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- Net Zero Conference 2019 August 19, 2019
- Can We Terraform the Sahara to Stop Climate Change? August 19, 2019
- Sustainable City | Fully Charged August 19, 2019
- How highways wrecked American cities August 19, 2019
- 7 principles for building better cities | Peter Calthorpe August 19, 2019
- Urbanization’s Cost in China August 19, 2019
- Urbanisation in China | The Economist August 19, 2019
- Oil and gas companies are facing major technological disruption August 19, 2019
- Transforming cities with technology | The Economist August 19, 2019
- THE FUTURE OF CITIES August 19, 2019
- Mapped: The World’s Largest Megacities by 2100 August 19, 2019
- Top 20 Megacities In The World 1950 to 2035 – World’s Largest Cities By Population August 19, 2019
- All Countries by Number of Nuclear Weapons (1945-2014) August 19, 2019
- Top 15 Countries by Military Spending (1914-2018) August 19, 2019
- Top 20 Largest Cities in The World 1500 to 2100 (History + Projection) August 19, 2019
- Top 20 Countries by Population (1950 to 2100) – The Most Populous Countries in The World August 19, 2019
- Top 20 Country GDP (PPP) History & Projection (1800-2040) August 19, 2019
- Annual CO₂ Emissions For The Largest Emitting Countries 1800-2017 (metric tons) August 19, 2019
- Why China Ended its One-Child Policy August 19, 2019
- Top 20 Country Total Young Population Ranking History (1960-2017) August 19, 2019
- What Countries Are Most Responsible For Global Warming? August 19, 2019
- Transforming food systems under a changing climate: technologies for food system transformation August 19, 2019
- Hong Kong Protests Spread Worldwide August 19, 2019
- Why Corporate Media Doesn’t Talk Honestly About Racism August 19, 2019
- Iceland honours passing of first glacier lost to global warming August 19, 2019
- Activist on the Front Lines Discusses the Historic Protests in Hong Kong August 19, 2019
- UN convenes CITES summit to tackle threat of mass extinction August 19, 2019
- Protesters flood city despite rain in mass weekend protest August 19, 2019
- ORBIT – A Journey Around Earth in Real Time August 18, 2019
- BBC – Discovery – 22 July 2019 – What next for the Moon? August 18, 2019
- The View from Space – Earth’s Countries and Coastlines August 18, 2019
- Megatsunami Scenario – La Palma Landslide August 18, 2019
- Mega Tsunami could hit the US – La Palma August 18, 2019
- San Francisco high-rise is sinking and leaning August 18, 2019
- This Climate Pioneer Is Trying To Stop The Arctic From Melting | VICE on HBO August 18, 2019
- Greenlanders Are Living The Consequences Of Climate Change August 18, 2019
- Seven Seas of Ice: Russia’s icebreakers traverse top of the world August 18, 2019
- Iraq’s Water Crisis The ecological disaster poisoning Basra and the Mesopotamian Marshes August 18, 2019
- Un Chief on World Humanitarian Day 2019 August 18, 2019
- ‘Yellowhammer’ warns of negative impacts of no-deal Brexit August 18, 2019
- Miro Korenha from Our Daily Planet on the UN World Wildlife conference August 18, 2019
- How Greta Thunberg Ignited Climate Strikes Around the World | One Small Step | NowThis August 18, 2019
- Greta Thunberg leads climate change march in Switzerland August 18, 2019
- Iceland’s Okjokull glacier commemorated with plaque – BBC News August 18, 2019
- Marshall to Lead Human Landing System Development on This Week @NASA – Aug ust 16, 2019 August 18, 2019
- ‘Friends, you’re going to love Greenland. I was there on 9/11’ | Lawrence Douglas and Nancy Pick | Opinion | The Guardian August 18, 2019
- Your kids might live on Mars. Here’s how they’ll survive | Stephen Petranek August 18, 2019
- How Do Arctic Fires Impact The World? NASA Study August 18, 2019
- Climate Chaos and Extinction Rebellion | Paul Mason August 18, 2019
- Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming—Interview w/David Wallace-Wells—Radio Ecoshock 201 9-02-27 August 18, 2019
Daily Archives: April 3, 2019
Tap or click on the picture below to see the ruined remains of the Fort on Kunta Kinteh Island, (formerly James Island) in The Gambia, West Africa.
[Copyright: Michel Du Chesne; Type: Spherical; Resolution: 4000×2000; Taken: 01/10/2008; Uploaded: 01/10/2008; Updated: 06/01/2019]
Tap or click on the 1732 map of James Island (below), to access a PDF file and magnify it to inspect its details.
[Reproduced from original print in the African Historical Graphics Archive]
Other maps from different periods have different details:
For a “drone’s-eye-areal-view” of the island see:
Published on Dec 5, 2017
Kunta Kinteh Island is a small island in the Gambia River which joins the Atlantic Ocean. Its location in the middle of the river made it a strategic place to control the waterway. Visited by explorers and merchants in their search for a sea route to India it became one of the first cultural exchange zones between Africa and Europe. By 1456 the Island had been acquired by Portugal from local rulers and the construction of a fort began.
View contemporary circumstances on the island by scanning in this QR code:
A generic depiction from the cartouche of an early Dutch map (1671) of the trading relationship between European merchant (holding the gold weight scale) and the populations of the Senegal and Gambia regions.
Nieuwe Paskaert, Van de Kust van GENEHOA Medeeen gedeelte van Gambia, beginnende and C. Blanco tot C. Verde, Met al Syn diep ten ende droogten dusver Naeukeurig op gestelt Met Prevelegie voor15 jaer, 1681, Cartographe: Johannes Van Keulen, Sr.
[Click image to view in Afriterra online library]
For further information see related exhibit link:
and related sources:
- Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites (UNESCO/NHK)
- Old Maps, Picks and Shovels: Steps Toward An Archaeology of the Atlantic Slave Trade
- Historical Cartography and the Archaeology of the Atlantic Trade | EV & N – 304 | CCRV
- Recalling Some Aspects of America’s Immigration Policies in Black History Month | EV & N – 238 – CCTV
- A Tribute to Henry Louis Gates, Jr. …a Cambridge~Global Living Legend
- Old Maps & New Narratives: Digitizing Historical Maps to Analyze New Dimensions of the Atlantic Trade
- The Globalization of Food Production and the Origins of Africa’s Food Crisis
- Castles and Dungeons on the Coasts and Islands: Retracing Some Steps in the Atlantic Trade
- The Atlantic Trade and Africa: The Portuguese, the Spanish & the Dutch – Part 1
- The Atlantic Trade and Africa: The Portuguese, the Spanish & the Dutch – Part 2
Some further references and notes on Kunta Kinteh Island
- Genehoa, 1671, Cartographer: Johannes Van Keulen, Sr.
- The Gambia River, 1732, John Leach. The Gambia River
- Plan of Iames Island in the Gambia, 1732, Thomas Astley, 1745
- Grundriss der Insel James oder Jacob auf der Gambra im 1732 (and) Nordostliche Aussichte des St. James Forts, Christian Friedrich van der Heiden, 1760.
Published on Dec 5, 2015
Chomsky on moral relativism, cultural relativism and innate moral values.
Apr 01, 2019
Meanwhile, voters in Slovakia elected their first woman president. Anti-corruption candidate and environmentalist Zuzana Caputova vowed to counter nationalist rhetoric. In 2016, she won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her fight to shut down a toxic waste dump in her hometown, earning her the nickname “Erin Brockovich of Slovakia.” The president holds a primarily ceremonial role in Slovakia but is charged with appointing the prime minister, among other duties.
Zuzana Caputova (center) with international environmental ELAW activists upon receiving the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize in San Francisco for her fight against a toxic waste facility.
A group of University affiliates call for divestment from fossil fuels in front of Massachusetts Hall in February. Photo: Alexandra A. Chaidez
[See related stories listed in:
- Divest Harvard
as well as:
- What’s Coming in Harvard’s “Heat Week” 2019? A New Season + New Students + a New Urgency + a New President = a New Divestment Policy?
- Sleepwalking Beyond the Point of No Return: Non-thought and Nonsense in High Places
- Harvard Divestment in Historical Perspective]
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences called on University President Lawrence S. Bacow to lead a Faculty discussion on Harvard’s fossil fuel investments, citing “widespread, deep, and reasonable disagreement” with Bacow’s response to the issue.
Philosophy Professor Edward J. Hall raised the issue on behalf of nine professors during the Faculty’s monthly meeting Tuesday. The group asked Bacow to host an open forum or dedicate a portion of a Faculty meeting to the issue, and to include members of the Harvard Corporation — the University’s highest governing body — in the discussion.
“We are not in the first instance a mere corporation, where all substantive decisions are taken by managers,” Hall said. “We are a college, committed to open intellectual debate even on issues that might directly affect our own future.”
“It would, in our view, be ethically and intellectually irresponsible not to let Harvard’s response to this crisis be guided by serious and sustained community-wide discussion,” he added.
Bacow responded that he would be “happy” to fulfill the professors’ request and would see if he could include a member of the Corporation in the discussions. He did not commit to any changes in investment decisions.
The Faculty members’ demand comes amid renewed student-led calls for Bacow and the University’s investment arm, the Harvard Management Company, to withdraw controversial investments, including those in the fossil fuel industry and in companies tied to prisons. In recent months, students have delivered multiple petitions to Massachusetts Hall regarding divestment.
Published on Mar 29, 2019
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Sixteen-year-old Swedish student and environmental activist Greta Thunberg joined around 25,000 students in Berlin for the ‘Fridays for Future’ climate march on Friday.
Thunberg later addressed the crowd at the Brandenburg Gate expressing her disappointment with the older generation for a lack of action on the climate.
“When we say to them that we are worried about the future of our civilisation, they just pat on our heads saying: ‘Everything will be fine, don’t worry’. But we should worry.”
Thunberg emphasised the need for more concrete actions in salvaging the climate adding, “we still haven’t seen anything yet, this is only the beginning of the beginning, trust me.”
Thunberg who is planning to stay in Berlin until Sunday will also visit the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. On Saturday she will be honoured with a Golden Camera (film and television award) in the German capital.
Thunberg, who has been demonstrating on Fridays since August 2018 under the motto “School strike for the climate” in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, is now well-known all over the world as she has inspired climate strikes globally. For her activities Greta has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.