By Letícia Casado and Ernesto Londoño
July 28, 2019
BRASÍLIA — The destruction of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil has increased rapidly since the nation’s new far-right president took over and his government scaled back efforts to fight illegal logging, ranching and mining.
Protecting the Amazon was at the heart of Brazil’s environmental policy for much of the past two decades. At one point, Brazil’s success in slowing the deforestation rate made it an international example of conservation and the effort to fight climate change.
But with the election of President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist who has been fined personally for violating environmental regulations, Brazil has changed course substantially, retreating from the efforts it once made to slow global warming by preserving the world’s largest rain forest.
While campaigning for president last year, Mr. Bolsonaro declared that Brazil’s vast protected lands were an obstacle to economic growth and promised to open them up to commercial exploitation.
Join us for a discussion of climate, science, and security in the first public appearance by Dr. Rod Schoonover since leaving the U.S. government.
Up until resigning on July 12, Dr. Rod Schoonover was arguably the top remaining U.S. government official working on climate change and national security. He served for over a decade as a Senior Analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and was Director of Environment and Natural Resources at the National Intelligence Council in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which produces the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Last month, Dr. Schoonover testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on the national security implications of climate change. While he delivered his oral testimony to the Committee, the written submission for the Congressional record was blocked by the White House over disputes about the underlying science, as has been widely covered in the media.
Join the World Resources Institute on July 30 for an in-depth conversation between Dr. Schoonover and Andrew Light, WRI Distinguished Senior Fellow and former State Department senior climate change official. They will discuss the relationship between climate change and national security, how the U.S. and the world can better prepare for the security implications of a warming world, and the current state of climate science in the U.S. federal government.
Dr. Rod Schoonover, Former Senior Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. Department of State
“Twenty-one of India’s major cities may run out of ground water as early as 2020 according to a government report. Some experts contest that assessment but daily water woes are a part of life for almost half of the country’s population.
The southern city of Chennai, where reservoirs are drying up due to a delayed monsoon and poor water management, is severely affected. Residents there have been queuing up to collect water from rationed government services, and schools, hospitals and restaurants are struggling to cope. Meanwhile, the Indian government has set up a new Jal Shakti (water power) Ministry, and is proposing a massive project to interlink India’s rivers as an answer to the water crisis.
We focus on water conservation and management solutions to India’s water crisis. We speak to a water activist based in Chennai who restores lakes and ponds, the head of a Delhi-based non-profit that works to recharge groundwater, and a water expert who specialises in rural irrigation economy and policy making.
Presenter: Devina Gupta
Contributors: Aditi Mukherjee, Principal Researcher, International Water Management Institute; Jyoti Sharma, President, FORCE Non-profit; Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, Environmentalist Foundation of India
Hotels in Chennai are rationing water, schools are giving over early and the city is coming to a standstill as water crisis worsens. Employees in companies such as Fiat Chrysler, TCS, Wipro and Cognizant have been asked to cut down on water use in canteens. It is the worst water shortage Chennai has faced in the last four years due to a delayed monsoon and reservoirs running dry. Watch the video for more.
ISRO’s second mission to the moon, Chandrayaan 2, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota today. The much-anticipated Chandrayaan 2 was launched at 2.43 pm after the first attempt was aborted on July 15 following a technical glitch. Watch the magnificent launch of India’s second lunar exploration, Chandrayaan 2.
India is on track to head to the moon today. The rocket that carries the Indian lunar lander Chandrayaan 2 just launched into space. This is India’s second attempt to launch the lunar probe after a technical glitch caused the mission to be aborted just one hour before launch last week.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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