Daily Archives: November 28, 2017

How Can We Police Our Media When Big Money Bought It? (w/Guest Charles Alexander)


Thom Hartmann Program
Published on Nov 28, 2017

The Koch brothers are buying up the media, how can we stop them? the former science editor of Time Magazine joins us to help us figure it out.

Watch These ALARMING EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE in The World

AMAZING Video of China’s First Ever Forest City! World’s First Man-Made Pollution Eating Forest City

Climate Ready Boston | Boston.gov

Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change.

Boston residents are already affected by extreme heat, rain, snow and flooding. These trends will likely continue. The City launched Climate Ready Boston to help Boston plan for the future impacts of climate change.

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing initiative. We released a comprehensive study report in December 2016 that you can read below. We are now working with the community and other partners to advance our vision for a Climate Ready Boston.

Climate Ready Boston is a partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission with support from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

Read the October 2017 report, “Coastal Resilience Solutions for East Boston and Charlestown.”

Full Report

executive Summary

Download the printer-friendly versions: Full Report, Executive Summary.

Carbon Free Boston | Boston.gov

We’re analyzing our options in the City’s efforts to go carbon neutral by 2050.

About usSectorsCarbon neutralityOur partners

The City is working to reduce pollution that adds to climate change. Solving this issue will spur economic growth and improve life in Boston. It will also enhance everyone’s health and safety. In this project, we’re working with:

Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy
and, the Green Ribbon Commission.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Fall 2017 – Project Launch
Winter/Spring 2018 – Policy-driven GHG emissions modeling
Summer 2018 – Project Completion

Want to learn more about Carbon Free Boston? Join our email list!
What we’re doing

Carbon Free Boston will review the benefits and costs of technologies and policies. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City.

The project will focus on these key sectors to reduce emissions:

  • electric power
  • buildings
  • transportation, and
  • waste.

Our analysis will help inform the City’s next update of its Climate Action Plan. We expect that work to begin in 2018.
Focus on the future

Our work will create the foundation for Boston’s long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Carbon Free Boston will:

develop a shared, positive vision of our carbon-free future
form an understanding of the options for achieving that future, including the trade-offs
find key stakeholders who have a deep understanding for the issues and strategy, and
create a sense of urgency and willingness to make tough short-term decisions for the future.

We’ll need to work with state and regional players who control energy, transportation, and building decision-making. It’s true, 2050 is more than 30 years away. But, it’s important to start this work now. We’ll be making choices in the short-term that will affect our ability to achieve the 2050 target.

The Climate Action Plan serves as Boston’s blueprint for reaching its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and carbon neutral by 2050. We want to make sure the City is prepared for the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Action Plan will ensure Boston’s continued global leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change by developing a framework for action. With this Plan, Boston will continue to develop as a vibrant and sustainable city for current and future generations and champion the actions needed to meet the global challenges of climate change.

The Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update builds upon seven years of work in reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Beginning with the 2007 Executive Order, Boston set greenhouse gas reduction goals of 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 for municipal operations, and requires the City to plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change. In 2011, the City released A Climate of Progress, Boston’s first community-wide plan, which set the greenhouse gas reduction goals for all of Boston, while continuing to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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China may be a lot of things in Africa, but it’s not a colonizer


The China Africa Project
Published on Jul 22, 2017

One of the most durable narratives about the Chinese in Africa is that the PRC is now just the newest foreign country to colonize the continent. While the Europeans may have used brute force, according to this widely-held perception, the Chinese instead using money to buy Africa’s land, corrupt its leaders and export its raw materials. Sure the methods may be different but the outcome is effectively the same: Africa is again being victimized by yet another imperial power.

Kenya-native and the founder of the Beijing-based sustainable development consultancy Development Reimagined argues that not only is it factually incorrect to label China as some kind of neo-colonial power in Africa, it’s also disrespectful to her ancestors and the tens millions of other Africans who suffered under the brutality of actual colonial rule. “To call China a colonial power is to diminish the true horrors that were faced by the colonized communities, including by my own relatives, who were detained by the British colonial authorities,” she wrote in a provocative article for Project Syndicate entitled “The People’s Republic of Africa?”   Hannah joins Eric to discuss why she thinks the perception of China as a new colonial power in Africa is so durable.    Join the discussion. Do you agree with Hannah that China may be a lot of things in Africa but it is not a colonizer? Or do you see history repeating itself where Africa is once again the victim of an aggressive foreign power seeking domination? Let us know what you think.   Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChinaAfricaProject
Twitter: @eolander | @stadenesque | @hmryder

China in Africa: Think Again – Professor Deborah Brautigam


Emory IDN
Published on Jan 31, 2014

IDN hosted Professor Brautigam. Her talk titled “China in Africa: Think Again was part of the US-China Relations Forum hosted by The Carter Center. Nov 12, 2013.