Daily Archives: July 14, 2017

What’s behind Gulf demands to shut down Al Jazeera? – Inside Story

Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Saudi Arabia and its allies blockading Qatar appear to be backing down from their demand to shut down Al Jazeera media network.

It has been more than 40 days since Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut off ties with Qatar and imposed an economic blockade.

Noura al-Kaabi, the UAE minister for the federal national council, said the Emirates sought “fundamental change and restructuring” of Al Jazeera rather than to shut it.

Al Jazeera calls it another attempt to “throttle” its independence and rejects any external intervention in its work.

But what does this apparent concession mean for the larger dispute entering its second month?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Catherine Philp – diplomatic correspondent of the Times of London

Andreas Krieg – assistant professor at defence studies department of King’s College London

Barbara Trionfi – executive director of International Press Institute

The Real Lowdown: The Trump and Congressional Republican Assault on Our Environment, Vol. 19 | NRDC


Scott Pruitt wants to be a game show host to debate climate change, communities respond harshly to rolling back methane standards, and even Republicans are against offshore drilling.

America the superpower is fast becoming America the super pariah, thanks to President Trump.

At the recent G20 summit in Germany, Trump reiterated his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, which drew a rebuke from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. “I deplore this,” she said, making it clear that Trump made the talks on a range of issues, including climate change, difficult.

The diplomatic faux pas led NRDC President Rhea Suh to muse: What if a president goes one way and the nation goes another? “Though President Trump is turning his back on the 2015 Paris climate agreement and pushing his misguided plan to put fossil fuels first, others are standing strong on the side of progress,” she said. “More than 2,100 states, cities, universities, businesses, and investors have pledged to move forward to protect future generations from the growing dangers of climate change.”

She noted, too, that California governor Jerry Brown and New York’s former mayor, Michael Bloomberg, will document those gains and make a report to the United Nations, which is tracking the world’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. While they are showing that Trump can’t stop the United States from doing its part to meet its Paris commitments, in other ways the Trump team’s drive to put our health and environment at risk continued—and continued hitting speed bumps.

Scott Pruitt, Climate Game Show Host

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced this week that he wants scientists to debate climate change on TV.

The science behind wildfires

The National

Published on Jul 14, 2017

Wildfire season has been more severe than usual this year, with catastrophic blazes in in Portugal and B.C. What’s made this year more dangerous, and is climate change playing a part?

What If China Collected on U.S. Debt?

ABC News

Published on Nov 17, 2009

ABC’s Robert Krulwich takes an animated look at China’s investment in the U.S.

China’s Ambassador to US talks trade with governors

CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

Crucial China-U.S. trade talks are set for next week in Washington. Ahead of the talks, Beijing’s top diplomat in the United States is on the road, promoting closer business ties between the two countries. Speaking at the annual summer gathering of National Governors Association in Rhode Island, Ambassador Cui Tiankai said both sides have a lot to gain from working together. CGTN’s John Terrett reports.

The Heat: China’s increasing global role

CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

China champions world leaders at the G20 Summit about the benefits of globalization, free trade and the need to combat climate change.
The Heat’s panel of experts discuss China’s role on the world stage as the United States isolates itself from foreign policies.

CGTN America

Published on Jul 13, 2017

China champions world leaders at the G20 Summit about the benefits of globalization, free trade and the need to combat climate change.
The Heat’s panel of experts discuss China’s role on the world stage as the United States isolates itself from foreign policies.

Chinese delegation buys 12.5 million tons of US soybeans

CGTN America

Published on Jul 14, 2017

China is the world’s fourth largest producer of soybeans, but it does not produce enough to meet domestic demand. A delegation from China is in Iowa, where it signed a deal for the second biggest soybean purchase ever from the United States.

America Ice age


Published on Jul 6, 2016

Global warming peaked in 1988 and slowly ending the Interglacial Warm Holidays to begin the short Mini Ice Age affecting all spectrum. After a return to short warming period, we expect a U-turn to long sleep of Ice Age Glaciation. It happened many times in the past, each time resetting Human evolution.

During this shortcoming Ice Age, there won’t be enough space to grow food and for comfort living, except between the two 33° latitudes north and south of the equator which is not enough lands, and there won’t be enough cheap and fresh drinking water neither for mass survivals.

Our SEAWAPA project is to harvest fresh drinking water from the 7 month monsoons and rains, the melting ice from Tibet and from the most abundant tropical cyclones region in the world on top of Lao mountain range, transfer it below via gravity by producing electricity, food, and goods, at the same time, distribute them to far-flung floating agricultural modules, to newly built megacities, and to industrial complex across the equator, between the tropical cyclones zone, connecting them to other continents, avoiding post ice age big melt danger. Once done, we can tap into the Primary Water Cycle for larger scale space programs, build Hyperloop transport system for universal distribution of drinking water, food, goods, electricity and heat, all year round. The heat and coldness redistribution across the world will minimize risks caused by Ice Age and post-Ice Age. Asteroids mining and universal commodity dispersion will allow humanity to progress beyond “Sustainability”, and to solve other risks.

How much sunlight would equal the world’s yearly power consumption?

The Economist

Published on Jul 14, 2017

We ask people on the streets of London to guess how many hours of sunlight would be needed to power the world for a year, if we could capture all that hits the Earth.

The World If…humans could control Earth’s weather

The Economist

Published on Jul 14, 2017

What if people could control the weather? It wouldn’t be all sunshine and blue skies—there would likely be much disagreement.

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