Daily Archives: August 8, 2018

The Heat: Urbanization changing China


CGTN America
Published on Aug 8, 2018 Part 1

China’s expanding its cities and building new urbanized centers in a bid to increase growth and income. To discuss this, tonight’s panel includes, Weiping Wu is the director of Columbia University’s Masters Urban Planning program and the co-author of “The Chinese City”, focusing on China’s urbanization; Uwe Brandes, director of the Masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University; Stefan Al, an urban design and Senior Associate Principal with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Yan Song, who served as an urban planning and transportation consultant in China, and is currently the director of the Chinese Cities program at the University of North Carolina.

The Heat: Urbanization changing China Pt 2


CGTN America
Published on Aug 8, 2018

China’s expanding its cities and building new urbanized centers in a bid to increase growth and income. To discuss this, tonight’s panel includes, Weiping Wu is the director of Columbia University’s Masters Urban Planning program and the co-author of “The Chinese City”, focusing on China’s urbanization; Uwe Brandes, director of the Masters program in Urban and Regional Planning at Georgetown University; Stefan Al, an urban design and Senior Associate Principal with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Yan Song, who served as an urban planning and transportation consultant in China, and is currently the director of the Chinese Cities program at the University of North Carolina.

California wildfires could burn until September


CGTN America
Published on Aug 8, 2018

Heading home, some residents evacuated ahead of California wildfires are being allowed to return. But around 1500 in Northern California are still under a mandatory evacuation order. About 19000 people fled California’s worst-ever wildfire. Officials said it could continue to burn until September. CGTN’S Dan Williams has more.

Temperatures in Spain, Portugal could reach 48°C as Europe struggles with heatwav e


FRANCE 24 English

Published on Aug 2, 2018

Europe Wildfires: Portugal battles fires as heatwave continues


TRT World

Published on Aug 6, 2018

The heatwave sweeping through Europe has claimed more victims. Officials in Spain have confirmed that two more people have died in record high temperatures. The heatwave is beginning to ease, but as Ruby Zaman reports, its effects across Europe will be felt for a long time to come

Are China and the US doomed to conflict? | Kevin Rudd


TED
Published on Apr 1, 2015

The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is also a longtime student of China, with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. He asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative.

Portugal struggles to put out Algarve wildfire


CGTN
Published on Aug 8, 2018

Wildfires have scorched Portugal’s southern Algarve region. About 2,000 firefighters and soldiers have been battling the blaze. The fires have left scores of people injured, and forced hundreds from their homes.

6 major US cities could be underwater within 80 years — here are the dis turbing ‘after’ images


Business Insider

Published on Jul 29, 2017

If the worst climate-change predictions come true, hundreds of coastal US towns and cities — from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to Galveston, Texas — could disappear underwater by 2100. The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Agency released a report in January that hinted at the possibility of an “extreme” sea-level-rise scenario that could cause chronic flooding to affect as many as 670 coastal communities. That scenario is considered unlikely but possible. The research group Climate Central took the projections laid out in NOAA’s report and created a plug-in for Google Earth that shows how catastrophic the damage would be if the flooding happened today. You can install it (directions here) and see anywhere in the US.

How Will Climate Change And Population Growth Affect You?


The Real Truth About Health
Published on Dec 24, 2017

Climate change is still, arguably, the most critical and controversial issue facing the world in the twenty-first century.

Mark Maslin includes crucial updates from the last few years, including the results of the 2013 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report, the effects of ocean acidification, and the impact of changes to global population and health. Exploring all of the key topics in the debate, Maslin makes sense of the complexities climate change involves, from political and social issues to environmental and scientific. Looking at its predicated impacts, he explores all of the controversies and also explains the various proposed solutions.

Climate change: Are we all doomed? – UpFront


Al Jazeera English

Published on Nov 11, 2017
This month, the United States released an exhaustive scientific report on climate change, citing humans as the dominant cause of global warming.

So, should we still be optimistic about humans’ ability to combat climate change? And should we be worried about the possible doomsday scenarios that have been presented in the media? Or are these scenarios counter-productive?

David Wallace-Wells, the author of a controversial article titled The Uninhabitable Earth, which paints a pessimistic doomsday scenario for planet Earth, believes people are not as worried as they should be about the grave consequences of climate change:

“I think when you look at the public as a whole, it’s just very, very clear to me, and honestly, I don’t see a counter argument, that the public is not alarmed enough about what is possible and not motivated enough by that alarm to take political action,” says Wallace-Wells, who is also a deputy editor at New York Magazine.

For Andrew Freedman, senior science editor at Mashable, we need a more level approach:

“Is climate change fatalism a bigger problem than climate complacency?” asks Freedman, who is also a former science writer at Climate Central. “I think they’re both big problems. Neither one of them is necessarily a solution. I would prefer, like, climate change realism here.”

In this week’s Arena, David Wallace-Wells and Andrew Freedman debate how to cover climate change in a way that motivates the public to action.

TWO-MINUTE TALKING POINT – What does population growth mean for climate change? by Laurie Goering


Thomson Reuters Foundation

Published on Jul 17, 2013
“You might think that cutting population growth is most important in places like Africa, where birthrates are higher than anywhere else in the world. …But in fact, it’s curbing population in rich, developed countries that has the biggest influence on climate change.”