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We Are Now All Migrants on a Burning Planet: There is No Place to Hide and No Other Place to Go | EV & N 322 | CCTV

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The “Climate Change and Land” Special Report of August 2019 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  has indicated that fossil-fuel-driven climate change is displacing farmers in the Global South which will lead to hundreds of millions and perhaps as many as a billion potential climate refugees.  Nation-states — already demonstrating an inability to manage their borders effectively — may well be overwhelmed by these climate-induced social changes in the coming months, years and decades.

The evidence for the close and precarious link between agriculture and a changing climate is not new.  For decades social scientists have underscored the built-in violence and vulnerability of the “green revolution”  to climate change because of its substantial fossil fuel subsidies.  The massive expenditure of fossil fuels required by this type of agriculture has contributed substantially to the build-up of atmospheric carbon, thereby further accelerating the pace and scope global climate change in a viscous self-destructive cycle of environmental degradation.

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Bill McKibben has voiced a deep understanding of our new global circumstance emphasized in the latest IPCC Special Report.   With empathy and compassion he has demonstrated the kind of moral leadership that will now be needed.

Bill-Mckibben-1This cannot be ignored because it will be driven by hundreds of millions of potential climate refugees forced to leave flood-soaked or drought-stricken lands that can no longer support agriculture as changes in the climate become more severe.

Bill-Mckibben-2As the volume of climate refugees mounts all over the world, we will need to come to the realization and learn to accept the fact that from now on we are all in some sense migrants on a burning planet.

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For a longer-view critique of post-World War II “development” practices based on petro-intensive agricultural strategies see:

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How Southern black farmers were forced from their land, and their heritage

Published on Aug 13, 2019
African Americans have lost millions of acres of farmland across the South during the last century, in a trend propelled by economic forces, racism and white economic and political power. Most of the losses occurred since the 1950s. John Yang talks to Vann Newkirk of The Atlantic, which highlights the story in its September issue, about the origins of what Newkirk calls “the great land robbery.”

What we have now is a culture war filled with conspiracy theories

Published on Aug 13, 2019
In this clip, The Randi Rhodes show discusses the changes to the public charge policy for legal immigrants renewing their applications, and the conspiracy theories that are filling the interwebs in light of Epstein’s death.

Trump’s Profits Will Tear Web of Life Apart

Published on Aug 13, 2019
Donald Trump and his billionaire, oil drilling buddies are trying to get rid of the Endangered species Act. Biodiversity is the foundation on which all life depends, including human life. Biodiversity provides for our water, food, shelters, and health. It’s the air we breathe, the nutrients we take in and the soil that our food is grown on. Now, with Trump’s attack on the Endangered Species Act, the web of life is more at risk than ever before.

France 24 Speaks To The Team Behind The Ebola Vaccination Breakthrough

Published on Aug 13, 2019
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In tonight’s show; we talk with team behind the breakthrough vaccination that brings a cure for Ebola one step closer, a new report backs-up 2015 France 24 reporting that Rwanda’s government may have altered statistics on poverty in the country and an Israeli billionaire is set to stand trial for allegedly paying $10 million in bribes to win mining contracts in Guinea.

How our food is grown and consumed is making climate change worse. What can we do?

PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 8, 2019

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning of a devastating global feedback loop around how humans produce and consume food. A new report urges immediate action on agricultural practices that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, which exacerbate climate change and, in turn, make soil less productive. William Brangham talks to the World Resources Institute’s Janet Ranganathan.

Scientists Upset With Moving Two USDA Research Agencies

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Published on Dec 18, 2018

According to Science Magazine, Agricultural scientists are deeply unhappy with a plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move two of its research agencies out of Washington, D.C. On 9 August, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced plans to relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Washington, D.C., and the Economic Research Service (ERS), its major in-house research and statistical office. Perdue said the move would bring those agencies closer to the farmers and ranchers and claimed the move would save money through cheaper rent and enable the USDA to attract and retain top scientists now repelled by the high cost of living in the nation’s capital. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/…
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