Daily Archives: September 5, 2016

G20 ends with pledge on trade and promise to fight protectionism


euronews (in English)

Published on Sep 5, 2016

The balance sheet from the latest G20 meeting, President Barack Obama’s last, appears to be a thin one.

Few areas of agreement emerged with major differences remaining over Syria, and there was little in the way of solid proposals to tackle the growing challenges to globalisation and free trade.

For China the meeting has been a great chance to capture the world’s centre stage.

“We agreed to improve G20 trade and investment mechanisms, endorse the G20 strategy for global trade growth and move …

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Beacon Hill Seminars – Earth’s Changing Climate: What is Causing It? What Will It Mean for You?

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As a dynamic system with many changing components, Earth’s climate has been changing over the four billion years that life has existed on the planet. In recent centuries, however, the pace and severity of change have become unsettling, because the relative stability that had characterized roughly the last ten thousand years now appears to be changing in patterned and potentially catastrophic directions.

This course will review the major scientific understanding of the dynamics of climate change and then examine the implications of these changes for the future of communities, nation-states and the global human community. Particular attention will be given to droughts, floods, and the impact of climate change on agriculture. The course will then touch on how climate changes are likely to affect public health both locally and globally. Further attention will be given to the collapse of polar and glacial ice systems and the rise of sea levels around the world.

Strategies for adapting to climate change will be examined, with particular attention given to understanding which strategies are being proposed by which human communities and how likely they are to succeed in the foreseeable future.

Through assigned readings, video, documentaries, and films, students will be encouraged to reflect on what the changing climate will mean for them and to explore possible transitions to a sustainable future on this planet.  Participants will be given access to readings, news clips and further online resources to pursue any particular aspects of this problem which interest them.  Those who have questions may contact the instructor, Tim Weiskel at <tim@ecoethics.net>  or keep current with the succession of Seminar meetings through this online course at:  http://wp.me/p2iDSG-iSH

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Participants can obtain links to introductory and background material at:

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Lecture Slides for Seminar Sessions (in reverse order – most recent first)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State of Emergency After Oklahoma Earthquake


Associated Press

Published on Sep 5, 2016

Oklahoma’s Governor declared a state of emergnency in Pawnee County, after Saturday’s earthquake. 37 wastewater disposal wells used by oil and gas producers are being shut down. (Sept. 5)

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How China has helped in alleviating humanitarian crises in Africa


CCTV Africa

Published on Sep 3, 2016

And in our Fruits of cooperation series, we look at how China has helped alleviate humanitarian crises in Africa through providing aid and capacity to the areas affected.

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G20 Summit opens in Hangzhou amid weak global economy


CCTV Africa

Published on Sep 4, 2016

The G20 Summit in Hangzhou has brought together leaders of the world’s major economies, tasked with finding ways to boost global economic growth. On the discussion table is a recommendation from the business community… for policymakers to remove barriers to free trade. Han Peng reports

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WBCSD Council Meeting 2016 – Mr Nadir Godrej; Managing Director, Godrej Industries


World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Published on Sep 5, 2016

Mr. Nadij Godrej, Managing Director of Godrej Industries, believes that India’s hardships have introduced great opportunities for green energy opportunities in India. http://bit.ly/29tlxNX

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2016 Mercator Climate Lecture: Prof Jeffrey Sachs (June 2016)


Understanding Climate Change

Published on Aug 18, 2016

Fair Use: Educational (June 2016 Lecture)

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