Daily Archives: October 5, 2016

UN Makes Power Play Against Trump on Climate Deal

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and European Parliament President Martin Schulz smile after the European Parliament vote in favor of ratifying the Paris accord. (photo: Vincent Kessler/Reuters)

By Devin Henry, The Hill   05 October 16

nternational governments have made a power play against Donald Trump by ratifying an international climate deal earlier than expected, effectively preventing him from “canceling” the deal as he has promised to do.

The European Union’s Tuesday decision to join the Paris climate deal will push the deal over the threshold for ratification; it will formally take effect in 30 days.

That means Trump, should he be elected president in November, could not “cancel” or renegotiate the terms of the agreement.

President Obama committed the United States to reduce its emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent by 2025 as part of the deal. The agreement is nonbinding, so Trump would be free to ignore it if he wins the White House.

Some say Trump’s rhetoric about the deal helped speed up ratification.

Most officials expected the climate deal, negotiated in December in Paris, to take effect no earlier than next year. A similar international climate accord, the Kyoto Protocol, wasn’t ratified for five years.

But the specter of a Trump presidency appears to have spurred the deal along.

“His threat stimulated this rapid series of ratifications — China, the USA, Europe, and many others,” Robert Stavins, the director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, wrote in an email.

…(read more).

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The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind: Richard E. Leakey, Roger Lewin

Richard Leakey, One Of The World’s Foremost Experts On Man’s Evolutionary Past, Now Turns His Eye To The Future And Doesn’t Like What He Sees.

To the philosophical the  earth is eternal, while the human race –presumptive  keeper of the world’s history — is a mere speck  in the rich stream of life. It is known that  nothing upon Earth is forever; geography, climate, and  plant and animal life are all subject to radical  change. On five occasions in the past, catastrophic  natural events have caused mass extinctions on  Earth. But today humans stand alone, in dubious  distinction, among Earth’s species: Homo  Sapiens possesses the ability to destroy  entire species at will, to trigger the sixth  extinction in the history of life.

In The Sixth  Extinction, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin  consider how the grand sprawl of human life is  inexorably wreaking havoc around the world. The  authors of Origins and  Origins Reconsidered, unimpeachable  authorities on the human fossil record, turn their  attention to the most uncharted anthropological territory  of all: the future, and man’s role in defining it.  According to Leakey and Lewin, man and his  surrounding species are end products of history and  chance. Now, however, humans have the unique  opportunity to recognize their influence on the global  ecosystem, and consciously steer the outcome in order  to avoid triggering an unimaginable upheaval.

Obama: ‘Pay Attention’ to Hurricane Matthew

Published on Oct 5, 2016

President Barack Obama is being briefed on preparations being made in advance of Hurricane Matthew as the storm makes its way to the U.S. mainland. The president says now is the time to “hope for the best but we want to prepare for the worst.” (Oct. 5)

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We did it: Canada People’s Climate Plan Wrap Up Video


350.org

Published on Oct 5, 2016

In the summer of 2016, people across Canada participated in over 80 government townhalls on a national climate strategy. Together, they spoke up for a national climate strategy that keeps fossil fuels in the grounds, commits Canada to a 100% renewable energy future, and ensures a just transition for workers, Indigenous peoples, and climate impacted communities.

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Breaking Through Power: Mike Jacobson on Organizing for Safe Food


TheRealNews

Published on Oct 5, 2016

The Center for Study of Responsive Law held its second four-day conference on securing long-overdue democratic solutions in Washington, D.C. from September 26-28, 2016

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FES Research Seminar: October 5, 2016


Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Streamed live 2 hours ago

Monica White
Assistant Professor, Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of Community & Environmental Sociology,
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Speed 4×: Massive scale of Hurricane Matthew captured from ISS


RT America

Published on Oct 5, 2016

Cameras on the International Space Station captured the whopping scale of Hurricane Matthew on Monday. The storm has ravaged Haiti and Cuba ‒ killing 11 people so far ‒ and some US states have already declared a state of emergency as they brace for the deadly storm.

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