Daily Archives: April 13, 2017

A Close-Up Look at the Catastrophic Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef – Yale E360

A researcher near Orpheus Island, Australia confirms coral bleaching seen during aerial surveys last month. Greg Torda/ARC COE

Scientists are reporting the second mass bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef in the last year. In a Yale Environment 360 interview, researcher Terry Hughes says these events have damaged two-thirds of the world’s largest coral reef and are directly caused by global warming.

By Richard Schiffman • April 10, 2017

The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches for more than 1,400 miles off Australia’s northeastern coast, has been called the largest living structure on earth. But the journal Nature reported last month that the reef is rapidly becoming the world’s largest dying structure. This assessment was based on a survey led by biologist Terry Hughes, the director of the Arc Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland Australia. Hughes and his colleagues found that two-thirds of the northern sector of the reef has been badly damaged by a massive bleaching event that occurred over a period of several months last year.

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic: David Quammen

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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Clean energy sources increase power-generating capacity in Nigeria


CGTN Africa

Published on Apr 13, 2017

A private firm in Nigeria is taking steps to boost the country’s power generation capacity by offering cheap sources of alternative energy. According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, 4,000 Megawatts of state-distributed electricity powers a population of over 180 million people. Sophia Adengo reports from Abuja.

UN’s Peter Thomson urges Climate Action for Welfare of Future Generations


Climate State

Published on Apr 13, 2017

23 March 2017 – Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for Governments and business, senior United Nations officials said today.

“We are dealing with scientific facts, not politics. And the facts are clear. Climate change is a direct threat in itself, and a multiplier of many other threats,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a General Assembly High-Level action event aimed at invigorating political momentum on climate change, highlighting its deep links to the UN 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Mr. Guterres said his messages to the meeting are simple.

“First, climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat – to peace and prosperity and the same in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Second, addressing climate change is a massive opportunity that we cannot afford to miss,” he said.

The Paris Agreement on climate change adopted in December 2015 is unique in its universality, with every single government having signed it. The pact entered force in less than a year. To date more than 130 Parties have ratified it, and the numbers are growing monthly.

The countries that supported the Paris Agreement are the same that adopted the 2030 Agenda – they comprise all UN Member States.

New Book Exposes Big Pharma’s Most Deceptive Marketing Practices


RT America

Published on Apr 13, 2017

Mike talks to attorney, Stephen Sheller, about his new book Pharmageddon, which outlines some of the biggest lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies he has been involved with over the years.

Dr Shiva’s statement with the protesting Tamil farmers in New Delhi


Seed Freedom

Published on Apr 13, 2017

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Food-matters

Meerut – Vandana Shiva


Seed Freedom

Published on Apr 13, 2017

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Peoples Climate Movement: Ready to march mass call with movement leaders


350.org

Streamed live 16 hours ago

The Peoples Climate March on April 29 will be a full-scale mobilization to defeat Trump’s fossil fueled agenda, push forward our own vision of a clean energy economy, and build real political power. April 29 in Washington DC and across the USA.

Future Climate Warnings in the Anthropocene


Climate State

Published on Apr 5, 2017

Stark warnings from scientists about future warming. What do you think?

Joseph Tainter talks Energy, Collapse, and Society (2015)


Climate State

Published on Apr 13, 2017

Joseph Tainter USU Scholar spoke in Venezuela, Tainter was a keynote speaker for the South American country’s CCS Forum 2015: How to Build the Desired City (Oct. 19-23 in Caracas).

“We face many of the same changes as ancient civilizations,” he says. “The question is whether or not we’ll be able to introduce technological innovations that allow us to withstand these threats and adapt to change.”

Is our society on the verge of collapse?

Tainter’s short answer is no, at least not imminently, but it’s not a question he dismisses lightly. The professor in USU’s Department of Environment and Society and the USU Ecology Center has devoted his career to the study of what’s caused some of the world’s great civilizations, including the Roman Empire, to implode. His 1988 book, The Collapse of Complex Societies, remains a definitive work on societal collapse. https://www.usu.edu/today/?id=55278

Release via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE-Uq…