In Brussels, the European Parliament has approved a massive overhaul of copyright laws that critics say will bring widespread censorship to the internet. One measure would effectively tax internet sites like Google when they display snippets of copyrighted material including news articles. Another measure will likely prompt sites like YouTube to install filters that search for—and then automatically delete—uploads that are determined to be copyright violations. Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, the proposed copyright rules prompted massive protests, with more than 100,000 marching in cities across Europe over the weekend. In a statement, OpenMedia Executive Director Laura Tribe said, “Today’s vote is a major blow to the open internet. This directive positions the internet as a tool for corporations and profits—not for people.” NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden condemned the vote in a tweet, writing in German, “Never forget what they did here.”
The New York Times is reporting that President Trump’s nominee to head the Interior Department killed a major study in late 2017 that found three widely used pesticides posed an existential risk to 1,200 endangered species. The Times reveals that David Bernhardt— a former oil industry lawyer who was then the deputy secretary of the interior—canceled publication of a years-long study into the pesticides’ dangers just before the results were set to be made public. Bernhardt’s move benefited major pesticide makers including FMC Corporation and Dow AgroSciences. Dow was a major donor to President Trump, giving $1 million to his inaugural committee. On Thursday, David Bernhardt will testify to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at his confirmation hearings.
Aired March 25, 2018 Newshub – The AM Show, New Zealand The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. Because a species’ potential range may be very large, determining this moment is difficult, and is usually done retrospectively.
Mar 26th 2019
MATHEMATICAL MODELS of climate change predict that the severity of natural disasters will increase as the world warms. The cyclone that hit Mozambique on March 14th, killing perhaps 1,000 people, has further focused attention on the risks posed by rising temperatures. Even so, the man-made carbon emissions that drive global warming continue to grow. According to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), a think-tank based in Paris, energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7% last year, to 33.1 gigatonnes. The increase, of 560 metric tonnes compared with 2017, was equivalent to a full year’s worth of emissions from international aviation.
Carbon emissions have been driven higher by increasing demand for all types of energy. Broadly speaking, changes in energy demand track the fortunes of the world economy. Robust global GDP growth of 3.7% last year caused energy demand to rise by some 2.3%, its fastest pace for a decade. And although energy efficiency did improve and use of renewable sources did increase—solar power generation rose by 31%—these gains were dwarfed by the growth in the use of fossil fuels, which accounted for 70% of the rise in global energy consumption.
In November 2014, some of the world’s preeminent strategists in environmental defense, social justice, revolutionary fire, and grassroots activism came together to share their insights and speak toward ONE goal: crafting game-changing responses to address the converging crises we face.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are holding a news conference to introduce H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The bill will ensure America reduces carbon pollution, honors the Paris Agreement, and lays groundwork for further clean energy action.
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