The Rhodes Colossus is an iconic editorial cartoon of the Scramble for Africa period, depicting British colonialist Cecil Rhodes as a giant standing over the continent. The cartoon was drawn by Edward Linley Sambourne, and first appeared in Punch magazine in 1892. It was widely reprinted in its time, and has since become a standard illustration in history texts.
Chinese farmers’ traditional working scene, which usually features a sweaty vest and chapped hands, is gradually being converted by the country’s technological advancements of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and a series of improvements in infrastructure. Our southwest line is on the road from Mouding to Panzhihua, and we invite CGTN’s Zhao Yunfei to talk about the development of Henan’s agriculture in the city of Xinzheng, China’s Henan Province.
Away from harvest and agriculture, the southeast crew is on their way to Xiamen, a city with fascinating ethnic minority cultures. And the northeast anchors will introduce you to Wuchang as they pass through the city’s rice fields.
CGTN’s special program “New China” gives you an in-depth look at China 70 years on. Our crew is on a 12-day journey to China’s southwest, southeast and northeast. Don’t miss out.
Published on Sep 11, 2019
Remember that heatwave back in August? Well, the Arctic remembers it too. Record rates of ice melt have been recorded on the great ice-shelf of Greenland. It’s critical for all of us because of its potential effect on global sea levels. In the first of a series of special reports from Greenland, we examine the threat to the giant glaciers and to those whose lives depend upon the sea ice.
Published on Sep 10, 2019
Joshua Wong, one of the figureheads of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement is drawing official complaints from China with his tour of foreign countries. Wong currently is in Germany where he’s met foreign minister Heiko Maass, a meeting that led to a diplomatic complaint from China, which called the meeting disrespectful. Wong said the Hong Kong protest movement would continue despite the government dropping a controversial extradition bill. The 22-year-old also spoke at the German Parliament. He’d been detained for 24 hours by authorities at Hong Kong Airport before he was allowed to leave the country.
Published on Sep 12, 2019
Intense flooding has killed at least 42 people in Niger, and thousands have been forced from their homes. Heavy rains have been pounding the West African nation for a week now.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall speaks at a rally in Washington, D.C. advocating for the passage of USMCA. “Farmers do not want aid—they want trade. The only trade we can afford to be involved in is trade that provides us a level playing field.” The benefits of the USMCA are clear. Estimates indicate we will gain more than $2 billion in additional farm exports and $65 billion in gross domestic product once the agreement is in place. Visit https://www.fb.org/issues/trade/usmca/ for more information about USMCA.
Published on Sep 12, 2019
U.S farmers rallied in Washington DC Thursday to lobby for ratification of a sweeping new trade deal. They want Congress to approve an agreement between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. And it’s a critical moment for farmers caught in the crossfire of a trade battle with China, as CGTN’s Owen Fairclough reports.
The global climate emergency is fast unfolding and each day brings a fresh round of headlines highlighting the impact that extreme weather events are having on communities and nature around the world. It’s fueling a deep and pervasive sense of hopelessness and powerlessness among people, in what mental health professionals variously call “climate anxiety” or “climate grief”.
Those directly affected by extreme weather tied to climate change are struggling to cope as their way of is irrevocably altered. Communities affected by events such as major storms, rising sea levels, wildfires and Arctic ice melt often report increased incidences of depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, substance abuse, and interpersonal violence. But with negative impacts tied to climate change unfolding at an alarming rate that is beyond the predictions of scientists, even those so far relatively untouched by climate change are troubled by a sense of unease and doom about the state of the world and what it means for the future of humankind.
Mental health experts are now engaged in developing strategies to help people cope with an emergency that is playing out in real time and with frightening speed. In the first of a week of special shows tied to #CoveringClimateNow we’ll look at climate anxiety and how it can be overcome – and even harnessed – to positive and life-affirming effect.
At any given time, there is a fire burning somewhere on Earth. Join experts Thursday, September 12 at 3 p.m. EDT for a closer look at how fires are part of our changing planet. As the climate warms, it has directly affected the way fires occur, with longer fire seasons and more extreme fires that are harder to suppress. With a fleet of satellites orbiting Earth, NASA has a unique perspective to keep an eye on these fires, the impact they have on ecosystems, and how smoke degrades air quality for local communities and populations downwind from biomass burning. Learn more on the next episode of #NASAScience Live. Have questions? Submit them in the comment section below to have them answered live during the show.
The world is facing challenges of an unprecedented nature. A polarized political landscape, worrisome signs of a global economic slow-down, growing inequalities, conflicts and a global environmental crisis. The evidence is clear: we must act now. The international community has a brief window of opportunity to accelerate action, using the plan in place to achieve a positive outcome for everyone: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 transformative Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Produced by: The Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
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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