Daily Archives: January 24, 2018

China’s Energy Transition: Effects on Global Climate and Sustainable Development

The University of Melbourne
Published on Nov 3, 2014

Speaker: Prof Ross Garnaut AO
Professorial Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne

China’s rapid energy-intensive growth in the first eleven years of this century accelerated the world’s rush towards dangerous climate change. A new model of economic growth in China began to change the relationship of Chinese economic development on the local and global environment from 2012. This lecture explores the new model of growth and the way it is affecting the chances of avoiding human-induced climate change, including through expanding options for low-cost low-carbon development in other countries.

This event is hosted by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute.

Monday, 25 August 2014
Time: 6-7.30pm
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre (Bldg 158), University of Melbourn

Obesity: not just a rich-world problem | The Economist

The Economist
Published on Jan 24, 2018
Obesity is a global problem, but more people are getting fatter in developing countries than anywhere else. If current trends continue, obese children will soon outnumber those who are undernourished.

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People are fatter than ever. Obesity has more than doubled since 1980. But the biggest rise is in the developing world.

Anyone with a body mass index, or BMI, over 30 is considered obese. The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of developing weight-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Nearly half of the world’s overweight and obese children under five years old, live in Asia. And in Africa, the number of overweight children under five has increased by nearly 50% since 2000.

Hunger still blights many parts of the world. But the share of people who do not have enough to eat is in decline. Globally one in nine people in the world suffer from chronic undernourishment.

One in ten are obese.

If current trends continue, the share of obese children in the world will surpass the number of undernourished by 2022.

Africa has the fastest-growing middle class in the world. A move from traditional foods to high-calorie fast food and a more sedentary lifestyle is driving the rise in obesity. Fast food outlets like KFC and McDonalds have seen rapid growth on the continent.

Women appear to be most affected. More than half of women in Botswana are overweight. Ethiopia known for its terrible famine, has seen obesity rates in women rise by 600% since 1984.

Health systems in Africa, more focused on treating malnourishment and diseases like malaria and HIV, are ill equipped to deal with obesity-related illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

Pacific islands have the highest obesity rates in the world, thanks to the spread of western fast food. Diets which a generation ago consisted of fish and coconuts are now dominated by processed meat.

Nauru is top of the list. 61% of the population are obese, making this tiny paradise island the world’s fattest nation.

Cook Islands take second place, with an obesity rate of 56% and Marshall Islands come in third, with 53%.

The Middle East is also in the grip of an obesity crisis. In the Saudi Arabia and Qatar and Kuwait more than a third of the population is obese.

Obesity is already a global epidemic and is rapidly spreading from the rich world to the poor.

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Food is Medicine: The Krupp Endowed Fund at UC San Diego

University of California Television (UCTV)
Published on Jan 24, 2018
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0:22 – Dick Krupp’s Vision
2:41 – Congee for Chemotherapy
4:31 – Healthy Diet for Endometriosis
7:01 – Integrative Ophthalmology
9:36 – Other Krupp Projects

Food is medicine. That insight inspired the late rancher and developer Dick Krupp to endow one of the largest funds of its kind to support integrative nutrition research at UC San Diego. As Gordon Saxe, MD, the director of UCSD’s Center for Integrative Nutrition and others explain, the Krupp-funded projects focus on how diet and natural therapeutics can help reduce or cure common health problems. Among the projects featured – feeding cancer patients congee, a grain-based porridge to ease the side effects of chemotherapy, a study led by Caitlin Costello, MD, of the Moores Cancer Center. Also, Sanjay Agarwal, MD, looks at the impact of a healthy diet on women who suffer from endometriosis. And finally, Robert Weinreb, MD, the director of the Shiley Eye Institute, introduces a new field of medicine called Integrative Ophthalmology. All agree: what you eat matters!
Series: “The UC Wellbeing Channel ” [Show ID: 33133]


George Clooney on the Life and Career of Edward R. Murrow: Good Night and Good Luck Film (2005)

The Film Archives
Published on May 16, 2013
Good Night, and Good Luck. is a 2005 American drama film directed by George Clooney. About the film: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00

The film was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov, both of whom also act in the film, and portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator’s actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

The movie, although released in black and white, was filmed on color film stock but on a grayscale set, and was color corrected to black and white during post-production. It focuses on the theme of media responsibility, and also addresses what occurs when the media offer a voice of dissent from government policy. The movie takes its title (which ends with a period or full stop) from the line with which Murrow routinely signed off his broadcasts.

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor for David Strathairn, Best Director for Clooney and Best Picture.

Good Night, and Good Luck. is set in 1953, during the early days of television broadcast journalism. Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his dedicated staff—headed by his co-producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney) and reporter Joseph Wershba (Robert Downey, Jr.) in the CBS newsroom—defy corporate and sponsorship pressures, and discredit the tactics used by Joseph McCarthy during his crusade to root out Communist elements within the government.

Murrow first defends Milo Radulovich, who is facing separation from the U.S. Air Force because of his sister’s political leanings and because his father is subscribed to a Serbian newspaper. Murrow makes a show on McCarthy attacking him. A very public feud develops when McCarthy responds by accusing Murrow of being a communist. Murrow is accused of having been a member of the leftist union Industrial Workers of the World, which Murrow claimed was false.

In this climate of fear and reprisal, the CBS crew carries on and their tenacity ultimately strikes a historic blow against McCarthy. Historical footage also shows the questioning of Annie Lee Moss, a Pentagon communication worker accused of being a communist based on her name appearing on a list seen by an FBI infiltrator of the American Communist Party. The film’s subplots feature Joseph and Shirley Wershba, recently married staffers, having to hide their marriage to save their jobs at CBS as well as the suicide of Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise) who had been accused in print of being a Communist.

The film is framed by performance of the speech given by Murrow to the Radio and Television News Directors Association in 1958, in which Murrow harshly admonishes his audience not to squander the potential of television to inform and educate the public.

Press Conference: Rethinking the Modern Consumption Economy

World Economic Forum

Published on Jan 24, 2018

Natural resources are finite, yet we currently waste vast amounts of them. In fact, at current rates of resource use, the UN estimates that we will need to mine 180 billion tons of material every year by 2050, double the amount used today. As consumers, we waste up to $55 billion dollars’ worth of used electronic equipment and over $80 billion worth of plastic packaging and one third of all food produced annually. In the B2B space, heavy equipment ranging from photocopiers to MRI scanners (and much in between) uses 50% of all materials mined globally. In order to capture the value of these resources and put the globe on a more sustainable pathway, a number of companies, organizations and governments have come together to create innovative partnerships to tackle e-waste, find solutions to plastic pollution and transform business models and markets. Speakers: – Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Royal Philips, Netherlands – Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Growth, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture, United Kingdom – Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, United Kingdom – Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi Moderator: – Georg Schmitt, Head of Corporate Affairs, World Economic Forum

“This is Edward R. Murrow,” narrated by Robert Trout

Published on Dec 11, 2013

A posthumous look at Murrow’s career and legacy.

Documentary -Edward R Murrow vs Joe McCarthy

Published on Feb 5, 2013

 Edward R Murrow -MY HERO- Regarding Television, Edward R Murrow said:

Regarding Television, Edward R Murrow said: In 1958, Edward R. Murrow stated, “Our history will be what we make it. And if there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.” Next year, Mr. Murrow’s speech will “celebrate” its 50th anniversay…

The citizens in our free countries (I’m Canadian) are in such desperate-desperate need for Edward R Murrows. Not just on television, or in national printed media –but even at the smallest of local levels. Yes, Washington and Ottawa affairs are important. But the day-to-dayness that most affects people’s lives play themselves out at the local, municipal level. I reached the sad and unavoidable conclusion that some of our “city halls” are dominated and run by a Corporate Repressive Evil Empire Power Structure. I despair that I’m just not smart enough, tenacious enough, courageous enough to right the problem. I realize it isn’t me whose most affected since I’m part of the comfortable class. I despair though at the statistics of “The Others” “Harvest of Shame” aired just after Thanksgiving 1960.

The Dec. 5, 1960. It was a documentary on the grinding poverty of migrant workers in Florida. Edward R Murrow made these closing remarks: “The migrants have no lobby. Only an enlightened, aroused and perhaps angered public opinion can do anything about the migrants. The people you have seen have the strength to harvest your fruit and vegetables. They do not have the strength to influence legislation. Maybe we do. Good night, and good luck.” It isn’t just migrants who have no lobby. Our working minimum-wage poor neighbours living right here in our own municipalities “do not have the strength to influence legislation.” Or do not speak sufficient English.

Murrow vs. McCarthy

Published on Oct 7, 2008

From the CBC documentary series, “Dawn of the Eye.”

Joseph McCarthy denounces Edward R. Murrow on “See It Now” – April 6, 1954

Published on Oct 26, 2015

April 6, 1954, “See It Now” on CBS. This is Senator Joseph McCarthy’s televised response to Edward R. Murrow’s famous See It Now broadcast, which aired a month earlier. Murrow offered McCarthy a chance to respond in the original broadcast. Video located by Noah C.

Good Night and Good Luck – McCarthy Response

Zaq Dayton
Published on Apr 4, 2012

I do not own the rights to this video.