https://democracynow.org – The United States is one of the most depressed countries in the world. Could it be because of the country’s adoption of neoliberal economic policies? We speak to Johann Hari, author of a controversial new book, “Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression—and the Unexpected Solutions.” He writes, “Junk food has taken over our diets, and it is making millions of people physically sick. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that something similar is happening with our minds—that they have become dominated by junk values, and this is making us mentally sick, triggering soaring rates of depression and anxiety.”
Johann Hari: To Treat Depression, Provide Meaningful Work, Housing & a Basic Income, Not Just Drugs
https://democracynow.org – Historian Gar Alperovitz has revealed for the first time the key role he and a handful of other activists played in helping whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leak to journalists the Pentagon Papers—a 7,000-page classified history outlining the true extent of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg told The New Yorker the secret role this group played was so crucial in releasing the Pentagon Papers that he gave them a code name: “The Lavender Hill Mob.” Alperovitz went by the alias “Mr. Boston.” Ellsberg told The New Yorker, “Gar took care of all the cloak-and-dagger stuff.” We speak to historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz about why he is going public now.
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This weblog provides links to information about the transitions that will be required as the impact of global climate change registers in the daily lives of those in Boston, New England the world. Some of the programs linked here are excerpted (from 2009 onward) from the Cambridge Community Television webcast of the weekly live programs presented by Cambridge Climate Research Associates (CCRA). These video episodes are made available here as part of the Citizen-Science Online Learning Initiative (CSOLI) which conducts on-site and online training on the social, economic and ecological implications of climate change and climate vulnerability in the United States and around the world.
The seminar series on “Climate Vulnerability” — offered as part of the Beacon Hill Seminar program in March and April of 2018 — provides an overview of the kind of online and on-site programs that are being developed and adapted to the needs of individual institutions, corporations, school systems and municipalities as they are each working to develop resilience strategies to adjust to climate change.
The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum welcomes you to the opening of Resilient Design in Boston: Solutions for Our Changing Landscape.
Produced with the generous assistance of the City of Boston Planning & Development Agency, the panels presented in the Overlook Gallery highlight the best in design and landscape planning made in response to the impact of climate change in Boston. These are the winning entries for the categories of Building, Neighborhood, and Infrastructure from the 2015 Boston Living with Water competition convened by the City. These proposals focus on three representative seaport neighborhoods whose location (the North End, the Fort Point Channel District, and the Columbia Point peninsula) would be affected by the rising Atlantic Ocean. The goal of the competition? A beautiful, sustainable waterfront.
More than 50 participating teams from Greater Boston and across the globe contributed designs for one or more of the three locations. These proposals addressed the immediate effect of climate change on thousands of buildings, residences, and infrastructure elements that circle Boston Harbor. Uniting these design studies is the central question: How can design address the effects of a rapidly changing climate in coastal communities?
We’re excited to introduce our newest tool for exploring the data used in Climate Ready Boston.
Climate change gets up close and personal with our new educational map explorer tool — you can now explore what the impacts of our changing climate will look in your neighborhood. This tool allows you to learn more about the data layers used in the Climate Ready Boston recommendations for protecting our City from a changing climate, and helps you better understand how projections are influencing resiliency solutions.
The map explorer features location-based data from Climate Ready Boston. You can overlay the climate data with population demographics in order to better understand the social factors that intersect with, and contribute to, vulnerability.
The map displays the most up-to-date climate change information for Boston, and builds upon our knowledge base for keeping the data transparent, accessible, and readily updated. One of the strategies identified in the latest Climate Ready Boston report is to “Maintain up-to-date projections of future climate conditions to inform adaptation”, and we see this map explorer as a way to keep the conversation going about our findings and resiliency projects.
Additionally, you can now download the data of Climate Ready Boston — find it directly in the tool, or on the tool’s Boston.gov page. It will soon be available on the City’s open data portal, Analyze Boston.
“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century,” according to the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change.
But here’s the good news.
The same Commission concluded that “Tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.” Indeed, many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change-reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture-offer significant benefits for public health.
Join the National Council for Science and the Environment and the Hoover Institution in the second discussion with leaders from the federal agencies to learn more about research, funding, educational collaboration and partnership, and other programs happening in their agencies in 2017-18.
The webinar 2 panel includes:
Jeannette Thurston: Science Program and Analysis Officer at the Department of Agriculture
Robert Vallario, Office of Science at the Department of Energy
Gary Matlock: Deputy Assistant Administrator for Programs and Administration Oceanic and Atmospheric Research [OAR], National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Alice Hill, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford will moderate the session.
The webinar series is designed for the National council for Science and the Environment’s academic members, but educators from the SSF community are cordially invited to attend. Please alert your education colleagues.
Join Island Press, in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum, for today’s webinar about disinformation and obscuring scientific truths. The webinar recording features veteran journalist Carey Gillam, who is Research Director for the non-profit U.S. Right to Know and author of Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.
Carey is joined by Dr. Dana Barr, Environmental Health Professor at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health for a conversation on the impacts of glyphosate on our food and health and how this research serves as a case study for the importance of scientific and journalistic rigor. The discussion was moderated by journalist Paul Thacker and will be followed by an audience question and answer session.
The Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) convenes global experts to address the impacts to society from climate and other disruptions to natural systems. Our main products are free webinars on energy, food and water security, public health, urban resilience, economic vitality, infrastructure, governance and other impacts that must be solved in meeting climate security challenges.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
The links are listed here to be used in whatever manner they may be helpful in public information campaigns, course preparation, teaching, letter-writing, lectures, class presentations, policy discussions, article writing, civic or Congressional hearings and citizen action campaigns, etc. For further information on this blog see: About this weblog. and How to use this weblog.
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