Daily Archives: May 22, 2020

New MIT Study Shows The Cost Of The Patchwork Response To Coronavirus In The U.S.


Published on May 21, 2020

A new study from the Social Analytics Lab at MIT underscores the poor public health outcomes that result from the United States’ disjointed federal response to coronavirus. Its findings, released Thursday, indicate the extent to which states that adopt stringent social distancing policies are negatively impacted by other states that do not. To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by one of the study’s authors, Sinan Aral, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy.

Are the Billionaires Helping During the Pandemic, Actually the Problem? | Amanpour and Company

Amanpour and Company

Published on May 22, 2020

The pandemic has prompted many to reflect on how the world works and, importantly, for whom it works. This is at the heart of a new program on Vice TV called “Seat at the Table,” hosted by best-selling author Anand Giridharadas. He has made a career of questioning the seat of power and money in America, and explains to Hari Sreenivasan why society must adapt or fail.

Originally aired on May 21, 2020

Yanis Varoufakis: What Comes After Capitalism | DiEM25


May 21, 2020

Free market capitalism died over a 100 years ago and gave way to monopoly capitalism. Monopoly capitalism is now not even able to reproduce itself, let alone sustain the planet, common decency etc. But what comes next? Video produced by Sustainable Human. Sustainable Human creates educational and inspiring video stories that evolve human consciousness by addressing the roots of our many sustainability crises.

Screen New Deal – High-Tech Coronavirus Dystopia, Naomi Klein, The Intercept

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo looks on as Google executive chair Eric Schmidt, left, talks during the Smart Schools Commission report at Mineola Middle School on Oct. 27, 2014 in Mineola, N.Y. Photo: Alejandra Villa-Pool/Getty Images

Naomi Klein May 8 2020, 12:50 p.m.

For a few fleeting moments during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, the somber grimace that has filled our screens for weeks was briefly replaced by something resembling a smile.

“We are ready, we’re all-in,” the governor gushed. “We are New Yorkers, so we’re aggressive about it, we’re ambitious about it. … We realize that change is not only imminent, but it can actually be a friend if done the right way.”

The inspiration for these uncharacteristically good vibes was a video visit from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who joined the governor’s briefing to announce that he will be heading up a blue-ribbon commission to reimagine New York state’s post-Covid reality, with an emphasis on permanently integrating technology into every aspect of civic life.

“The first priorities of what we’re trying to do,” Schmidt said, “are focused on telehealth, remote learning, and broadband. … We need to look for solutions that can be presented now, and accelerated, and use technology to make things better.” Lest there be any doubt that the former Google chair’s goals were purely benevolent, his video background featured a framed pair of golden angel wings.

Just one day earlier, Cuomo had announced a similar partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop “a smarter education system.” Calling Gates a “visionary,” Cuomo said the pandemic has created “a moment in history when we can actually incorporate and advance [Gates’s] ideas … all these buildings, all these physical classrooms — why with all the technology you have?” he asked, apparently rhetorically.

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3.5 billion people may face ‘unlivable’ heat in 50 years

New study

3.5 billion people may face ‘unlivable’ heat in 50 years

Posted on May 9, 2020

Every degree of global warming will push a billion people out of the human survival zone
by Ian Angus

How dangerous is global warming? By 2070, up to 30% of the world’s population could face temperatures that are literally unlivable.

Climate studies project business-as-usual global temperature increases of 2 or 3 degrees in that time — but those are averages that include the cooler oceans, covering 70% of the globe. The temperature increase on land will be higher, and temperatures in areas that are already warm will be higher still.

If the global average rises 3 degrees, the places where people actually live will be at least 6 degrees hotter than today — and huge areas will be too hot to live in.

Future of the human climate niche,” a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), finds that for at least 6,000 years, almost all humans have lived in areas where the mean annual temperature is between 11º and 25º. That’s the human “climate niche,” the temperature range in which outdoor work isn’t deadly, and in which we have been able to raise enough food to survive.

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Future of the human climate niche | PNAS


We show that for thousands of years, humans have concentrated in a surprisingly narrow subset of Earth’s available climates, characterized by mean annual temperatures around ∼13 °C. This distribution likely reflects a human temperature niche related to fundamental constraints. We demonstrate that depending on scenarios of population growth and warming, over the coming 50 y, 1 to 3 billion people are projected to be left outside the climate conditions that have served humanity well over the past 6,000 y. Absent climate mitigation or migration, a substantial part of humanity will be exposed to mean annual temperatures warmer than nearly anywhere today.


All species have an environmental niche, and despite technological advances, humans are unlikely to be an exception. Here, we demonstrate that for millennia, human populations have resided in the same narrow part of the climatic envelope available on the globe, characterized by a major mode around ∼11 °C to 15 °C mean annual temperature (MAT). Supporting the fundamental nature of this temperature niche, current production of crops and livestock is largely limited to the same conditions, and the same optimum has been found for agricultural and nonagricultural economic output of countries through analyses of year-to-year variation. We show that in a business-as-usual climate change scenario, the geographical position of this temperature niche is projected to shift more over the coming 50 y than it has moved since 6000 BP. Populations will not simply track the shifting climate, as adaptation in situ may address some of the challenges, and many other factors affect decisions to migrate. Nevertheless, in the absence of migration, one third of the global population is projected to experience a MAT >29 °C currently found in only 0.8% of the Earth’s land surface, mostly concentrated in the Sahara. As the potentially most affected regions are among the poorest in the world, where adaptive capacity is low, enhancing human development in those areas should be a priority alongside climate mitigation.

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Ron Finley’s Urban Food Forest in Los Angeles Proves You Can Grow Anywhere

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Dec 25, 2012

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to South Central Los Angeles to share with you an urban permaculture food forest in the middle of the city. In this episode you will learn about Ron Finley’s food forest he created to create community and make food more available in a food desert. After watching this episode you will discover some unique edible foods you can grow in Southern California or wherever you live.