Daily Archives: March 11, 2017

UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 – BBC News

The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.

UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.

Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.

“We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council on Friday. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”

“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.

“Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities’ resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”

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‘Rising Tide’ with Chris Hayes


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Feb 13, 2017

Is it possible for skeptics to come around on climate change? In our NEW VIDEO SHORT, Chris Hayes meets with Republican Congressman Michael Grimm to find out if he agrees that Superstorm Sandy is proof of climate change. Grimm represented one of the areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy, where many of his constituents lost their homes and their loved ones. Will Grimm accept the science now that climate change has come to his front door? Watch to see.

For more, watch ‘Rising Tide’ in SEASON 1: EPISODE 3 for free on YouTube: http://bitly.com/YEARSonYouTube.

‘Climate Wars – Yemen’ with Thomas Friedman


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Feb 17, 2017

Could people actually go to war over water? New York Times’ Thomas Friedman went to Yemen to find out.

To learn more, watch the full story in SEASON 1: EPISODE 8 yearsoflivingdangerously.com/story/climate-wars/ for FREE on YouTube bitly.com/YEARSonYouTube #YEARSproject

‘Climate Wars – Syria’ with Thomas Friedman


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Feb 9, 2017

While President Trump denies climate change and does all he can to ban refugees from entering the U.S., New York Times reporter Thomas Friedman goes to Syria to investigate whether there’s a link between climate change and immigration. You may be surprised to see what he finds.

For more, watch ‘Climate Wars; Syria’ in SEASON 1: EPISODE 1 for free on YouTube: http://bitly.com/YEARSonYouTube.

EPA Adminstrator Gina McCarthy speaks at The National Press Club


National Press Club Live

Published on Nov 21, 2016

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at a National Press Club luncheon on November 21, 2016.

Her speech focused on the environmental and public health legacy of the Obama Administration, with an emphasis on efforts to combat the global effects of climate change.

Gina McCarthy on Pruitt Misunderstanding EPA + Trump


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Mar 10, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH GINA MCCARTHY PART 4: DENIAL

We asked Former Administrator Gina McCarthy if she had a message for climate change deniers in the White House.

Given her successor U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statements today (he told CNBC that human activities were not the main reason for climate change), we thought this would be a good time to send it out.

What do you think?


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Mar 10, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH GINA MCCARTHY PART 5: SCOTT PRUITT

We asked Former Administrator Gina McCarthy what her successor Scott Pruitt needed to know about running the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Here’s what she had to say.
What do you think?

Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Mar 6, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH GINA MCCARTHY: PART 1

With Donald J. Trump’s full-on assault on the EPA now underway, we travelled to Harvard Kennedy School recently to interview Former Administrator Gina McCarthy, who served until this January as President Obama’s EPA chief. Under her stewardship, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did more to protect us from the threat of climate change than it had under any previous Administration.

This weekend, the Trump Administration announced plans to roll back a number of regulations on the auto industry. These regulations are not just good for the environment, but for American consumers and the US economy.

With President Donald J. Trump and his U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt putting much of Barack Obama and McCarthy’s climate legacies in jeopardy, we wanted to hear her thoughts. We hope you do too.

We’ll be rolling out new videos from our interview with Former Administrator Gina McCarthy all week. Make sure to stay tuned!


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Mar 7, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH GINA MCCARTHY: PART 2

Since the Trump Administration is determined to ignore climate change and pursue policies that actively contribute to it, it’s easy to feel powerless. But you shouldn’t.

In part 2 of our 10 part series, we ask Former Administrator Gina McCarthy what everyday people can do to effect change in the face of these overwhelming odds.

She would know, she’s done it. She’s done it at the local, state and federal levels. She’s done it with Democrats and Republicans both.
She’s got a message for everyone, don’t lose hope, you can do it too.


Years of Living Dangerously

Published on Mar 8, 2017

A CONVERSATION WITH GINA MCCARTHY: PART 3

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt seems committed to rolling back the progress the EPA has made in the fight against climate change.

His predecessor, Former Administrator Gina McCarthy tells us why it won’t be as easy as he thinks.

VW Pleads Guilty in Emissions-Cheating Case


Associated Press

Published on Mar 10, 2017

Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice and agreed to pay a $4.3 billion penalty for a brazen scheme to program nearly 600,000 vehicles to cheat on US emissions tests. (March 10)