Calendar – Click on Date for links entered on that Day
- China…If They Pull the Plug, We’re Screwed September 19, 2017
- Mark Hertsgaard: It’s not politics, it’s science – Start Making Sense from @TheNation September 19, 2017
- What is environmental racism and environmental justice? – #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell September 19, 2017
- Dr. Michael E. Mann on attribution science and the tactics of inaction and delay – Bradcast September 19, 2017
- US rushes into liberated Syrian areas for access to rich oil fields – Fmr. Pentagon official September 19, 2017
- “Kerry Convening” Conference “Closing Plenary: Citizen Engagement & Activism ” September 19, 2017
- First Irma, now Maria. Here’s how U.S. territories are preparing for disaster September 19, 2017
- Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattles Mexico City, Puebla September 19, 2017
- U.N. Leader Gives Climate Warning as U.S. Continues Exit from Paris Agreement September 19, 2017
- Category 5 Hurricane Maria Threatens Storm-Ravaged Caribbean September 19, 2017
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Category 5 Hurricane Maria Barreling Toward Puerto Rico September 19, 2017
- Republican Politicians Launch Their Own Fake News Website To Spread Propaganda September 19, 2017
- Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In U.N. Speech September 19, 2017
- Jane Mayer / The Koch Brothers and the Weaponizing of Philanthropy September 19, 2017
- Koch Brothers Fuel the GOP’s War on Climate Science September 19, 2017
- The end of humanity: Nick Bostrom at TEDxOxford September 19, 2017
- Paris and Perspectives on Climate Change | Alice Bows-Larkin | TEDxYouth@Manchester September 19, 2017
- UN wonders whether US will pull out of Paris Climate Accords September 19, 2017
- TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science September 19, 2017
- Category 5 Hurricane Maria threatens ‘disastrous damage’ in the Caribbean September 19, 2017
- US State, City Leaders Vow Support for Paris Agreement September 19, 2017
- Footage Category 5 Hurricane Maria Hits Dominica September 19, 2017
- Artist and Empire: Facing Britains Imperial Past: Alison Smith, David Blayney Brown, Carol Jacob September 18, 2017
- Noam Chomsky New Update Sep 19, 2017 – After the Electoral Extravaganza September 18, 2017
- Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump September 18, 2017
- Ex-Head of U.S. Operations for Shell to Lead Houston’s Harvey Recovery September 18, 2017
- Trump Admin Issues Conflicting Information About Paris Climate Deal September 18, 2017
- Exposing the real price of the US fracking industry September 18, 2017
- Landrush in Africa – (vpro backlight documentary – 2008) September 18, 2017
- Shale cowboys: fracking under Trump – (VPRO documentary – 2017) September 18, 2017
- #climatechange: End of the world as we know it | Life Links September 18, 2017
- Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma September 18, 2017
- No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party September 18, 2017
- 350.org’s Bill McKibben on People’s Climate March: “Weekends Are for Fighting Tyranny” September 18, 2017
- Bernie Sanders’ Enlightening Climate Change Discussion With Bill McKibben September 18, 2017
- Bill McKibben On The Fate Of The Earth | The New School September 18, 2017
- Kahn Humanities Lecture: Bill McKibben September 18, 2017
- “Towards a New Past: the Legacies of British Slave-ownership” by Professor Catherine Hall September 18, 2017
- Liverpool (A Legacy of British Imperial Slave Trade) September 18, 2017
- What does London owe to slavery? (26 Oct 2010) September 18, 2017
- Legacies of British Slave-Ownership in the Long Eighteenth-Century September 18, 2017
- The Legacies of British Slave Ownership September 18, 2017
- Were your family ‘slave owners’? – BBC News September 18, 2017
- Rachel Lang – The Legacies of British Slave-ownership Project at the Hidden Histories seminar September 18, 2017
- Britain’s legacy of slavery (UCL) September 18, 2017
- UCL UNIVERSITY | BRITISH SLAVE OWNERSHIP September 18, 2017
- Britain and the Legacies of Slavery (11 June 2013) September 18, 2017
- BBC iWonder – How did slave-owners shape Britain? September 18, 2017
- The British Library – Maps of Africa September 18, 2017
- Britain’s colonial shame: Slave-owners given huge payouts after abolition | The Independent September 18, 2017
Daily Archives: September 2, 2017
In July, a new Florida state law took effect that permits any resident of the state to object to textbooks that are used in classrooms. While the law doesn’t explicitly mention science, teachers like Brandon Haught, co-founder of the non-profit Florida Citizens for Science, are concerned that the subject may get swept up in the broad legal language.
The Florida bill is the first of its kind, but there have been other attempts at passing similar ones in states across the nation. Haught and Julie Palakovich Carr, a science policy expert, talk about what the passing of this bill means for science curriculum and teachers in Florida, and other similar policies in other states.
2nd September 2017
The media avoids the subject of climate breakdown – to do otherwise is to bring the entire infrastructure of thought crashing down
By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 29 August 2017
It is not only Donald Trump’s government that censors the discussion of climate change; it is the entire body of polite opinion. This is why, though the links are clear and obvious, the majority of news reports on Hurricane Harvey have made no mention of the human contribution.
In 2016, the United States elected a president who believes that human-driven global warming is a hoax. It was the hottest year on record, in which the US was hammered by a series of climate-related disasters. Yet the total combined coverage for the entire year on the evening and Sunday news programmes on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox News amounted to 50 minutes. Our greatest predicament, the issue that will define our lives, has been blotted from our minds.
This is not an accident. But nor (with the exception of Fox News) is it likely to be a matter of policy. It reflects a deeply ingrained and scarcely conscious self-censorship. Reporters and editors ignore the subject because they have an instinct for avoiding trouble. To talk about climate breakdown (which in my view is a better term than the curiously bland labels we attach to this crisis) is to question not only Donald Trump, not only current environmental policy, not only current economic policy, but the entire political and economic system.
By Ashley Braun • Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 13:48
With the next round of United Nations climate talks scheduled for November, eyes will be trained on how the United States chooses to engage — or not — now that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. Yesterday, Secretary of State and former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson indicated that this process will not happen through the State Department’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, because, well, he’s scrapping the position.
In a letter to Senate Foreign Relations chair Bob Corker (R-TN), Tillerson wrote, “I believe that the Department will be able to better execute its mission by integrating certain envoys and special representative offices within the regional and functional bureaus, and eliminating those that have accomplished or outlived their original purpose.”
“The position of climate envoy was established by Barack Obama in 2009 and was filled by Todd Stern until 2016. The envoy for Obama’s last year in office was Jonathan Pershing, who left the political appointment when the government changed in January this year.
The special envoy was the US’ diplomatic figurehead, a position Stern used to become one of the major forces behind the eventual shape of the Paris deal, right down to the 11th hour wrangling over a troublesome ‘typo’ in the text.”
State Department Scales Back on Climate
The move came as part of a larger streamlining and reorganizing of the State Department, which for months has been scaling back its focus on climate issues.
Shortly after Trump’s inauguration, the State Department’s web page for the Office of Global Change, which operates under the climate envoy, switched up its description, replacing most of the original text with more passive language.