Daily Archives: July 12, 2018

Earth Ice Age Documentary

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Secrets of the Stone Age


DW Documentary

Published on Jul 12, 2018

During the Stone Age, humans shifted from the nomadic lifestyle to the more settled life of farmers. A documentary on an important period of human history. Around 12,000 years ago, humans underwent a transition from nomads to settlers. That epoch, the Stone Age, produced monumental building works. Part 1 of this two-part documentary illuminates the cultural background of these structures and shows the difficulties Stone Age humans had to contend with. Until around 10,000 BC, humans lived as hunters and gatherers. Then an irreversible change began. Settlements formed. “For millions of years humans lived as foragers and suddenly their lives changed radically. This was far more radical than the start of the digital age or industrialization,” says prehistorian Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. For a long time, scholars believed that a sedentary lifestyle was a prerequisite for constructing large buildings. Then archaeologist Klaus Schmidt discovered Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, a 12,000-year-old complex of stone blocks weighing up to 20 tons. Its builders were still hunter- gatherers. They decorated the stone columns with ornate animal reliefs. How these structures were used and who was allowed access to them remains a mystery. But we now know that the site was abandoned and covered over once settlements took root. Human development continued its course. The discovery of agriculture and animal husbandry led to larger settlements, a changed diet and ultimately to dependence on material goods. This social upheaval in the late Neolithic period has influenced our lives up to the present day. But experts agree that the monuments of the Stone Age prove that humans have gigantomanic tendencies and a need to immortalize themselves.

Secrets of the Stone Age (2/2) | DW Documentary

DW Documentary

Published on Jul 12, 2018

How were our Stone Age ancestors capable of building gigantic structures like burial mounds and stone rings? An insight into the history of humankind. Around 12,000 years ago, humans underwent a transition from the mobile lifestyle of hunter-gatherers to the settled life of farmers. That epoch, the Stone Age, produced monumental building works. How did our ancestors live and build back then? Part 2 of this two-part documentary takes us to unique archaeological sites in Scotland, Brittany, Austria, Malta, Turkey and Jordan. The gigantic stone circles, temples and tombs from the Stone Age beg the question not only as to why this effort was made, but also of how, given the technical possibilities of the time, our ancestors were capable of building structures like the Barnenez burial mound or the stone ring of Orkney. How many people did they need to transport a 20-ton stone? A team led by experimental archaeologist Wolfgang Lobisser carries out a test with a wooden sledge and a two-ton stone block. The Neolithic seems to have been a fairly peaceful era; at least, no artifacts indicating military conflicts have been found so far. Raids and attacks that wiped out entire villages have only been confirmed for the later Bronze Age. But the foundations of many disputes were laid back then. In addition to cult objects, the Neolithic also saw the development of the first trading systems. “The people of the Neolithic were the first to become really dependent on material goods,” says Marion Benz from the University of Freiburg, pointing to wafer-thin sandstone rings that researchers have found in large numbers in the Neolithic village of Ba’ja in Jordan. We need to know about prehistory in order to understand the present. Population explosion, consumerism and megacities are ultimately the heritage of the Neolithic period, when sedentary societies first appeared.

From Trump To The Pope: Cartoonist Ted Rall

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Published on Jul 12, 2018

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How Much Oil Is Left On Earth?

NowThis World

Published on Oct 22, 2015

Brothers Of Refuge http://testu.be/20PaAfh Is The EU To Blame For The Migrant Crisis? http://testu.be/1KlSu9q » Subscribe to NowThis World: http://go.nowth.is/World_Subscribe Overwhelmed with the mass influx of refugees, European countries are taking extreme measures to tighten regulations. So how’s the migrant crisis changing the EU? Learn More: Migrant crisis:
Migration to Europe explained in graphics http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-…
“More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people.” Schengen: Controversial EU free movement deal explained http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-…
“The Schengen Agreement abolished the EU’s internal borders, enabling passport-free movement across most of the bloc.”
Germany sends hundreds of migrants back to Austria every day http://www.dw.com/en/germany-sends-hu…
“Germany has been refusing an increasing number of migrants at its southern border, Austrian authorities say.” Danish MPs approve seizing valuables from refugees http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01… “Package of measures to deter asylum seekers passed, including confiscation of cash and valuables exceeding $1,450.”

Why the world will remain thirsty for oil for decades


Sky News

Published on Feb 22, 2018

BP has published its annual review and estimates the planet will reach peak oil in the 2030s. The oil giant has also set out a complex picture for the future of energy as renewables grow while development ramps up demand for power. Tags – oil, bp, british petroleum, coal, fossil fuel, energy, renewables, wind, solar, business, ian king, annual review, 2040, natural gas.

Robert Reich: 7 Truths About Immigration


Robert ReichPublished on Jul 12, 2018

Robert Reich delivers 7 facts about immigrants. Watch More: Trump’s 4 Biggest Immigration Myths ►► https://youtu.be/KR3JyVg7VzU

Capturing Carbon with Soils


Climate State
Published on Jul 12, 2018

Negative emissions from soil management. Speaker: Pete Smith (May 2018) Pete Smith is the Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), and is Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange).

Since 1996, he has served as Convening Lead Author, Lead Author and Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is a global ecosystem modeller with interests in soils, agriculture, food security, bioenergy, greenhouse gases, climate change, greenhouse gas removal technologies, and climate change impacts and mitigation.

He was a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2008-2013), and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (since 2008), a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists (since 2015), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (since 2009). He was awarded the British Ecological Society Marsh Award for Climate Change Research in 2014, and the European Geophysical Union Duchaufour Medal for ‘distinguished contributions to soil science’ in 2017. https://royalsociety.org/people/peter… Soil carbon sequestration and biochar as negative emission technologies https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/f…