The Big Picture RT
Published on Jun 29, 2016
Dr. Michael Mann, Earth Science Center-Penn State University/Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (2nd edition) joins Thom. As record heatwaves sweep the nation and the world – are we catching a glimpse of the future under runaway climate change? And if so – can human civilization survive it?
Published on Jul 30, 2018
https://democracynow.org – At least eight people have died in California as climate change-fueled wildfires rage statewide. In total, firefighters are battling seventeen wildfires blazing across California, engulfing more than 200,000 acres and forcing mass evacuations, including in Yosemite National Park. The fires comes amid a surge of deadly extreme weather worldwide, including in India, where more than 500 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains in recent weeks. Scientists have linked increased flooding and rainfall to climate change. For more we speak with world-renowned political dissident, author, and linguist Noam Chomsky. He is a laureate professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona and Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he taught for more than 50 years.
Published on Aug 2, 2018
https://democracynow.org – With unprecedented fires, floods and heat waves sweeping the globe, 2018 is on track to be the fourth-hottest year on record. The regions most affected by the disastrous effects of global warming are overwhelmingly not the countries that have contributed the most to climate change. According to the 2018 Global Climate Risk Index released by the public policy group Germanwatch, the nine countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years are developing nations, including Honduras, Haiti, Burma, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The Indian government says more than 500 people have died as a result of flooding and heavy rains in recent weeks. In Iran, there is a chronic shortage of water, and it is estimated there is some form of drought in 97 percent of the country. We speak with Rob Nixon, professor in the humanities and the environment at Princeton University. He is the author of “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.”
Aug 09, 2018
In Japan, residents of Nagasaki gathered today to mark the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki, which killed 74,000 people and forever changed the lives of those who survived the nuclear attack. This is the Nagasaki mayor Tomihisa Taue speaking at today’s ceremony.
Tomihisa Taue: “I demand the Japanese government agree with the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, as the only country to have suffered from an atomic bombing, as well as to bear its moral responsibility to lead a nuclear-free world.”
We’ll have more on the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki later in the broadcast.
Aug 10, 2018
The American Psychological Association has voted to reject a proposal, pushed by the Pentagon, to reverse its new rules barring its psychologists from participating in interrogations. The APA approved the rules in 2015 after an independent investigation showed how the APA leadership actively colluded with the Pentagon and the CIA torture programs. The American Psychological Association is the largest group of psychologists in the world.
Aug 10, 2018
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Pentagon Thursday about President Trump’s idea to create a new military “space force” as a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.
Mike Pence: “Just as in the past, when we created the Air Force, establishing the Space Force is an idea whose time has come. The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation. What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before.”
Pence also called on Congress to allocate $8 billion for military activities in space over the next five years. President Trump tweeted Thursday, “Space force all the way!”
Published on Feb 1, 2018
For the first time in decades, it’s hard to ignore the threat of nuclear war. But as long as you’re far from the blast, you’re safe, right? Wrong. In this sobering talk, atmospheric scientist Brian Toon explains how even a small nuclear war could destroy all life on earth — and what we can do to prevent it. A professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Brian Toon investigates the causes of the ozone hole, how volcanic eruptions alter the climate, how ancient Mars had flowing rivers, and the environmental impacts of nuclear war. He contributed to the U.N.’s Nobel Peace Prize for climate change and holds numerous scientific awards, including two NASA medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. He is an avid woodworker.