Daily Archives: August 3, 2018

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: Yuval Noah Harari

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

Leaked final government draft of UN 1.5C climate report – annotated

Published on 27/06/2018, 11:05am

A draft summary of the most important climate science report of 2018, published here annotated with changes from the previous version

By Karl Mathiesen, Megan Darby and Soila Apparicio

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What is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C?

The 2015 Paris climate deal outlined two distinct goals:

Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

At the Paris conference, governments also charged the UN’s climate science panel, the IPCC, with producing a report that assessed the difference between these two goals would be, in terms of impacts on human life, the economy and the global environment. That report is due to be published in October.

Our story: Warming of 2C ‘substantially’ more harmful than 1.5C – draft UN report

What is this document?

This is the second draft of the summary for policymakers of the special report on 1.5C.

It has been compiled by climate scientists from around the world. A draft, which was published by Climate Home News in February, was circulated to the scientific community for review earlier this year.

The latest version, dated 4 June, has been sent to governments for comments on the ‘summary for policymakers’ (see below). The review runs until 29 July.

What is a ‘summary for policymakers’?

The full report, known as the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C, will run to hundreds of pages of scientific data and findings. This is shortened set of conclusions and findings drawn from the larger report designed to provide information in a useable way for decision makers. Throughout the text you’ll see references to chapters in the larger report in curved brackets: eg. {2.3,2.5.3}.

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Is this the final version?

No. This is a draft document and subject to change. The findings and recommendations should be read in that context.

After the document has been reviewed by governments, the entire report will go before the IPCC plenary to be approved (or not) by the member states. That final version is due to be released in October.

What are the comments on this document?

While this document is not a finalised or agreement version, it does represent an important progression on earlier drafts. We have summarised some of the changes here. CHN journalists have scoured the two drafts and applied comments where we note significant changes have been made since January.

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9/11: Architect’s Guide | Part 1: World Trade Center 7 (8/2/18 webinar – R Gage)

Streamed live 17 hours ago

9/11: An Architect’s Guide | Part 1 – World Trade Center 7 Course Number: AE911-AAG-L1 1 HSW LU’s for Part 1 Architects & Engineers: To obtain credit for this course while watching the live webinar please submit your attendance as directed by the hosts. at http://AE911Truth.org/Coninuing-Ed (If you would like to earn learning units for one of our 3 AIA CES-approved courses, we encourage you to visit http://AE911Truth.org/Continuing-Ed, where you may watch the videos and take the quizzes to earn units.

Live three-part webinar series. Each of the 3 parts can earn architects and engineers one or two HSW Learning Units as per the course descriptions.

Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth is pleased to be an AIA CES-approved provider of continuing education for architects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to conducting research and providing education about the complete destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers, our courses give architects the technical knowledge and analytical framework with which to evaluate the most likely cause of those building failures.

Course Description:

In Part 1 of “9/11: An Architect’s Guide,” Richard Gage, AIA, provides an overview of the most important evidence regarding the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7), a 47-story high-rise that was not struck by an airplane.
The damage WTC 7 suffered from the collapse of the North Tower was found to be inconsequential. It had fires that were similar to those that have occurred previously in high-rise buildings. Yet it fell symmetrically into its own footprint in the manner of a typical controlled demolition.
In 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) concluded that WTC 7’s destruction was caused by normal office fires that burned “at temperatures hundreds of degrees below those typically considered in design practice for establishing structural fire resistance ratings.”
Is NIST’s explanation for this unprecedented structural failure valid? Decide for yourself after watching this informative one-hour presentation. Using the information presented, you will be able to evaluate which of the two hypotheses — fire-induced failure or controlled demolition — is more consistent with the evidence.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of building fires and the aspects of high-rise design that contribute to make fire-induced failure in steel-framed high-rise buildings a rare occurrence.
2. Recognize the distinct features associated with fire-induced failure and the distinct features associated with the procedure of controlled demolition.
3. Describe step-by-step the series of structural failures that the National Institute of Standards and Technology found to be the most likely cause of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7.
4. Analyze the physical evidence and dynamics of Building 7’s collapse according to how consistent they are with the competing hypotheses of fire-induced failure and controlled demolition.

For more information: visit http://AE911Truth.org and http://WTC7Evaluation.org Category Science & Technology License Standard YouTube License