Daily Archives: September 2, 2015

Our Common Future Under Climate Change interview with Saleemul Huq


IIED

Published on Sep 2, 2015

More than 2,000 people gathered in Paris from 7-10 July to attend the Our Common Future Under Climate Change scientific conference.

As part of the conference, International Institute for Environment and Development senior fellow Saleemul Huq, also the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, gave a speech on adaptation.

More details: http://www.commonfuture-paris2015.org/

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70 Seconds, 70 Years: Japan signed official documents to surrender


CCTV Africa

Published on Sep 2, 2015

On this episode of 70 seconds, 70 years, we will tune in to when Japan signed official documents to surrender in the Second World War.

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Visualizing worldwide Landslides from 2007 – 2015 (NASA animation)


ClimateState

Published on Sep 2, 2015

Landslides are one of the most dangerous natural hazards on the planet. Between 2007 and 2015, there were more than 25,000 reported deaths due to rainfall-triggered landslides around the world. Heavy rains set off landslides by forming fast-moving flows of rock, mud and debris that pour down hillsides, causing destruction to life, property and homes. Most landslides occur during the Northern Hemisphere summer, coinciding with tropical cyclone and East Asian monsoon seasons.

In 2010, NASA scientists released the first publicly available catalog of rainfall-triggered landslides using information collected from online databases and media reports that date back to 2007. Recently, the catalog has been updated to include landslide events from the last five years. Scientists have begun to compare events with satellite rainfall measurements to determine where and when landslides are likely to occur. Watch the video to see the distribution of rainfall-triggered landslides that took place from 2007 to 2015.

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HDS Convocation 2015: The Babylonian Captivity of Theology

Harvard Divinity School

Published on Sep 2, 2015

On August 31, legendary professor Harvey Cox delivered the 2015 Convocation address. Titled “The Babylonian Captivity of Theology,” Cox encouraged his fellow faculty members and Harvard Divinity School graduate students to be troublemakers. If theology is doing its job applying the teachings of the prophets, Cox argued, it will inevitably vex the guardians of the status quo. “It is part of theology’s job description,” he contended.

03:17 Welcome by Dean David N. Hempton

07:33 Reading by Scott P. Rice, Doctoral candidate

14:06 Introduction of Professor Cox by Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America

27:00 “The Babylonian Captivity of Theology” by Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity

01:01:03 Honoring Professor Cox and Closing Words by Dean David N. Hempton

Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at www.hds.harvard.edu.

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Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Vulnerable Communities


The White House

Streamed live on Jul 15, 2015

On July 15 at 2pm EDT, the White House will hold a Google+ Hangout to discuss the important role that community service can play in helping vulnerable communities become more resilient in the face of a changing climate. The event will feature speakers from the Administration, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service, and community leaders engaged in building on-the-ground resilience. Members of the public are encouraged to ask the participants questions during the livestreamed conversation using #ActOnClimate.

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‘Oldest’ Koran discovery: Predates prophet Mohammed?


RT

Published on Sep 2, 2015

Claims that newly-discovered fragments of an early Koran predate the Prophet Mohammed and destabilize the idea that he revealed the contents have been questioned by an expert on the research team involved.

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UN Said to Summon Leaders to Closed-Door Climate Change Meeting – Bloomberg Business

A Brief History of Global Warming
Frustrated by slow progress in global climate talks, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to invite around 40 world leaders including President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a closed-door meeting next month.

The meeting will take place in New York on Sept. 27, a day ahead of the UN general assembly, said three people with knowledge of the matter. Ban also plans to invite French President Francois Hollande, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as Chinese leaders, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media.

…(read more).

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