Daily Archives: March 17, 2015

Goodbye Climate Change, Goodbye Global Poverty?

By Paul Adler · On March 15, 2015

In September 1969, Nixon administration counsellor Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a prescient memorandum about the rising carbon dioxide levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. Although noting the need for more scientific research to understand this trend, Moynihan felt confident declaring that it “very clearly is a problem.” He warned of a possible “apocalyptic” future if global warming caused sea levels to rise, declaring it would mean, “Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington.”

A few years later, Moynihan (now U.S. ambassador to the United Nations) again raised the alarm about an international crisis. In this case, Moynihan’s concerns focused on the challenge to U.S. hegemony posed by a coalition of Global South countries demanding the creation of a New International Economic Order (NIEO). Moynihan opposed the NIEO agenda, believing its implementation would weaken U.S. power while also proving economically ruinous to rich and poor nations alike. He thus urged the U.S. to oppose the “emergence of a world order dominated . . . by the countries of the Third World.”

More than forty years later, Moynihan’s calls to action on climate change and global development are still salient. Yet, where he saw only danger, humanity must find opportunity. For the world to effectively confront the climate crisis and end global poverty will require a new world politics – one that treats the climate crisis with the utmost seriousness, while drawing on the spirit of the NIEO to ensure justice for the vast majority of the world’s population.

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Seeing climate change and development as inseparable is not a new idea, as policymakers have discussed these intersections for decades. Where  such deliberations were at first framed around the idea of “sustainable development,” today’s watchword is the more pessimistic phrase, “adaptation.”. In practice, adaptation means implementing policies that deal with climate change as a problem of the present. Already, in communities around the world, local groups, international NGOs, and some aid agencies are designing development projects that can survive intensified droughts and storms. Yet, it seems unlikely that local or even national adaptation efforts can be sufficient to meet the challenges of climate change without a parallel international politics.

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Evidence of Impact: Climate-smart agriculture in Africa

Introduction

Africa’s climate is changing. Across the continent rainfall patterns are set to alter. In many areas droughts will become more frequent, more intense, and last longer. In others, new patterns of rainfall will cause flooding and soil erosion. Climate change is emerging as one of the major threats to development across the continent.

At the same time, Africa’s population continues to grow. Annual growth is estimated at 2.4% and the population is predicted to double from its current 0.9 billion people by 2050. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than a quarter of sub-Saharan Africa’s people are currently undernourished. Crop pro- duction will need to increase by 260% by 2050 to feed the continent’s projected population growth.

Africa’s agriculture must undergo a significant transformation to meet the simultaneous chal- lenges of climate change, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation.

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RSA Replay: Seven Serious Jokes About Climate Change


The RSA

Streamed live on Jan 20, 2015

Climate change is no laughing matter, but when all else fails, perhaps it’s time to take humour a bit more seriously?

RSA-JokesWith the climate clock ticking we witness a seemingly endless cycle of public talks, journalistic comment pieces and debates on old turf, mostly reinforcing what we already know and fear.

You can read Jonathan Rowson’s blog on the event where you can also get details of the report http://www.rsablogs.org.uk/2015/socia…

In a bid to generate a new dialogue that sparks enduring change, the RSA is embarking on a series of climate events with a difference, starting with a comedy night.

Humour has long been a powerful tool in the social-change arsenal, but is it powerful enough to help us break through the static on this colossal issue? Is ‘laughing-it-off’ just about evasion, or is it the key to transforming public perspective at scale, in time?

Working alongside BBC comedian and Sunday Assembly founder Pippa Evans, we have gathered a group of talented comics to inject fresh life and verve into what is often a technocratic debate.

Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Punt, The Showstoppers, Rob Auton, Jessica Fostekew, Holly Burn and Pappy’s will help us think through how to reimagine the climate challenge, loosely based on RSA’s Seven Dimensions of Climate Change framework.

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RSA Replay – Climate Change Question Time


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Streamed live on Feb 11, 2015

We have gathered some of the country’s leading experts for this, the second of our creative series of events on climate change. The Question Time format features economist Lord Nicholas Stern; climate science expert, Chris Rapley CBE; and barrister Michael Mansfield QC.

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The Curious Case of Philip Marshall


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Published on Apr 22, 2014

Philip Marshall, a veteran airline captain and former government “special activities” contract pilot, had authored three books on Top Secret America, a group presently conducting business as the United States Intelligence Community. Marshall is the leading aviation expert on the September 11th attack, as well as a masterful storyteller. In his final book “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror,” a 2012 publication Marshall theorized it wasn’t al-Qaida but rather U.S. and Saudi government officials who orchestrated 9/11. In February 2013, he was found dead along with his two children in their home in California. Reports indicate all 3 died of gunshot wounds. Police regarded the case as a double murder- suicide case. But many pieces do not add up. Simply, a loving father and devoted husband would kill his children before turning the gun on himself. Besides, prior to his death, he had confided to his closest that he was terrified of his family being targeted by secret agents.
This movie looks into this whistleblower’s investigations and tries to find out what he could have possibly found that cost his life and that of his loved ones.

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Conversations w/Great Minds – Gerald Posner, God’s Bankers – Blood Money?


The Big Picture RT

Published on Mar 17, 2015

For tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds – Thom is joined by Gerald Posner. Gerald Posner was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and is the author of eleven books – including New York Times bestsellers – and one a finalist for the Pulitzer in History. Gerald has written dozens of articles for national magazines and papers and has been a regular contributor to a variety of television networks. He’s also the author of the new book, “God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.”

For more information on the stories we’ve covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com – freespeech.org – and RT.com. You can also watch tonight’s show on Hulu – at Hulu.com/THE BIG PICTURE and over at The Big Picture YouTube page. And – be sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!Cravath, Swaine & Moore

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LIVE EVENT: New Voices on Climate Change


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Started on Mar 17, 2015

A lively assembly of some of the country’s freshest, most dynamic young voices in this – the third event in the RSA’s new series of climate change events with a difference.

As prospective custodians of the planet and decision-makers of the future, Britain’s young people are a vital component of the conversation around climate change. But what do they really think about the issues, how do they relate to the seven dimensions of climate change, and what do they feel are potential ways forward?

Secondary school students from around the country (including our very own stars from the family of RSA Academies) will be taking to the Great Room stage to deliver a variety of short, passionate talks on the most pressing problem of our time.

This event is part of an RSA and COIN initiative supported by The Climate Change Collaboration. The seven dimensions of climate change project seeks to turn a scientific fact into a social fact by clarifying what it really means to ‘act’ through the complementary and competing perspectives of Science, Behaviour, Technology, Culture, Law, Economy and Democracy

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RWW News: James Robison Says ‘The Demons Shudder’ When Christians Take Control Of Government


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Published on Mar 16, 2015

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content…

Right Wing Watch reports on the extreme rhetoric and activities of key right-wing figures and organizations by showing their views in their own words. In this video, James Robison says that the demons and the gates of Hell shudder when Christians come together to take control of government.

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Fukushima: Two nuclear reactors retired in Japan as it hosts UN disaster conference


euronews (in English)

Published on Mar 17, 2015

Two Japanese power companies have announced they will scrap three ageing nuclear reactors. It marks the first moves to permanently shut down nuclear reactors since the Fukushima disaster four years ago.

Another two are expected to be scrapped with announcements expected later this week. The companies said it would be too costly to revamp reactors to meet new stricter regulations.

The government is working on a new energy plan which will likely lead to other reactors being decommissioned.

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Robert Reich: In Our Horrifying Future, Very Few People Will Have Work or Make Money | Alternet

By Robert Reich / Robert Reich’s Blog
March 17, 2015

It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it.

At its prime in 1988, Kodak, the iconic American photography company, had 145,000 employees. In 2012, Kodak filed for bankruptcy.

The same year Kodak went under, Instagram, the world’s newest photo company, had 13 employees serving 30 million customers.

The ratio of producers to customers continues to plummet. When Facebook purchased “WhatsApp” (the messaging app) for $19 billion last year, WhatsApp had 55 employees serving 450 million customers.

A friend, operating from his home in Tucson, recently invented a machine that can find particles of certain elements in the air.

He’s already sold hundreds of these machines over the Internet to customers all over the world. He’s manufacturing them in his garage with a 3D printer.

So far, his entire business depends on just one person — himself.

New technologies aren’t just labor-replacing. They’re also knowledge-replacing.

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