Monthly Archives: November 2014

Club De Madrid General Assembly – video message by Christiana Figueres


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Published on Nov 30, 2014

Speaking via video to the Club de Madrid General Assembly, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, recognized this group of influential leaders for their previous work on climate change and urged the group to build on this foundation for action in this crucial moment in the international climate talks.

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IOM – Human Mobility, Environment and Climate – video message


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Published on Nov 30, 2014

In remarks to the International Organization for Migration at their High-Level Panel on Human Mobility, Environment and Climate, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres highlighted the need to address climate change for mobility and migration reasons and the great potential to keep communities secure through climate action.

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Noam Chomsky on Peak Oil, Economics, Financial Markets, Bailouts, Investment, Climate Change 1998 2

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Published on Oct 13, 2014

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Noam Chomsky (2014): Markets Sharply Restrict Choices

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Published on Nov 17, 2014
Professor Noam Chomsky discusses the devastating impacts of market structures. Interview was recorded on July 23rd, 2014 (Boston, MIT) by Antti Jauhiainen & Joona-Hermanni Mäkinen (Parecon Finland).

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Noam Chomsky on Ferguson (2014)


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Published on Nov 30, 2014

Date – November 26, 2014

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Thirteen countries move closer to eradicating hunger


Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Published on Nov 30, 2014

This short animation illustrates the progress made by many countries in achieving the hunger reduction target set at the World Food Summit in 1996 and the hunger target of the first Millennium Development Goal, MDG1c. Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay are the latest in a growing list of countries to make great strides in combating undernourishment.

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Our Daily Poison: How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain

http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/27667-our-daily-poison-how-chemicals-have-contaminated-the-food-chain

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Urban Infrastructures for Public Health: Conversation on Civic Tech- Eventbrite

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-infrastructures-for-public-health-conversation-on-civic-tech-registration-14024514701

Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center New England with Venture Café Foundation

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)

Boston, MA

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European Climate Foundation

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to help Europe play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.

The group of philanthropists who founded the ECF were deeply concerned over the lack of political action and the lack of general public awareness around the devastating future consequences implied by climate change. They formed the ECF – a ‘foundation of foundations’ – to collaborate in ensuring the necessary transformation from a high-carbon to a low-carbon economy.

Our Mission

The ECF has an annual budget of roughly €25 million. The majority of our funds are re-granted to NGOs and think tanks engaged in bringing about meaningful policy change. Our programme staff collaborate with grantees and experts from the field and funders to design and fund strategies based on a thorough understanding of decision-makers, decision-making processes, and political context. In 2012, we made 181 grants to 102 organisations.

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Grim Reality Amid Optimism Ahead of Climate Talks

By CORAL DAVENPORTNOV. 30, 2014

A child walking near her home with a coal-fired power plant in the background in Beijing, China. Credit Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

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WASHINGTON — After more than two decades trying but failing to forge a global pact to halt climate change, United Nations negotiators gathering in South America this week are expressing a new optimism that they may finally achieve the elusive deal.

But underlying that optimism is a grim reality: No matter the outcome of the talks, experts caution, it probably will not be enough to stave off the increasingly significant, near-term impact of global warming.

For the next two weeks, thousands of diplomats from around the globe will gather in the desert metropolis of Lima, Peru, for a United Nations summit meeting to draft an agreement intended to stop the global rise of planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution.

The meeting comes just weeks after a landmark announcement by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China committing the world’s two largest carbon polluters to cuts in their emissions. United Nations negotiators say they believe that advancement could end a longstanding impasse in the climate talks, spurring other countries to sign similar commitments.

But while scientists and climate-policy experts welcome the new momentum ahead of the Lima talks, they warn that it now may be impossible to prevent the temperature of the planet’s atmosphere from rising by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. According to a large body of scientific research, that is the tipping point at which the world will be locked into a near-term future of drought, food and water shortages, melting ice sheets, shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels and widespread flooding — events that could harm the world’s population and economy.

Recent reports show that there may be no way to prevent the planet’s temperature from rising, given the current level of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere and the projected rate of emissions expected to continue before any new deal is carried out.

That fact is driving the urgency of the Lima talks, which are expected to produce a draft document, to be finalized over the next year and signed by world leaders in Paris in December 2015.

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