Daily Archives: July 9, 2015

Report: Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Still Funded Deniers

3 Presidential Candidates Vow to Refuse Fossil Fuel Money

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, have pledged not to accept contributions from fossil fuel companies. The Nation magazine and 350.org called on candidates to sign a pledge not to solicit or accept donations “from any oil, gas or coal company.” Hillary Clinton and 14 Republican candidates contacted by The Nation editors have not replied.

Report: Exxon Knew of Climate Change in 1981, Still Funded Deniers

And The Guardian reports a newly surfaced email shows oil giant ExxonMobil knew about climate change seven years before it became a public issue, but still spent millions of dollars to fund climate change denial for nearly 30 years. The email from Lenny Bernstein, Exxon’s former in-house climate expert, says the company first “got interested” in climate change in 1981. According to Greenpeace, Exxon spent more than $30 million on think tanks and researchers promoting climate change denial.

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“What to the Slave is 4th of July?”: James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass’ Historic Speech

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 3, 2015

http://democracynow.org – In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.” He was introduced by Zinn.

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SECRETS OF ARCHAEOLOGY: Cities Of The Sea And Wind (Ancient History Documentary)

Jennie Orlos

Published on Apr 6, 2014

SECRETS OF ARCHAEOLOGY: Cities Of The Sea And Wind (Ancient History Documentary)

Take a virtual reality tour of history’s most intriguing ancient civilizations. Uncover the secrets of the pyramids as the Pharaohs reach for immortality, walk the streets of the Eternal City of Rome, relive a step-by-step reconstruction of Pompeii under the shadow of mighty Vesuvius, experience life in bustling Baghdad and journey to Latin America to the mythical “El Dorado.” SECRETS OF ARCHAEOLOGY makes history come alive!

In between the 1st and 3rd centuries A.D., the rich Roman province Tripolitania was comprised of three coastal cities named Sabrata, Leptis Magna and Oea, better known as Tripoli. Thanks to advanced digital reconstruction, we will see the Forum off Leptis Magna come to life again. The Forum was already famous in ancient times for the Severus’ Bascilica, one of the largest buildings ever erected.

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Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives


Published on Jul 9, 2012

Don’t miss the Companion video at the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media

Dallas Hail Storm


Kevin Trenberth on PBS News hour

MIchael Oppenheimer on MSNBC

Rex Tillerson speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations

Peter Hoppe of Munich Re, Berlin 2011

CNN expert on Derecho event

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Yes, Virginia, Sea Level Really is Rising


Published on Jul 9, 2012

Most Recent action on North Carolina Sea Level Planning document, June 29, 2012

PBS Need to Know on Norfolk Sea Level Rise

PBS interview with Benjamin Strauss

Seas level rising faster along US East Coast

Salt Marshes drowing along Chesapeake Bay

North Carolina outlaws Sea Level Rise

Virginia Lawmakers avoid the word “sea level rise”

Texas lawmakers dilute sea level science

NPR Science Friday on Coastal Impacts

Jerry Mitrovica of Harvard discusses some of the counter-intuitive details of sea level metrics.

Sea Level Hotspot N. Carolina

R Street Institute

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8 Big Cities Exposed To Sea Level Rise


Published on Jan 22, 2015

Sea-level rise due to polar ice melt and thermal expansion of the ocean water is one of the major threats of climate change.

Not only will sea-level rise submerge parts of some coastal cities, but it will also make them more vulnerable to storm surges, flooding and even tidal waters.

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Trouble at Totten Glacier


Published on Apr 14, 2015

Eastern Antarctica, and in particular the enormous Totten Glacier, has escaped much public awareness. This video points to similarities between glacier melt in eastern and western Antarctica, as scientists explore a potentially concerning future for the vast glacier.

Those wishing more information and a deeper dive can follow these links:

Further interview with Eric Rignot:

The Washington post on West Antarctica

Washington Post on Totten glacier research

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

University of Texas

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Anthropocene: The closing doors of climate target

Imperial College London

Published on Dec 6, 2013

The Grantham Institute for Climate Change Annual Lecture 2013, given by Professor Thomas Stocker, University of Bern, Switzerland and Co-chair of IPCC WGI

CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere are now unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years, and they rise more than 100 times faster than during the past 20,000 years. This is caused by anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases by burning fossil fuels and land use change with consequent changes in the entire Earth System.

The newest comprehensive assessment Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change documents a rapidly and profoundly changing Earth System and provides the latest understanding of changes ahead of us. There is no doubt that warming and many of the consequent changes are caused by human activity which makes this new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. How climate scientists many centuries and millennia hence will characterize the Anthropocene depends on us, on our decisions today.

The implementation of international agreements to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” requires limiting CO2 emissions substantially and sustainably. Specific climate targets to limit the warming to 2°C, or even 1.5°C, are already now ambitious. But both further delay and insufficient emissions reductions close the door on limiting global mean warming, and consequent impacts, permanently.

For more information please visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/climatechange

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Derrick Jensen: Endgame

Part 2

Jim Lockhart

Published on Jun 10, 2012


What if you live in the most destructive culture ever to exist? What if that culture refuses to change? What do you do about it?

Derrick Jensen: Endgame Part Two



Derrick Jensen named Press Action Person of the Year for 2006

From the Press Action website www.pressaction.com

“The recipient of this award was never in doubt. Derrick Jensen’s Endgame, released in late spring, was the best work of nonfiction in 2006. Given the significance of its subject matter and the urgency of Jensen’s message, Endgame is the most important book of the decade and could stand as the must-read book of our lifetimes. But be careful. The book is likely to send you into periods of despondency over the bleak future of the planet. But Jensen explains that if enough of us stand up and work together to fight the fascists, the crash won’t be as devastating. And the long struggle will eventually result in an explosive renewal of all forms of life on the planet.”

From the website www.endgamethebook.org:

“Having long laid waste our own sanity, and having long forgotten what it feels like to be free, most of us too have no idea what it’s like to live in the real world. Seeing four salmon spawn causes me to burst into tears. I have never seen a river full of fish. I have never seen a sky darkened for days by a single flock of birds. (I have, however, seen skies perpetually darkened by smog.) As with freedom, so too the extraordinary beauty and fecundity of the world itself: It’s hard to love something you’ve never known. It’s hard to convince yourself to fight for something you may not believe has ever existed.” –from Endgame, Volume I

“Hailed as the philosopher poet of the ecological movement, best-selling author Derrick Jensen returns with a passionate forecast of how industrial civilization, and the persistent and widespread violence it requires, is unsustainable. Jensen’s intricate weaving together of history, philosophy, environmentalism, economics, literature and psychology has produced a powerful argument that demands attention in the tradition of such important books as Herbert Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization and Brigid Brophy’s Black Ship to Hell.”

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