the Harvard Gazette reported.

“This extraordinary gift from the Chan family will enable Harvard’s School of Public Health to tackle intractable health problems and to translate rigorous research into action and policy worldwide,” Drew Faust, the university’s president, told the Harvard Gazette. “The Chan family’s generosity sends a signal to the world: This is the public health moment. We are honored by this gift. It will inspire a new generation of public health leaders.”

The Morningside Foundation is run by Chan and his brother, Ronnie, whose family operates several businesses, including Chinese real estate giant Hang Lung Group Limited (HKG:0010) and the Morningside Group, which is a private equity and venture capital firm. The School of Public Health will be renamed after their father T H Chan, who founded the Hang Lung Group, Harvard Gazette reported.

Gerald Chan, who graduated from the school with a master’s degree in medical radiological physics and a doctorate in radiation biology in the 1970s, said that the “gift” was a part of his effort to “support scientific research to alleviate human suffering.”

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Hong Kong Billionaire Buys Up Harvard Square Real Estate

By Ivan B. K. Levingston and Celeste M. Mendoza, CRIMSON STAFF WRITERS March 5, 2014

Caroline T. Zhang

Billionaire Hong Kong investor and Harvard School of Public Health alumnus Gerald L. Chan has made waves in Harvard Square in recent months with purchases of Square real estate totalling more than $100 million.

Chan’s acquisitions include the property at Winthrop Square, which houses Grendel’s Den and the recently closed UpStairs on the Square, a recently vacated American Express building, and the stretch of property from 18 to 28 JFK St., which includes UNO’s and Papyrus.

One of Chan’s most recent purchases is 39 JFK St., the former home of Leo’s Place Diner and the American Express office, both of which closed after the transfer of ownership. According to an article in Banker and Tradesman, Chan paid $33.15 million for the property.

HONG KONG TO HARVARD

Real estate is nothing new for Chan, who is a non-executive director at Hang Lung Properties Limited, one of the largest real estate companies in Hong Kong, alongside his brother and chairman Ronnie C. Chan. Valued at $2.95 billion, the brothers are ranked 17th on Forbes magazine’s “Hong Kong’s 50 Richest” list.

According to the Banker and Tradesman article, Chan made his purchases through a series of shell companies, which are all connected to Morningside Group, Chan’s investment company.

Julie F. Rafferty, associate vice dean for communications at the HSPH, said that Chan has remained involved with his alma mater since his graduation in 1979.

“Gerald Chan is an HSPH alumnus who has spoken at HSPH classes and events…and his message has inspired many here at the school. Because he has been an extremely popular speaker, students asked him to be Commencement speaker in 2012,” Rafferty wrote in an email to The Crimson.

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Study Finds Sea Levels Rising at an Unprecedented Rate


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Uploaded on Oct 20, 2014

Kurt Lambeck, Professor of Geophysics and Former President of the Australian Academy of Science says sea levels have risen at an unprecedented rate in the last 150 years, as compared to the 6,000 years preceding it.

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Dame Vivienne Westwood – Climate Revolution + Naomi Klein This Changes Everything – Hosted by COIN | Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Recording of full event:


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Published on Oct 17, 2014

Latest version of Naomi Klein discussing her book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate introduced by Dame Vivienne Westwood, as part of COIN’s climate conversations series at The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford 8th October 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Changing Everything Need Everyone? Thoughts on Naomi Klein’s new climate change book

October 10, 2014 Jamie COIN

This week COIN hosted Naomi Klein – one of the most influential leftwing voices of our time – in Oxford as she launched her new book, ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’. Having read the book, and listened to her speak, I offer here some personal reflections on why I found the ambition of the book (to radically curb the excesses of ‘extractivist’ growth-based capitalism) compelling, but the means by which these ends could be achieved disappointingly lacking in inspiration.

Klein has built a formidable reputation for taking aim at the most difficult targets – neoliberalism primarily – and fearlessly speaking truth to power. ‘This Changes Everything… ’ continues in this style and I think the single biggest contribution it will make (as Vivienne Westwood, our celebrity introductory speaker for the evening, pointed out) is making discussion of the ‘c’ word possible again in mainstream climate change circles.

Klein’s take home message is devastatingly simple: we are now in such dire straits that there are no non-radical options left if we want to prevent dangerous and deeply unjust impacts on people and planet. All we have to do if we want to change our world (for the worse) forever is wait: business as usual will deliver the goods.

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Climate Change Whistleblower Rick Piltz Dies After Cancer Battle

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The climate change whistleblower Rick Piltz has died. Piltz resigned from the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2005 and provided documents which revealed how the George W. Bush administration was editing government climate reports to downplay the threat of climate change. Just days after the story broke in The New York Times, Philip Cooney, the White House official who made the edits, resigned to return to his former job as an oil industry lobbyist. Piltz later started the Climate Science Watch blog at the Government Accountability Project. This is Piltz speaking in a video made by GAP.

Rick Piltz: “Working with GAP in late 2005, I started the Climate Science Watch project watchdogging the federal government on how it’s dealing with the climate change problem. You need people on the inside who will say, ‘Yes, this is what we were told.’ They all need a watchdog.”

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NOAA: 2014 Poised to Be Hottest Year on Record

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This year is poised to become the hottest year ever recorded. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014 is on pace to either tie or surpass the current global record. Last month was the hottest September on record worldwide. Before that, both August and the entire summer of 2014 were also the hottest ever recorded.

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