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- The History of How the U.S. Almost Solved Climate Change November 29, 2021
- For the MFA, Benin Bronzes are a troubling gift – The Boston Globe November 28, 2021
- Congo’s Missing Millions – BBC Africa Eye documentary November 28, 2021
- Benin Bronzes … The Boston Globe November 28, 2021
- First Kluge Prize Awarded (December 2003) – Library of Congress Information Bulletin November 28, 2021
- How an international gang ran a $250 million money laundering operation, by @BBC Stories – BBC November 28, 2021
- Robbed of culture and heritage: Canada’s Indigenous peoples | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Portugal – Modern slavery for an EU passport | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Toxic chemicals – A menace to bees and farmland | DW Documentary November 27, 2021
- Prison November 27, 2021
- Patrick C. Penfield talks about food supply chain problems November 27, 2021
- What is a Wellbeing Economy November 27, 2021
- Herman Daly’s Economics for a Full World | Book launch event, Nov 2021 November 26, 2021
- Science Update: U.S. Military Unprepared for Climate Change November 26, 2021
- John Lithgow: A Confederacy of Dumptys November 26, 2021
- Four Horsemen – Feature Documentary – Official Version November 26, 2021
- Indian farmers continue protests until agricultural laws officially repealed November 25, 2021
- Will Trump Run Again? – Dr. Mary L. Trump – Conversations w/ Great Minds Part One November 25, 2021
- New Ken Burns Documentary Looks At History Of Sand Creek Massacre November 25, 2021
- What Do We Do About Autocrats? – Dr. Mary L. Trump – Conversations w/ Great Minds Part Two November 25, 2021
- In Conversation: Ambassador Bob Rae (1969) and Professor Harold Hongju Koh November 25, 2021
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- Who is Brooksley Born November 25, 2021
- Frontline: The Warning – Documentary November 25, 2021
- Money, Power and Wall Street: Part One (full documentary) | FRONTLINE November 25, 2021
- Is China Really a Threat? Noam Chomsky Slams Biden For Increasingly Provocative Actions in Region November 24, 2021
- Nikole Hannah-Jones on “The 1619 Project,” Teaching Critical Race Theory & White Suprem acy on Trial November 24, 2021
- “The War Party”: Jeremy Scahill on How U.S. Militarism Unifies Democrats & Republicans November 24, 2021
- Can You Bankrupt White Supremacy? Jury Holds Charlottesville Organizers Liable for $26M in Damages November 24, 2021
- Dramatic Video Shows Militarized Canadian Police Raid Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders & Journali sts November 24, 2021
- The Law & The Profits vs. Natural Law & The Prophet: Herman Daly & the Future of the Human Prospect November 24, 2021
- “Miseducation”: How Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Push Climate Denialism to Kids in U.S. Schools November 22, 2021
- Angela Davis: “Forces of White Supremacy” Are Behind Attacks on Teaching Critical Race Theory – November 22, 2021
- “Red Flags Everywhere:” Why Did the FBI Dismiss Jan. 6 Warnings? | Amanpour and Company November 21, 2021
- Man At Center Of GOP Vote Fraud Hype Lied, Pleads Guilty November 21, 2021
- Primary School Teachers vs Parents | Live at the Apollo – BBC November 21, 2021
- The Norwegian Paradox – oil in Angola November 21, 2021
- The Kongo Empire & The Thirty Years War November 21, 2021
- ‘Loot:Britain and the Benin Bronzes’ by Barnaby Phillips November 20, 2021
- UK university’s return of looted Benin Bronze puts pressure on other institutions November 20, 2021
- The Benin Bronzes: Towards the Resolution of a Long-Standing Dispute? November 20, 2021
- THE GREAT LUNDA EMPIRE! CONGOLESE PRE-COLONIAL KINGDOMS SERIES EP4 | AFRICAN HISTORY November 20, 2021
- Kongo “Power and Majesty” exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY November 20, 2021
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- Creating a masterpiece for climate action: more than words event at COP26 November 20, 2021
Daily Archives: February 12, 2019
Feb 12, 2019
In science news, a shocking new report warns the rapid decline of the world’s insect population could lead to the “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems.” The report, published in the journal Biological Conservation, estimates 40 percent of insect species are in decline and could go extinct in the next few decades. Insects are vital for their role in pollinating plants, purifying the soil and water, recycling natural waste and protecting crops from pests. The report says that unsustainable, pesticide-dependent industrial agriculture is the main cause of the die-off, but the report also cites warming temperatures as a factor.
Published on Feb 12, 2019
https://democracynow.org – A new report finds at least a third of the Himalayan ice cap will melt by the end of the century due to climate change, even if the world’s most ambitious environmental reforms are implemented. The report, released by the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment earlier this month, is the culmination of half a decade’s work by over 200 scientists, with an additional 125 experts peer reviewing their work. It warns rising temperatures in the Himalayas could lead to mass population displacement, as well as catastrophic food and water insecurity. The glaciers are a vital water source for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush Himalaya range, which spans from Afghanistan to Burma. More than 1.5 billion people depend on the rivers that flow from the Himalayan peaks. We speak with Dahr Jamail, independent journalist and author of the new book “The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.”
By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst
Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims.
The think-tank IPPR says human impacts have reached a critical stage and threaten to destabilise society and the global economy.
Scientists warn of a potentially deadly combination of factors.
These include climate change, mass loss of species, topsoil erosion, forest felling and acidifying oceans.
The report from the centre-left Institute for Public Policy Research says these factors are “driving a complex, dynamic process of environmental destabilisation that has reached critical levels.
“This destabilisation is occurring at speeds unprecedented in human history and, in some cases, over billions of years.”
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So what is needed?
The IPPR warns that the window of opportunity to avoid catastrophic outcomes is rapidly closing.
The authors urge three shifts in political understanding: on the scale and pace of environmental breakdown; the implications for societies; and the subsequent need for transformative change.
They say since 2005, the number of floods across the world has increased by 15 times, extreme temperature events by 20 times, and wildfires seven-fold.
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent 11 February 2019
A scientific review of insect numbers suggests that 40% of species are undergoing “dramatic rates of decline” around the world.
[Urgent scientific report: listen to BBC Newshour report, 11 February 2019:]
The study says that bees, ants and beetles are disappearing eight times faster than mammals, birds or reptiles.
But researchers say that some species, such as houseflies and cockroaches, are likely to boom.
The general insect decline is being caused by intensive agriculture, pesticides and climate change.
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Insects make up the majority of creatures that live on land, and provide key benefits to many other species, including humans.
They provide food for birds, bats and small mammals; they pollinate around 75% of the crops in the world; they replenish soils and keep pest numbers in check.
Many other studies in recent years have shown that individual species of insects, such as bees, have suffered huge declines, particularly in developed economies.
Published in the journal Biological Conservation, it reviews 73 existing studies from around the world published over the past13 years.
The researchers found that declines in almost all regions may lead to the extinction of 40% of insects over the next few decades. One-third of insect species are classed as Endangered.