Daily Archives: April 7, 2019

Scientists scramble to keep up with earth’s changing magnetic North Pole

CGTN America
Published on Apr 7, 2019

Military navigators, sailors and pilots all rely on the magnetic North Pole to help orient them. But the North Pole is constantly moving, forcing scientists to scramble to keep up. CGTN’s Hendrik Sybrandy reports.

Shock Troops of Disaster: The Story of the New England Hurricane (1938)

All Classic Video
Published on Dec 5, 2012

Hurricane and tidal waves hit the Long Island coast in Dec. 1938. The hurricane and flood waters rage across New England. Derailed trains, felled trees, damaged homes, flooded streets, and other evidences of the catastrophe are shown. Coast Guard crews rescue stranded citizens. WPA and CCC units erect sandbag levees. Reel 2, WPA director Harry Hopkins arrives at Providence, R.I., to survey damage. WPA units deliver food and medical supplies by truck, establish relief headquarters, clear mud from city streets, repair roads, and remove debris.

Civil Disobedience as Civil Dialogue: Divest Harvard

Civil Disobedience as Civil Dialogue

On April 4th, Divest Harvard joined the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign to disrupt Harvard President Larry Bacow’s conversation with Graduate School of Education Dean Bridget Terry Long at the Institute of Politics on the “essential role of university leadership in transforming opportunity.” Thursday marked the first act of collaborative civil disobedience between members of the two divestment campaigns. It also marks the intensification of our call for President Bacow, the Harvard administration, and Harvard Management Company to engage in open dialogue on fossil fuel divestment.

Thursday’s disruption came after a year’s worth of refusal by the Harvard administration to engage in any dialogue at all. In The Crimson’s coverage of Thursday’s event, President Bacow cites the movements’ lack of civility as the justification to delay a further meeting, reiterating his insistence that he responds to “reason, not pressure.” In fact, the President has historically declined to engage any form of reasonable disagreement. To date, he has refused to even meet privately with members of the fossil free campaign outside of his limited office hours, nor to engage in any public dialogue on the divestment question.


…(read more).

See related:

Further related stories are linked in:

 

 

The rise of Xi Jinping: From cave dweller to post-modern chairman | China Watch pt II

The rise of Xi Jinping: From cave dweller to post-modern chairman | China Watch pt II

ABC News (Australia)
Published on Mar 5, 2019

China’s President Xi Jinping is one of the most powerful men in the world, but it hasn’t always been this way. Xi has stared down revolutionary fervor during the Cultural Revolution – and muscled out rivals in an atmosphere of brutal party politics to now become the paramount leader of China’s Communist Party. In this episode, we look at how Xi Jinping went from life among Beijing’s political elite – to living in a cave in remote countryside – to now being China’s most powerful ruler since Mao.

Watch Episode 1 of China Watch: ‘Never Telling The Whole Truth’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpGY…

China Watch: ‘Never telling the whole truth’ | ABC News

ABC News (Australia)

Published on Feb 7, 2019

“See the difference” – that’s the motto of China’s global news network CGTN. But “seeing the difference” comes with a catch. CGTN says it tells stories from a “Chinese perspective” – but what that looks like in practice is more like serving the ideological aims of the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing is training up foreign journalists, buying up space in overseas media and expanding its own networks on an unprecedented scale in an attempt to challenge what it perceives as Western hegemony over global media. In this episode of China Watch, Sean Mantesso delves into Beijing’s expanding global media presence and asks whether China is achieving its ambitious goal of moulding the narrative on China the world over.

China Watch is an online ABC series presented by ABC reporter Sean Mantesso and looking at issues affecting China in 2019 and beyond.

The rise of Xi Jinping: From cave dweller to post-modern chairman | China Watch pt II

ABC News (Australia)
Published on Mar 5, 2019

China’s President Xi Jinping is one of the most powerful men in the world, but it hasn’t always been this way. Xi has stared down revolutionary fervor during the Cultural Revolution – and muscled out rivals in an atmosphere of brutal party politics to now become the paramount leader of China’s Communist Party. In this episode, we look at how Xi Jinping went from life among Beijing’s political elite – to living in a cave in remote countryside – to now being China’s most powerful ruler since Mao.

Watch Episode 1 of China Watch: ‘Never Telling The Whole Truth’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlpGY…

How Geography DOOMED Africa

Atlas Pro

Published on Jul 24, 2018

Africa has hosted many great empires over the ages, but despite having contact with both Europe and Asia, did not keep up technologically (except Wakanda). Here is one possible theory to explain why. “Tikopia” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons:
By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…

Spain’s Plan to Quit the Coal Industry Explained | NowThis World


NowThis World

Published on Mar 17, 2019

Climate change is happening. And one industry in particular will have to undergo a huge transformation and all but disappear by 2050…. The coal industry. NowThis World

But what does this mean for that industry and governments around the world? And what about the workers the coal industry employs?

We’re taking a look at the steps one country is taking to prepare for a clean energy economy, while trying to make sure no one gets left behind.

To avoid the most devastating consequences of climate change, a United Nations panel of scientists has recently warned that drastic action is required around the world.

In Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez government’s priorities was taking immediate action to address climate change. That meant drastic action to limit Spain’s coal industry.
The country had to comply with a European Union directive that said that public funds could no longer be used to keep unprofitable coal mines open. This meant that those mines had to be shut down by the end of 2018. And that is exactly what happened.

By December of 2018, roughly three out of four of Spain’s coal miners clocked out of work for the last time.

Spain’s socialist government cut a deal with several affiliated miner’s unions, referred to as the ‘Just Transition’ deal.”

So we’re taking a look at the innovative steps Spain is taking to prepare for a clean energy economy, while trying to make sure no one gets left behind.