Discussing the tension in the South China Sea, former Bush administration official Larry Wilkerson says the US should ratify the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea treaty – but won’t because of big oil and mining interests
Fully half of the electricity in the province is produced by one publicly owned utility, Ontario Power Generation. Jeffrey Lyash, the company’s new president and CEO, joins The Agenda to discuss his plans.
Bill and Melinda Gates want young people to get involved in not only finding innovative solutions to problems like the need for clean energy, but changing norms about how unpaid work at home is distributed between men and women. (Feb. 23)
The Pacific island of Fiji has been hit by the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. Cyclone Winston killed at least 17 people and flattened entire villages. Thousands were forced to evacuate. Aid groups have warned of a looming health crisis after supplies of fresh water were blocked in some areas
In Brussels, Greenpeace activists have blocked the entrance of a building to stop negotiators from the United States and European Union from meeting behind closed doors to negotiate a massive trade deal. Opponents say the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership would expand corporate power at the expense of public health and the environment. Saskia Richartz, deputy director of Greenpeace Europe, announced the protest.
Saskia Richartz: “Greenpeace has blocked U.S. and EU negotiators from discussing a trade deal that threatens democracy, our environment, social standards and working conditions. In fact, this trade deal is not at all about trade. It’s about transferring powers from the people to big business. What they call barriers to trade are in fact the safeguards that protect our air and food from being poisoned.”
In America today, we have too many people going hungry, too many people living on the streets, and too many people who don’t know how they’re going to pay their medical bills. This isn’t the result of a lack of leadership, it’s the result of bad leadership. Republicans in America have worked very hard to create these problems just so they can give a few more handouts to the already-wealthy.
Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this with attorney Howard Nations…
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.
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now/The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope & Rev. D. Alexander Bullock, Change Agent Consortium join Thom. The Flint Water crisis has exposed the dark truth behind Michigan’s little dictator law. But could it also be a preview of what America would like in a future under Republican austerity?
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