Daily Archives: January 21, 2019

World’s coffee under threat, say experts – BBC News

By Helen Briggs BBC News

  • 17 January 2019

The first full assessment of risks to the world’s coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction.

More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two used for the coffee we drink.

Scientists say the figure is “worrying”, as wild coffee is critical for sustaining the global coffee crop.

About one in five of the world’s plants is threatened with extinction, and the 60% figure is an “extremely high” one.

“If it wasn’t for wild species we wouldn’t have as much coffee to drink in the world today,” said Dr Aaron Davis of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

“Because if you look at the history of coffee cultivation, we have used wild species to make the coffee crop sustainable.”

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Pentagon Warns Climate Change Threatens Bases, Security – Bloomberg

ByAnthony Capaccio ,Jennifer A Dlouhy , andAri Natter January 18, 2019, 10:04 AM ESTUpdated on January 18, 2019, 1:59 PM EST

  • ‘Effects of a changing climate are a national security issue’
  • The report to Congress is at odds with Trump’s position

The U.S. Defense Department has issued a dire report on how climate change could affect the nation’s armed forces and security, warning that rising seas could inundate coastal bases and drought-fueled wildfires could endanger those that are inland.

The 22-page assessment delivered to Congress on Thursday says about two-thirds of 79 mission-essential military installations in the U.S. that were reviewed are vulnerable now or in the future to flooding and more than half are at risk from drought. About half also are at risk from wildfires, including the threat of mudslides and erosion from rains after the blazes.

The U.S. Defense Department has issued a dire report on how climate change could affect the nation’s armed forces and security, warning that rising seas could inundate coastal bases and drought-fueled wildfires could endanger those that are inland.

The 22-page assessment delivered to Congress on Thursday says about two-thirds of 79 mission-essential military installations in the U.S. that were reviewed are vulnerable now or in the future to flooding and more than half are at risk from drought. About half also are at risk from wildfires, including the threat of mudslides and erosion from rains after the blazes.

“The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to DOD missions, operational plans and installations,” Defense Department spokeswoman Heather Babb said Friday in an email.

The report contradicts the view of President Donald Trump, who has rejected the scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made. The report’s premise echoes the findings of the National Climate Assessment, written by 13 federal agencies and released in November. It concluded that the effects of global warming are accelerating and will cause widespread disruption.

Trump rejected those findings. “I don’t believe it,” he said at the time.

Earlier: Florence’s Path Shows Pentagon Has to Fight Climate Threats Too

The new Defense Department report, which was mandated by Congress, describes widespread impacts, dispersed across the U.S., with more coastal flooding along the East coast and Hawaii.

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Watchdog Urges Trump Administration to Prepare for Climate Change | National News |US News

President Donald Trump’s administration rolled back Obama-era migration mitigation policies that had instructed federal agencies to prepare for various impacts of climate change.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A report by the Government Accountability Office called on federal agencies to prepare for how climate change may fuel conflicts.By Alan Neuhauser, Staff Writer Jan. 18, 2019, at 10:47 a.m.

A federal watchdog this week called on the the State Department to once again start planning for how warming temperatures, rising seas, severe droughts and other impacts of climate change will drive human migration.

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Since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, three agencies charged with predicting and preparing for new developments overseas – the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Defense Department – have stopped accounting for how climate change may fuel migration and, in turn, conflict, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Thursday.

The moves came at Trump’s direction: upon assuming office, the president rescinded executive orders and memoranda by President Barack Obama that had instructed federal agencies to prepare for various impacts of climate change.

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Experts: Trump’s FEMA Threat Rings Hollow

“There were actions taken to mitigate migration due to climate change in the prior administration, they were walked back under this administration,” says David Gootnick, director of international affairs and trade at the Government Accountability Office. “If they remove the guidance on how to incorporate climate change-related risks into those countries’ strategies, it’s much less likely that they’re going to do so and much less likely to do the planning that was signaled by the executive orders.”

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How MLK’s Assassination was Hidden by William Barr


Thom Hartmann Program
Published on Jan 21, 2019

Donald Trump’s Attorney General nominee William Barr has a long and sordid resume. On this Martin Luther King Jr special, author Lamar Waldron joins the Thom Hartmann program, to discuss how William Barr hid the truth of MLK’s assassination, by refusing to disclose documents from investigations by the FBI and CIA. What else will William Barr hide if he is confirmed as Attorney General?

Martin Luther King at the UN for an Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration (15 April 1967)

United Nations
Published on Jan 21, 2019

From the Archives: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. makes a speech in front of UN Secretariat Building at the Anti-Vietnam War Demonstration. Crowd marching carries signs on United Nations Plaza. Silent, English Speech with sounds starts at min 3:45. From the United Nations Audiovisual Archives https://www.unmultimedia.org/avlibrar… Copyright United Nations

On MLK Day, the need for a ‘deeply moral argument’ about American injustice

PBS NewsHour

Published on Jan 21, 2019

On Martin Luther King Day, we return to a segment we first aired last year, about an effort to revive one of Dr. King’s signature programs, what he called the Poor People’s Campaign. Judy Woodruff sat down with Reverend William J. Barber, co-chair of the 2018 organization, to discuss its mission of reducing poverty and inequality and tackling issues of social injustice.