Daily Archives: February 21, 2016

Water Crisis Spreads Beyond Flint – You Might Be Drinking Poison


The Ring of Fire

Published on Feb 20, 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has shocked many Americans, but water contamination isn’t limited to one poorly managed city. In fact, new reports show us that Flint isn’t even the most contaminated drinking water in the country, and many areas of the U.S. are being poisoned by lead-contaminated water.

Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this widespread problem with attorney Michael Burg.

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How Voter Disenfranchisement Strategically Shrinks the Electorate


Big Think

Published on Feb 20, 2016

Gottschalk’s book is “Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics” (http://goo.gl/QcSkJh).

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Chemical Exposures and the Brain: The Flint Water Crisis and More


Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Published on Feb 19, 2016

The water crisis gripping Flint, Michigan has exposed thousands of children to unsafe lead levels, triggering a federal emergency declaration and national conversation about basic public health protections. Lead can be toxic to the brain, and children can be particularly vulnerable. However, the Flint example is not unique; other American cities, including the nation’s capitol, have faced lead contamination in water supplies. And research has pointed more generally to an expanding list of chemicals, including certain pesticides, mercury and flame retardants, that may be linked to cognitive delays and health conditions in children. This Forum examined those links and the implications for both children and adults, while exploring public policy successes and failures in safeguarding the public’s health against neurotoxicants.

Part of The Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies, this Forum event was presented February 19, 2016 in Collaboration with PRI’s The World & WGBH.

Watch the entire series from The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at www.ForumHSPH.org.

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At SpaceshipTwo Christening, Sarah Brightman Sings Happy Birthday


VideoFromSpace

Published on Feb 19, 2016

In line with his intent to make space travel safe for families, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson let his granddaughter – Eva-Deia, one year old today – spill some ceremonial milk across the bow of ‘Unity,’ as SS2 will now be called. — More About The SpaceShipTwo Rollout: http://goo.gl/lmBr03

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Virgin Galactic Rolls Out Space Tourism Rocket


Associated Press

Published on Feb 19, 2016

Virgin Galactic rolled out a new version of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket Friday as it prepares to return to flight testing for the first time since a 2014 accident destroyed the original craft, killing a pilot. (Feb. 19)

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Geogengineering the Oceans


Climate One

Published on Feb 19, 2016

Oliver Morton, Briefings Editor of The Economist, discusses with Climate One the idea of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through plankton blooms in oceans.

Published on Feb 19, 2016

Ken Caldeira, Climate Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science of the Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, answers a Climate One audience member’s question on geoenginnering our oceans.

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The Shum Show: February 19, 2016


climatecentraldotorg

Published on Feb 19, 2016

January makes nine months straight of monthly temperature record-breakers! What else is new in the weather and climate world? Find out in this week’s Shum Show with Climate Central’s Multimedia Journalism Fellow, Greta Shum.

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Inside Story: What’s fuelling homegrown American extremism?


Al Jazeera English

Published on Feb 19, 2016

Whether in San Bernardino, Colorado Springs or Charleston, communities across the United States last year saw incidents where Americans inspired by extremist views resorted to violence.This has been accompanied by some inflammatory and hateful rhetoric from mainstream political leaders.Demonisation of minority groups — people with Latin American heritage, Muslims, immigrants and others — became commonplace. All this was amplified by voices in the right-wing media.On this Inside Story, we ask: what is fuelling the rise of extremism in the US?And how is the public debate framing the government’s response?Presenter: Sami ZeidanGuests:Pete Simi – Associate Professor of Sociology, University of NebraskaFaiza Patel – Brennan Center for Justice, New York UniversityAntony McAleer – Executive director of Life After Hate-

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Expansion of US troops in the Philippines faces resistance


Al Jazeera English

Published on Feb 19, 2016

The Philippines has a security agreement with the US, which allows for a limited number of US forces to rotate through the country ostensibly to assist, advise, and train their Philippine counterparts. But under an enhanced defence agreement, more US troops are on their way, and they’ll be given greater access to Philippine military facilities.This as China works on increasing its own influence in the region, building islands on disputed waters – which the US and its allies see as a threat to freedom of navigation.Al Jazeera’s Marga Ortigas has more from Manila on how the so-called US pivot to Asia is faring

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Subprime Mortgage Whistleblowers Warn Bigger Crash on Its Way


TheRealNews

Published on Feb 20, 2016

Whistleblowers Richard Bowen and Michael Winston, along with UMKC’s Bill Black, discuss the rampant fraud at Countrywide and Citigroup and how today’s high foreclosure rates in states like Nevada could be a sign of what’s to come

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