Daily Archives: February 15, 2016

What is ‘The Circular Economy’


GreenTV

Published on Feb 15, 2016

In a society that is making the transition to a more renewable future; there is also an opportunity to re design our economy. The term ‘Circular Economy’ coined by the Ellen MacArthur Fundation describes a process by which products are designed to be made again.

Find out more about the circular economy at http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org

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ABANDONED Military base located in the freezing Arctic circle


ArmedForcesUpdate

Published on Dec 14, 2015

A great video of an abandoned Russian military base in the arctic being recommissioned. The Arctic (/ˈɑrktɪk/ or /ˈɑrtɪk/)[1][Note 1] is a polar region located at the northernmost part of the Earth. The Arctic consists of the Arctic Ocean and parts of Alaska (United States), Canada, Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden. The Arctic region consists of a vast ocean with a seasonally varying ice cover, surrounded by treeless permafrost. The area can be defined as north of the Arctic Circle (66° 33’N), the approximate limit of the midnight sun and the polar night. Alternatively, it can be defined as the region where the average temperature for the warmest month (July) is below 10 °C (50 °F); the northernmost tree line roughly follows the isotherm at the boundary of this region.[3][4]

Socially and politically, the Arctic region includes the northern territories of the eight Arctic states, although by natural science definitions, much of this territory is considered subarctic. The Arctic region is a unique area among Earth’s ecosystems. For example, the cultures in the region and the Arctic indigenous peoples have adapted to its cold and extreme conditions. In recent years, the extent of the sea ice has declined.[5][6] Life in the Arctic includes organisms living in the ice, zooplankton and phytoplankton, fish and marine mammals, birds, land animals, plants and human societies.[7]

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The Arctic Circle in 2050


World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Published on Nov 23, 2015

(Steve Menzies) The temperature in the Arctic Circle is rising faster than anywhere else on Earth and the sea ice is shrinking at record levels. Scientists are forecasting that the first ice-free summer in the Arctic Ocean could be within the next 25 to 40 years. The impact, both natural and economic, will be massive. However, there is still great uncertainty about the future climatic, weather and environmental conditions facing the Arctic region. Join David Eades from BBC World and our panel of experts as they discuss the key challenges presented by the rapidly changing climate in the Arctic Circle:
– President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
– Director of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Petteri Taalas
– Director of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine research, Karin Lochte
– President and CEO of Arctia Shipping, Tero Vauraste
– International expert in polar marine risks, Michael Kingston

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More than 10,000 child refugees disappear in Europe


Al Jazeera English

Published on Feb 15, 2016

The EU’s criminal intelligence agency says more than 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared since arriving in Europe in recent months.It is feared many may have become victims of trafficking.Mohammed Jamjoom reports from Sweden, which has received the most child refugees in Europe, last year.

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India’s push for clean energy


Al Jazeera English

Published on Feb 15, 2016

In India the push is on to provide clean energy.Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a global solar alliance of 120 countries at the Paris climate summit in December. He hopes 40 percent of India’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2030. He even wants to export solar technology.As Bhanu Bhatnagar reports from Unnao, solar energy is already changing lives in rural India.

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Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis


TED

Published on Feb 15, 2016

Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis. In this talk, hear his dream for a world in which capital and labor no longer struggle against each other, “one that is simultaneously libertarian, Marxist and Keynesian.”

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‘Chernobyl on Hudson River’: Governor calls for NY nuclear plant closure o ver radioactive leak


RT

Published on Feb 15, 2016

The Governor of New York wants the state’s Indian Point, nuclear power plant shut down, after a leak of the radioactive isotope, trit-ium, contaminated ground water. Though the plant operator says the Isotope didn’t move off the site, local residents are deeply concerned by the threat following a string of malfunctions.

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#AskROF: Does The American News Industry Need To Be Completely Rebuilt?


The Ring of Fire

Published on Feb 15, 2016

#AskROF: “Do you think news as we know it in America needs to be redefined? These days its propaganda, critical news is ignored and they are like TMZ.”

Farron Cousins answers this on Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV.

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Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 hit record high – UN report


RT

Published on Feb 15, 2016

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan in 2015 was the highest in the last seven years amid increased fighting between pro-government forces and insurgent groups, including the Taliban, the United Nations said in its annual report.

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Former Pres. Bush, First Lady Stump for Jeb


Associated Press

Published on Feb 15, 2016

Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush arrived in South Carolina on Monday to help campaign for Bush’s younger brother and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. (Feb. 15)

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