Daily Archives: August 1, 2018

China to US on Tariffs: ‘Blackmail’ Will Not Work

Thousands Remain Evacuated in Calif. Wildfires

Press Release July 2018 English – Earth Overshoot Day

OAKLAND, CA, USA—JULY 23, 2018—On August 1, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international research organization. This date is called Earth Overshoot Day—the date when humanity’s annual demand on nature exceeds what Earth’s ecosystems can renew in that year.

In other words, humanity is currently using nature 1.7 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.7 Earths.

Global Footprint Network calculates Earth Overshoot Day every year using Ecological Footprint accounting, which adds up all of people’s competing demands on nature, including demand for food, timber, and fibers (cotton); absorption of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels; and buildings, roads and other infrastructure. August 1 is the earliest Earth Overshoot Day since the world went into ecological overshoot in the 1970s.

The costs of this ecological overspending include deforestation; collapsing fisheries; fresh-water scarcity; soil erosion; biodiversity loss; and the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, leading to climate change and more severe droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes. These threats can produce desperation and force many people to migrate to cities or other countries.

Global Footprint Network and its partners will mark Earth Overshoot Day 2018 with several activities around the world, including:

  • In New York, a short video in Times Square from July 20 to August 3 features stunning footage by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.
  • From Oakland and Paris, Global Footprint Network and Schneider Electric will host a webinar titled “Living on a Finite Planet: Strategies for Sustainable Resource Utilization” at 8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. UTC Tuesday, July 24. To register, visit bit.ly/2KQrY1B.
  • In Berlin, Germanwatch and Inkota and other partners will hold an Overshoot Day press conference at 9 a.m. CET August 1.
  • In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) will show a special screening of “Under the Ox Paw,” a documentary film about the cattle invasion in the Amazon, on August 1.
  • In the 10 U.S. cities with the largest carbon footprints, more than 10,000 free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away by the Center for Biological Diversity.

#MoveTheDate Live Stream

Global Footprint Network will feature these events and more with interviews from around the world through a live broadcast on Facebook and YouTube at 11 p.m. July 31 PDT / 6 a.m. Aug. 1 UTC and 9 a.m. August 1 PDT / 4 p.m. UTC. To watch, visit www.facebook.com/GlobalFootprintNetwork.

The show will include interviews with Christiana Figueres, the former climate chief of the UN; Erik Solheim, executive director of the UN Environment Programme; Nicolas Hulot, the French minister of ecological transition; Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; David Levine, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; Carter Roberts, CEO, World Wildlife Fund US; Kathleen Rogers, President, Earth Day Network; Esther Finidori, Manager of Environmental Performance and CO2 Strategy, Schneider Electric; and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg. The show also will feature partners from WWF China, France, Japan, and Russia; ZERO, an environmental partner in Portugal; and from the U.S., Center for Biological Diversity, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, Powerhouse, and Turning Green.

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UN’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible start in life | UN News

11 April 2018 Health

Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life.

The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, issued jointly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.

“Breastfeeding saves lives,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “It’s benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last well into adulthood.”

Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhoea and other infections when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. Breastfeeding for the first two years would annually save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five.

Hospitals are not there just to cure the ill. They are there to promote life and ensure people can thrive and live their lives to their full potential – WHO chief

Breastfeeding also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life. It is vital to a child’s lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether or not a child is breastfed can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential.

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UNICEF urges wealthy countries to encourage more breastfeeding | UN News

10 May 2018  Health

Babies in wealthy countries are five times more likely to miss out on breastfeeding than those in the under-developed, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Thursday, explaining that this gap could be addressed by better support for working mothers, and regulating sales of infant formula.

Some 7.6 million babies across the world are not breastfed each year despite clear evidence that it can save lives, and protect babies and mothers against deadly diseases.

Evidence suggests breastfeeding also boosts brain development and improves educational outcomes, UNICEF said in a new study, published on Thursday.

In high-income countries, 21 per cent of babies are not breastfed at all, while in low- and-middle-income countries, the figure on average is only four per cent.

Mothers in wealthier countries often lack support for breastfeeding at home or in the workplace.

“Breastfeeding is the best gift a mother, rich or poor, can give her child, as well as herself,” said Shahida Azfar, UNICEF’s acting Deputy Executive Director. “As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we must give the world’s mothers the support they need to breastfeed.”

According to the study, 99 per cent of babies in Bhutan, Madagascar and Peru are breastfed at least once. But this rate is only 55 per cent in Ireland, 74 per cent in the United States and 77 per cent in Spain.

The US alone accounts for more than one-third of the 2.6 million babies in high-income countries who were never breastfed.

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Degree Factory: Why Universities Are So Expensive

2nd video of the BC Animated series.

Why are universities in America so expensive? This issue has become a hot topic over the past few years as student debt has skyrocketed.

While graduation rates have never been higher, youth underemployment has never been this bad.

In the past, universities were reserved for the select few who could afford their expensive and selective programs, but getting a degree also meant being essentially set for life.

Today, people with a degree aren’t guaranteed a job fitting their specialization, or in fact any job at all.

With such uncertainty, many students wonder whether graduation is even worth it, as most are saddled with nearly unbearable student debt which they will be repaying for a long time.

In this video, we will explore the origin of universities as a business in America, and how their popularization has created a lot of problems for contemporary American graduates.

Under the kind patronage of Samuel Patterson.

How to Use With Roundup® for Lawns Bug Destroyer

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Published on Jun 12, 2018

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How The US Made China Great Again

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Published on Jun 22, 2018

The USPS lies at the heart of the Chinese e-commerce boom, but it’s also the carrier of choice for online drug dealers. Find out why in Cheddar’s video: https://youtu.be/3vFRcgu1xr8

46th video of the Behind the Business Series. The rise of Chinese manufacturing has in large part been driven by the emergence of e-commerce in the Western world. Developed economies in Europe and North America created huge demand for cheap goods and China was more than happy to deliver.

But while “free shipping” might be a ubiquitous term today on almost every online store, what made that possible is an obscure international organization. It turns out that China owes its immense success to a branch of the UN very few people know even exist.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) sets the rates between individual countries, which fulfill each other’s mail. The UPU considers China to be a developing country on par with Jamaica and Serbia, which is why it gives Chinese packages coming into the US very cheap rates. In fact, the UPU-mandated rates are so low that the USPS loses $1.10 on every package it delivers for China Post.

This is essentially a subsidy by US taxpayers to Chinese manufacturers, and while America got a great deal (very cheap products) it did sacrifice local manufacturing along the way. Under the kind patronage of Nagabhushanam Peddi, Dan Supernault, Samuel Patterson, James Gallagher, Brett Gmoser & Roman Badalyan.

Hudson’s Bay Company: From Fur Trading to Retail

Business Casual

Published on Oct 29, 2017

33rd video of the Behind the Business Series.

The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) is a Canadian retail business group. A fur trading business for much of its existence, HBC now owns and operates retail stores in Canada, the United States and parts of Europe, including Belgium and Germany.

The company’s namesake business division is Hudson’s Bay, and other divisions include Galeria Kaufhof, Gilt, Home Outfitters, Lord & Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue. The company was incorporated by English royal charter in 1670 as The Governor and Company of Adventurers of England trading into Hudson’s Bay and functioned as the de facto government in parts of North America before European states and later the United States laid claim to some of those territories.

It was once the world’s largest landowner, with the area of the Hudson Bay watershed, known as Rupert’s Land, having 15% of North American acreage. From its long-time headquarters at York Factory on Hudson Bay, the company controlled the fur trade throughout much of the English and later British controlled North America for several centuries.

Undertaking early exploration, its traders and trappers forged relationships with many groups of aboriginal peoples. Its network of trading posts formed the nucleus for later official authority in many areas of Western Canada and the United States.

In the late 19th century, with its signing of the Deed of Surrender, its vast territory became the largest portion of the newly formed Dominion of Canada, in which the company was the largest private landowner. Under the kind patronage of Dan Supernault and Samuel Patterson.

Bayer: Need Some Heroin for Your Cough?

Business Casual

Published on Jun 10, 2016

Second video of the Behind the Business Series. Bayer is a German multinational chemical, pharmaceutical and life sciences company.

Bayer’s primary areas of business include human and veterinary pharmaceuticals; consumer healthcare products; agricultural chemicals and biotechnology products; and high value polymers. Bayer’s first and best known product was aspirin.

Bayer trademarked the name “heroin” for the drug diacetylmorphine and marketed it as a cough suppressant and non-addictive substitute for morphine from 1898 to 1910. It was part of IG Farben, the world’s largest chemical and pharmaceutical company, from 1925 to 1952.

During World War II, IG Farben used slave labor in factories that it built adjacent to German concentration camps, notably Auschwitz.

After World War II, the Allies broke up IG Farben and Bayer reappeared as an individual business “inheriting” many of IG Farben’s assets. In May 2016,

Bayer offered to buy U.S. seeds company Monsanto for $62 billion. Bayer attempted to purchase Monsanto again for $66 billion in September 2016, Monsanto accepted this bid and the merger is pending approval.

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