Daily Archives: January 16, 2019

Could Trump’s Attorney General Pick William Barr Be “Worse Than Jeff Sessions” on Civil Rights?


Democracy Now!Published on Jan 16, 2019

https://democracynow.org – Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a “blueprint” for the National Security Agency’s mass phone surveillance effort. But on Tuesday, senators asked few questions about Barr’s past record while focusing heavily on his views about special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. We look at Barr’s history with David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. His recent article for the ACLU is titled “No Relief: William Barr Is as Bad as Jeff Sessions—if Not Worse.” We also speak with Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Climate Tipping Points Existential Threat to Our Life Support Systems


Climate State
Published on Jan 16, 2019

November 8, 2018 – Tim Lenton of University of Exeter presents “Tipping Points in Climate and Biosphere Function”.

Release via the National Academy of Sciences https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F4ET…

WGBH IdeaLab: Designing Green and Equitable Communities

WGBHForum
Published on Dec 21, 2018

WGBH’s 2018 Innovation IdeaLab convened powerful writers, grassroots activists, economists, architects and green designers around the theme of The Changemakers for the popular day-long gathering supported by The Kendeda Fund. The purpose of the IdeaLab is to plant new stories for public media, with sessions ranging from Saving Nature, Saving Ourselves; to The Future of Work; and Designing Green and Equitable Communities.

In This Session:

» Michael Murphy, Architect & CEO, MASS Design Group

» Yorman Nuñez, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative; MIT CoLab; Grist 50 Fixer

» Damon Rich, Designer, Urban Planner, & Partner, Hector Design; MacArthur Fellow

» Karilyn Crockett, Author, People Before Highways; MIT Urban Studies and Planning

WGBH Forum Network ~ Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

See:

http://forum-network.org/lectures/designing-green-and-equitable-communities/

 

WGBH IdeaLab Keynote: Bill McKibben


WGBHForum

Published on Dec 21, 2018

WGBH’s 2018 Innovation IdeaLab convened powerful writers, grassroots activists, economists, architects and green designers around the theme of The Changemakers for the popular day-long gathering supported by The Kendeda Fund. The purpose of the IdeaLab is to plant new stories for public media, with sessions ranging from Saving Nature, Saving Ourselves; to The Future of Work; and Designing Green and Equitable Communities.

See the entire 2018 series: http://forum-network.org/series/chang…

 

Europe battles worst snowfall in decades – BBC News

BBC News

Published on Jan 16, 2019

Parts of Europe have been hit by the worst snowfall in decades, with dozens dead in the last month alone. In Austria, thousands were trapped on a ski resort overnight, while several others escaped an avalanche without injury. More snow is forecast over the weekend, although it is not expected to be as heavy as previously seen.

Designing Boston: Can We Talk About Climate Migration?

WGBHForum Dec 11, 2018

Communities around the world are working on solutions to make our buildings, streets and infrastructure resilient to more frequent storms and sea level rise associated with climate change. Very few, however, want to talk about the sensitive topic of managed retreat (commonly known as climate migration). How do you even begin talking about uprooting entire communities? Who will pay for it? Who makes these decisions?

The BSA Foundation hosts a conversation that starts to address these questions.

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Naomi Klein: The (Burning) Case For A Green New Deal

WGBHForum Premiered Oct 16, 2019

Naomi Klein is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author and journalist. For two decades she has chronicled the economic war waged on people and the planet. Harvard Book Store describes Klein as, “an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public.”

Her latest book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal gathers more than a decade of her writing and pairs it with new material on the high stakes of our immediate political and economic choices.

Klein is joined by Juliet B. Schor, Boston College professor and former Guggenheim fellow. This event was co-sponsored by 350 Mass, Cambridge Forum, The Intercept, The Leap, and Sunrise Movement.

WGBH Forum Network ~ Free online lectures: Explore a world of ideas

The Climate Crisis


The Sanders Institute
Published on Jul 2, 2018

The world is not only facing climate “change” we are facing a CLIMATE CRISIS. For thirty years, scientists have warned that we were changing the climate and now those predictions are coming true with a vengeance: The five hottest years on record have all taken place since 2010, the 2017 hurricane season caused more damage than any other natural disaster in U.S. history, California wildfires devastated a million acres, and weather events have cost the American economy alone 240 billion dollars a year. We need to start addressing this climate crisis and we need to have started yesterday.