Daily Archives: December 30, 2015

Poisonous lie: Flint government lied about lead


RT America

Published on Dec 30, 2015

A Virginia Tech professor filed a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) and found that the Flint government knew that the water supply was giving children lead poisoning since July, but continued to a false sense that the water was safe. RT’s Ashlee Banks explains the history of the city’s use of contaminated water.

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News Wrap: Deadly flooding overwhelms in Missouri, Illinois


PBS NewsHour

Published on Dec 30, 2015

In our news wrap Wednesday, the rising Mississippi River and its tributaries have overwhelmed towns across parts of Missouri and Illinois. At least 20 people have been killed in the region and flood waters are expected to hit record levels. Also, snowfall has deepened the Sierra Nevada snowpack to higher than normal levels in California, offering some relief from extreme drought.

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Why we shouldn’t let the food industry dictate our diets


PBS NewsHour

Published on Dec 30, 2015

Michael Pollan’s bestselling book “In Defense of Food” was a call to arms for making real food a bigger part of Americans’ diets. Now he takes that push to PBS with a new documentary. He joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss why we’ve lost the true definition of food and how to take back control from the food industry.

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2015’s biggest breakthrough could deliver designer babies


PBS NewsHour

Published on Dec 30, 2015

CRISPR, a new method for editing genes, has been called a development that could revolutionize medicine. Cheaper and more precise than past gene editing, this promising tool has also raised concerns. Gwen Ifill talks to Jennifer Doudna of University of California, Berkeley and Paul Knoepfler of University of California, Davis

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Cabot Institute talk: Michael Mann – The Hockey Stick and the climate wars


Cabot Institute

Published on Oct 15, 2014

In this special Cabot Institute lecture, in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, Michael E Mann discusses the science, politics, and ethical dimensions of global warming in the context of his own ongoing experiences as a figure in the centre of the debate over human-caused climate change.

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AGU 2015: Michael Mann explains why Scientists need to speak up more #Ethics #PrecautionaryPrinciple


ClimateState

Published on Dec 30, 2015

AGU 14 December 2015: If You See Something, Say Something
Speakers: Michael Mann (Pennsylvania State University), Kent Peacock (University of Lethbridge)

Scientists have a collective ethical obligation to communicate the implications of their science and to communicate it as accurately and fully as possible. Nowhere is that obligation more profound than in areas of research, like climate change, where the stakes are so great, and where societal decision-making demands the most accurate assessments of risk.

If scientists remain on the sidelines, they insure that others with an axe to grind will fill the void, game the process of risk assessment, and insure sub-optimal policy decision-making. But simple participation is not adequate either. Scientists, when they communicate climate change risk, must resist the temptation to downplay high-risk and high-cost scenarios in an effort simply to avoid criticism by contrarians.

Otherwise, the net affect is the same, with bad faith actors achieving their goal of minimizing the emphasis placed on mitigation efforts in the policymaking process. We will discuss some examples including the critically important case of ice sheet collapse and sea level rise.
https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm15/meeti…

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The 15 Most Ridiculous Things Conservative Media Said About Climate Change In 2015 | Research | Media Matters for America

Media-matters

From Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change, to the establishment of the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, to a landmark international climate agreement, 2015 has been full of major landmarks in national and global efforts to address global warming. Yet you wouldn’t know it if you inhabited the parallel universe of the conservative media, where media figures went to ridiculous and outrageous lengths to dismiss or deny climate science, attack the pope, scientists, and anyone else concerned with climate change, and defend polluting fossil fuel companies. Here are the 15 most ridiculous things conservative media said about climate change in 2015.

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