Daily Archives: August 17, 2017

Something Big Many Will Learn From SOLAR ECLIPSE Event On August 21st ! A Very Rare Celestial Event

Richard Aguilar

Published on Aug 17, 2017

Charlottesville violence leaves America ‘diminished and dismissed’ | Public Radio International

People gather for a vigil in response to the death of a counterdemonstrator at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, outside the White House, on Aug. 13, 2017. Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

August 17, 2017 · 7:15 PM EDT   By The World staff

People gather for a vigil in response to the death of a counterdemonstrator at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, outside the White House, on Aug. 13, 2017.


Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

America’s standing in the world is dwindling fast under the Trump administration. The White House appears in chaos, and the failure to confront neo-Nazis has alarmed Europe. Europeans are giving up on a US that can’t get anything done and refuses to provide leadership on the world stage.

These are the impressions gleaned by the BBC’s Katty Kay after four weeks in Europe. Kay is an anchor of BBC World News America in Washington.

Charlottesville violence: America – diminished and dismissed – BBC News


Katty Kay Presenter, BBC World News

  • 16 August 2017

I’ve just returned to Washington after a few weeks in Europe. In 20 years of living in the US, I’ve never returned to a country so dispirited, nor so dismissed.

I include in that the anti-Americanism that surrounded the invasion of Iraq and the trauma of the financial crash.


Back in 2004 and 2008 Americans were by and large united, or at the very least they were not so angrily divided. One might think that the sight of swastikas on American streets would indeed unite the country in unwavering purpose. Not so.

The country is so mired in political division that even Nazi symbols have become political symbols some can live with if they feel that condemning them would give succour to their opposition.

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BBC anchor offers bleak assessment of how the world views Trump and the US – TheBlaze

Sarah Taylor Aug 17, 2017 11:15 am

BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay reveals how the U.S. is perceived by the rest of the world. “The Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else,” she said. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay — a British woman who has been living in the United States for the last two decades — revealed to MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Thursday what she said is the world’s current perception of the United States.

Addressing President Donald Trump’s presidency as well as the Charlottesville, Virginia, terror attack, Kay and the hosts discussed the diminishing morale of the U.S.

“The Trump White House and the saga and the drama around it looks more like a freak show than anything else,” Kay said. “And that’s kind of how America is seen at the moment. It’s incredibly depressing to come back to this country that is so dispirited and is so dismissed around the world.”

Kay added, “I’ve been living here 20 years, and every year I try and spend time with my family back in Europe and this is the first time, Mika, I’ve come back and felt America was almost being dismissed by other countries and this was before Charlottesville actually happened.”

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Boston Startup Hopes Its Seeds Will Help Farmers Cope With Climate Change | Bostonomix


August 16, 2017

  • Asma Khalid Indigo Agriculture’s goal is simple, albeit lofty: to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. To do that, it’s working on creating drought-resistant seeds coated with tiny microbes. Here, Geoff von Maltzahn, the co-founder of Indigo, checks on the plants in the company’s grow room at its Charlestown headquarters. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)


are often at the mercy of Mother Nature — too much heat, and their crops could shrivel up; too little water, and their plants might die off.


weather fluctuations are challenging, but add in climate change and experts say the weather extremes could be devastating to our food supply.

Indigo Agriculture, a Charlestown-based startup, is trying to tackle this big problem with a microscopic solution.

The company spun out of Flagship Pioneering, one of the most active biotech venture capital firms in the state, raising over $100 million in its last round of funding.


goal is simple, albeit lofty: to help farmers sustainably feed the planet. To do that, it’s working to create drought-resistant seeds coated with tiny microbes.

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Live Streaming: Geoengineering – Solar Radiation Management Science #SRMS

Nick Breeze

Streamed live on Mar 13, 2015

This is the Friday post lunch session:

12.30 Lunch & Lunchtime Perspectives. Chair: Olaf Corry

Ian Simpson ‘Evidence and theory of current climate engineering programs’
Josefina Fraile-Martin ‘Civil Society and Geoengineering’
14.00 Keynote Lecture: David MacKay

14.30 Keynote Lecture: Lynn Russell

15.00 Coffee

15.30 Technical Session 2: Impacts, Implications & Consequences. Chair: Nem Vaughan

Piers Forster ‘Potentially damaging precipitation side effects from solar radiation management’
Ben Kravitz ‘SRM Impacts on the Hydrological Cycle’
Andy Wiltshire ‘Future Ecosystem Services, Climate Mitigation and Geo-Engineering’
Sebastian Eastham ‘Sensitivities of Human Health to Aerosol Climate Engineering’
17.00 End

The world considers geoengineering: Roundtable discussion of IPCC AR5 WGIII

Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment

Published on May 28, 2014

The conversation about whether or not to research, and perhaps ultimately move forward with deployment of climate geoengineering options — large-scale technological interventions designed to tackle climate change — is rapidly gathering steam. Roundly ignored until recently, such proposals are gaining scientific and political legitimacy as the specter of serious impacts associated with climate change increasingly grows.

However, climate geoengineering approaches are also being subjected to heightened levels of scrutiny given the potential threat the many of them could pose to human institutions and natural ecosystems.

On April 15, at 3:30pm, a panel will convene at American University in Washington DC to consider the current state of the climate geoengineering conversation. The event will be sponsored by American University’s Global Environmental Politics program and by the Washington Geoengineering Consortium. The occasion for the panel will be the release of the final piece of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) fifth assessment report.

The IPCC provides periodic authoritative statements of climate science. The IPCC’s Working Group III, which is tasked with assessing “relevant options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere,” will release its section of the fifth assessment report on April 13. The text from Working Group III is reported to devote significant attention to climate geoengineering, which is likely to both further stimulate debate over the merits of this approach.

The April 15 panel discussion will provide in-depth summary and analysis of the IPCC’s coverage of climate geoengineering. Moreover, a roundtable discussion with climate experts will address several issues, including the current state of the scientific and policy conversation around climate geoengineering, the social, political and governance implications of climate geoengineering options and the key stakeholders in the debate surrounding climate geoengineering. “A commitment to geoengineering could have profound implications for
climate policymaking,” concludes Wil Burns of Johns Hopkins University; “it is thus critical that we engage in an open and full-throated discussion of whether we should proceed down this path.”

Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University

Simon Nicholson, American University

Janie Wise, Senior Associate, Cassidy and Associates

Shravya Reddy, Director, Science and Solutions Team, The Climate Reality Project

Geoengineering – Panel 1

New America

Published on Sep 27, 2010

Is it time for humanity to go on offense against global warming? Can we? Should we? Curtailing economic activity, altering lifestyles and well-intentioned talk in Copenhagen has not accomplished much. That’s why serious people are now considering Plan B, to intentionally tinker with the planet’s climate to correct for industrialization-induced warming. The hubris of “hacking the planet” is astounding, as are the implications for everything from military strategy to agriculture.

The subject is unsettling, almost taboo in certain environmental advocacy circles. And yet nations and entrepreneurs are proceeding with geoengineering research and experiments. Join us in assessing the state of these efforts and in considering the politics and ethics of playing God with the climate.


Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control


Published on Aug 16, 2013

Program on America and the Global Economy
Science and Technology Innovation Program
Environmental Change and Security Program

As geoengineering becomes a more politically and technologically appealing approach to addressing climate change, it is critical to heed the lessons of history and understand the limits of our control over nature, said James Fleming of Colby College. Speaking at the launch of his new book, Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control, at the Wilson Center on October 6, Fleming brought what he called a “historically informed view of the humanities” to a growing policy discussion: the possibility of using geoengineering as a “quick fix” for the problem of climate change.

Event speaker: James Rodger Fleming

James Fleming on Climate Engineering (March 2017)

Climate State

Published on May 19, 2017

Historian James R Fleming, author of Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control, spoke at the University of New England 3/8/2017 on climate engineering.

James Rodger Fleming is a historian of science and technology and professor of science, technology, and society at Colby College. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), elected “for pioneering studies on the history of meteorology and climate change and for the advancement of historical work within meteorological societies,” and a fellow at the American Meteorological Society. He recently held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution and the AAAS Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship while a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He enjoys fishing, good jazz, good barbecue, seeing students flourish, building a community of historians of the geosciences, and connecting the history of science and technology with public policy. https://cup.columbia.edu/book/fixing-…

Related: The Climate Engineers – The next big debate in the global warming arena is going to be about climate engineering. But efforts to manipulate the climate and weather have a long history of exaggerated claims and beliefs, and a dangerous tendency to become militarized. Even if they succeed, who will control the global thermostat? http://archive.wilsonquarterly.com/es…