Daily Archives: January 27, 2017

China’s gamble for global supremacy in era of Trump – BBC News

At his inauguration last week President Trump reframed the American mission from leadership of a global rules-based system in the interests of all, to ‘America first’. Meanwhile the leader of Communist China rebranded his prickly protectionist power as the defender of globalisation and shared values. So after week one in this upside down new world, how stands China’s bid for global leadership?

‘Trump confirms socialism is the way’

A week is just a week, but when it comes to strategic focus, China is on course. It’s easier to look laser sharp when the competition is in disarray. Here the internal difficulties of the US and the European Union are helpful to China.

As Chinese Foreign Ministry official Zhang Jun put it in a discussion with foreign journalists: “If people want to say China has taken a position of leadership, it’s not because China suddenly thrust itself forward as a leader. It’s because the original front-runners suddenly fell back and pushed China to the front.”

In the past week alone, a bitter row over the size of the crowd at the Trump inauguration, followed by street protests the next day, underlined the divisions of the world’s superpower even at the very moment which was supposed to heal.

For China’s citizens, brought up to see street protests as dangerous, this was another symptom of dysfunction in a political system they’ve been taught to distrust.

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The Bible doesn’t talk about climate change, right?


Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe

Published on Jan 4, 2017

Global Weirding is produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. New episodes every other Wednesday at 10 am central. Brought to you in part by: Bob and Linda Herscher, Freese and Nichols, Inc, and the Texas Tech Climate Science Center.

Mass Exodus From Trump Administration Begins – State Department


The Young Turks

Published on Jan 26, 2017

The State Department’s ENTIRE senior administrative team has resigned. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why they are stepping down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. https://www.tytnetwork.com/go

If I just explain the facts, they’ll get it, right?


Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe

Published on Jan 18, 2017

Global Weirding is produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. New episodes every other Wednesday at 10 am central. Brought to you in part by: Bob and Linda Herscher, Freese and Nichols, Inc, and the Texas Tech Climate Science Center.

Here’s a List of All the U.S. Govt’s Rogue Twitter Accounts Fighting Trump’s Crackdown on Science – Core77

Since taking office last week, President Trump has been ordering the removal of scientific data from government websites (example: Ordering the EPA to remove their website’s page on climate change). In response, a handful of people at these government bodies have reportedly been launching unauthorized, rogue Twitter accounts in an effort to preserve the flow of information.

According to Reuters,

Employees at the EPA and the departments of Interior, Agriculture and Health and Human Services have…confirmed seeing notices from the new administration either instructing them to remove web pages or limit how they communicate to the public, including through social media.

The restrictions have reinforced concerns that Trump, a climate change skeptic, is out to squelch federally backed research showing that emissions from fossil fuel combustion and other human activities are contributing to global warming.

Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have [thus] established a network of unofficial “rogue” Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

The problem is that we have to take these accounts at face value, as there is no way to verify who’s behind each; and the larger agencies like NASA and the EPA have multiple rogue accounts.

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America can’t afford to be a climate loner – Yale Climate Connections

Two World Resources Institute analysts warn of ‘diplomatic, economic, and strategic isolation’ if the U.S. pulls out of the Paris Climate Agreement or radically cuts funding for the United Nations.

By Andrew Light & David Waskow Thursday, January 26, 2017

Last year was full of contradictions. Climate action made substantial strides forward, with momentum building on many fronts: The Paris Agreement went into effect with record-breaking speed; countries amended the Montreal Protocol to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the most potent class of greenhouse gases; and the world created a global market-based mechanism to reduce CO2 emissions from civil aviation, to name just a few.

Then the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States suddenly raised doubts about whether the country will continue to play a leadership role and cooperate with other nations on climate policies. President Trump’s derisive comments about climate change and the equivocation (at best) that his cabinet appointees have shown for international climate policies could put the United States at odds with the world.

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“Growing the Economy: Diversity as the Solution” by Van Jones


Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Published on Jan 17, 2017

November 4, 2010 | Van Jones, author and human rights pioneer, emphasizes the importance of diversity in an innovative society.