Daily Archives: September 28, 2019

Indians Join The Global Climate Strike

Sep 20, 2019


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People in Mumbai and other Indian cities join the Global Climate Strike. Here’s why…

Climate Strikers Rally Across the Globe

Published on Sep 20, 2019
On September 23, the United Nations will open its Climate Action Summit here in New York, three days after Friday’s Global Climate Strike, led by Greta Thunberg, sweeps through thousands of cities across the globe. Here, Intelligencer has gathered images of the strike from around the world. For further reading, dive into State of the World, a series of in-depth interviews with climate leaders from Bill Gates to Naomi Klein and Rhiana Gunn-Wright to William Nordhaus, interrogating just how they see the precarious climate future of the planet.

Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot make short film on the climate crisis

Published on Sep 19, 2019
Environmental activists Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have helped produce a short film highlighting the need to protect, restore and use nature to tackle the climate crisis. Living ecosystems like forests, mangroves, swamps and seabeds can pull enormous quantities of carbon from the air and store them safely, but natural climate solutions currently receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions. The film’s director, Tom Mustill of Gripping Films, said: ‘We tried to make the film have the tiniest environmental impact possible. We took trains to Sweden to interview Greta, charged our hybrid car at George’s house, used green energy to power the edit and recycled archive footage rather than shooting new.’

‘We’re a team’: Greta Thunberg visits Barack Obama

Published on Sep 18, 2019
After crossing the Atlantic on a solar-powered boat, the climate activist Greta Thunberg visited Barack Obama in Washington. The former US president later shared a photo of the pair and praised Thunberg as ‘one of our planet’s greatest advocates’. The Swedish teenager is in the US to speak at the UN climate summit on 23 September

#naturenow – Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot on natural climate solutions

Published on Sep 19, 2019
The risk of climate breakdown is real, but it can be reduced if we protect, restore and fund natural climate solutions. Find out more about how you can help this vital mission at http://naturalclimate.solutions #naturenow

This Gripping Films (@tommustill) Production was supported by:

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Global #ClimateStrike in Europe

Published on Sep 28, 2019
Over the past week millions of Europeans took to the streets for climate justice. We made history, and we drew the lines.

Most Meat Animals Get Antibiotics On Most Days Of Their Lives Which Is Increasing Antibiotic

Published on Sep 28, 2019
Most Meat Animals Get Antibiotics On Most Days Of Their Lives Which Is Increasing Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of how Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats by Maryn McKenna

Maryn McKenna is an independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy. She is a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and the author of the 2017 bestseller Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (National Geographic Books, Sept. 2017), named a Best Book of 2017 by Amazon, Science News, Smithsonian Magazine, Civil Eats, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Toronto Globe and Mail, as well as an Essential Science Read by Wired.. Her 2015 TED Talk, “What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?”, has been viewed more than 1.5 million times and translated into 33 languages.

She has reported from epidemics and disasters, and farms and food production sites, on most of the continents, including a field hospital in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, a Thai village erased by the Indian Ocean tsunami, a bird-testing unit on the front lines of West Nile virus, an Arctic graveyard of the victims of the 1918 flu, an AIDS treatment center in Yunnan, a polio-eradication team in India, breweries in France, a “Matrix for chickens” in the Netherlands, and Midwestern farms devastated by the 2015 epidemic of avian flu. She writes for The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, NPR, Newsweek, WIRED, Scientific American, Nature, The Guardian, and other magazines and sites. Her work has been anthologized in The Best Science Writing Online (2012), The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2014), and The Dirt: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Food and Farming (2016). She is the creator of the Tumblr Today in Ebolanoia, which has been cited in medical and biodefense literature for documenting public overreaction to disease threats.

She received the 2014 Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics and the 2013 Byron H. Waksman Award for Excellence in the Public Communication of Life Sciences. Her piece for Modern Farmer on the beyond-organic farm White Oak Pastures received a first-place award from the Association of Food Journalists, and her essay for the Food and Environment Reporting Network, “Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future,” was a finalist for a James Beard Foundation Media Award and has been republished in Russian, Norwegian and French. She also shared the 2015 AH Boerma Award from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as one of the writers for National Geographic’s food-writing site The Plate, part of the magazine’s year-long Future of Food project.

Greta Thunberg at the Global Climate Strike in New York City

350.org   Sep 23, 2019
“…and if you belong to that small group of people who feel threatened by us, then we have some very bad news for you. Because this is only the beginning…”
Greta Thunberg’s speech at the Global Climate Strike in New York City on September 20th, 2019

Journalist Sharon Lerner: “How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World ”

Published on Sep 28, 2019
We speak to journalist Sharon Lerner about how corporations in the United States are refusing to turn to more sustainable materials, with most of the country’s plastic waste ending up in landfills or scattered around the world. According to her investigation, in 2015, the United States only recycled 9% of its plastic waste, and since then, that figure has dropped even lower. Lerner is a health and environment reporter at The Intercept and a reporting fellow at Type Investigations. Her series “The Teflon Toxin” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | What IS evil, really?

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Hannah Uebele,    *This piece was originally published on March 26th, 2019, by Innovation Hub.

If you’ve ever had an evil thought – or even a murder fantasy – you’re not alone. Julia Shaw, the author of “Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side” explains that most people have devilish notions sometimes. Shaw, a psychologist and research associate at University College London, says we all have the capacity for cruel deeds. She suggests that acknowledging our darker desires may in fact help us deconstruct and better understand the whole concept of evil. This understanding, Shaw believes, can make us think more broadly about criminality, and lead to a rethinking of our justice system.

Three Takeaways:

  • Evil isn’t black and white – it exists on a spectrum, according to Shaw. She suggests that we all engage in everyday evils or acts of unkindness, including saying mean things to our loved ones. And even if you have never hurt a fly, Shaw says that you, and most everyone, has the capacity to commit malicious deeds.
  • Sometimes we try to rationalize someone’s mistakes and put them down to mental illness or a bad upbringing. But Shaw says this approach can cause oversimplification, stereotyping and “othering.” Instead, we need to acknowledge the complexities of evil, and understand the events that could lead us down a similar dark pathway. When we realize that evil is part of the human experience, we can work to reduce harm and be more conscious about how we engage with the world around us, Shaw explains.
  • When we think dark thoughts, it is easy to feel ashamed of ourselves. But Shaw explains how murder fantasies can have a purpose – allowing us to run through an evil scenario in our head and prepare for the consequences of such an action. Thinking through such possibilities can help us make alternate decisions in reality.

More Reading:

  • Learn more about the banality of evil and how ordinary people, not villains, are capable of the cruelest crimes. Read author Hannah Arendt’s original article about Nazi Adolf Eichmann, in which she first explains the concept.
  • The Atlantic takes a look into the consequences of murder fantasies.
  • How does nature and nurture affect those of us more disposed towards psychopathic behavior?