Daily Archives: November 14, 2014

Arctic Melt Time Lapse – Nature’s Great Events: The Great Melt – BBC One


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The summer melt of Arctic ice opens up nearly three million square miles of ocean and land.

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BBC Documentary 2014 – Universe Cosmic Vistas, Magnificent Views of Space Documentary


Published on Oct 27, 2014

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Earth seen from space


Published on Sep 20, 2012

Planet Earth seen from space (Full HD 1080p) ORIGINAL.Must SEE! Beautiful!

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Planet Earth views from space


Uploaded on Feb 15, 2011

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Planet Earth seen from space


Uploaded on Jan 29, 2011
Please like and subscribe to see more videos of our beautiful planet. See also the amazing 32 minutes of time lapses taken from the ISS looking down on Earth http://youtu.be/HttdxjYK7EQ or take an hour long tour of the International Space Station http://youtu.be/afBm0Dpfj_k

Interesting links:
ISS Live Crew and Science timeline: http://spacestationlive.jsc.nasa.gov/

ISS tracker http://www.isstracker.com/ – Shows you real time position of the ISS.

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Full Show: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

November 14, 2014

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest.

Neither was successful – this year, at least – but on this week’s show, Bill talks with them about their experiences and the hard-fought lessons learned about the state of American democracy.

Lawrence Lessig, who teaches law at Harvard, is a well-known Internet activist and campaign finance reform advocate. This election cycle, he started a crowd-funded SuperPAC aimed at reducing the influence of money in politics. Lessig tells Bill: “Our democracy is flat lined. Because when you can show clearly there’s no relationship between what the average voter cares about, only if it happens to coincide with what the economic elite care about, you’ve shown that we don’t have a democracy anymore.”

Zephyr Teachout, a professor of constitutional and property law at Fordham Law School, ran against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. She received more than a third of the vote and carried 30 of the state’s 62 counties, surprising everyone – including Cuomo. “When you talk about the corruption in Congress, people are talking about the same thing that Madison was talking about. This sense that our public servants are just serving themselves,” Teachout tells Bill.

Producer: Gail Ablow. Segment Producer: Lena Shemel. Editor: Rob Kuhns. Intro Editor: Sikay Tang

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Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Climate Change is Here

Robert A. Jonas

Published on May 20, 2013

On April 27, 2013 the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, gave a powerful sermon on climate change at Trinity Church in Copley Square. She wove her comments with the threads of the Lazarus story in the Gospel of John. About this time, the level of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere hit 400 parts per million (400 ppm), the highest level in 3 million years. We are facing a worldwide catastrophe because we humans are burning fossil fuels and dumping greenhouse gases into our precious, fragile atmosphere at an unprecedented rate.
Check out Bishop Jefferts Schori’s sermon, “Lazarus, Come Out.” With a Ph.D. in oceanography, she knows what she’s talking about.
Film and editing by Dr. Robert A. Jonas, Empty Bell Productions, www.emptybell.org
Menu music licensed to Dr. Jonas by Smartsound.com

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Latin America Moves Towards Decarbonising the Economy

By Fabiola Ortiz

A debate on decarbonising development has emerged in Latin America, a region where natural resources, including fossil fuels, play a heavy role in the economy. Credit: Courtesy of Guilherme/Flickr

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 14 2014 (IPS) – When the advances made towards curbing global warming are analysed in the first 12 days of December in Lima, during the 20th climate conference, Latin America will present some achievements, as well as the many challenges it faces in “decarbonising development”.

Experts consulted by IPS said that during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the region will be able to point to progress in reducing deforestation in the Amazon jungle, especially in the Brazilian portion where forest loss was reduced 80 percent in the last decade, according to official sources.

But they say Latin America’s focus should be the “decarbonisation” of the economy, limiting the share of fossil fuels and other sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the energy mix, in order to mitigate the impact of climate change, as demanded by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its fifth report, launched Nov. 2.

“We can break with the idea that it is always difficult to reach a consensus in Latin America,” the head of Friends of the Earth Brazil, Roberto Smeraldi, told IPS. “There is a diversity of new experiences; the region is a laboratory of learning with respect to climate change.”

In his view, new alliances must be created by means of bilateral and regional accords, aimed at strengthening the position of Latin American countries in the negotiations among the parties, both in Lima and along the road that is to lead to a new climate treaty a year later in Paris.

“When tackling climate change, Latin Americans don’t have to cling to a narrative based in the past.” — Mario Molina

But he complained that Brazil is not harnessing its comparative advantages in terms of natural resources and great potential for decarbonising its economy and investments, in order to take on a leadership role in the climate negotiations.

“Brazil should be interested in assuming a more aggressive role and pushing for progress [in the talks]. I’m convinced that it can develop a low-carbon economy, even if it becomes a major oil exporter,” he argued.

The IPCC advocates a low-carbon economy. Financial flows must be modified to substantially reduce CO2 emissions, the panel says. It is calling, for example, for a 30 billion dollar a year reduction in investment in fossil fuels for electricity worldwide.

The director of the Climate Reality Project’s Climate Leadership Corps, Mario Molina, said Latin America could feasibly make progress towards decarbonising the economy.

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Republican politicians aren’t climate scientists or responsible leaders | Dana Nuccitelli

“I’m not a scientist” has become the latest popular response among Republican politicians for refusal to address climate change

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April, 13, 2010. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Dana Nuccitelli

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to become the Senate Majority Leader after the forthcoming election on November 4th, although despite hailing from conservative Kentucky, McConnell is in a very tight race. The Cincinnati Enquirer editorial board recently had a long discussion with McConnell and tried to pin him down on the subject of global warming.

McConnell wouldn’t directly answer whether he believes in climate change.

Enquirer’s editorial board volleyed several questions about what it would take to convince him of climate change. He turned the subject every time to jobs. McConnell said he believes imposing regulations to reduce greenhouse gases blamed for climate change would only hurt America and not mitigate what other countries, such as China, are doing…

“We can debate this forever,” McConnell said. “George Will had a column in the last year or so pointing out that in the 70s, we were concerned the ice age was coming. I’m not a scientist. I’m interested in protecting Kentucky’s economy.”

Leaving aside McConnell’s reference to the 1970s ice age myth, the cop-out about not being a scientist is a strange and dangerous one. Most members of Congress aren’t scientists, or doctors, or military experts, or teachers, and yet they set our country’s science, health care, defense, and education policy. Usually they do this by listening to the experts in each subject, which is the smart approach.

For example, as Lee Papa has pointed out, McConnell had no hesitations in expressing his opinions about dealing with the threat of Ebola and deferring to the experts at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

I’m not an expert on this, but it strikes me that it would be a good idea to discontinue flights into the United States from that part of the world … I think we ought to listen to what the CDC thinks they need either in terms of financing or certainly they’ll decide the procedures for travel and all the rest. I think we need to follow the advice of the experts who know how to fight scourges like this

These comments stand in stark contrast to McConnell’s unwillingness to take a position on human-caused global warming, or to listen to the climate scientist experts on the subject.

McConnell is far from alone – this refrain has become one of the most popular responses among Republican politicians when asked about the climate. “I’m not a scientist” is used to abdicate responsibility for mitigating the immense risks posed by climate change. This abdication would be considered unacceptable in the face of other threats like ISIS and Ebola, and the same should be true for global warming.

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Green news roundup: US-China climate deal, tree of the year and lightning | Environment Weekly | The Guardian

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a ‘historic’ deal on climate change. Photograph: Greg Baker/AP

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Friday 14 November 2014 10.20 EST



Environment news

US and China strike deal on carbon cuts
G20: Obama to pledge $2.5bn to help poor countries on climate change
UK opposition could doom EU efforts to curb plastic bag use
More than a third of natural world heritage sites face ‘significant threats’
Peru’s forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows
Major oak in Sherwood Forest voted England’s tree of the year
Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report
Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year

On the blogs

Fact check: China pledged bigger climate action than the US
US-china carbon deal: A historic milestone in the global fight against climate change
New study shows warm waters are melting Antarctica from below
Chinese media welcomes climate deal with US


The week in wildlife – in pictures
Owlets of Essex airfield – in pictures
How the G20 subsidises exploration for fossil fuel – interactive
How the world uses coal – interactive


The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine
Secret talks and a personal letter: how the US-China climate deal was done
Can Zambia save its environment with marijuana?
Government softens stance on Devon’s wild beavers

…And finally

Lightning strikes will increase due to climate change
For every 1C of global warming lightning strikes will increase by about 12%, new research shows, but scientists don’t yet know where increases will occur

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