Daily Archives: November 17, 2017

Climate Change Poses Alarming Threat to Food Security in Pacific Islands | Inter Press Service


Pacific leaders gather at FAO before participating in the UN Climate Conference COP23. in Bonn. Credit: FAO

By Razeena Raheem

ROME, Nov 12 2017 (IPS) – A high-level meeting of political leaders -– hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) -– sounded an ominous warning: that climate change poses an “alarming threat to food systems and food security in the Pacific islands.”

And for many island nations, the impact of climate change also represents the “gravest of threats to their survival and viability”, including, for some, through the loss of territory due to sea-level rise—and the potential danger of being wiped off the face of the earth.

Chaired by FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, the meeting of leaders from nine small island developing states (SIDS) and representatives of regional development bodies, plus New Zealand and Australia, focused on “Improving food security and nutrition, building resilient livelihoods and promoting partnerships for sustainable development in the Pacific Islands.”

The nine participating countries included Kiribati, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and French Polynesia, whose inhabitants face a potentially severe food crisis triggered mostly by climate change.

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Why Is Greenland Melting? A 360˚ Experience

NOVA PBS Official
Published on Jun 1, 2017

Greenland’s glaciers are hiding a secret: They’re melting faster than expected. Step into the disappearing icy landscape in this 360° video from FRONTLINE, NOVA l PBS, and Emblematic Group with support from the Knight Foundation.

Can the US Tackle Climate Change Without Federal Action?

NOVA PBS Official
Published on Nov 16, 2017

Can states, cities, and companies do enough on their own to fulfill US obligations to the Paris Accord?

Global Climate Change & U.S Interests: Dr John Holdren (October 2017)

Understanding Climate Change
Published on Nov 16, 2017

Global Climate Change & U.S Interests: Dr John Holdren (October 2017)

Fossil Free Yale, Local 33 join forces


Two days after President Donald Trump’s administration defended the use of fossil fuels at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, students at Yale renewed a petition demanding that the University divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Student group Fossil Free Yale, or FFY, and graduate student labor union Local 33 joined forces on Wednesday to gather signatures for a petition demanding that the University disclose and divest from its fossil fuel investments. According to members of Local 33, Yale has at least $678 million — about 2.5 percent of its total endowment — invested in oil, gas, coal and other resources with a high carbon concentration.

Bill McKibben, one of the nation’s leading environmentalists, told the News that for the University to divest from the fossil fuel industry would be “critical,” given the signaling power of institutions like Yale. He added that such institutions’ support, or lack thereof, has played a key role in the fossil fuel debate.

“Nothing can be done in D.C. for the moment — that means all of us have to do much more close to home,” McKibben wrote in an email. “For those of you who call Yale home, even temporarily, this is the biggest blow you can strike against the biggest crisis of our time.”

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Xi Jinping and his era

Watch How Iceland Uses 100 Percent Renewable Energy From Geothermal Processes And Other Sources

Richard Aguilar
Published on Nov 16, 2017