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- 2022 Planetary Health Annual Meeting (PHAM) – Harvard – Registration October 3, 2022
- Hurricane Ian death toll rising | WNT October 2, 2022
- Florida Faces Dire New Threat In Hurricane Ian’s Aftermath October 2, 2022
- Queen Elizabeth II’s death renews discussions on Britain’s legacy of colonialism | Caroline Elkins October 2, 2022
- ‘Legacy of Violence’ documents the dark side of the British Empire | Caroline Elkins | WBUR October 2, 2022
- XR’s 3 buses are bringing deliberative democracy and movement building to places across the UK October 2, 2022
- Live: Brazil’s presidential race goes to runoff as Bolsonaro, Lula neck and neck • FRANCE 24 October 2, 2022
- What Will Life Look Like as MAJOR Rivers Run Dry? October 2, 2022
- Brazil elections 2022: It’s Bolsonaro vs Lula, explained October 2, 2022
- BBC News Channel – Grenada: Confronting the Past October 2, 2022
- The Coming Storm – Welcome to The Coming Storm – BBC Sounds October 2, 2022
- BBC World Service – The Documentary, Going for gold In Ghana October 2, 2022
- Building the Moroccan Court October 2, 2022
- “Reality of Global Warming”: Hurricane Ian’s Power Shows How Climate Change Supercharges Storms October 2, 2022
- Is Massachusetts ready for a hurricane? October 1, 2022
- Burkina Faso hit by fresh uncertainty after second coup in eight months • FRANCE 24 English October 1, 2022
- Nasa Dart spacecraft successfully smashes into asteroid – BBC News September 30, 2022
- WaPo: Trump Team Divided On Mar-a-Lago Documents Approach September 30, 2022
- You Can’t Stop Climate Change – Only This Can! September 30, 2022
- Jan. 6 Bombshell? ‘Significant Information’ Obtained By Committee Amid Ginni Thomas Inte rview September 30, 2022
- Ray Clemens on The World in Maps – Mondays at Beinecke, September 26, 2022 September 30, 2022
- Noam Chomsky & Vijay Prashad: A Lula Victory in Brazil Could Help Save the Planet September 30, 2022
- Brazil’s Lula Goes into Sunday Election with Massive Lead. Will Bolsonaro Accept Electoral Defeat? September 30, 2022
- Finding their Way at Sea: Richard Pflederer September 30, 2022
- The World in Maps, 1400-1600 September 30, 2022
- From Charts to Maps: The “Networks of Transmission” in Imaging Africa in the Early Years September 30, 2022
- 1635 – Dutch Map of Africa, Brazil and the Atlantic September 30, 2022
- 1619 – Anonymous ms. Portugese portolano of the Atlantic Ocean – Yale University Library September 30, 2022
- Portolan charts – Yale University Library September 30, 2022
- Portolan Charts | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library September 30, 2022
- Mondays at Beinecke Online: Richard Pflederer on Portolan Charts September 30, 2022
- The Potential of Historical GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Humanities September 30, 2022
- Four Hundred Souls—A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain on Vimeo September 30, 2022
- Empires & Interconnections – a new digital learning product September 30, 2022
- People Smuggler: World’s Most Wanted (Design Montage) September 30, 2022
- YOKES & CHAINS: a journey to forgiveness and freedom September 30, 2022
- Dave Montgomery – Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations September 28, 2022
- David Montgomery | Noah’s Flood and the Development of Geology || Radcliffe Institute September 28, 2022
- Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater | USA TODAY September 28, 2022
- Saving Venice | Full Documentary | NOVA | PBS September 28, 2022
- Threats, Classroom Cameras & Politics: Why American Teachers Are Dropping Out | Amanpour and Company September 28, 2022
- Gurnah’s latest novel ‘Afterlives’ explores effects of colonial rule in East Africa September 28, 2022
- Sketches of the Amistad Captives & Contemporary Commemoration: Mondays at Beinecke, March 29, 2021 September 28, 2022
- Biden administration launches environmental justice office – The Boston Globe September 28, 2022
- The queen’s death raises questions over the future of the Commonwealth | 1A September 28, 2022
- The strain of censorship on public libraries – 1A September 28, 2022
- Historic General Assembly wraps with calls for action on nuclear arms | United Nations September 28, 2022
- Screening at Kenya-Uganda border for Ebola September 28, 2022
- Mondays at Beinecke Online: Chet Van Duzer on the Martellus Map | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library September 28, 2022
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Daily Archives: November 9, 2015
Climate Change: New York vs. Exxon and the Coming Earthquake in the Financial Market | Assaad W Razzouk
Assaad W Razzouk CEO of Sindicatum Sustainable Resources Posted: 09/11/2015 11:04 GMT Updated: 09/11/2015 11:59 GMT
Late last week, New York State decided to examine whether Exxon Mobil, the oil company, may have violated state consumer protection laws or the Martin Act, New York’s powerful shareholder-protection statute.
The Martin Act gives the New York Attorney General broad powers to combat financial fraud and makes any “fraud, deception, concealment, suppression or false pretense” by a public company illegal.
The Attorney General’s move follows an impressive eight months investigation by the Pulitzer Prize winning InsideClimate News. In it, the publication showed that as far as back as the 1970s, Exxon knew that most fossil fuels might have to be left in the ground. Exxon should have therefore disclosed the extent to which its revenues and profits were at risk. But Exxon didn’t – instead choosing to suppress this information and to engage in mis-information campaigns over several decades.
If the Attorney General can show that Exxon knowingly misled its investors by lying about potential risks it knew about, then serious financial consequences will follow. The evidence gathered by InsideClimate News should make his job relatively straightforward.
An earthquake starts with an initial rupture. That’s what the Attorney General just triggered. This nucleation will now propagate to the $150 trillion capital markets, the global financial system concerned with raising capital through shares, bonds, and other long-term investments.
In the capital markets, companies (such as Exxon) must ensure that material risks to their business are disclosed. Equally, investors (such as buyers of Exxon shares) have legal obligations to assess risks to ensure these are in line with their investment mandates.
For example, pension funds, which account for approximately twenty five per cent of the capital markets, are meant to invest with a long term horizon in order to provide retirement income to people some 40 years after they have started contributing money to them. A pension plan invested in Exxon (or BP, Shell and other fossil fuel companies) should therefore take into account the fact that climate change poses catastrophic risks to people and to assets, and price the material risks to its investments as the use of fossil fuels is inevitably limited.
But to this day, pension funds and the financial markets are for the most part sitting and waiting on the side lines, ignoring climate risks by hiding behind the flimsy excuse that they need governments to set a price on carbon first, before they are able to price climate risks into their investments.
Published on Nov 9, 2015
Democracynow.org – Doctors Without Borders (MSF) continues to demand an independent war crimes probe of the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after releasing its own preliminary investigation. The U.S. airstrike on October 3 killed at least 30 people, including 13 staff members, 10 patients and seven unrecognizable victims yet to be identified. In a new report based on interviews with dozens of witnesses, MSF describes patients burning in their beds, medical staff who were decapitated and lost limbs, and staff members shot from the air while they fled the burning building.
Doctors and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety in a different part of the compound. MSF says it provided the GPS coordinates to U.S. and Afghan officials weeks before and that the strikes continued for half an hour after U.S. and Afghan authorities were told the hospital was being bombed. We are joined by Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders USA.
Published on Nov 9, 2015
Democracynow.org – The environmental movement is celebrating one of its biggest victories to date: President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. After years of review and one of the most vocal grassroots campaigns this country has seen in decades, Obama announced Friday he will not allow Keystone on his watch. The pipeline would have sent 830,000 barrels of crude every day from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
The fight to block the pipeline saw activists chaining themselves to construction machinery along the pipeline’s route, hundreds getting arrested in acts of civil disobedience outside the White House, and hundreds of thousands taking part in the largest climate change march in history, the People’s Climate March, just over a year ago. We are joined by two guests deeply involved in the victorious fight to stop the Keystone XL: Clayton Thomas-Muller, a leading organizer and writer on environmental justice and indigenous rights in Canada, and Jane Kleeb, executive director of Bold Nebraska, a political advocacy group that emerged as one of Keystone XL’s chief opponents.
9 November 2015
The World Bank is warning climate change could force more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030. The new report predicts upheaval from drought, extreme weather and the spread of diseases like malaria.
Second Rare Cyclone Batters Yemen
The warnings about climate change and extreme weather come as Yemen has been battered by a second, extremely rare cyclone. At least one person was killed, and thousands fled. The storm came less than a week after an earlier cyclone killed 11 people and dumped almost a decade’s worth of rain in two days.
President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL oil pipeline in one of the environmental movement’s biggest victories to date. After years of review and one of the largest grassroots campaigns in decades, Obama announced Friday he will not allow Keystone on his watch.
President Obama: “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face: not acting.”
The Keystone pipeline would have sent 830,000 barrels of crude oil every day from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. We’ll have more on the pipeline’s defeat later in the broadcast.
Cole Mellino | November 6, 2015 10:50 am
In 2007, Rupert Murdoch embraced the fight to stop climate change, unveiling plans to be the “first global media company to achieve carbon neutral[ity],” according to International Business Times. “Climate change poses clear, catastrophic threats. We may not agree on the extent, but we certainly can’t afford the risk of inaction,” he said. “The climate will not wait for us.” But in the decade or so since then, he’s repeatedly made statements denying the consensus on man-made global warming.
“We should approach climate change with great skepticism. Climate change has been going on as long as the planet is here,” said Murdoch in an interview last year with Sky News of Australia. “There will always be a little bit of it. We can’t stop it, we’ve just got to stop building vast houses on seashores. The world has been changing for thousands and thousands of years, it’s just a lot more complicated today because we are more advanced.”
Published on Jul 13, 2014
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According to Murdoch we just have to move a bit inland and the worst is a temperature rise of 3 degree and a modest sea level rise of six inches. However, according to the IPCC (representing the best science the world has to offer) we are on track to a 4 degree temperature rise with broad disastrous consequences, disrupting everyday life for many, outlined for instance here: