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- Africa’s Discovery of Europe: Northrup, David: Books August 10, 2020
- Seven Myths of Africa in World History (Myths of History: A Hackett Series): Northrup, David, Andrea, Alfred J., Holt, Andrew August 10, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 10, 2020 August 10, 2020
- Millions Facing Eviction and Joblessness Get No Immediate Help from Trump’s New Executive Orders August 10, 2020
- Is Trump Sabotaging U.S. Postal Service Ahead of Election as Part of His Attack on Mail-in Voting? August 10, 2020
- The Future Earth: Eric Holthaus and Katharine Wilkinson August 10, 2020
- Pandemic plunging millions into extreme poverty August 10, 2020
- Flooding in America’s Heartland August 10, 2020
- COVID-19 and Climate: Implications for our Food System August 10, 2020
- Civil War “Andersonville” 1996 complete Original TV-Movie. Part One August 9, 2020
- Memory, Myth and Moral Authority: Recalling Images of the Past in Times of Crisis | EV&N – 355 | CCTV August 9, 2020
- Trump hugs and kisses the American flag at CPAC 2020 August 8, 2020
- How Donald Trump’s father instilled a culture of racism & patriarchy in the family August 8, 2020
- The Next Virus Will Be Worse! August 7, 2020
- Mary Trump on what’s at stake in the 2020 election August 7, 2020
- The Effects of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 7, 2020
- The Day Japan Surrendered, Ending WWII | NBC News August 7, 2020
- Atomic bombing of Nagasaki – BBC August 7, 2020
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings: Were Nuclear Weapons Required to End the War? August 7, 2020
- Offstage Interview 2020 – Author: Andre Leu – Poisoning Our Children – How Glyphosate And Other Pest August 7, 2020
- Scientists raise concerns over coronavirus spread through aerosol August 7, 2020
- Off stage Interview 2020 – Author Brian Clement – Food And Lifestyles That Kill, Food And Lifestyles August 7, 2020
- Off stage Interview 2020 – Author Mary Beth Pfeiffer – Not Just Lyme: How An Adulterated Planet Let August 7, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 6, 2020 August 7, 2020
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- “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”: Mary Trump on Her Uncle, President Trump, & Why He Must Be Ousted August 7, 2020
- Hiroshima: Dropping the Bomb August 7, 2020
- Problems caused by plastic August 7, 2020
- How Fox News and Right-Wing Media Brainwashed This Dad and Destroyed a Family | Opinions | NowThis August 7, 2020
- AHBS – Africa Health Business Symposium August 7, 2020
- WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19 | Noam Chomsky August 7, 2020
- Extra: Full interview with Eric Schlosser August 7, 2020
- Eric Schlosser on Nuclear Weapons August 7, 2020
- Eric Schlosser on Hiroshima and John Hersey August 7, 2020
- Rising threat from the seas | DW Documentary August 7, 2020
- Day 3 (part 1 of 2): Climatological, Meteorological and Environmental factors in COVID-19 pandemic August 7, 2020
- The real reason American health care is so expensive August 7, 2020
- Who pays the lowest taxes in the US? August 7, 2020
- The coronavirus is mutating. Now what? August 7, 2020
- Africa surpasses 1 million Covid-19 cases, more than half in South Africa August 7, 2020
- Path Finder: Ex-U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus August 7, 2020
- Open Yale Course：Financial Markets 09. Guest Lecture by David Swensen August 7, 2020
- World’s Indigenous Peoples Day – UN Chief (9 August) August 7, 2020
- Drawings of the Amistad Captives August 7, 2020
- 1848 Seneca Falls Woman’s Rights Convention Declaration read by U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro August 7, 2020
- Why Finland has the best education system in the world August 7, 2020
- 6. Guest Speaker David Swensen August 7, 2020
- WealthTrack 447 | 05 August 7, 2020
- Yale’s Swensen Has Spat With Student Paper Over Endowment August 7, 2020
- Trump says Biden will hurt God and take away guns August 7, 2020
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.