(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Scripps Institution’s own Jeff Severinghaus takes you on a thorough exploration of the record that greenhouse gases captured in ice for nearly a million years tells us, and explains what this reveals about current human activities and future conditions for our planet. Series: “Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science Lecture Series” [7/2016] [Science] [Show
Believe it or not, congressional representatives spend more time in Washington, DC fundraising than actually legislating. The claims have been made in a new book ‘The Confessions of Congressman X’ authored by an anonymous congressman. RT America’s Lindsay France sits down with Rep. David Jolly (R-Florida) in the FishTank to discuss his bill, called the Stop Act, that would end direct solicitations for campaign donations by representatives during the legislative session. Then, France speaks with Robert Atkinson, the editor of Congressman X’s book, who says 60-70 percent of a legislator’s time is spent raising money.
Ambassador Dr. Alison Thompson, Third Wave Volunteers joins Thom. Over the last 5 years – around 11 million refugees have fled Syria to refugee caps in neighboring countries. Find out about one woman’s unique strategies to improve their lives
System Change not Climate Change is a multi-media tool for climate justice that is being organized by the Council of Canadians’ Climate Justice for People and the Planet campaign. http://systemchange.ca
The 2011 Garden Writers of America Gold Award for Best Writing/Book proves soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life — not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial substances, many of them toxic to humans as well as other forms of life.
But there is an alternative to this vicious circle: to garden in a way that strengthens, rather than destroys, the soil food web — the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants. By eschewing jargon and overly technical language, the authors make the benefits of cultivating the soil food web available to a wide audience, from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals.
Alexander Edward Carey was an Australian writer and social psychologist. Before enrolling at London University, Carey had been a sheep farmer for ten years on his family’s property near Geraldton in Western Australia.
Carey points out that citizens living in totalitarian regimes have no choice but to toe the government line out of fear for their personal safeties. In free societies, Carey explains that more subtle means are used to keep populations under control. Specifically, propaganda is used to ensure that most people will think in a manner that is consistent with the corporate agenda (such as belief in the free market and business’ right to unlimited profit). Carey documents how Americans and Australians have been subjected to corporate propaganda during most of the 20th Century, and explains how these efforts have perverted our democracy (for example, American’s over willingness to fight communists, real or imagined, to protect capitalism). Indeed, while many Americans were conditioned during the Cold War to believe that propaganda existed only in the Soviet Union, China and other communist regimes, Carey persuasively argues that propaganda actually played (and continues to play) a more critical role in molding the attitudes of citizens in democracies.
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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