Daily Archives: May 26, 2016

10 Minutes: Falling Oil Prices


PressTV Documentaries

Published on May 26, 2016

For years, crude oil prices have swung like a pendulum, pushing and pulling the fortunes of nations. That pendulum is on the move again, sending the price of oil to its lowest in recent years.

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Andrew Zimmern: “The Broken Food System” | Talks at Google


Talks at Google

Published on May 26, 2016

Andrew Zimmern discusses the broken food system, how to fix it and stories from his travels at home and abroad.

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South Africa reluctant over importation of genetically modified grain


CCTV Africa

Published on May 26, 2016

The effects of the South African drought continue to be felt with imports of white and yellow maize increasing steadily, to meet local and regional demand. There may be some pressure on white maize imports though

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‘Our shared world: reconciling individual need and collective responsibility’


21school

Streamed live 11 hours ago

For most of the world’s toughest challenges, there exists a tension between the needs of an individual and what is best for the common good. Income derived from fishing may be vital to one country’s economy but overfishing depletes stocks to dangerously low levels. Low income countries need to develop in order to lift people out of poverty but this increases demand for fossil fuels at a point where global efforts to reduce carbon emissions have become critically important.

Some of Oxford’s leading thinkers on how to manage global commons and shared resources come to together for a lively panel debate to address the tension between individual rationality and collective responsibility, drawing on examples from the four lectures in this term’s series.

Panellists:
Professor Ian Goldin, (Chair), Director, Oxford Martin School
Professor Richard Bailey, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Sustainable Oceans
Professor Nick Eyre, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy
Professor Cameron Hepburn, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative
Professor Angela McLean, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Diseases

http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/even…

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Ambassador Samantha Power ’92, Yale College Class Day Speaker


Yale University

Published on May 26, 2016

Ambassador Samantha Power ’92, permanent representative of the United States to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, spoke at the Yale College Class Day on Sunday, May 22, 2016.

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China commended for its efforts to green the economy


CCTV Africa

Published on May 26, 2016

China has been praised at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, for its efforts to green the economy. It’s the fourth day of high level environmental talks, taking place in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The host country’s president attended today’s session. Addressing delegates, Uhuru Kenyatta pledged Kenya’s commitment to the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

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A.I. Can Pretend to Love Us, but is that Dangerous for Children? With Sherry Turkle


Big Think

Published on May 26, 2016

Creators of artificial intelligence measure how well machines can imitate human qualities like empathy, listening, affirmation, and love. Don’t reciprocate, says Sherry Turkle. Turkle’s latest book is “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age” (http://goo.gl/CFFWGq).

Read more at BigThink.com: http://bigthink.com/videos/sherry-tur…

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New School Minute: Michelle Materre – “Can Media Really Change the Cultural Narrative?”


The New School

Published on May 24, 2016

As part of Alumni Day 2016 (http://www.newschool.edu/alumni/alumn…),

celebrated New School faculty deliver rapid-fire 60-second lectures. The lectures cover a wide range of topics, including humanitarian design, color theory, information mapping, jazz improvisation, the economics of outsourcing, the rhetoric of race, and the human condition. Each lecture offers a sense of the depth and scope of the work being done in New School classrooms (http://www.newschool.edu).

Michelle Materre, Professor of Media Studies and Film at School of Public Engagement (http://www.newschool.edu/public-engag…)

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Climate Policies After Paris with IPCC’s Ottmar Edenhofer | The New School


The New School

Published on May 26, 2016

Climate Policies After Paris is hosted by the Economics of Climate Change Project (http://www.economicpolicyresearch.org…) at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA | http://www.economicpolicyresearch.org) and generously sponsored by Tishman Enviromental and Design Center (TEDC | http://www.newschool.edu/tedc),

the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Representatives from over 155 countries gathered at the United Nations on Earth Day 2016 to sign the historic COP21 climate change agreement negotiated in Paris last year.

Now what?

The backbone of the agreement is a commitment to limit global warming to under two degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. To do so would require a worldwide switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH | http://www.newschool.edu/nssr

About the speaker:

Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will join the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA)’s Economics of Climate Change lecture series to share his road map for bringing the Paris agreement to life. He will discuss how the agreement will change the institutional landscape of global climate governance and how to bring the economics and politics of climate stability to action.

Edenhofer is a leading international expert on climate policy at the Technical University of Berlin. He is director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, a fellow of the German Academy of Sciences, and deputy director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

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Noam Chomsky – Human Nature

 

Published on Mar 18, 2015

Chomsky on human nature and evolutionary psychology.

 


Chomsky’s Philosophy

Published on May 26, 2016

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