Monthly Archives: February 2018

Treasury Department Slashes Puerto Rico’s Disaster Relief Loan Fund


Published on Feb 28, 2018

Democracy Now!
Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rosselló said the U.S. Treasury Department has unexpectedly slashed the disaster relief loan for the island after Hurricane Maria. The loan has been cut to $2 billion—down from $4.7 billion. This comes as the Army Corps of Engineers says parts of Puerto Rico will not have electricity restored until the end of late May—eight months after the hurricane hit the island.

Climate News: Temps Surge at North Pole; Sea Rise Floods U.S. Bases; Shrinking Lake Chad Causes Hunger Crisis


Published on Feb 28, 2018

Democracy Now!

In news on the environment and climate change, scientists have been stunned by the unprecedented warm temperatures in the North Pole, which has surged above freezing temperatures in the middle of the winter. Meanwhile, a number of retired U.S. military generals and admirals say rising sea levels are flooding an increasing number of U.S. military bases around the world. In Nigeria, leaders from across Africa are gathering to discuss the escalating hunger crisis of 17 million people who depend on Lake Chad, which is shrinking due to climate change. And in China, more than a quarter of a million companies that discharge air and water pollution will have to start paying an environmental tax beginning in April, under China’s new Environmental Protection Tax Law.


Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 with Frank Snowden

Published on Mar 16, 2011

Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 (HIST 234)

Epidemics, or high-impact infectious diseases, have had an historical impact equal to that of wars, revolutions and economic crises. This course looks at the various ways in which these diseases have affected societies in Europe and North America from 1600 to the present. Contrary to optimistic mid-twentieth-century predictions, epidemic diseases still pose a major threat to human well-being. Diseases will be considered not only in their biological effects, but also as social, political and cultural phenomena. Attention will therefore be given to the different forms of human response to epidemics, from medical science to artistic representations.

00:00 – Chapter 1. The Historical Importance of Epidemics
09:28 – Chapter 2. Themes of the Course
18:48 – Chapter 3. Humoralism and Bubonic Plague

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

Ancient Mesopotamia (Documentary)

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Published on Feb 8, 2016

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Environmental Politics and Law with John Wargo

Published on Mar 11, 2011

Environmental Politics and Law (EVST 255)

Professor John Wargo introduces the central question of the course, “Can law shape a sustainable future for ten billion people?” The purpose of the course is to examine the most important U.S. laws adopted over the past forty years, and to evaluate their effectiveness. Lectures will present histories of nuclear experimentation, industrial and organic agriculture, air quality, plastics, wilderness, green building certification, and land use regulation. By the end of the course students will be exposed to diverse statutory and regulatory strategies to prevent pollution, reduce wastes, protect human health, conserve energy, and to protect wild lands.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction: Case Histories; Public and Private Sectors

18:02 – Chapter 2. Course Requirements

19:22 – Chapter 3. Major Course Themes

22:53 – Chapter 4. What is Our Capacity to Manage Environmental Quality?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmental Change with Ron Smith

Published on Apr 5, 2012

The Atmosphere, the Ocean and Environmental Change (GG 140)

This course studies the atmosphere and the ocean as parts of Earth’s climate system. The climate is studied in both quantitative and qualitative ways through use of the textbook, lectures, labs and problem sets. Today’s lecture includes an examination of Hurricane Irene that hit Connecticut a few days ago on August 28. For this, we use several website sources of local weather information:satellite, radar, tide gauges.. The atmosphere is gravitationally attracted to the Earth and is composed of gases that are invisible to the human eye. We are able to detect the presence of the atmosphere through our perceptions of the presence of air and changes in pressure.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Introduction

06:56 – Chapter 2. Course Overview

12:39 – Chapter 3. New Haven Weather Data during Hurricane Irene

27:43 – Chapter 4. Prof. Smith’s Background and Research Interests

30:40 – Chapter 5. What is an Atmosphere?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Fall 2011.