Daily Archives: October 25, 2018

Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting – Yale E360


Rising global temperatures are altering climatic zones around the planet, with consequences for food and water security, local economies, and public health. Here’s a stark look at some of the distinct features that are already on the move.

As human-caused emissions change the planet’s atmosphere, and people reshape the landscape, things are changing fast. The receding line of Arctic ice has made headlines for years, as the white patch at the top of our planet shrinks dramatically. The ocean is rising, gobbling up coastlines. Plants, animals, and diseases are on the move as their patches of suitable climate move too.

Sometimes, the lines on the map can literally be redrawn: the line of where wheat will grow, or where tornadoes tend to form, where deserts end, where the frozen ground thaws, and even where the boundaries of the tropics lie.

Here we summarize some of the littler-known features that have shifted in the face of climate change and pulled the map out from under the people living on the edges. Everything about global warming is changing how people grow their food, access their drinking water, and live in places that are increasingly being flooded, dried out, or blasted with heat waves. Seeing these changes literally drawn on a map helps to hammer these impacts home.

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How Trump’s trade wars hurt US farmers


Published on Oct 23, 2018

As a result of President Donald Trump’s trade wars with China and other countries, US farmers are seeing a surplus of perishable goods stuck in limbo and increased prices for equipment.

In good years, cargo trains moving west along the flat, sweeping grasslands of North Dakota’s plains are a sign of money rolling in.

Today, as tariffs from America’s largest foreign soybean market — China — threaten to upend the industry, many trains sit idle.

“There are no shuttle trains leaving. There is no nothing,” said Joe Ericson, the 38-year-old president of the North Dakota Soybean Growers Association. “They can’t get rid of the beans.”

In conversations with more than 50 farmers, producers and agriculture experts in five states representing each of the five food groups, one trend was clear: The once-deep ties to President Donald Trump have frayed over the past year. But they remain intact for a small majority of farmers CNN spoke with ahead of the critical 2018 midterm elections. Democrats, who see an opening with Trump’s trade war, will likely struggle to make inroads with these voters.

The President gives all of them plenty to complain about. They grumble about his tweeting — that’s not their style — and what his trade war has done to their bottom lines. But if the President’s re-election were held tomorrow, most of them would back him. They trust Trump, and many believe Democrats don’t understand or largely ignore their way of life.

Still, Trump’s deep support in rural America, which helped propel him to the White House in 2016, is being tested. The wheat farmers, soybean growers and pork producers confront a growing trade war that is forcing them to re-evaluate their ties to the President’s Republican Party and openly question whether his mantra to “Make America Great Again” came at the expense of voters like them.

Read more on CNN.com: https://cnn.it/2CxBkty

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Robert Reich: The Next Crash

Robert Reich

Published on Oct 25, 2018

Robert Reich explains why there will be another economic crash. Watch More: Robert Reich: The Failure of Trickle-Down Economics ►► https://youtu.be/cABuFmA3nhY

Forum Network | Series | Climate Change

Climate Change

This ever-growing collection of lectures is curated around the political and public debate regarding climate change and the ideas our scientists and thought leaders have for taking action in response.

Options change as we learn more and as political attitudes evolve. Here you will find an archive of ideas from mitigation to reducing emissions; adaptation to damage caused by warming and extreme weather events; thoughtful ideas from the Design community and opinions from climate change activists.

Learn more here about the Kyoto Protocol, (1997) signed by most countries and aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the latest on The Paris Agreement (2015), including which countries have ratified its principals.

Related Collections from NPR and PBS:

NPR Special Series: Global Warming

NOVA & FRONTLINE: What’s Up with the Weather?

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Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science: Carey Gillam

It’s the herbicide on our dinner plates, a chemical so pervasive it’s in the air we breathe, our water, our soil, and even found increasingly in our own bodies. Known as Monsanto’s Roundup by consumers, and as glyphosate by scientists, the world’s most popular weed killer is used everywhere from backyard gardens to golf courses to millions of acres of farmland. For decades it’s been touted as safe enough to drink, but a growing body of evidence indicates just the opposite, with research tying the chemical to cancers and a host of other health threats.

In Whitewash, veteran journalist Carey Gillam uncovers one of the most controversial stories in the history of food and agriculture, exposing new evidence of corporate influence. Gillam introduces listeners to farm families devastated by cancers which they believe are caused by the chemical, and to scientists whose reputations have been smeared for publishing research that contradicted business interests.

Listeners learn about the arm-twisting of regulators who signed off on the chemical, echoing company assurances of safety even as they permitted higher residues of the herbicide in food and skipped compliance tests. And, in startling detail, Gillam reveals secret industry communications that pull back the curtain on corporate efforts to manipulate public perception.

Whitewash is more than an expose about the hazards of one chemical or even the influence of one company. It’s a story of power, politics, and the deadly consequences of putting corporate interests ahead of public safety.

©2017 Carey Gillam

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  • Cambridge Forum – Recorded October 24, 2018
    Carey Gillam has just won the Rachel Carson Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for her book, Whitewash, which follows the first historic verdict against Monsanto in the San Francisco courts.  This decision opens the door to more than 5,000 similar civilian litigation suits regarding cancer caused by Monsanto’s pesticides.



C-CHANGE First Friday’s with Dr. Jack Spengler – C-CHANGE | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health



Gina McCarthy on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English
Published on Oct 12, 2018