Daily Archives: February 4, 2018

Human Population Through Time


American Museum of Natural History
Published on Nov 4, 2016

It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?

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Boston by streetcar, 1903. Boston Elevated Railway trolley and elevated cars

PudgyvPublished on Oct 4, 2014

Touring around Boston by streetcar, trolley, 1903. Edison, North Station, South Station, Atlantic Ave. El. Copley Sq. Huntington Ave.

San Francisco 1900


Will Taylor
Published on May 20, 2011

Music by Will Taylor

New York — before the City | Eric Sanderson


TED

Published on Oct 13, 2009

http://www.ted.com 400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta’s fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife — accurate down to the block — when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn’t get delivery.

Noam Chomsky: Trump Administration is Aiming to Decimate All Programs to Help Working People


Democracy Now!
Published on Apr 4, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Seventy-five days ago today, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. Trump has expanded U.S. military operations in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia, while resuming arms sales to Bahrain. At the United Nations, the Trump administration led a boycott of U.N. talks to ban nuclear weapons, while pushing for the United States to expand its own nuclear arsenal. Trump picked climate deniers to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the Energy Department, while slashing the EPA’s programs to combat climate change. He’s also attempted unsuccessfully to ban refugees and people from majority-Muslim nations from entering the U.S., and to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. For more on President Trump’s first 75 days, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. His new book, out today, is titled “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.”

Noam Chomsky – Why The World Hates America

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Published on Dec 6, 2017

Noam Chomsky goes over all of the unethical and illegal aggressions that American presidents have taken in the past 100 or so years.

Reckoning with climate change will demand ugly tradeoffs from environmentalists — and everyone else – Vox

Being a climate hawk is not easy for anyone. By david Jan 27, 2018, 8:30am EST
Climate change is a crisis. Serious damages are already underway, there’s enough carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to ensure more damages to come, and if carbon emissions continue unchecked, species-threatening damages become a non-trivial risk.

Lots of people acknowledge this. But it’s one thing to acknowledge it and another to follow all the implications, wherever they lead. Very few people have let the reality of the situation sink in deep enough that it reshapes their values and priorities. Being a consistent climate hawk, it turns out, is extremely difficult.

Let’s take a look at an example, then pull back to ponder the broader problem.

Zero-carbon energy vs. environmentalists in New England

The operators of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant, the only remaining nuclear plant in Massachusetts, have said that they will close the plant no later than June 2019. It has long been plagued with maintenance and safety issues, and nuclear is having a hard time competing in wholesale energy markets.

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