Daily Archives: July 23, 2019

The Mueller Report – A PBS NewsHour/FRONTLINE Special

Published on Mar 25, 2019
The nearly two-year investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has concluded, with Mueller’s final report delivered to Attorney General William Barr for review. Now, a groundbreaking collaboration between PBS NewsHour and FRONTLINE illuminates the complex details behind the Mueller investigation and analyzes what’s yet to come.

Dr. Peter Wadhams: Methane Hydrates & Arctic Research

Published on Jul 21, 2019

Peter Wadhams is back on ScientistsWarning.TV with a comprehensive analysis of the reticent approach that part of the scientific community has been taking toward the potentially very dangerous methane hydrate situation in shallow Arctic sea waters. Specifically, he comments on a video that had been issued by Yale Climate Connections in January 2019 in which it was stated that there really wasn’t too much to worry about. But it’s not only climatologists who sometimes seem to be showing a ‘lack of objectivity’, according to Dr. Wadhams – it’s also risk analysis that has been missing so far and that should be done now as a high priority task. This conversation was recorded in March 2019.

News Conference Announcing Bold New Plan for Tackling the Climate Crisis

Energy and Commerce Committee

Tuesday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

Energy and Commerce Committee leaders will host a news conference on Tuesday, July 23, at 2 p.m. in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, to unveil a bold new plan that will guide the Committee’s approach to tackling the climate crisis. With communities around the country suffering from historic flooding, raging wildfires, severe storms, extreme heat and persistent droughts, it has never been more evident that serious federal leadership is needed.

Can Ebola in DR Congo be contained? | The Stream

Al Jazeera English

Scheduled for Jul 23, 2019

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organization. The designation was made after the virus was recently detected in the country’s largest city Goma. The DRC’s nearly year-long struggle to contain the disease has been complicated by violence from armed groups and conspiracy theories that have hindered public health efforts. Health workers and some medical facilities have also endured violent attacks from locals frightened that they are responsible for spreading the disease. Over 2,500 people have been infected and more than 1,700 people have died from Ebola since August, making it the second-deadliest Ebola epidemic on record. Fever checks have been stepped up at the borders, but so far limits to cross-border travel and trade have not been imposed. In this episode, we’ll hear how those on the front lines of containing the outbreak are faring.

China slams U.S. for ‘groundless accusations’, tells U.S. to remove ‘black hands’ from territory

Published on Jul 23, 2019

The U.S. spokesperson had said the Hong Kong protests are an expression of concern over the region’s autonomy. A spokesperson for the Commissioner’s Office of China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong said the region has unprecedented rights and freedoms in accordance with the law due to the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” principle. Also, Beijing is advising Washington to remove its “black hands” from the territory. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the comments on Tuesday at a news briefing.

Will Boris Johnson be up to his new job? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 23, 2019

Boris Johnson will be the UK’s Prime Minister after winning the Conservative Party leadership Boris Johnson had campaigned on a ‘do-or-die’ pledge to deliver Brexit. The man who’s provoked much controversy, won the leadership of the conservatives as was expected, and will be Britain’s next prime minister. When Johnson walks into Number 10 in Downing Street this week, he will be tasked with persuading the European Union to revive talks on a withdrawal deal. If that fails, he says he’s ready to lead Britain out of the bloc without a deal on the 31st of October. But Brexit is not Johnson’s only challenge. The prime minister has to deal with an escalating standoff with Iran over its seizure of a UK tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. And his critics will be watching very closely how he handles the so-called ‘special relationship’ with the U.S. Donald Trump has backed Johnson to become the UK’s prime minister. So, how will he deliver on Brexit and the many other challenges ahead?
Presenter: Divya Gopalan

EPA Refuses to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Linked to Brain Damage in Children

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 22, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency will not ban the widely used pesticide chlorpyrifos—even though the agency’s own research shows that it can cause brain damage in children. The substance is sold under the commercial name Lorsban and is banned for household use. But it’s still used by farmers on more than 50 fruit, nuts, cereal and vegetable crops. The announcement came Thursday. The Obama administration said it would ban the use of the toxic chemical in 2015, but the rule never took effect. It was suspended in 2017 by then-EPA head Scott Pruitt. We go to Seattle to speak with Patti Goldman, a managing attorney at Earthjustice who represented health and labor advocates in a lawsuit against the EPA’s original decision in 2017.


Part 2:

Published on Jul 23, 2019

An extended conversation with Patti Goldman of Earthjustice about the Environment Protection Agency’s decision not to ban the powerful pesticide chlorpyrifos. Although no longer available for household use, chlorpyrifos is still used by farmers on more than 50 fruit, nuts, cereal and vegetable crops. The EPA’s own research shows that it can cause brain damage in children even at small doses. “It’s an outdated pesticide that hits anything with a nervous system,” says Goldman.

Chile suffers the worst drought in 60 years

Al Jazeera English

Published on Jul 8, 2019

Central Chile is suffering the worst drought in 60 years. That includes the capital Santiago, home to nearly half the country’s population of 18 million. Experts predict climate change, over-exploitation by agriculture and other factors means the shortage of water will be permanent. Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Aculeo in Chile.

Global warming: Alaskan glaciers melt at fastest pace in centuries

Al Jazeera English
Published on Jul 8, 2019

The US State of Alaska is in the middle of an unprecedented heatwave, and scientists say there are more alarming signs of global warming. The state’s glaciers are melting at a rate not seen in hundreds of years. Glaciers play an important role in providing fresh water, but melting glaciers can contribute to rising sea levels. Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher reports from Portage Valley, Alaska.