Daily Archives: March 7, 2019

Can the ‘Great Green Wall’ stop desertification in China?

Donald Trump faces litany of investigations into business practices | Al Jazeera English

What if women ruled the world? | The Economist

Plants, Lines, and Pipes: Energy Development and the American Public

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Global Symposium on Soil Erosion

Stop soil erosion, Save our future

15-17 May 2019, FAO HQ, Rome, Italy

The Global Symposium on Soil Erosion (GSER19), ‘Stop soil erosion, Save our future’ will be held from 15-17 May 2019, at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy. This science-policy meeting is co-organized by the UN FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

The objective of GSER 19 is to establish a common platform to present and discuss the latest information on the status of interventions and innovations in the field of soil erosion and related land management.

Soil erosion is one of the ten major soil threats identified in the 2015 Status of the World’s Soil Resources report. It is defined as the removal of soil particles, soil aggregates, organic matter and nutrients from the land surface through three major pathways: water, wind and tillage. Soil erosion can affect soil quality by removing the highly fertile topsoil and exposing the subsurface horizon that has low organic matter content. This process can result in soil structure degradation, nutrient loss, poor microbial activity and even soil salinity.

Soil erosion poses a major threat to global food security and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As confirmed at the UNFCCC COP23 in 2018, soil health is key to combating climate change. In this context, soil erosion control can be related to the achievement of SDG13 and further extended to the SDGs 2, 3, 6 and 15 on food security, clean water provision, desertification and halting biodiversity loss, respectively.

GSER19 aims to translate scientific and policy evidence into decisions and actions to minimize soil erosion for increased food security, ecosystem services, and promote the restoration of eroded sites.

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Constructing Rebellion, The Overthrow of Corporate Tyrrany – Chris Hedges

Aer O’Head
Published on Feb 25, 2019

Chris Hedges

Starr Forum: Racing to the Precipice: Global Climate, Political Climate

MIT Center for International Studies
Published on Mar 24, 2017

March 23, 2017 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm Starr Forum lecture with Noam Chomsky on climate change and President Trump. About Noam Chomsky: Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist. Sometimes described as “the father of modern linguistics”, Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy, and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science. He is Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he has worked since 1955, and is the author of over 100 books on topics such as linguistics, war, politics, and mass media. Ideologically, he aligns with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism.

What on Earth Happened to the Old Europeans? Pre-Indo-European History of Europe

MasamanPublished on May 20, 2018

What happened to the Old European? Meaning the original people groups of Europe that inhabited the landmass before the arrival of the Indo-Europeans, a group which would later evolve into the vast majority of European nations we see today, from the Russians, Italians, Irish, Norwegians and Greeks. Although precious little is known, there are clues left behind in the archaeology, genetics, linguistics and historical texts that have been passed down through the generations, which gives us a somewhat fuzzy picture of pre-historic Europe. Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the pre-Indo-European Europeans and let me know which culture you think is the most interesting.


The Slaves That Got Away: History of the Maroons

Published on Mar 5, 2019

What happened to the African slaves in the Americas that managed to escape their masters? Today we will be discussing the history of a group collectively referred to as Maroons in the Americas, who are the descendants of slaves that escaped to the wilderness of many countries throughout the Americas and have very interesting stories to tell.

Let me know your thoughts on these Maroon groups such as the Palenquero, Quilombola, Saramaccan, Ndyuka and others.


“The Real History of Slavery.” Black Rednecks and White Liberals, by Thomas Sowell, Encounter Books, 2006.


Chinese are all the same? The many Ethnic Groups in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Published on Sep 10, 2017

A lot of people might be tempted to think that the People’s Republic of China is an extremely ethnically homogeneous country, and strictly judging by ethnic identification on the official government census, they would be considered justified for thinking that, but today we’re going to look at the man ethnic groups of the PRC, and why ethnicity and language in China is such a confusing topic.

Be sure to let me know your thoughts on the diverse ethnic groups of the People’s Republic of China, and the Han Chinese people around the globe.