Daily Archives: April 6, 2016

White House Urges Congress to Act on Zika


Associated Press

Published on Apr 6, 2016

The Obama administration has been urging Congress to come up with nearly $2 billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the Zika virus. Wednesday, it announced that it’s transferring leftover money from the recent fight against Ebola. (April 6)

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A focus on earth’s other greenhouse gas problem


Harvard University

Published on Apr 6, 2016

Methane doesn’t get top billing in the global climate debate, but it’s a more potent greenhouse gas than headline-grabbing carbon dioxide and the major component of natural gas that heats our homes and generates our electricity. Harvard scientist Steven Wofsy is heading a project to both track escaped methane from our natural gas infrastructure and better understand carbon dioxide exhaust in the Boston area, neighborhood by neighborhood.

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Happening Now: Dead Zone 2015


NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Published on Jan 6, 2016

The numbers are in. The 2015 Gulf of Mexico Hypoxic Zone or Dead Zone measures 6,474 square miles – about the size of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. This is a huge blow to the already fragile Gulf ecosystem and economy.

Original video source: http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/happnow_de…

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Observing El Niño


NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Published on Jan 21, 2016

El Niño and La Niña are periodic weather patterns resulting from interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Original video source: http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/observinge…

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Global Hawk: Eye in the Sky


NOAA’s National Ocean Service

Published on Apr 6, 2016

For the last five years, NOAA has teamed up with NASA to fly NASA’s Global Hawk unmanned aircraft to get an inside look at how hurricanes form and intensify over the Atlantic.

Original video source: http://oceantoday.noaa.gov/globalhawk/

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Somalia earns $360 M from livestock exports in 2014


CCTV Africa

Published on Apr 6, 2016

After years of violent conflict in the Horn of Africa, Somalia has emerged as the leading livestock Exporter in East Africa. Data from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization found that Somalia exported a record 5 million animals in 2014, worth around $ 360 M, or roughly 40% of Somalia’s GDP. The organization says this is more than double that of her politically stable neighbors, Ethiopia and Kenya, combined. It’s estimated that over 1,500 animals are exported through ports in Somalia, each week. These impressive statistics are the highest to be recorded in the Horn of Africa Nation in 20 years. That’s mostly thanks to improved security and investments in animal disease prevention. The FAO has now began training 150 Somalis nationals in curing leather, which is a potentially lucrative opportunity for the entire livestock sector.

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Racist Republican Politicians Want to Make It Illegal To Be Black


The Ring of Fire

Published on Apr 6, 2016

This year’s election is going to be decided by voter turnout. The GOP knows this, so they’re using every dirty trick in the book to keep minority voters away from the polls. And a new law in Georgia is designed to do just that. America’s Lawyer, Mike Papantonio, and Alice Speri from The Intercept discuss this. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

https://theintercept.com/2016/03/23/g…

A GEORGIA LAW aimed at keeping unlicensed drivers off the streets is having a disproportionate impact on black and Latino communities in the state, sweeping them into a cycle of debt and criminalization that feeds local counties’ budgets while putting otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

Under the law, drivers face felony charges if they are caught driving without a license four times within five years. Violators face up to five years in prison and fines between $2,500 and $5,000. Ostensibly passed to promote public safety, the “felony driving law” has been discriminatively applied to communities of color, leading to remarkably disproportionate arrests of blacks and Latinos in at least three majority white counties in the state, according to a report published today by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and Advancement Project, a D.C.-based civil rights organization.

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