Daily Archives: November 20, 2016

Extractivism and the New Activism: Will the U.S. Become a “Pariah State? ” | EV & N – 230 – CCTV





There was fear in the COP 22 meetings in Marrakech, Morocco that President-elect Trump might wish to destroy the global climate agreement signed last year in Paris (COP 21).

Donald Trump is betting against all odds on climate change | Bill McKibben

Donald Trump. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
By Bill McKibben November 17

Bill McKibben is the Schumann distinguished scholar in environmental studies at Middlebury College and founder of the global climate group 350.org.

President-elect Donald Trump has already begun to back off some of his promises: Maybe not all of Obamacare has to go. Maybe parts of his wall will actually be a fence. Maybe it’s okay to have some lobbyists running the government after all.

But I fear he won’t shrink from the actions he has promised on climate change: withdrawing the United States from the Paris accord, ending President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and okaying every new fossil-fuel plan from the Keystone XL pipeline on down. He won’t back down because those are hard-to-hedge choices and because he’s surrounded by climate-change deniers and fossil-fuel insiders who will try to ensure that he keeps his word.

So let’s be entirely clear about what those actions would represent: the biggest, most against-the-odds and most irrevocable bet any president has ever made about anything.

It’s the biggest because of the stakes. This year has been the hottest year recorded in modern history, smashing the record set in 2015, which smashed the record set in 2014. The extra heat has begun to steadily raise sea levels, to the point where some coastal U.S. cities already flood at high tide even in calm weather. Global sea ice levels are at record lows, and the oceans are 30 percent more acidic. And that’s just so far. Virtually every scientific forecast says that without swift action in the next few years to cut carbon emissions, this crisis will grow to be catastrophic, with implications for everything from agriculture to national security that dwarf our other problems.

…(read more).

Before the Flood (ENGLISH)- FULL DOCUMENTARY – National Geographic

Tidus Coop.

Published on Nov 4, 2016

The documentary ‘Before the flood’ is produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, presented by the actor and directed by Fisher Stevens ( ‘The Cove’). National Geographic and Fox will donate a dollar to environmental organizations every time the #BeforeTheFlood hashtag is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
This campaign will be held until 18 November.

Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.”
BAN KI-MOON – Secretary General, United Nations

Leonardo Dicaprio NGC Documentary Before the Flood with english subtitles


Published on Nov 12, 2016

I can’t not believe that there are still people Who Do not believe in climate change, and what we can expect to Donald trump, candidate for USA presidency, is not interested in this great problem just for their economic interests ..
This is a reality is a Responsibility of all, there is no time
Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

The Movie
By The Economist
Attitudes to the environment split along party lines in North America , but not as starkly as between the two presidential candidates. The majority of voters accept that climate change is happening. But Republicans and Democrats disagree about the causes, according to the Yale Programme on Climate Change Communication, a research group. Half of Mr Trump’s supporters reckon natural causes explain it, whereas three in four of Mrs Clinton’s backers say—as do most climate scientists—that man-made emissions are to blame.

Mr Trump has promised to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the most robust deal yet on curbing global carbon emissions, which was adopted in 2015. The agreement aims to limit global warming to “well below” 2ºC above pre-industrial temperatures. It will almost certainly take Mr Trump more than a single term to wrangle his way out of its many provisions. Moreover America is already more than halfway to meeting a target of lowering carbon-dioxide emissions by 26-28% by 2025 (measured against 2005 levels), which it promised in Paris. To manage this, the Obama administration unveiled the final version of the Clean Power Plan last year, which proposes the country’s first national standards to limit carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Mr Trump opposes the Clean Power Plan, instead arguing for “a top-down review of all anti-coal regulations”.

Mrs Clinton supports both the plan and more greenery in America. She wants to make the country “a clean-energy superpower” by installing half a billion solar panels in her first term. By 2027 she plans for a third of electricity to come from renewables.

Mrs Clinton may struggle to get these and other bold measures past Congress. She would probably have to use her executive authority to enact policies, just as Barack Obama did to ratify the Paris deal. But what one president enacts, the next can tear up. Mr Obama’s reliance on executive action leaves the door open for Mr Trump to stall and perhaps reverse environmental policies if he becomes president. Yet whoever wins will be at the mercy of the markets: a glut of fossil fuels means that coal production has declined by almost a quarter since the highs of 2008. And the cost of solar and wind power, and of the storage needed to smooth out their variations, will keep dropping. This could thwart Mr Trump’s smoky plans, or give Mrs Clinton’s green ones a needed boost.


Before the Flood Official Trailer #1 (2016) + Leonardo DiCaprio Documentary Movie

Zero Media

Published on Sep 28, 2016

Before the Flood Trailer 1 (2016) Leonardo DiCaprio Documentary Movie HD [Official Trailer]


Published on Nov 9, 2016

The Four Horsemen Documentary – Noam Chomsky, Joseph Stiglitz, John Perkins, Herman Daly

Mind Body Spirit

Published on Nov 10, 2016

Four Horsemen is a 2012 British documentary film directed by Ross Ashcroft. The film criticises the system of fractional reserve banking, debt-based economy and political lobbying by banks, which it regards as a serious threat to Western civilisation. It criticises the War on Terror, which it maintains is not fought to eliminate militant organizations, but to create larger debt to the banks. As an alternative, the film promotes a return to classical economics and the gold standard. Among those interviewed are Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist at the World Bank; Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor; John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man; Herman Daly, economy professor and former economist at the World Bank; and Max Keiser, TV host and former trader. The film was released in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2012. A book based on the film has been published.

In Time Out London, Derek Adams wrote: “Instead of bombarding us with sensational imagery and scaremongering, this competently narrated, intelligibly structured and cleverly illustrated film presents its case via a succession of insights from a group of smart, rational orators. … This is a film perhaps better suited to DVD, simply because there are thoughts here of such profundity you might feel the need to reach for the rewind button. I, for one, have been left substantially enlightened.”[1] Peter Bradshaw wrote in The Guardian: “In these parlous times, there can never be enough criticism of bankers and tame politicians enjoying what Milton Friedman called socialism for the rich. Ashcroft’s documentary lands some punches, but it is hampered by a PowerPoint-style presentation. … Ashcroft unveils some bold cures at the end, but we need more specifics.”

Marrakech Climate Summit 2016 | Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! reports on the U.N. climate summit taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.