Daily Archives: July 9, 2016

Per Espen Stoknes: How To Build Support for Climate Policy


Ed Mays

Published on Sep 9, 2015

A recent paper written by former NASA scientist James Hansen and 16 other prominent climate researchers warns of glacial melting this century that could cause as much as a ten foot sea-level rise in as little as fifty years. This timetable is much faster than previously thought possible and if proven accurate, the international target of limiting global temperatures to a 2°C rise this century will not be nearly enough to prevent most major coastal cities from being rendered uninhabitable.

Much recent evidence suggests that the acceleration of climate change is much more severe than current estimates contained in reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

But it seems that the worse the news gets, the less humans seem motivated to take action. Norwegian psychologist Per Espen Stoknes poses the question: “Are Humans inevitably short term?” Could it be as noted cognitive linguist George Lakoff suggests, that the long cherished notion that Human beings are rational is not what it is cracked up to be? If so, what does motivate humans?

Stoknes, author of “What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming”, says he has the answer.
Stoknes explores why we think the way we think–focusing on the climate change deniers among us–and highlights key factors that contribute to people’s disbelief of the subject. He offers advice on how to change people’s minds (by sharing stories of economic, environmental, and personal growth that come from reversing global warming) and outline his plan to turn optimism into action for a better future.

Thanks to Seattle Town Hall and University Bookstore

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Brexit fallout: The global economic impact – Counting the Cost


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 9, 2016

The outcome of the EU referendum in Britain didn’t just shake-up the United Kingdom, it also brought great uncertainty to the global markets.

The impact of the Brexit vote is becoming more and more apparent, and there is no telling when or where it might end.

Counting the Cost is back on the trail of Brexit again this week, looking at where the money is moving around the world and why.

Gold is strong (it has gone up by more than 25 percent this year) and so is the US dollar. Government bonds – even with their low returns – are looking favourable too. And it’s all because of the huge uncertainty that the Brexit vote has thrown up.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has unveiled a plan to allow banks to release almost $200bn in funds to lend to home buyers and businesses, but he also warned there is a limit to what his organisation can do to ease the economic uncertainty.

“The UK has entered a period of uncertainty and significant economic adjustment, the efforts of the Bank of England will not be able to fully and immediately offset the market and economic volatility that can be expected while this adjustment proceeds,” Mark Carney said.

So what is next for the UK and the world? Are we at the edge of a global recession?

Our guest Russell Jones from economics firm Llewellyn Consulting says he is more nervous about the economic outlook now, that he was back in 2008 when the financial crisis hit. So, is it all the start of more bad news for the global economy?

Uncertainty at India’s Reserve Bank

In uncertain times, Central Banks have an important role to play in keeping the economy on track, and India’s Raghuram Rajan is regarded as one of the world’s most impressive central bankers.

He has been credited with bringing stability to India’s economy since his appointment as the Reserve Bank of India’s head in 2013. But he has also faced criticism from a faction within President Narendra Modi’s ruling party for keeping interest rates high, and over a perception that he has started to stray into politics.

He has announced that he will step down, so what’s next to India’s economic path, and was Raghuram Rajan as effective to India’s economy?

Faiz Jamil investigates for Counting the Cost and we talk to Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific chief economist at HIS.

Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

Hosted by the White House and US State Department, and held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, the Global Entrepreneurship summit (GES) 2016 aimed to bring together hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors from all over the world – putting all the right people in the right place to make business opportunities happen.

Kamahl Santamaria and reporter Tarek Bazley take us around the summit to meet some of the people looking for their big break.

Kamahl also interviews Maria Contreras-Sweet, the administrator of the US Small Business Administration, about the challenges and inequalities that exist in the entrepreneurship world, and he visits the garage in Los Altos where 40 years ago, Steve Jobs founded the company we now know as Apple.

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Chilcot Special: Looking beneath the whitewash of the Iraq inquiry (Going Underground)


RT

Published on Jul 9, 2016

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Chilcot Report. We speak to Former First Minster of Scotland Alex Salmond. In ‘I will be with you, whatever’ we dismantle the reasons for Tony Blair’s war in Iraq with his former attorney general. And the vice president of the Geneva International Center for Justice tells us what Bush and Blair’s shock and awe did to his country.

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If the Democratic Party Is Serious About Climate Change, They Must Reject the TPP

http://www.ecowatch.com/if-the-democrats-are-serious-about-climate-change-theyll-reject-the-tp-1908782392.html

By Sarah Rasmussen

Right now, Congress is considering approving an international trade agreement that would lead to more fracking here in the U.S., more burning of rainforests for palm oil and fewer protections for American workers.

But now there is a groundswell of opposition to the TPP, with hundreds of thousands of people speaking out. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders already oppose it.

And if the Democratic Party opposes the TPP in its official platform, that may truly be the end of the road.

We can stop this destructive trade deal.

We told Congress to reject it and all the presidential candidates oppose it. Now we must tell the leadership of the Democratic Party to oppose the TPP in its official platform.

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Should Tony Blair be punished for the Iraq War? – UpFront


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 8, 2016

More than a decade after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the country continues to become increasingly unstable. On Sunday, nearly 300 people were killed in the worst bombing since the invasion began.

Led by the United States with the support of the British, the war paved the way for a violent insurgency and a sectarian conflict that continues today. Various estimates put the civilian death toll between 150,000 to more than 300,000.

The criticism surrounding the government’s decision to get involved in the Iraq war led to a seven year inquiry by former civil servant John Chilcot, which was released earlier this week.

The long-awaited Chilcot Report found that the British decision was based on “flawed intelligence” and the invasion went “badly wrong”. While the report stopped short of calling former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair a liar, Chilcot said that claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction were “presented with a certainty that was not justified”.

So is Blair to blame for the Iraq war and its fallout? And should he and former US President George W Bush, the war’s other primary architect, be punished for their involvement?

In this special episode of UpFront, we debate the Iraq Inquiry with two former members of Blair’s inner circle, Clare Short and John McTernan.

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The Iraq war: Did Tony Blair deceive us? – UpFront (Reality Check)


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 9, 2016

While the long-awaited Chilcot Report, released earlier this week, issued a damning verdict on Tony Blair’s involvement in the British decision to invade Iraq in 2003, did we really need to wait seven years to realise this?

In this week’s Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan argues that, even without the Iraq inquiry, there were clear examples of Blair’s deception.

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Iraq Inquiry: Does Chilcot go far enough on Tony Blair? – UpFront (Arena)


Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 9, 2016

The long-awaited Chilcot Report, released earlier this week, found that the British decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was based on “flawed intelligence” and the invasion went “badly wrong”.

While the report stopped short of calling Blair a liar, John Chilcot, who led the inquiry, said that claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction were “presented with a certainty that was not justified”.

So after seven years of investigation, was Chilcot hard enough on Tony Blair?

In this week’s Arena, Clare Short debates with John McTernan. Short, a member of Blair’s cabinet, resigned in the wake of the invasion and has since called the Iraq war a “crime against peace”. McTernan, who served as Tony Blair’s director of political operations, is a long-standing and outspoken defender of the invasion.

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