Daily Archives: March 31, 2016

Cash scheme rekindles hope in Somalia’s drought-hit regions


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Mar 31, 2016

http://www.fao.org/somalia

Somaliland 1 April 2016 – Cash-for-work interventions implemented by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization are providing an income lifeline to communities affected by the ongoing drought in northern Somalia. While putting much needed cash in people’s pockets to buy food, the work is empowering communities to rebuild vital infrastructure with their own hands.

The timing of the current drought in parts of Somaliland and Puntland is especially bad for farmers and herders. In the worst affected areas, communities have not seen normal rains for two full years, crops have largely failed and livestock are increasingly weak and at risk of disease and death. According to FAO-managed Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU), abnormal migration has been reported from drought-affected areas of Bari and Sanaag regions.

Cash-for-work is a key priority of FAO’s drought response. Thanks to funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), thousands of families are participating in cash-for-work interventions. While providing immediate cash relief, the work rebuilds infrastructure needed to restore livelihoods while improving wateravailability, access and use. For example, each rehabilitated water catchment can store enough water for more than 2,000 animals for three months. FAO has launched a USD 17-million response plan to help more than 1 million people n Somaliland and Puntland affected by the current drought.

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Mark McCaffrey – Denial101x catch up at COP21


UQx Denial101x Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Published on Mar 30, 2016

Mark McCaffrey, science educator, tells us about his ongoing experience in facilitating better climate science communication approaches. He’ll tell us the roll of COP21 and other big conferences in connecting educators and organisations globally. He’ll also touch on the personal topic of moving from the United States to Hungary in the past year and what he is learning from that experience.

This interview took place at COP21 in Paris, December 2015. We had previous interviewed Mark in San Francisco at the American Geophysical Union conference in December 2014, when he was still working for the National Centre for Science Education. That interview is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnU6D…

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UQx DENIAL101x Full interview with Mark McCaffrey


UQx Denial101x Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Published on Jun 14, 2015

Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a MOOC from UQx and edX.

Denial101x isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.

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If I’m wrong I’ll kiss you – Michael Ranney’s Golden Nugget


UQx Denial101x Making Sense of Climate Science Denial

Published on Apr 12, 2015

Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial in Denial101x, a MOOC from UQx and edX.

Denial101x isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change.

Comments on our channel are turned off. To discuss our videos, enrol at http://edx.org/understanding-climate-… and join us in the edX discussion forum.

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Chinese president Xi Jinping arrives in Washington for summi


CCTV Africa

Published on Mar 31, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Washington DC for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit. He’ll give a keynote speech at the plenary session, explaining China’s stance and proposals on nuclear security issues. He’ll also present China’s new measures and achievements in the area, and put forth a set of practical proposals on further beefing up global nuclear security.

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2016 Global Food Policy Report Launch • Maximo Torero


IFPRI

Published on Mar 31, 2016

Remarks by Maximo Torero (IFPRI).

2016 Global Food Policy Report Launch Event, held on March 31st, in Washington DC.

Click here to read the full report: https://www.ifpri.org/publication/201…

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Paul Krugman: The Fate of the World Is at Stake in This Election | Alternet

Krugman

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By Janet Allon / AlterNet
February 1, 2016

Paul Krugman writes in Monday’s column that no less than the fate of the planet rides on the results of this year’s election. And, while that is a pretty scary way to start a column, the rest of Krugman’s argument, which is devoted to climate economics and how they are improving, is fairly optimistic.

It is well known that last year was by far the hottest on record, although that fact has not put a dent in climate deniers helmets of denial. What is less known, according to Krugman, is that the “prospect of effective action against the looming catastrophe” has changed “drastically for the better in recent years, because we’re now achingly close to achieving a renewable-energy revolution.”

Krugman is also heartened by the fact that it won’t take a political revolution to achieve an energy revolution. (Might this be a subtle dig at Bernie Sanders supporters with whom Krugman as tangled recently? Maybe.) At any rate, Krugman lays out the current state of climate economics as he sees it:

Most people who think about the issue at all probably imagine that achieving a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would necessarily involve big economic sacrifices. This view is required orthodoxy on the right, where it forms a sort of second line of defense against action, just in case denial of climate science and witch hunts against climate scientists don’t do the trick. For example, in the last Republican debateMarco Rubio — the last, best hope of the G.O.P. establishment — insisted, as he has before, that a cap-and-trade program would be “devastating for our economy.”

To find anything equivalent on the left you have to go far out of the mainstream, to activists who insist that climate change can’t be fought without overthrowing capitalism. Still, my sense is that many Democrats believe that politics as usual isn’t up to the task, that we need a political earthquake to make real action possible. In particular, I keep hearing that the Obama administration’s environmental efforts have been so far short of what’s needed as to be barely worth mentioning.

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