Daily Archives: November 22, 2018

1500 year old yew tree – Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees: Preview – BBC One

Published on Dec 19, 2017

SUBSCRIBE for more BBC highlights: https://bit.ly/2IXqEIn Programme website: http://bbc.in/2jb3XFD Judi Dench and Tony Kirkham discover The Crowhurst Yew, a 1,500 year old tree with stories to tell.

On Thanksgiving, a look back at colonial capitalism

Banking Giant Blames “Computer Glitch” After Forcing Hundreds Of People Out Of Their Homes

VICE Official Trailer (2018) Christian Bale, Amy Adams Movie

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Climate change: Warming gas concentrations at new record high – BBC News

Concentrations of key gases in the atmosphere that are driving up global temperatures reached a new high in 2017.

In their annual greenhouse gas bulletin, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says there is no sign of reversal in this rising trend.

Carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, a level not seen in 3-5 million years.

Researchers also note the resurgence of a banned gas called CFC-11.

What are concentrations?

Concentrations differ from emissions in that they represent what remains in the atmosphere after some of the gases are absorbed by the seas, land and trees.

Since 1990 the warming impact of these long lived gases on the climate has increased by 41%.

How does the latest data compare to previous years?

2017 continues the rise in concentrations of CO2 which are now 46% greater than the levels in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution.

The increase from 2016 to 2017 was smaller than the rise from 2015 to 2016, but is close to the average growth rate seen over the last decade.

The scientists at the WMO believe that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere right now hasn’t been seen in a long, long time.

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Taproot: Stories of Nature & Restoration

Harvard Divinity SchoolStreamed live on Oct 17, 2018

This event features three unique voices from several different traditions and life experiences: Mary Ashu, a forest ranger from Cameroon; Prathima Muniyappa, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab exploring the use of space technology to advance issues of social justice; and Stacy Bare, a war veteran, National Geographic Adventurer, and co-founder of the Great Outdoors Lab.
More event info here: https://goo.gl/6Pkk4Z
Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at http://hds.harvard.edu/.


This event is part of a larger collaboration between the Planetary Health Alliance and the Harvard Divinity School called “The Constellation Project,” led by Dr. Sam Myers and Terry Tempest Williams, which brings together science, faith, arts, and indigenous communities to explore larger questions about our place in the world and imagine a better future.

We see that this is an opportunity to open the dialogue about some of the deeper moral questions about how we connect with the people and places around us and see our role in the world — important considerations for any sort of lasting bottom-up change that addresses our global environmental and health challenges. What is the authority of the awe and reverence we feel in natural settings? How do we support a different narrative about our place in the world that honors an emotional/spiritual relationship to nature and recognizes that, just as nature takes care of us, we also need to take care of nature?

Noam Chomsky: Moral Depravity Defines US Politics


By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout PublishedNovember 21, 2018

The US midterm elections of November 6, 2018, produced a divided Congress and essentially reaffirmed the existence of two nations in one country. But they also revealed, once again, the deep state of moral and political depravity that prevails in the country’s political culture — at least insofar as political campaigns go. In the exclusive interview below, world-renowned scholar and public intellectual Noam Chomsky discusses how the major issues confronting the United States and the world at large were barely addressed by the majority of candidates of both parties.

C.J. Polychroniou: Noam, with people still arguing about winners and losers from the 2018 midterm elections (and there is clearly a lot to say about what those elections mean), what do you consider to be the most striking features of the latest manifestation of American democracy in action?

Noam Chomsky: The most striking features are brutally clear.

Humanity faces two imminent existential threats: environmental catastrophe and nuclear war. These were virtually ignored in the campaign rhetoric and general coverage. There was plenty of criticism of the Trump administration, but scarcely a word about by far the most ominous positions the administration has taken: increasing the already dire threat of nuclear war, and racing to destroy the physical environment that organized human society needs in order to survive.

These are the most critical and urgent questions that have arisen in all of human history. The fact that they scarcely arose in the campaign is truly stunning — and carries some important, if unpleasant, lessons about our moral and intellectual culture.

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Climate Change Should Make the Republican Party Impossible

By Nicholas Powers,Truthout Published November 21, 2018

I watched Puerto Rican relief workers pull a shopping cart on ropes across a riverbed after Hurricane Maria destroyed the bridge. The food it carried kept families trapped on the hillside from starving. It was 2017. I drove along the island, shocked at the battered buildings and telephone wires spilled on the street and thought, we’ll need tons of money to rebuild.

As I flew back home, Texas was just recovering from Hurricane Harvey. A year later, Californian wildfires burned neighborhoods to ash, then Hurricane Michael smashed homes in Florida. Now, more fires on the West Coast have caused a quarter of a million people to flee, and hundreds are missing. Each new disaster adds to a growing crisis. Our nation’s survival means a new role for its citizens and a larger one for the federal government.

Climate change demands changes that conflict with Republican and even Democratic dogma. Ultimately, the nation’s survival may mean the GOP is impossible. “Big government” will be necessary. Populist solidarity will be, too. The poor and the working class, long divided by Republicans, may be forced by their shared vulnerability to climate change into a new coalition.

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Exploring Chongqing: A total nostalgia at Anju Ancient Town

Published on Nov 21, 2018

Anju Ancient Town, established in 588 AD, is located at the junction of the Pei River and Qiong River in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, and the name Anju stands for living and working in peace and contentment. Nearly 1,500 years later, the town is still preserved in the style of Ming and Qing Dynasty.

Planetary Health Alliance | Call for Program Proposals

We want the Annual Meeting agenda to reflect the interests of the broad planetary health community. We are calling for proposals for three types of programming: I. plenary panels, II. skills workshops, and III. satellite sessions.

Submissions for all are due December 15, 2018.
A call for abstracts will follow in the coming months.

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