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BBC Documentary 2017 – Prof. Michael Mann on Climate Change | What The Science Tells Us

Mark Rupert

Published on Feb 10, 2017

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Michael Mann The Madhouse Effect: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump

Sydney Environment Institute

Published on Feb 9, 2017

How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics, and driving us crazy.

With the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States, it now seems climate change denial has reached into the most powerful political office in the world. In this special Sydney Ideas public lecture, world-renowned climate scientist Professor Michael Mann provides a somewhat light-hearted take on a very serious issue—the threat of human-caused climate change and what to do about it. Based on his recent collaboration with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, Professor Mann will review the scientific evidence of climate change, the reasons we should care, and the often absurd efforts by special interests and partisan political figures to confuse the public and attack the science.

Despite the monumental nature of the challenge this poses to human civilization, and the seeming inability of political leadership to respond to the climate crisis, Professor Mann highlights ways forward in mitigating future harm and reasons for cautious optimism.

Michael Mann – What role can climate science play in promoting effective climate action?

Sydney Environment Institute

Published on Feb 15, 2017

World-renowned climate scientist, Michael E. Mann presents a paper at the Climate Change and Climate Politics: Where to Now Workshop, co-hosted by SEI and The Balanced Enterprise Research Network (BERN).

Michael discusses the role that climate science can play in driving effective climate policies.

US: DAPL protest inspires rallies against pipelines in other states

Al Jazeera English

Published on Mar 7, 2017

The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in the US could begin carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois as soon as this week.

While protests in North Dakota were unable to stop that pipeline, demonstrators in other states are gearing up for similar rallies.

Al Jazeera’s Diane Eastabrook reports from Pennsylvania.

Disaster response and strengthening the resilience of the agriculture sector in the Philippines


House GOP Destroying America While Press Is Distracted By Donald Trump’s Meltdowns

Will Masters: “The food system offers common ground between people”

Will Masters, Professor at Tufts University, is speaking at Food Tank’s first Boston Summit, “Investing in Discovery,” on April 1, 2017, in collaboration with Tufts University and Oxfam America.

Will is a Professor at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition with a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics. Before coming to Tufts, he was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, as well as the University of Zimbabwe, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Columbia University. From 2006 through 2011 he edited Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, and he has been awarded both the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013) and the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014) from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).

Food Tank had the chance to speak with Will about his work, inspiration, and what small steps everyone can take towards building a better food system.

Will Masters, Professor at the Tufts University, is speaking at Food Tank’s first Boston Summit.

Food Tank (FT): What originally inspired you to get involved in your work?

Will Masters (WM): I came to study agriculture and food policy as a path out of rural poverty in low-income regions. Those efforts have been hugely successful, especially in Asia but more recently also in Africa. Now the main challenges for agriculture have shifted towards environmental change, nutrition, and health, and my focus has shifted accordingly.

FT: What makes you continue to want to be involved in this kind of work?

WM: The progress we’ve made. We face big challenges but have overcome even greater obstacles in the past.

FT: Who inspired you as a kid?

WM: My family. They fled from Russia to the U.S. in the late 19th century, and since then, each generation and branch of the family has reinvented itself in their own way. We were lucky to get to America.

FT: What do you see as the biggest opportunity to fix the food system?

WM: Science. Only recently have scientists developed the research tools needed to monitor environmental change and the impacts of food systems on human health. We are learning fast, creating lots of opportunities to apply that knowledge.

FT: Can you share a story about a food hero who inspired you?

WM: L.L. Nunn was an engineer and entrepreneur in the late 19th and early 20th century. He developed new ways to train his own employees, and thought that having students run a farm would help them learn universal skills like problem-solving and persistence. You can see how it turned out here.

FT: What’s the most pressing issue in food and agriculture that you’d like to see solved?

WM: Climate change. We will need every possible step towards reduced emissions and creative adaptation.

FT: What is one small change every person can make in their daily lives to make a big difference?

WM: Eat wisely. A rule of thumb that works for me is to focus on foods grown by poor farmers. They can’t afford to waste fuel-intensive inputs, and tend to use lots of labor to produce a lot of valuable nutrients per unit of land, water, and other resources. Boosting demand also helps raise the value of their labor and land. The result looks like most modern dietary recommendations, involving a mostly plant-based diet that’s high in fiber, with few processed carbohydrates.

FT: What advice can you give to President Trump and the U.S. Congress on food and agriculture?

WM: I strongly doubt they’d listen to me, so I’d rather focus on what we can do as civil society. Agriculture, food, and nutrition is a domain in which everyone has opportunities to improve things. The food system offers especially important common ground between people, so can be a basis for dialogue across dividing lines like the geographic gap between rural and urban people.

Click here to purchase tickets to Food Tank’s inaugural Boston Summit.


Investing in Discovery: 2017 Food Tank Summit Boston Tickets, Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite


Food Tank, in collaboration with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and Oxfam America, is excited to announce the inaugural Boston Food Tank Summit. This two-day event will feature more than three dozen different speakers from the food and agriculture field. Researchers, farmers, chefs, policy makers, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on diverse topics. The theme for the Summit is Investing in Discovery.

This is the second event in our 2017 Food Tank Summit Series, which will bring together some of the world’s most impactful food system leaders. Last year, the Food Tank Summits sold out and drew in more than 31,300 livestream viewers. This is a can’t miss event for 2017!


How to Create Resiliency in Food and Agriculture (Food Tank Summit 2017 at GWU) – Food Tank

From the 2017 Food Tank Summit held at George Washington University.

Moderator: April Fulton, Food and Health Writer, National Public Radio.

Panelists Include:

1. Roger Johnson, President, National Farmers Union (NFU)
2. Emily Buck, Farmer, one of the USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching, and Associate Professor of Ag Communication, Ohio State University
3. Ted Monk, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for North America, Sodexo
4. Anne O’Connor, Director of Public Affairs, Organic Valley
5. Janet Ranganathan, Vice President For Science And Research, World Resources Institute (WRI)
6. Jerry Glover, Senior Sustainable Agriculture Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Filmed and Produced by Brendan Kownacki for Food Tank.


Anderson Cooper Takes On Ben Carson Saying “Slaves Were Immigrants”

Freedom of Press

Published on Mar 6, 2017

Anderson Cooper Takes On Ben Carson Calling Slaves Immigrants

Ben Carson’s first full week as secretary of Housing and Urban Development got off to a rough start on Monday after he described African slaves as “immigrants” during his first speech to hundreds of assembled department employees. The remark, which came as part of a 40-minute address on the theme of America as “a land of dreams and opportunity,” was met with swift outrage online.

Mr. Carson turned his attention to slavery after describing photographs of poor immigrants displayed at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. These new arrivals worked long hours, six or seven days a week, with little pay, he said. And before them, there were slaves.

“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’’ he said. “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

The comparison was first reported by USA Today and quickly drew the ire of social media users who attacked the secretary, who is African-American, for what they saw as racially insensitive comments. On Twitter, the comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg recommended Mr. Carson watch the 1980s mini-series “Roots.”