Daily Archives: October 6, 2017

Are Trump’s Efforts to Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal a Precursor for U.S. War with Iran?

Democracy Now!
Published on Oct 6, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Amid news of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, we turn now to look at whether President Donald Trump is trying to sabotage the Obama-brokered nuclear agreement with Iran and seek a war with Iran. According to The Washington Post, Trump is expected to announce next week the deal is not in the United States’ national interest, and will move to “decertify” the deal. If this happens, Congress will decide whether or not to reinstate harsh economic sanctions against Iran, potentially tanking the landmark deal. The move comes despite the fact the Trump administration begrudgingly certified that Iran has complied with its obligations under the agreement earlier this year, as has the International Atomic Energy Agency, which closely monitors Iran’s activities.

Muhammad Yunus on Microfinance, Grameen Bank & How 5 Men Own More Wealth Than Half the World

Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 6, 2017

https://democracynow.org – Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, joins us for an extended interview on microfinance, the Grameen Bank, and how five men own more wealth than half of the world. His new book is titled “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.”

Nuclear Ban Group ICAN Wins Nobel Peace Prize as Trump Threatens to End Iran Deal & Nuke North Korea

Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 6, 2017

https://democracynow.org – As the Nobel Committee made their announcement today in Oslo, President Trump is expected to “decertify” the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal next week. We speak with Tim Wright, the Asia-Pacific director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and go to Tehran and Washington to get response.

To Mars! | Robert Zubrin | TEDxMoscow

TEDx Talks
Published on Jul 14, 2016

Robert Zubrin, American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars, believes in the potential of exploration and colonisation of Mars. He does not exclude the chance that groundwater and bacteria will be found on Mars eventually since there are dry riverbeds and lakes craters on the surface. Zubrin points that we should not blindly believe in the imaginary danger of cosmic radiation. Smokers risk more that astronauts. This is why we develop space technologies – to dispel myths and Mars is only the first planet on our journey of discovering the universe. Go to Mars! Dr. Robert Zubrin is President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and alternate fuels development, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and is the holder of 15 US Patents, and has several more pending. Dr. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage.

Elon Musk will take us to Mars – will it be home? | Reinier Zeldenrust | TEDxL ondonBusinessSchool

TEDx Talks
Published on Jul 7, 2017

If we are to believe Elon Musk (and we all want to), we will move to Mars en masse in the next 10 years . But it’s not a very hospitable place – it’s cold enough for air to freeze and you won’t be able to grow potatoes under a sunroof (like Matt Damon does in ‘The Martian’). So can we make Mars our new home? What engineering challenges do we need to solve? Reinier Zeldenrust will highlight some recent developments in this field and consider the technical, financial and moral implications of living on Mars. Reinier Zeldenrust is an astrophysicist and former management consultant who now works at the cutting edge of building systems, whether that is finding new ways for teams to collaborate on construction, designing radical new solutions for buildings to save energy, or using robotics to push the limits of building on earth and in space.

The Exploration and Colonization of Mars: Why Mars? Why Humans? | Dr. Joel Levine | TEDxRVA

TEDx Talks
Published on Jul 31, 2015

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. It was filmed and edited by Tijo Media at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage in Richmond, VA. Dr. Levine is Research Professor in the Department of Applied Science at the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining the College of William and Mary in 2011, he spent 41 years at NASA, as Senior Research Scientist, Science Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center and as Mars Scout Program Scientist, Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters. He is Principal Investigator of the proposed NASA Langley ARES Mars Airplane Mission, which is being planned and developed. He served as Co-Chair as NASA’s Human Exploration of Mars Science Analysis Group and is Co-Editor of 976-page volume, The Human Mission to Mars: Colonizing the Red Planet (Cosmology Science Publishers, 2010). Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Levine received a BS (Physics), Brooklyn College, City University of NY, a MS (Meteorology), New York University, and a MS (Aeronomy and Planetary Atmospheres) and a PhD (Atmospheric Sciences), both from the University of Michigan.

Elon Musk Gives Updates on Mission to Mars

Published on Sep 28, 2017

Elon Musk gives new details about SpaceX Mission to Mars at the 2017 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia and reveals plans to shorten most long distance travels to less than 30 minutes. September 2017.

Kerry Emanuel: 2017 Hurricanes a taste of Future

Climate State
Published on Oct 6, 2017

Climate scientist Kerry Emanuel describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change. http://news.mit.edu/2017/kerry-emanue… Video via Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences MIT https://www.youtube.com/user/EAPSweb/… Speaker: Kerry A. Emanuel, Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science, Co-Director of the Lorenz Center Natural disasters are the result of the interaction of a natural phenomenon with human beings and their built environments. Globally and in the U.S., large increases in coastal populations are causing corresponding increases in hurricane damage and these are now being compounded by rising sea levels and changing storm characteristics owing to anthropogenic climate change. In this talk, I will describe projections of changing hurricane activity over the rest of this century and what such projections tell us about how the probabilities of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma have already changed and are likely to continue to do so.

Bill McKibben to give Chubb Lecture at Yale (Oct. 10)

Bill McKibben will deliver the Chubb address at 4:30pm on Tuesday, October 10th at Yale in Woolsey Hall. His very timely talk is titled “Simply Too Hot: the Desperate Science and Politics of Climate.” A reception with Yale dignitaries and formal dinner with students at Timothy Dwight College will follow.

We are deeply honored to have Bill McKibben come to campus this fall. He began his long and distinguished career as a journalist and was formerly a staff writer for the New Yorker. In 1989 he published, The End of Nature, one of the first books written for a broad audience to discuss the problems of climate change that is now considered a groundbreaking work in the field of environmental studies. This seminal work has now been published in 24 languages and McKibben has gone on to write over a dozen books on environmental issues including Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010) and his most recent work, Oil and Honey (2013). He continues to write for a wide variety of publications including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone.

In 2008, Bill McKibben cofounded 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement utilizing online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public protests. The name “350.org” is taken from “350 parts per million” – the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as currently agreed upon by the world’s scientists. The organization aims to create a mass movement to work on public awareness and push for solutions that will bring the planet back within safe carbon dioxide levels of 350 parts per million. In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the “alternative Nobel”, for his work with 350.org.

Bill McKibben is currently the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many awards, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Peace Award and the Thomas Merton Prize. In 2012 he was awarded the President’s Medal from the Geological Society of America. He has received the prestigious Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. Bill McKibben holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. In 2014, biologists recognized him by naming in his honor a new species of the woodland gnat – megophthalmidia mckibbeni.

Supported by:
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale Sustainable Food Program
Forum on Religion and Ecology



The Bridge at the End of the World: James Gustave Speth

How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, the world in the latter part of this century will be unfit to live in. Of course human activities are not holding at current levels―they are accelerating, dramatically―and so, too, is the pace of climate disruption, biotic impoverishment, and toxification.

In this book Gus Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning and a widely respected environmentalist, begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe.

Speth contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for today’s destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.