Daily Archives: January 16, 2020

How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation | Sinan Aral


Jan 16, 2020

Visit http://TED.com to get our entire library of TED Talks, transcripts, translations, personalized Talk recommendations and more. Fake news can sway elections, tank economies and sow discord in everyday life. Data scientist Sinan Aral demystifies how and why it spreads so quickly — citing one of the largest studies on misinformation — and identifies five strategies to help us unweave the tangled web between true and false.

US Senate opens Trump impeachment trial as nonpartisan office issues critical report on Ukraine aid

FRANCE 24 English

Published on Jan 16, 2020

As the US Senate formally opened the impeachment trial on whether to remove Donald Trump from office, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog on Thursday dealt the Republican president a blow by concluding that the White House violated the law by withholding security aid approved for Ukraine by US lawmakers

U.K. Extinction Rebellion Actions Target Fossil Fuel Ties of Siemens, Shell

Image Credit: Extinction Rebellion Scotland

Jan 16, 2020

In London, England, climate activists with the group Extinction Rebellion held a “die-in” protest outside the corporate offices of Siemens, calling out the German company over its support for the Adani coal mine in Queensland, Australia — a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion activists in Aberdeen, Scotland, locked themselves together in a human chain to block the offices of Shell Oil Company, holding signs that read “Tell the Truth” and “Fossil Fuels Equal Extinction.”

2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record, Capping the Warmest-Ever Decade

Jan 16, 2020

The 2010s were the hottest decade ever recorded, as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels soared to record levels. That’s according to a new report based on data from NASA, NOAA and other agencies, which found global surface temperatures surged by more than 1 degree Celsius — or about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit — above pre-industrial levels. 2019 was the planet’s second-hottest year on record, surpassed only by 2016. This is climate scientist Omar Baddour of the World Meteorological Association.

Omar Baddour: “We have noticed many extreme events — heat waves, floods — that have impacted — droughts — that have impacted people around the world in terms of immigration of people because of drought, in terms of internal displacement because of floods, and in terms of mortality because of heat waves, such as in Europe, in Asia, in North America. Wildfires have also been one of the most noticeable events during 2019, even in areas where fires are very rare, like in the Arctic region.”

and BBC Newshour – 15 January 2020:


America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century: Frances Fitzgerald

1979 Edition


FitzGerald’s polemic analysis argues that contemporary texts reflect current social quarrels, frequently distorting history into propaganda

Youth marches for climate action draw millions around the world

PBS NewsHour

Sep 20, 2019

In cities across the globe on Friday, protesters took to the streets to demand action on climate change. The demonstrations, easily the largest to focus on climate, represent a movement driven largely by young people

Newly Released Climate Report Finds Last Decade Was World’s Hottest On Record

CBS Miami
Jan 15, 2020

CBS4’s Tom Hanson shares the details of the report from NASA and the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.

2019, the second hottest year on record I AFP

AFP News Agency

Jan 13, 2020

The year 2019 was the second hottest ever recorded and a virtual tie with 2016, the warmest El Nino year, the European Union’s climate monitor says in its round up of the hottest decade in history. Data released by the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) showed that worldwide temperatures were just 0.04 degrees Celsius lower than 2016, when temperatures were boosted 0.12 degrees Celsius by a once-in-a-century El Nino natural weather event.

NASA, NOAA: Most recent decade is hottest recorded

Associated Press

Jan 15, 2020

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. (Jan. 15)

US ignorance and arrogance are fuelling mayhem in the Middle East – Zarif

Jan 16, 2020

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks about US involvement in the Middle East at conference in New Delhi.