Daily Archives: August 4, 2015

03 August, 2015 Monsoon Updates Skymet Weather


Skymet Weather

Published on Aug 2, 2015

Slight improvement in the flood-like situation likely in West Bengal, as the intensity of rain will reduce significantly.

The Western Disturbance over North Pakistan will move towards Jammu and Kashmir. It could bring scattered rainfall over the hills of North India.

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Markey: Clean Power Plan Will Help Economy, Health & #ActOnClimate, August 4, 2015


Senator Markey

Published on Aug 4, 2015

Senator Markey spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Clean Power Plan.

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Woman Recalls Surviving Hiroshima A-Bomb


Associated Press

Published on Aug 4, 2015

The bombing of Hiroshima ushered in the nuclear age with a force never been seen before. 140,000 people were killed. On most other days, Kimie Mahara would have been one of them, but she lived to talk about it. (Aug. 4)

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Why Hungary is building a new ‘Iron Curtain’


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 4, 2015

In Hungary, government leaders say they can’t cope with the flood of migrants entering their country: 80,000 so far this year. So the government is racing to complete a 110 mile-long fence — what opponents are calling a “new Iron Curtain” — along its border with Serbia. Special correspondent Malcolm Brabant reports.

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We Are The Asteroid


yaleclimateforum

Published on Aug 4, 2015

Leading Scientists compare current Human pressure on the planet’s life support systems to great Extinction events of the past.

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CDC offers new call to arms on nightmare bacteria


PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 4, 2015

Drug-resistant bacteria infect at least 2 million people and kill 23,000 each year. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a call to slow the rate of hospital-acquired infections. Gwen Ifill talks to Dr. Michael Bell from the CDC about the new recommendations.

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What Wars Will Be Fought in the Future? Resources, Globalization, Economics (2001)


The Film Archives

Published on Aug 4, 2015

Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Petroleum Dependency (Metropolitan). Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Klare also serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights Watch, and the Arms Control Association. He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Nation, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, and is a frequent columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus. He also was the narrator of the movie, Blood and Oil which was produced by the Media Education Foundation.

He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In November 2005, Klare alleged that a major factor motivating the George W. Bush administration to attack Iraq would be its desire to distract attention from domestic political difficulties and to increase popularity for the President. US popular support for Bush increased by about 10% during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and only dropped back to its previous level several months later.

Klare originated the concept of extreme energy. Extreme energy is a range of techniques for the production of energy from unconventional resources which share characteristics of being environmentally damaging or risky. Examples include exploitation of oil sands and shale oil, deepwater drilling, hydraulic fracturing, mountaintop removal mining, petroleum exploration in the Arctic, and natural gas hydrates.

This movie, Blood and Oil, which came out before the end of the Bush Administration explains Klare’s view on oil as an instrument of national policy. Using sources including statements from official government sources and statements by media commentators, Klare pushes for alternative energy and warns that energy will be hard to get in the next century. The website for the movie describes the movie as follows: “The notion that oil motivates America’s military engagements in the Middle East has long been dismissed as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. Blood and Oil, a new documentary based on the critically-acclaimed work of Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare, challenges this conventional wisdom to correct the historical record. The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years – rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. In the end, Blood and Oil calls for a radical re-thinking of US energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.”

In a number of articles, Klare has commented on the future of oil. In an article published on March 13, 2012, he discussed “the principal cause of higher oil prices.”[5] He concluded that “a fundamental shift in the structure of the oil industry” has occurred because of “the disappearance of relatively accessible and inexpensive petroleum”, and that countries will have to grasp for the harder oil in the future. In another article, he continues this thesis, noting that of this he notes that sanctions on Iran make not only Iranians suffer, but also those that buy oil from Iran.[6] That same month, Klare noted the sensitive spots of conflict in the “Geo-energy era”. They include the Strait of Hormuz, East and South China Seas, Caspian Sea basin, and Arctic polar region.[7] In another article in 2011, Klare expanded his thesis to something more radical. He noted that America and oil were falling together.

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