Daily Archives: November 1, 2017

On Contact: The Hidden Tragedy of the Vietnam War with Nick Turse

RT America

Published on Jan 2, 2017

On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the hidden tragedy of the Vietnam War with author of “Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam”. Nick Turse uncovered documents that revealed systematic violence against civilians extending beyond the massacre at My Lai. They look back at Vietnam to understand what we are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the civilian cost that accompanied our defeat in Vietnam.

‘We are going to be in Africa for many years to come’ – analyst

RT America
Published on Oct 24, 2017

The US military conducts 3,500 counter-terrorism missions on the African continent every year. John Sitilides, principal at Trilogy Advisors, joins “News with Ed” to explain the nuances of “foreign internal defense” and the nature of US special operations in Africa and around the world.

US Military Breeds Violence in Africa

Published on Oct 24, 2017

After the killings of U.S. soldiers in Niger and a potential U.S. link to the Mogadishu attack, author Bill Fletcher says that an increased American military role in Africa threatens even more violence

Health and climate change

Climate change underpins all the social and environmental determinants of health but also has positive implications. The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international, multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions following on from the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, which emphasised that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health Nick Watts, Markus Amann, Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson, Kristine Belesova, Timothy Bouley, Maxwell Boykoff, Peter Byass, Wenjia Cai, Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Jonathan Chambers, Peter M Cox, Meaghan Daly, Niheer Dasandi, Michael Davies, Michael Depledge, Anneliese Depoux, Paula Dominguez-Salas, Paul Drummond, Paul Ekins, Antoine Flahault, Howard Frumkin, Lucien Georgeson, Mostafa Ghanei, Delia Grace, Hilary Graham, Rébecca Grojsman, Andy Haines, Ian Hamilton, Stella Hartinger, Anne Johnson, Ilan Kelman, Gregor Kiesewetter, Dominic Kniveton, Lu Liang, Melissa Lott, Robert Lowe, Georgina Mace, Maquins Odhiambo Sewe, Mark Maslin, Slava Mikhaylov, James Milner, Ali Mohammad Latifi, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Karyn Morrissey, Kris Murray, Tara Neville, Maria Nilsson, Tadj Oreszczyn, Fereidoon Owfi, David Pencheon, Steve Pye, Mahnaz Rabbaniha, Elizabeth Robinson, Joacim Rocklöv, Stefanie Schütte, Joy Shumake-Guillemot, Rebecca Steinbach, Meisam Tabatabaei, Nicola Wheeler, Paul Wilkinson, Peng Gong, Hugh Montgomery, Anthony CostelloThe LancetFull-Text HTMLPDF

Powerful storm batters Northeast

CBS This Morning
Published on Oct 30, 2017

Nearly one million people are waking up without power after a massive storm slammed the Northeast. Wind gusts topping 70 mph hammered the East Coast, knocking trees and power lines to the ground. DeMarco Morgan reports.

Half of measured global temperature rises can be traced to Big Oil

Environmental Change Institute
Published on Sep 8, 2017

A new paper in the journal Climatic Change links the emissions of top fossil fuel producers to approx half of measured global temperature rises and a third of sea level rise. co-author Prof Myles Allen makes the linkage with liability, and raises the question as to who should pay.

Climate State – Home – YouTube

Useful source of links to playlists of news stories, lectures and documentaries.

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Climate State – Playlist – Sea Level Rise

The Sciences of Sea Level Rise (SLR)

Environmental Change Institute – Oxford University


Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) was established in 1991 ‘to organize and promote interdisciplinary research on the nature, causes and impact of environmental change and to contribute to the development of management strategies for coping with future environmental change’. Over the last 25 years the ECI have developed an international track record for research in climate, ecosystems and energy and a growing expertise in the fields of food and water. We respond to the challenges in these areas through an interdisciplinary and integrated programme of understanding processes of change; exploring sustainable solutions; and influencing change through education and partnership.



Big Ideas | Doughnut Economics: How to Think Like a 21st Century Economist – Kate Raworth

Environmental Change Institute
Published on Oct 30, 2017

Economics – literally ‘the art of household management’ – could not be more relevant this century: we urgently need a new generation of economists who are ready to manage our planetary home in the interests of all its inhabitants. But the economic theories still taught in universities and used by policymakers worldwide are dangerously out of date. From climate change and the rise of the 1% to repeated financial crises, last-century’s theories are simply not up to tackling the central economic challenges of our times.Drawing on insights from diverse schools of thought – including complexity, ecological, feminist, behavioural and institutional economics – Kate Raworth argues that it’s time to rethink economics to make it fit for the 21st century.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. She is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Introduced by Tom Thornton, ECI

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