Daily Archives: October 9, 2018

The Atlantic Slave Trade Interactive History Map

Published on Jun 14, 2013

See http://shop.timemaps.com for full information. This Topic TimeMap is an interactive history map crammed full of learning materials for students aged 11-14yrs.

Slavery’s History in the Age of the Database: Interface Design for Corrupted Files

Duke Franklin Humanities Institute
Published on Nov 15, 2016

Part of the Humanities Futures initiative: http://humanitiesfutures.org By responding creatively to the archival challenges presented by the social history of slavery, Harvard Professor Vincent Brown hopes to inspire new conversations about the inheritance of loss and the legacy of struggle. This presentation considers three graphic histories: an animated visualization of Voyages: The Transatlantic Slave Trade Database, a cartographic narrative of the Jamaican slave revolt of 1760-61, and a web-based archive of enslaved family lineages in Jamaica and Virginia.

Together these projects invite a reconsideration of how slavery’s history has been, could be, and should be represented. This one and half-day symposium examined the archival and popular representation of chattel slavery, as altered by the cultural and technological transformations of the 21st century. Scholars explored the histories and legacies of slavery in the Atlantic world, as they occur in art, film, literature, legal records, museums, social interaction, and technology.

Our goal was to think across methodological approaches to slavery in order to clarify the exigencies and demands for continued investigation of the bondsperson’s experiences and the cultural significance of slavery. Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, is a multi-media historian with a keen interest in the political implications of cultural practice. He directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery. “Rethinking Slavery in the 21st Century: Images and Archives” was co-sponsored by the Duke University’s Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS), the Art, Art History & Visual Studies department, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, and the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI).


California Newsreel
Published on Apr 14, 2009

To watch the entire documentary, to read background information and to order DVDs, visit: http://newsreel.org/video/HERSKOVITS-…
A compelling examination of the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored, “The Myth of the Negro Past.” http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp…

Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness

California Newsreel
Published on Apr 14, 2009

To watch the entire documentary, to read background information and to order DVDs, visit: http://newsreel.org/video/HERSKOVITS-…
A compelling examination of the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored, “The Myth of the Negro Past.” http://www.newsreel.org/nav/title.asp…

Climate Scientist: As U.N. Warns of Global Catastrophe, We Need a “Marsh all Plan” for Climate Change

Democracy Now!

Published on Oct 9, 2018

https://democracynow.org – A new report from the United Nations’ climate panel warns humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges immediate and unprecedented changes to global policy in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5ºC. We speak with Kevin Anderson, Zennström professor in climate change leadership at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University and chair of energy and climate change at the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester in Britain. He says that the IPCC report fails to hold the world’s highest emitters accountable and argues a “Marshall Plan” for climate change is necessary to save the planet from destruction. “About 70 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide [come] from about 20 percent of the world population. … When we try to address climate change and reduce our emissions by focusing on all 7.5 billion people, I think it misunderstands where the actual responsibility of emissions resides,” Anderson says. “We’re not developing policies that need to be tailored to that particular 20 percent.”

Time Is Running Out To Control Climate Change, U.N. Report Says | On Point

A new U.N. report says the targets set by the Paris climate accord aren’t enough to stop massive ecosystem change in the next 50 years. We’ll look at what can be done.


Chris Mooney, covers climate change, energy and the environment for the Washington Post. (@chriscmooney)

Drew Shindell, professor of climate sciences at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.

From The Reading List

The Washington Post: The World Has Just Over A Decade To Get Climate Change Under Control, U.N. Scientists Say — “The radical transformation also would mean that, in a world projected to have more than 2 billion additional people by 2050, large swaths of land currently used to produce food would instead have to be converted to growing trees that store carbon and crops designated for energy use. The latter would be used as part of a currently nonexistent program to get power from trees or plants and then bury the resulting carbon dioxide emissions in the ground, leading to a net subtraction of the gas from the air — bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, or BECCS.”

The New York Times: Why Half a Degree of Global Warming Is a Big Deal — “‘If you’re looking at this one region, which is already water-scarce today and sees a lot of political instability, half a degree makes a really big difference,’ said Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, the head of climate science and impacts at Climate Analytics and the lead author of that study. ‘It’s a good reminder that no one experiences the global average temperature.'”

The Guardian: World ‘Nowhere Near On Track’ To Avoid Warming Beyond 1.5C Target — “‘It’s extraordinarily challenging to get to the 1.5C target and we are nowhere near on track to doing that,” said Drew Shindell, a Duke University climate scientist and a co-author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which will be unveiled in South Korea next month. ‘While it’s technically possible, it’s extremely improbable, absent a real sea change in the way we evaluate risk. We are nowhere near that.'”

Prize-Winning Economist: U.S. Opposition to Climate Science Will End

Oct 09, 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics to Yale University’s William Nordhaus and New York University’s Paul Romer for their work on adapting environmental models to fit models of economic growth. Speaking from Yale’s campus Monday, Professor Nordhaus said the U.S. would come to accept the science of climate change—after President Trump leaves office.

Prof. William Nordhaus: “This administration won’t last forever. I think it’s really anomalous among, in the United States, this degree of hostility to environmental policy and climate change policy. So, all I can do is hope that we’ll get through this without too much damage.”

Hurricane Michael Kills 13 in Central America, Approaches U.S. Coast

Oct 09, 2018

In Central America, at least 13 people have died after torrential downpours from Hurricane Michael hit Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, causing major flooding and landslides.

The hurricane is expected to make landfall in the Florida panhandle as a Category 3 storm on Wednesday, with Florida Governor Rick Scott declaring a state of emergency in 35 counties and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declaring a state of emergency for the whole state. This is Governor Rick Scott.

Gov. Rick Scott: “Storm surge, rain, floods—we can see tornadoes. So, you gotta follow the weather, you gotta listen when they say to evacuate, you have got to evacuate. Don’t wait til the last minute, because this, this is different from a lot of the storms that we’ve seen—since I’ve been governor—it’s fast.”

The hurricane’s approach came as President Trump visited Florida ahead of the storm on Monday. Trump made no mention of climate change or a new landmark United Nations report saying humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate climate change or face global catastrophe. We’ll have more on the climate report later in the broadcast.

IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC – RealClimate

IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC

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— gavin @ 7 October 2018

Responding to climate change is far more like a marathon than a sprint.

The IPCC 1.5ºC Special report (#SR15) has been released:


It’s well worth reading the SPM and FAQs before confidently pronouncing on the utility or impact of this report. The FAQs include the following questions:

  1. FAQ 1.1: Why are we talking about 1.5°C?
  2. FAQ 1.2: How close are we to 1.5°C?
  3. FAQ 2.1: What kind of pathways limit warming to 1.5°C and are we on track?
  4. FAQ 2.2: What do energy supply and demand have to do with limiting warming to 1.5°C?
  5. FAQ 3.1: What are the impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C of warming?
  6. FAQ 4.1: What transitions could enable limiting global warming to 1.5°C?
  7. FAQ 4.2: What are Carbon Dioxide Removal and negative emissions?
  8. FAQ 4.3: Why is adaptation important in a 1.5°C warmer world?
  9. FAQ 5.1: What are the connections between sustainable development and limiting global warming to 1.5°C?
  10. FAQ 5.2: What are the pathways to achieving poverty reduction and reducing inequalities while reaching the 1.5°C world?

First thing to remember is that this special report was commissioned from the UNFCCC on the back of the Paris Accord (which is not the process for main IPCC reports). Secondly, the IPCC is constrained to only assess published literature or otherwise publically available data. This means that if no groups have studied a question, there isn’t much to assess. Sometimes the gaps are apparent even in the scoping of the reports which can encourage people to focus on them at an early stage and have publications ready in time for the final report, but one of the main impacts of any of these reports is to influence research directions going forward.

See full report:

PBS NewsHour October 8, 2018 – Rafe Pomerance and Gavin Schmidt

PBS NewsHour

Published on Oct 8, 2018
Rafe Pomerance, Woods Hole Science Center and Gavin Schmidt, NASA Goddard