Daily Archives: November 5, 2018

Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP’ s Climate Change Denial

Published on Nov 5, 2018
Democracy Now

https://democracynow.org – Just weeks after the United Nations warned that humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky. He says, “We have to make decisions now which will literally determine whether organized human life can survive in any decent form.”

Noam Chomsky – November 1, 2018

Published on Nov 2, 2018

As President Trump escalated his attacks and threats against the Central American migrant caravans making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump administration unveiled new sanctions against Venezuela and Cuba on Thursday. National security adviser John Bolton declared Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be part of a “troika of tyranny” and a “triangle of terror.” We speak with world-renowned professor, linguist and dissident Noam Chomsky about U.S. foreign policy in Central America. He joins us in Tucson, Arizona, where he now teaches at the University of Arizona. Chomsky is also institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught for 50 years.

https://democracynow.org – In the run-up to the U.S. midterm elections, we speak with world-renowned linguist, dissident and author Noam Chomsky. “What are the domestic policies of the Trump administration?” Chomsky says. “Very straightforward: lavish gifts on the rich, powerful corporate sector and try to undermine and destroy anything that might be of benefit to the general population.”

Migration in the Age of Climate Catastrophe

Verso Books
Published on Nov 5, 2018

Recorded at Verso Books in Brooklyn on October 25, 2018.

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author of “Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes” (Verso Books) and “Democracy after Slavery: Consuming the Caribbean, Citizenship from Below and Aluminum Dreams.”

Thanu Yakupitiyage is the US Communications Manager at 350.org. 350.org is an international climate campaign organization that has coordinated over 20,000 climate rallies in more than 180 countries, helped lead the fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, spearheaded the growing fossil fuel divestment campaign, and co-organized the largest climate march in history, the People’s Climate March. In addition to work on climate justice, Thanu is a long-time immigrant rights activist, media professional, and cultural organizer based in New York City.

Ninaj Raoul is a co-founder and community organizer at Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) in New York, an organization founded in 1992 to respond to the human needs of Haitian refugees and immigrants in the US, fleeing persecution. Through education, community organizing, leadership development and collective action, HWHR members empower themselves as they struggle for social and economic justice. Ninaj is a Petra Foundation Fellow, a recipient of the Union Square Awards, the National Organization of Woman–Susan B. Antony award and the Dr. Antonia Pantoja Bilingual Advocacy Award.

Ashley Dawson is a professor of English at the City University of New York, and the author of “Extinction: A Radical History” and “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change” (Verso Books).

“Mobility Justice” by Mimi Sheller: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2901…

“Extreme Cities” by Ashley Dawson: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2558…

Newark Water Crisis: Worse Than We Thought

RT America
Published on Nov 5, 2018

The city of Newark recently came under fire after tests showed that the city’s declaration that its water is “absolutely safe to drink” was completely false. Reports now show that not only does the city’s drinking water also contains alarming levels of cancer-causing chemicals in addition to lead. RT America’s Rachel Blevins has the story.

Event Cities on the Edge

Join the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program for a conversation about the challenges facing coastal cities due to the effects of climate change. We will discuss adaptation strategies and resilience efforts across sectors and opportunities for community engagement.


Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston and Boston Parks Commissioner

Gina McCarthy, Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Program Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Urban Resources Initiative (URI), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, City of New Haven

Event Cosponsors:

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

HBS Business and Environment Initiative

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Climate & Sea-Level Update: Digital Dispatches from a World on the Edge

[from the Online Course:]  CLIMATE CHANGE & TRANSITION STUDIES: 


Boston Harbor and surrounding area from the air

Why Transition Studies? 

Starting locally:



The related larger context:

The PBS series “Sinking Cities: Peril & Promise – The Challenge of Climate Change (A Four-Part Series on the Threat of Climate Change)” finished its final week of broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, 21 November 2018.  Two days later, on Friday, 23 November the United States government released its most dire warning in Volume 2 of the Forth National Climate Assessment report.  See:

See related 29 October 2019 report:

as well as:


Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh launches citywide plan to protect against coastal flooding, calls climate change ‘urgent priority’ – Boston Business Journal

By Catherine Carlock – Real Estate Editor, Boston Business Journal
Oct 17, 2018, 8:00am

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday announced a sweeping plan to protect the city’s 47-mile shoreline ahead of a major environmental disaster, calling climate change “an urgent priority” for Boston and urging business leaders to participate in the comprehensive citywide resiliency plan.

The “Resilient Boston Harbor” initiative aims to create a district-wide waterfront protection plan, laying out strategies to protect the shoreline of East Boston, Charlestown, downtown, South Boston and Dorchester. It also creates an additional 67 acres of open space along the water. Some of the plan’s early strategies include elevating transportation corridors and redesigning waterfront parks, integrating resiliency measures into newly constructed buildings and bolstering existing buildings with flood resiliency measures.

“We’re not just planning for the next storm we will face — we’re planning for storms the next generation will face. This is a moment they’ll look back and judge us by,” Walsh said Wednesday to a group of business leaders at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce government affairs forum. “Our downtown financial engines are at stake. Hundreds of small businesses are at stake. Many thousands of homes are at stake. Billions of dollars of public and private investment, and property, and infrastructure are at stake.”

He showed the crowd a map of Boston Harbor in 2070 with 40 inches of sea level rise during a 100-year storm event, which would potentially see waters from the Fort Point Channel and Dorchester Bay flooding into the middle of Dorchester.

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