https://democracynow.org – We turn now to look at the man many credit with helping Donald Trump become president: Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News. During the early days of the Trump presidency, many suggested Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, was pulling many of the strings in the Oval Office. We speak to journalist Joshua Green about how Bannon took his hard-right nationalist politics from the fringes of the Republican Party all the way to the White House. Green has been closely following Bannon’s career for years. In October 2015—before Bannon joined Trump’s campaign—Green dubbed Bannon the “Most Dangerous Political Operative in America.” His new book is “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.”
https://democracynow.org – Journalist Joshua Green talks about two men who influenced Steve Bannon’s philosophy: the Italian philosopher Julius Evola, whose ideas became the basis of fascist racial theory, and René Guénon, who developed an anti-modernism philosophy called “Traditionalism.” Green writes about Evola and Guénon in his new book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.”
https://democracynow.org – Newly declassified State Department documents show oil contracts played a key role in the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. “What the documents show is actually the importance of oil in the coup,” says Professor Ervand Abrahamian. “The conventional wisdom is, oh, it was all the Cold War scare, communism. But here you see, actually, very occasionally, when Eisenhower intervenes in a discussion, it’s about question of oil contracts and so on and how nationalization would disrupt the whole international framework and would be a threat to U.S. interests, oil interests, elsewhere.”
As part of the International Affairs (IA) week-long conference on Star Island, Dr. Heidi Weiskel presented a talk and led a discussion on “Resource Protection and Environmental Justice in the Era of Coastal Climate Change.”Drawing upon her years of work as the Staff Scientist for ELaw, a leading environmental justice advocacy group, Dr. Weiskel described the multiple crises that are emerging from human interaction with the world’s oceans. In addition, she highlighted numerous positive initiatives that are underway to protect ocean resources and address environmental justice issues emerging from the exploitation of coastal regions around the world .
Utah state legislators and their staff lead the way for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and others in the distance Monday, May 8, 2017, through Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. (Michelle Price/AP)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tours the country’s national parks, his staff in Washington is rolling back regulations. We’ll look at what’s going on.
Trump’s Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke showed up on horseback for his first day on the job in Washington. An outdoorsman and former Navy Seal, he’s still in the saddle this summer, out riding the National Parks and federal lands. Back in the capitol, his team is ripping into Obama-era restraints on going after oil and gas and coal on federal lands. This hour On Point: the Trump-Zinke way with America’s public lands. And we’ll look at the president’s sudden ban on transgender military service.
“The climate change, global warming problem is a moral, spiritual issue and probably the most important one of today. And I think that because I think how we respond is going to define what it means to be human today.What are we leaving for the generations that come after us? What kind of people are we?”
–Rev. Sally Bingham
Mark Twain has often been quoted as saying “Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it.” Now, a fascinating movement among religious congregations — liberal and conservative — is starting to talk a lot about the weather. They focus on the global warming that most scientists believe is precipitating violent storms, extremes of temperature and other changes. And the congregations are coming together to do something about the causes of global warming. They call this movement Interfaith Power and Light, operating in more than twenty states. Reverend Sally Bingham and Steve Macausland, among others, remind us that we are all stewards of this planet, and as such, are morally obligated to keep it clean.
Although the consequences of climate change may turn out to be sweeping and dire, experts say there is still time to counteract the worst effects — provided positive steps are taken promptly. Thus pessimism in the face of daunting predictions is self-defeating, because it may sap people of the enthusiasm needed to undertake doable changes.
This Humankind special cuts through misinformation and examines the consensus scientists have reached about the causes of the climate crisis and its possible ramifications. Then, a future that is both sustainable and attainable is described. And we hear the fascinating story of how one of the world’s top climate scientists and his wife designed and built an elegant home that has become a national model of how to enjoy a comfortable life with minimal impact on the environment.
Climate-friendly home — See photos and learn details of Bill and Margot Moomaw’s climate- friendly home in this PDF
Rivers are one of nature’s most powerful forces — they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understanding how they form and how they’ll change is important for those that call their banks and deltas home. In this visual-packed talk, geoscientist Liz Hajek shows us how rocks deposited by ancient rivers can be used as a time machine to study the earth’s history, so we can figure out how to more sustainably live on it today.
[From initial report website]
The temperature of the planet would increase by, at least, 2.4ºCelsius (4.3º Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, if the current business-as-usual path is followed.
Under the current distribution patterns, global food production would not be enough to fully meet the food requirements of 7.8 billion people estimated to inhabit the world in the next decade –about 900 million additional people.
By 2020, when considering the impacts of climate change and population growth, global wheat production will experience a 14 percent deficit between production and demand; global rice production an 11 percent deficit; and a 9 percent deficit in maize (corn) production. Soybean is the only crop showing an increase in global production, with an estimated 5 percent surplus.
This report was developed under the following guiding principles:
The analysis is based on the scientific evidence and conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (2007).
The analysis uses the business-as-usual path the world is currently following.
The assessment of the impacts of climate change is based on a short-term target. Thus, the selection of 2020 as the target year.
We believe that an increased understanding would translate into actions that lead to the adoption of concrete measures and appropriate policies towards a more sustainable and equitable future.
The human cost of inaction, otherwise, could be devastatingly expensive –not only for future generations, but for this one.
The book has brought up the past and present situation of agriculture in the light of growing population.Cultivation in 1913 with N fertilizer (ammonia) and high elding varities in 1960 no doubt has increased the yield and per capita income and rejuvasized the agriculture. But in this period, most if the soils have lost its soil fertility and soil structure But in 2000 we are going back to the old practice of oranic cultivation to meet the growing population with modern agricultural technologies.. The changing trends are very well brought out in this book. The climate change in future agriculture may also have an impact on cultivation. Urban population is increasing and many are changing their life stylesThis will have impact on small land holding farmers in rural area.In many villages becuse of lack of water and labour problems for harvest leaving the cultivation. In futur I think, it may be possible to have plant development in urban area,using the latest technologiesand in rural area normal regular cultivationby the small farmers operated by bigwigs.Thus the gap between rich and poor are also likely to widen. All aspects comparing globally the author Time Dysen has brought out the book impressively.The food production and security may not be alarming. This is my view after seeing the limited preview.Dr. C.Lakshminarasimhan> Former Dean Science Faculty and Professor Botany and Microbiology AVVM Sri Pushpam College Poondi Thanjavur District Tamilnadu India narasimhancl. Camp Denver Co.
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