Monthly Archives: October 2016

Noam Chomsky – Doomsday Clock and the GOP


Human Progress | Obama’s Message to the World

The Daily Conversation

Published on Oct 29, 2016

President Obama reflected on the unprecedented progress of humanity during his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as President of the United States.
Watch the full speech:…

A Conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Harvard Institute of Politics

Streamed live on Oct 29, 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
New York Times Best-Selling Author, “Writings on the Wall”- Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Moderator)
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research

Nigeria Gov’t aims to immunise 41 million children virus by end of December

CCTV Africa

Published on Oct 29, 2016

Nigeria government aims at immunising 41 million children against the wild polio virus by end of December – After it discovered some new cases months back. The exercise is part of a comprehensive effort to eradicate polio in Niger, Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. CCTV’S Kelechi Emekalam reports

Public Health

Mission To MARS! 15-Year-Old Alyssa Carson Could Be The First Human On Mars


Published on Oct 28, 2016

Meet Alyssa Carson, the 15-year-old girl who’s spent her life training for the ultimate space odyssey. #CountDownToMars

To see how humanity’s first manned mission to the red planet would unfold, tune into the global event series, MARS, Mondays at 9/8c, premiering November 14 on the National Geographic Channel.

Creating Air on Mars | MARS: How to Survive on Mars

National Geographic

Published on Oct 29, 2016

The biggest thinkers from around the world discuss what Martian explorers would need to create breathable air on the surface.

Italy quake: ‘We are taking care of those affected,’ Civil Protection chief tells euronews

euronews (in English)

Published on Oct 30, 2016

Italy’s Civil Protection authorities find themselves responding to a “fourth natural disaster in three months”:…. Euronews’ Sabrina Pisu found out the latest from department head Fabrizio Curcio.

*Fabrizio Curcio, Head of Civil Protection Department*

“At the moment, people are staying away from their houses. Many are going to hotels on the coast or in other areas.

Stockholm Resilience Centre Newsletter

Prince Charles to Launch Global Push to Protect Soil Health Worldwide – Regeneration InternationalRegeneration International

By FarmingUK

Author: Roger Harrabin | Published: October 26, 2016

Prince Charles is joining a UK-France government initiative to improve the condition of global soils.

Both governments are meeting the Prince to discuss the need to improve the health of soils worldwide.

Prince Charles has praised the French government’s signature project on soil health, the ‘Four per Thousand Initiative’, which seeks to increase the organic content and health of soils worldwide.

In the coming weeks, ministers from both government’s will debate how to store more carbon in soils.

They will also discuss how to restore degraded soils, improve fertility and increase food security.

The Prince will also speak next month at the world climate conference COP22 Marrakech in Morocco.


Shifting the Paradigm: Changing the Context of What We Teach & Learn | EV & N – 228 – CCTV


University degrees designed to train leaders for tomorrow need to be reconceived within the sustainability paradigm to displace the nearly universal ideology of “growthism” –  the unreflective assumption that political leadership should always and everywhere devote itself to the prospect of continuously expanded economic growth.

Schematically, Oxford’s prestigious and well respected PPE Degree (Philosophy, Politics & Economics), needs to be transformed in our new context into another kind of PPE Degree (Physics, Philosophy & Ecosystems).  Other similar degrees around the world designed for those going into careers of public policy need likewise to move away from their fatuous and juvenile assumptions of continuous and infinite growth toward a more mature and survivable understanding of sustainability within the limits of a finite ecosystem.

Successful leaders should be assessed from this perspective not by how much fossil carbon they propose to extract, consume, burn or release but instead upon the opposite measurement of how much ambient atmospheric carbon can they cause to be fixed and permanently sequestered.  This needs now to become the dominant principle for determining the worthiness of effective public leaders in years and decades ahead.

The change of direction that will be required in the transition which our leaders will need to make is presented in summary form in the short film:

and see: