How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.
Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall. Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s. It is a double injustice: after becoming rich at the expense of the rest of the world, the industrialized countries are now polluting the atmosphere with their emissions and bringing a second misfortune to the inhabitants of the poorer regions. One of them is Mohammed Ibrahim: as Lake Chad got hotter and drier, he decided to go where the temperatures were less extreme and there was still a little water, trekking with his wife, children and 70 camels from Niger to Chad and then further south. The journey lasted several years and many members of his herd died of thirst. Now he and his family are living in a refugee camp: they only have seven camels left. Mohammed is one of many who have left their homelands in the Sahel – not because of conflict and crises, but because of the high temperatures. He’s a real climate refugee.
Recently the World Meteorological Organization published their 5 year update: “The Global Climate in 2015 – 2019”, comparing this period with the previous 5 year period and historical records. Clearly, key climate change elements including greenhouse gas levels, atmospheric and ocean temperatures, Greenland, Antarctica, and alpine glacier ice mass loss, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and extreme events including tropical cyclones, floods, tornadoes, etc. are rapidly worsening. I chat on the main findings of this report by focusing on the figures, both in this video and the next. Stay safe in our virus pandemic.
Recently the World Meteorological Organization published their 5 year update: “The Global Climate in 2015 – 2019”, comparing this period with the previous 5 year period and historical records. Clearly, key climate change elements including greenhouse gas levels, atmospheric and ocean temperatures, Greenland, Antarctica, and alpine glacier ice mass loss, heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and extreme events including tropical cyclones, floods, tornadoes, etc. are rapidly worsening. I chat on the main findings of this report by focusing on the figures, both in this video and the last. Stay safe in our virus pandemic.
The Houston Food Bank in Texas is the largest in the U.S., and it has seen demand spike after the coronavirus pandemic put many Americans out of work. While they estimate giving out 80 million pounds of food in a normal year, CEO Brian Greene says they now average close to a million pounds per day, and are still not meeting the need. Janet Shamlian visits the food bank to see how severe demand has gotten.
US president Donald Trump marked the Memorial Day weekend with visits to Arlington National Cemetery, Fort McHenry and his Trump National Golf Club. Trump delivered a speech at Fort McHenry thanking those serving in the military as the country battles the ‘invisible enemy’, Covid-19. The president also returned to the golf course for the first time since early March on the same weekend US coronavirus deaths closed in on 100,000 Trump spends Memorial Day weekend golfing and insulting female politicians
The plight of Rohingya refugees is one filled with testimonies of brutal violence. Al Jazeera’s Senior Correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom encountered “the most horrific descriptions of atrocities” while covering the crisis for more than three years. “No other story has had as much of an impact on me as this one has,” he said. In this episode of Between Us, Jamjoom shares his experience reporting on the crisis.
Brazil now has the second-biggest caseload in the world, after the United States. It has registered more than 22,000 deaths. Anthony Pereira, director of the King’s College Brazil Institute, was our guest.
Cambridge Forum will present a Zoom webinar.
on Living Without Working.
Zoom details of this program will follow but mark your calendars.
International economist Daniel Susskind joins us from Balliol College, Oxford to talk about his latest book, A WORLD WITHOUT WORK: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond. Susskind was a policy adviser for the prime minister’s strategy unit and a senior adviser in the Cabinet office of the British government.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: May 29, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Cambridge Forum presents ‘LIVING WITHOUT WORKING”
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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