Daily Archives: August 14, 2019

Greta Thunberg: ‘There’s no more time to wait’ | British GQ

British GQ

Published on Aug 12, 2019

The winner of our Game Changer of the year Award, at the GQ Awards 2019, talks about Donald Trump, activism and her dad

Greta Thunberg sets off for the US on carbon neutral yacht

The Telegraph

Published on Aug 14, 2019

At a blustery marina in Plymouth, Thunberg said that she was excited about her two week voyage on board the 60ft racing yacht Malizia II. Click here to read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…

Greta Thunberg sets sail on zero-carbon Atlantic voyage

Guardian News

Published on Aug 14, 2019

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has set sail from Plymouth on what could be her most daunting challenge yet – crossing the Atlantic in a solar-powered racing yacht. ‘I feel a bit seasick and it’s not going to be comfortable but that I can live with,’ said the 16-year-old climate activist ahead of her two-week voyage Thunberg is making her transatlantic trip on board the 60-foot yacht Malizia II to avoid travelling by air. The yacht is fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines that produce electricity onboard, with the aim of making the journey zero-carbon. Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York on zero-carbon yacht

Diet for a Future Planet: an Interview with Frances Moore Lappé

Small Planet Institute
Published on Aug 14, 2019

The 50th anniversary edition of Diet for a Small Planet will be out in print in 2021! In preparation, Frances sat down with her research assistant, Emma, to discuss food, climate, all that’s changed, and all that’s stayed the same. Nearly 50 years have passed since the launch of the book that started a revolution, and much of what we learned then still rings true today.



Indigenous Women Protest President Bolsonaro in Brasília

Aug 14, 2019

In Brazil, up to 2,000 indigenous women gathered in the capital Brasília this week to protest the policies of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Hundreds occupied a health ministry building Tuesday as they demanded the government respect indigenous rights and the Amazon. This is Joênia Wapichana, the first indigenous woman elected to the Brazilian Congress.

Joênia Wapichana: “Protest is an important act to defend the rights of indigenous peoples. We are under a series of systematic, violent attacks. There’s the lack of demarcation of indigenous lands, the issue of health, education. This is all in danger. We are fighting against privatizing, for a fairer and quality education.”

Coalition of States and Cities Sue Trump Admin over Rollback of Coal Regulations

Image Credit: Photo by Mushon Tamir on Unsplash
Aug 14, 2019

In environmental news, a group of 22 states, six cities and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration Tuesday in an attempt to block the rollback of Obama-era regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. The new rules were announced by the Environmental Protection Agency in June and allow states to set their own regulations for emissions and decide whether coal-fired plants should make improvements. Obama’s Clean Power Plan sought to lower carbon emissions through federal regulations, but the plan never took effect due to multiple legal challenges. The new lawsuit claims the EPA has a duty, under the Clean Air Act, to limit carbon emissions.

Letitia James, attorney general for New York, said in a statement, “Without significant course correction, we are careening towards a climate disaster. Rather than staying the course with policies aimed at fixing the problem and protecting people’s health, safety, and the environment, the Trump Administration repealed the Clean Power Plan and replaced it with this ‘Dirty Power’ rule.”

Deepfakes: Is This Video Even Real? | NYT Opinion

The New York Times

Published on Aug 14, 2019

In the video Op-Ed above, Claire Wardle responds to growing alarm around “deepfakes” — seemingly realistic videos generated by artificial intelligence. First seen on Reddit with pornographic videos doctored to feature the faces of female celebrities, deepfakes were made popular in 2018 by a fake public service announcement featuring former President Barack Obama. Words and faces can now be almost seamlessly superimposed. The result: We can no longer trust our eyes.

In June, the House Intelligence Committee convened a hearing on the threat deepfakes pose to national security. And platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are contemplating whether, and how, to address this new disinformation format. It’s a conversation gaining urgency in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

Yet deepfakes are no more scary than their predecessors, “shallowfakes,” which use far more accessible editing tools to slow down, speed up, omit or otherwise manipulate context. The real danger of fakes — deep or shallow — is that their very existence creates a world in which almost everything can be dismissed as false.