Daily Archives: November 28, 2015

Drowning Megacities – in Africa (series)


Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 28, 2015

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High chances of hidden chambers within Egyptian tomb


CCTV Africa

Published on Nov 28, 2015

Egypt says there is a 90 percent chance that hidden chambers will be found within King Tutankhamun’s tomb. The revelations are based on the preliminary results of a new exploration of the 3-Thousand, 3-Hundred year-old mausoleum in search of Queen Nefertiti resting place. Saturday’s results however, require a month-long analysis in Japan, before the search is resumed.

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Activists alarmed by ruling to scrap moratorium on trade in rhino horn


CCTV Africa

Published on Nov 28, 2015

Conservationists in South Africa are unhappy with a recent court ruling which allowed local trade in rhino horns. They warn that the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers.

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Thousands Demand Commitment to Climate Change


Associated Press

Published on Nov 28, 2015

Protesters took to the streets of South Africa and Australia Saturday in support of a global climate deal ahead of the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference, COP21, taking place in Paris next week (Nov. 28).

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Drowning Megacities Eko Atlantic


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Published on Nov 28, 2015

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27 Examples of Journalists Failing to Disclose Sources as Funded by Monsanto

360b / Shutterstock.comGary Ruskin, U.S. Right to Know | November 28, 2015 10:12 amFollowing a Columbia Journalism Review article on whether science journalists should accept money from corporate interests and whether there is adequate disclosure of sources’ corporate ties and conflicts of interest, U.S. Right to Know reviewed recent articles to assess how often journalists and columnists quote academic sources without stating that they are funded by the agrichemical giant Monsanto.

Our review found 27 articles quoting (or authored by) university professors after they received Monsanto funding, but without disclosing that funding.

This is a collapse of journalistic standards. When reporters quote sources about food issues such as GMOs or organic food, readers deserve to know if the sources have been funded by Monsanto or have other conflicts of interest.

The principal effect of failing to reveal these conflicts of interest is to unfairly enhance the credibility of Monsanto-funded academics and their support of GMOs and criticism of organic food, while detracting from the credibility of consumer advocates.

Our review found that many top media outlets quoted either University of Florida Professor Kevin Folta or University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Bruce Chassy without disclosing that the professors received funding from Monsanto. According to documents published by the New York Times, Professor Folta received Monsanto funding in August 2014 and Professor Chassy in October 2011, if not before.

Many of these journalistic failures occurred at influential news outlets: newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune; science publications such as Nature, Science Insider and Discover; magazines such as the New Yorker, Wired and The Atlantic; as well as broadcast outlets like ABC and NPR.

Following is a list of news articles quoting (or authored by) Professors Folta and Chassy—after they received their Monsanto funding—but failing to disclose that they had received the Monsanto funding.

  1. New York Times: Taking on the Food Industry, One Blog Post at a Time.” By Courtney Rubin, March 13. (Also ran in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune).
  2. New York Times: Foes of Modified Corn Find Support in a Study.” By Andrew Pollack, Sept. 19, 2012.
  3. Washington Post: Kraft Mac & Cheese Just Got Duller. You Can Thank (Or Blame) ‘The Food Babe’.” By Michael E. Miller, April 21. (Also ran in the Chicago Tribune).
  4. Washington Post:Proof He’s the Science Guy: Bill Nye Is Changing His Mind About GMOs.” By Puneet Kollipara, March 3.
  5. Nature:GM-Crop Opponents Expand Probe Into Ties Between Scientists and Industry.” By Keith Kloor, Aug. 6.

…(read more).

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WMO Weather Reports 2050 – Spain (English)


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Published on Dec 3, 2014

WMO Weather Reports 2050 – Spain (English)

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Weather Report 2050 – Meteorological Society of Italy

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Published on Nov 28, 2015

Climate Change and Mont Blanc, Meteorological Society of Italy

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27 Examples of Journalists Failing to Disclose Sources as Funded by Monsanto

http://ecowatch.com/2015/11/28/sources-funded-monsanto/

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Hollande worried some countries might block COP21 agreements


CCTV Africa

Published on Nov 28, 2015

French president Francios Hollande has expressed fears that countries may block agreements made in this years COP21 meeting set for Monday in Paris. He was speaking at the Commonwealth Summit in Valetta in Malta. In the meantime French security agencies are on high alert, with 8,000 officers deployed to the French border for the period of the conference.

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