Daily Archives: February 15, 2017

Labor secretary nominee Puzder withdraws amid scandals, union opposition

INHABIT: A Permaculture Perspective

Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called “Permaculture”. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Focused mostly on the Northeastern and Midwestern regions of the United States, Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes.



Climate & Health Meeting on Livestream

The Harvard Chan Community is invited to watch the Climate & Health Meeting proceedings tomorrow, February 16, 9am-5pm. The event will be streamed in the Rosenau (Kresge) Atrium and also available via this link: https://livestream.com/ClimateReality/ClimateChangesHealth

In an effort to provide a crucial platform for the diverse stakeholders in the public health and climate communities to come together around solutions, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), the American Public Health Association (APHA), The Climate Reality Project, the University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute, and Dr. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, are hosting a Climate & Health Meeting on February 16, 2017 at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Supported by the Turner Foundation and other organizations, the one-day event will fill the gap left by the recently-canceled Climate & Health Summit originally to be hosted and sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others.

Trump & Spicer Blame Russia Scandal on “Illegal Leaks” Rather Than Lies by Senior Officials

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 15, 2017

http://democracynow.org – President Trump initially responded to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation Tuesday morning by tweeting, “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?” Later on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also tried to make the story about “illegal leaks.” For more, we speak with California Democratic Congressmember Ted Lieu.

The Battle for Standing Rock Between Ancient and Modern Cultures (Part 1)

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Feb 14, 2017

Thom talks about the extreme measures being taken to ensure the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, including the mutilation and disfigurement of water protectors, and how it relates to the clash of ancient, wise cultures and modern, arrogant ones.

Do Humans Belong to the World, or Does It Belong to Us? (Part 2)

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Feb 14, 2017

Thom delves deeper into the contrast between ancient cultures and younger cultures, and how that relates to Standing Rock, pollution, conservation, greed, and many other issues of our time.



Can Universal Basic Income Fix America’s Inequality? | Jeffrey Sachs

Big Think

Published on Feb 15, 2017

Can’t the U.S. be a little more like Scandinavia in its ethos? Fixing inequality in America will take more than economic reform, it will also need a cultural shift. From a human rights and decency standard, everybody in a society should be able to meet their basic needs, says economist and Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs – but he questions whether a popular proposal known as Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the way to achieve a better standard of living in the U.S. Sachs is the author of Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable (goo.gl/NPbq87).

Scientists: Climate Change Exacerbated Oroville Dam Crisis

HeadlinesFeb 15, 2017

In California, authorities have lifted a mandatory evacuation order, allowing tens of thousands of residents near the Oroville Dam to return to their homes. Nearly 200,000 residents living near the nation’s tallest dam were forced to evacuate over the weekend, after erosion caused a hole to open up in the dam’s emergency spillway, threatening to unleash a “30-foot wall of water” onto nearby towns. Environmental groups had warned California officials more than a decade ago that the Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway was at risk of erosion, but the officials ignored the warnings. Scientists say this season’s record-breaking levels of rainfall in California, which has filled the Oroville Dam to the brink, is one of the latest examples of extreme weather caused by climate change.

Report: Sea Ice Around Antarctica at Lowest Point Ever Recorded

HeadlinesFeb 15, 2017

In more climate change news, preliminary data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows the sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent ever recorded

Bolivia’s Drought State of Emergency Hits 100 Days

HeadlinesFeb 15, 2017

Meanwhile, in Bolivia, a state of emergency over drought conditions has now been in place for over 100 days. Scientists say the drought is fueled by the retreat of Bolivian glaciers as a result of global warming. Protesters in Bolivia also say the water shortages have been worsened by government mismanagement and industrial mining projects. This is Bolivian President Evo Morales.

President Evo Morales: “Perhaps global warming brings with it many issues. My concerns are in the Bolivian highlands. In January, there was a lot of rain, but now there is no rain. If it does not rain this month and the next month of March, we are going to have many problems with the issue of water.”

What Did Trump Know & When Did He Know It? White House in Crisis Mode over Flynn & Russia Scandals

Democracy Now!

Published on Feb 15, 2017

http://democracynow.org – The Washington Post reports the White House is in “full-blown crisis” following the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. On Tuesday, the White House admitted that Trump knew “for weeks” Flynn had discussed sanctions in a call on December 29 with the Russian ambassador and then lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about it. The New York Times and CNN are now reporting phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the lead-up to November’s election. The Times reports U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee. Lawmakers are now calling for an investigation. For more, we’re joined by Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California.

The Trump Presidency’s Potential Impact On Climate Change : NPR

February 15, 20171:24 PM ET
Heard on Fresh Air

ProPublica senior reporter Andrew Revkin discusses President Trump’s possible cuts to the EPA, as well as the potential impact of pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Naomi Klein – This Changes Everything | Bioneers


Published on Nov 5, 2014

The award-winning Canadian journalist, international activist and best-selling author (The Shock Doctrine, No Logo) depicts climate change as more than an “issue.” It’s a civilizational wake-up call delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts. It demands that we challenge the dominant economic policies of deregulated capitalism and endless resource extraction. Climate change is also the most powerful weapon in the fight for equality and social justice, and real solutions are emerging from the rubble of our failing systems.

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