Daily Archives: April 23, 2019

This is what sea level rise will do to coastal cities

Verge Science

Published on Apr 23, 2019

Sea level rise is already redrawing coastlines around the world. What happens when the coast retreats through a major city? We look at how the world map will change in the year 2100, and what coastal cities can do to defend themselves.
Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ZwP5Se
You can learn more about Surging Seas and check how sea level rise may affect you here: http://ss2.climatecentral.org

Greta Thunberg at Guardian Live: ‘This is an emergency’

Guardian Supporters

Published on Apr 23, 2019

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg told a packed Guardian Live the world faces an ‘existential crisis’ and movements like Extinction Rebellion are putting crucial pressure on governments to act.

‘Our future was sold’: Greta Thunberg tells MPs

Guardian News

Published on Apr 23, 2019

Greta Thunberg took her climate message to MPs at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. The 16-year-old Swedish climate change activist told a packed room in the Palace of Westminster her future and those of her fellow children had been ‘sold’. She said: ‘We probably don’t even have a future any more. That future has been sold so that a small number of people can make unimaginable amounts of money.’ ‘It was stolen from us every time you said ‘the sky is the limit’.’

The Belt and Road: Across Mountains and Seas

New China TV
Published on Apr 22, 2019

Across mountains and seas, Xinhua takes you for a magnificent view of the major #BeltandRoad projects worldwide. The China-proposed initiative has sketched out a “freehand brushwork” over the past few years and is now striving to work out a “meticulous painting.”

Why is Belt and Road gaining in popularity

New China TV
Published on Apr 21, 2019

It’s the world’s largest platform for international cooperation. Nearly 2/3 of countries in the world have signed up for it. Why is the #BeltandRoad gaining in popularity?

Red Star, Blue Water: A Ship shape Industry

Published on Apr 23, 2019

The naval parade on April 24 has attracted world attention to the rapid development of the PLA Navy. It’s a showcase of China’s best warships. The country is a leader in shipbuilding, outpacing much of the rest of the world. From refitting and import, to manufacturing and export, China’s shipbuilding capacity has surged. The industry is rapidly closing the gap with other powers, providing the solid foundation for the navy’s leapfrog development.

2019 Climate Teach In

Alliance for Climate Education
Published on Apr 22, 2019

We celebrated Earth Week with our annual livestream event! We gave away prizes, watched fresh new video content, and chatted with Alexandria Villaseñor, founder of the US Youth Climate Strike and Rose Strauss of Sunrise Movement.. #StompOutDoubt #EarthWeek2019 ___
http://www.acespace.org for more information.

To stop global catastrophe, we must believe in humans again | Bill McKibben | Opinion | The Guardian

‘We have two relatively new inventions that could prove decisive to solving global warming before it destroys the planet. One is the solar panel.’ Photograph: Gérard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Tue 23 Apr 2019 01.00 EDT Last modified on Tue 23 Apr 2019 09.36 EDT

We have the technology to prevent climate crisis. But now we need to unleash mass resistance too – because collective action does work

Because I am concerned about inequality and about the environment, I am usually classed as a progressive, a liberal. But it seems to me that what I care most about is preserving a world that bears some resemblance to the past: a world with some ice at the top and bottom and the odd coral reef in between; a world where people are connected to the past and future (and to one another) instead of turned into obsolete software.

And those seem to me profoundly conservative positions. Meanwhile, oil companies and tech barons strike me as deeply radical, willing to alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, eager to confer immortality.

There is a native conservatism in human beings that resists such efforts, a visceral sense of what’s right or dangerous, rash or proper. You needn’t understand every nuance of germline engineering or the carbon cycle to understand why monkeying around on this scale might be a bad idea. And indeed, polling suggests that most people instinctively oppose, say, living forever or designing babies, just as they want government action to stabilise the climate.

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“A Message from the Future with AOC”: New Film Imagines World Transformed by the Green New Deal

Democracy Now!

Published on Apr 18, 2019

As the push for the Green New Deal builds momentum in the United States, The Intercept has released a short illustrated video imagining a future shaped by the progressive environmental movement. It’s titled “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” The New York congressmember narrates the film to envision an America that has been transformed by the Green New Deal policies, including a just transition of jobs, Medicare for all, and a total overhaul of the country’s energy system. The result is a vision of radical hope and transformation. The film features stunning artwork by award-winning illustrator Molly Crabapple. It is presented by The Intercept and Naomi Klein, co-written by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Avi Lewis, and co-directed by Kim Boekbinder and Jim Batt.

Polly Higgins, Who Sought to Make Ecocide an International Crime, Dies Aged 50

Image Credit: pollyhiggins.com
Apr 23, 2019

And Polly Higgins, a British barrister who spent years campaigning for courts and governments to recognize ecocide as a major international crime, died Sunday of cancer. She was 50 years old. Polly Higgins drafted model laws defining the crime of ecocide and authored two books on the subject. In this video, produced by DeSmog UK and Real Media, she proposed making ecocide a crime on par with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Polly Higgins: “We are legally advising on ecocide crime to become an international crime at the International Criminal Court. Ecocide is the extensive damage, destruction to or loss of ecosystems. Existing law does not go far enough in terms of stopping serious harm, ecological harm and climactic harm. We’re talking about criminal law here, so you’re looking at CEOs, directors, ministers, heads of state, who can be held to account within an International Criminal Court.”