http://democracynow.org – The Democratic candidates for president faced off Sunday night in Flint, Michigan, which has been in the national spotlight over the poisoning of the city’s water. The crisis began in 2014, when an unelected emergency manager appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder switched the source of the city’s drinking water from the Detroit system to the corrosive Flint River. Last month, Democracy Now! went to Flint and spoke to residents on the front lines of Michigan’s water wars. Lead contamination in the water supply has forced residents to drink, cook with and even bathe in bottled water, while still paying some of the highest water bills in the country. We then went from Flint to Mecosta County, Michigan, where Nestlé, the world’s largest water bottling company, is pumping millions of gallons of water from aquifers that feed Lake Michigan.
And in Honduras, thousands of people gathered at the home of assassinated environmentalist Berta Cáceres to pay their final respects to one of the leading advocates for indigenous land rights in Honduras. Cáceres, who won the Goldman Environmental Prize last year, was gunned down at her home early Thursday. She had received repeated death threats over her opposition to mining and dam projects, including the Agua Zarca Dam. In a statement, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy called for the dam project to be abandoned. Cáceres’ supporters, including Lesly Flores, vowed to continue her struggle.
Lesly Flores: “I’m saying goodbye to her for the last time, but the truth is that Berta hasn’t died. Berta lives on in our hearts. They haven’t actually killed Berta; they haven’t killed her. Berta is a seed that we’ve been left with. For us, that seed will germinate day after day, and we, as women, will continue the fight. We are not scared.”
The world has reached a new climate change milestone. On Thursday, for a brief period, the average temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was more than 2 degrees Celsius above normal for the first time in recorded history. The 2-degree marker has been accepted by governments around the world as a key red line to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of global warming. This comes after February became the most unusually warm month on record—smashing the record set the month before.
Remember last February’s blizzards? Last summer’s heatwave? Morrissey Blvd. flooding yet again? As our climate heats up, extreme weather is becoming more common. Last year, Mayor Walsh launched several planning processes that support strategies for addressing the vulnerabilities and impacts from climate change including: Imagine Boston 2030, the first city-wide plan since 1965, Boston’s Resilience Strategy through 100 Resilience Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, and Climate Ready Boston.
As part of these efforts, they want to make sure Boston’s vulnerable people and places are well-prepared and fully supported during storms, coastal flooding and extreme heat and cold temperatures.
Come learn about current scientific projections for climate change in the City of Boston and share how recent weather events have impacted your lives, neighborhoods and businesses. We need you to help inform Boston’s long-term planning efforts! We’re also giving away five $100 door prizes, so be sure to invite your friends!
“Ice Age Columbus”. More and more evidence from tools, human remains, DNA and even from examining American Indian folk tales, show that Europeans were the first original native people of America and the only ones to exclusively inhabit the “New World” for 1000’s of years.
Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Carabean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known has North America and South America that was teaming with huge Civilizations (that rivaled any in the world at that time) and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and Green Land, all the to the tip of southern South America.
Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said Monday at the second news conference of this year’s two sessions that growth in China’s fiscal income will slow in the future. But the country still has room to increase government debt. Our Martina Fuchs was there
The World Health Organization has warned that the international health community is not ready to tackle the Zika virus and must find a common response to the public health emergency. Scientists and experts in public health regulations, research and development gathered in Geneva to assess the progress of vaccine development, diagnosis methods and other preparedness measures. Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly in babies, a condition defined by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems. There is no proven vaccine or treatment for the mosquito-borne virus. Last week, the WHO said that there is accumulating evidence of a link between the virus and microcephaly as well as a rare disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome in which the immune system attacks part of the nervous system.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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