Daily Archives: August 24, 2015

Thousands of desperate migrants en route to the EU since Saturdaye


euronews (in English)

Published on Aug 24, 2015

Thousands of migrants make their way through no man’s land from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into
Serbia.

Most of these people have fled conflict and upheaval in Syria and Iraq.

They hope to travel through Serbia and into EU member state Hungary. Once there, they can travel freely across the internal borders of the European Union.

One of the migrants said it took him seven days to get here from Iraq.

Ahmed travelled here from Syria.

“I’m expecting just to cross, I just wan…
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NASA & NOAA Now Understand Killer Hurricane Katrina’s Deadly Details


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Published on Aug 24, 2015

Data from the GOES-5 satellite drove this simulation, illuminating the wind intensities and water vapor transport powering the massive category 5 storm, which ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana and adjoining areas in 2005. Katrina is considered one for the 5 deadliest storms in American history.

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Bill Pullman

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Right-Wing Activists Clash with Police Outside German Migrant Shelter

In Germany, right-wing protesters clashed with police over the weekend during demonstrations against a newly opened migrant shelter in a small town outside of Dresden. Pro-immigration activists staged a counter-protest, holding signs that read “Refugees Welcome.” The demonstrations followed the interior minister’s announcement that Germany could receive as many as 800,000 asylum seekers this year, the biggest influx since the Second World War.

Italian Coast Guard Rescues 4,440 Migrants at Sea in Single Day

Meanwhile, the Italian Coast Guard says it rescued 4,400 migrants at sea in over 22 operations on Saturday alone. This comes as thousands of other migrants resume their journeys north through Macedonia after the country reopened its border with Greece after declaring a state of emergency and sealing the border last week.

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More shoppers shun supermarkets to switch to locally gown produce

More Americans than ever before are supporting their local food markets, and new research has found it’s not just because they believe the food is fresher and tastes better.

According to a new University of Iowa study, people are shopping farmers markets and joining food coops at record numbers because they enjoy knowing who grows their food. These so-called “locavores” are also driven to eat locally grown produce and meat because their commitment to do so makes them feel a part of something greater than themselves – a community that shares their passion for a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable environment.

For these enthusiasts, supporting the local food movement is a sort of civic duty, an act to preserve their local economy against the threats of globalization and big-box stores.

“It’s not just about the economical exchange; it’s a relational and ideological exchange as well,” said Ion Vasi, an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and Tippie College of Business at the UI and corresponding author of the study.

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The Pope and the Planet by Bill McKibben

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Pope Francis visiting typhoon survivors in Tacloban, the Philippines, January 2015

Bill McKibben
August 13, 2015 Issue

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

an encyclical letter by Pope Francis
Vatican Press, 184 pp., available at w2.vatican.va

On a sprawling, multicultural, fractious planet, no person can be heard by everyone. But Pope Francis comes closer than anyone else. He heads the world’s largest religious denomination and so has 1.2 billion people in his flock, but even (maybe especially) outside the precincts of Catholicism his talent for the telling gesture has earned him the respect and affection of huge numbers of people. From his seat in Rome he addresses the developed world, much of which descended from the Christendom he represents; but from his Argentine roots he speaks to the developing world, and with firsthand knowledge of the poverty that is the fate of most on our planet.

So no one could have considered more usefully the first truly planetary question we’ve ever faced: the rapid heating of the earth from the consumption of fossil fuels. Scientists have done a remarkable job of getting the climate message out, reaching a workable consensus on the problem in relatively short order. But national political leaders, beholden to the fossil fuel industry, have been timid at best—Barack Obama, for instance, barely mentioned the question during the 2012 election campaign. Since Francis first announced plans for an encyclical on climate change, many have eagerly awaited his words.

And on those narrow grounds, Laudato Si’ does not disappoint. It does indeed accomplish all the things that the extensive news coverage highlighted: insist that climate change is the fault of man; call for rapid conversion of our economies from coal, oil, and gas to renewable energy; and remind us that the first victims of the environmental crisis are the poor. (It also does Americans the service of putting climate-denier politicians—a fairly rare species in the rest of the world—in a difficult place. Jeb Bush, for example, was reduced to saying that in the case of climate the pope should butt out, leaving the issue to politicians. “I think religion ought to be about making us better as people,” he said, in words that may come back to haunt him.)

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