Daily Archives: September 11, 2017

Noam Chomsky September 12, 2017 – in conversation with Jonathan Freedland

Noam Chomsky
Published on Sep 11, 2017

Biotechnology : Changing lives in Asia-Pacific | Coastal Aquaculture Research Thailand (Shrimp)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Published on Sep 11, 2017

Meeting the nutritional needs of a growing world population – one expected to exceed ten billion – by 2050 – and do so through improved, efficient and sustainable food systems, is a major task, yet one which the world must take on. While recent breakthroughs in biotechnologies in the food and agriculture sectors have been impressive, applying them at ground level have been more challenging. Part of the reason is affordability – the vast majority of our food is produced by smallholder farmers, fishers and pastoralists – many of whom are poor and often themselves food insecure. FAO in Asia-Pacific, in collaboration with partners in the public and private sectors, has taken a closer look at various non-GMO biotechnologies and their successes. This video looks at work in the fisheries sector and the lives its changing for the better.

Is the Military Prepared for Climate Crisis?

Published on Sep 11, 2017
The effects of climate change will increase inequality and create conflicts across borders, while the U.S. military will to have to spend more money and resources on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, says Col. Larry Wilkerson

Trump Got $17 Million For Hurricane Damage To Mar-A-Lago That Never Happened

The Ring of Fire
Published on Sep 8, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches south Florida – and, coincidentally, Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort – we need to remember the time that Donald Trump bilked his insurance company for almost $17 million worth of “hurricane damage” that the resort allegedly received in 2005. But there are only a few thousand dollars in repair records, and Trump has even admitted that he pocketed some of the money. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains why this, and so many other instances, prove that we can never truly trust Donald Trump.

Irma Destroys Haitian Farmland as Recovery Goes On from Recent Natural Disasters & Cholera Outbreak

Published on Sep 11, 2017
Democracy Now

https://democracynow.org – The death toll from Hurricane Irma has reached at least 27 in the Caribbean. The numbers are expected to rise as rescuers reach the hardest-hit areas. Irma destroyed major parts of several Caribbean islands, including Barbuda and Saint Martin. Cuba also suffered major flooding in Havana and other cities, but there were no reported deaths. The entrepreneur Richard Branson has called for a “disaster recovery Marshall plan” for the Caribbean. Cuba has already sent more than 750 health workers to Antigua, Barbuda, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Dominica and Haiti. While Haiti avoided a direct hit from Irma, the hurricane still caused substantial damage in a country still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew last year.

Elizabeth Kolbert: An Honest Conversation About Climate Change Is Needed in Wake of Irma & Harvey

Democracy Now
Published on Sep 11, 2017

https://democracynow.org – At least four people have died and nearly 6 million people are without power in Florida, after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday on the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm also flooded the streets of downtown Miami, turning the city’s main strip, Brickell Avenue, into a three-foot-high raging river. Its arrival sparked one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history, with nearly 7 million people ordered to leave their homes. We speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert.

Scientists: Climate Change May Wipe Out Third of World’s Parasites, With Disastrous Ripple Effects

Democracy Now!!
Published on Sep 11, 2017
https://democracynow.org – As the United States continues to deal with unprecedented floods and hurricanes, a new study has revealed climate change is also driving the mass extinction of parasites that are critical to natural ecosystems, and could add to the planet’s sixth great mass extinction event that’s currently underway. The report in the journal Science Advances warns that about a third of all parasite species could go extinct by 2070 due to human activity. The loss of species of lice, fleas and worms could have profound ripple effects on the environment and might pave the way for new parasites to colonize humans and other animals with disastrous health outcomes. We speak to Colin Carlson, lead author of the report “Parasite Biodiversity Faces Extinction and Redistribution in a Changing Climate.” He’s a PhD candidate in environmental science, policy, and management at University of California-Berkeley. In 2011, Business Insider included him in a round-up titled “16 of the Smartest Children in History” alongside Mozart and Picasso. At the time he was 15 years old. He is now 21.