Daily Archives: July 12, 2020

Investigating how the COVID-19 virus jumped from animals to humans


CBC News: The National

Published on Jul 12, 2020

Half a year after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected at a wet market in Wuhan, China, investigators with the World Health Organization are now trying to figure out how the virus jumped from animals to humans.

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Wolff Responds: When Systems Implodes

RichardDWolff

Jul 2, 2020

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In this video, Prof. Wolff talks about the breakdown of the capitalist system and outlines 4 major problems that the US has been faced with without for quite some time with no solution in sight: climate change, capitalism’s intrinsic instability, systemic racism inherited from slavery, and lastly the lack of mechanisms to manage viruses.

Health Officials Confirm Trump’s Tulsa Rally Contributed To Spike In Covid 19 Cases


The Ring of Fire

Published on Jul 12, 2020

A spike this week in new Covid-19 cases in Tulsa, Oklahoma can be attributed to Donald Trump’s recent non-masked rally in the city less than two weeks ago. This was an easily predictable outcome, but it proves once again that the President doesn’t care whose life he has to destroy in order to either hold onto his power or to attain new powers. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

Karan Menon Explains Voter Suppression in Less Than 1 Minute | NowThis


NowThis News

Published on Jul 12, 2020

Watch comedian Karan Menon perfectly explain voter suppression in America in less than 1 minute

The ivory trade – exploiting elephants and mammoths | DW Documentary


DW Documentary

Published on Jul 12, 2020

Greed for ivory is rapidly reducing the number of African savanna elephants. Once there were more than ten million; today there are only around 350,000. Their ivory is especially sought after in Asia.

Ivory carvings are considered a status symbol among the rich, especially in Asia. Trade between Africa and Asia is booming despite strict laws and prohibitions.

At the same time, the population of Africa is exploding. Four billion people are expected to live south of the Sahara by the end of the century. Conflicts of interest with nature are inevitable. Providing sustainable protection for elephants will therefore require more than just banning the trade in ivory. Rescue for Africa’s elephants could come from the vastness of Siberia. In the thawing permafrost of the Arctic lie unexpected treasures: the tusks of millions of mammoths. They can be traded legally and are of the same quality as ivory from elephants.

The film tells the story of elephant and mammoth ivory, looks at the legal and illegal trade, asks whether ivory from the extinct ice age giants could save their endangered cousins in Africa from being wiped out. Additionally, it explores whether some elephant hunting could be allowed to maintain a natural balance in some regions of Africa.

Wolff Responds: Unsafe Schools, Another System Failure

RichardDWolff

Jul 12, 2020

In this video, Prof. Wolff comments on the the pressure from President Trump, governors and politicians around the country urging students to return to a still unsafe school environment. Much like workplaces, the government has not mandated a safety standard for schools and has no effective enforcement or monitoring mechanism to enforce safety in schools. Prof. Wolff offers examples of what could have and could be done to change this.

Chicago World’s Fair 1893 photographs Souvenir book portfolio profusely illustrated

Brian DiMambro Antiquarian

Jul 12, 2020

[Old Books, World’s Fair, 1893, Chicago, Photography].

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Portfolio – World’s Fair 1893.
Published 1893, Chicago.
c. 150 pages. Text in English. Hundreds of Black and White images.

Period 1/2 leather album style binding, smooth spine, gilt title lettering, gilt cover decorations.

Binding rubbed, spine rebacked with some of original leather laid on, remains clean, tight, and sound, corners well worn. Interior contents clean and largely free of any age spotting. Any age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.

Wonderful souvenir album with hundreds of black and white images of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Images depict street scenes, exhibitions, inventions, peoples of the world, city views, architectural views, etc.

Book measures: 11″ H X 13 3/4″ W.

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China’s largest freshwater lake sees record water rise

New China TV

Jul 12, 2020

China’s largest freshwater lake sees a record water rise amid floods.

New climate predictions assess global temperatures in coming five years – English – July 2020

World Meteorological Organization – WMO

Jul 8, 2020

The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according to new climate predictions issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Read more: https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press… World Meteorological Organization

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New climate predictions assess global temperatures in coming five years | World Meteorological Organization

Geneva, 9 July 2020 – The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according to new climate predictions issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, led by the United Kingdom’s Met Office, provides a climate outlook for the next five years, updated annually. It harnesses the expertise of internationally acclaimed climate scientists and the best computer models from leading climate centres around the world to produce actionable information for decision-makers.

The earth’s average temperature is already over 1.0 C above the pre-industrial period. The last five-year period has been the warmest five years on record.

“This study shows – with a high level of scientific skill – the enormous challenge ahead in meeting the Paris Agreement on Climate Change target of keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

The predictions take into account natural variations as well as human influences on climate to provide the best possible forecasts of temperature, rainfall, wind patterns and other variables for the coming five years. The forecast models do not take into consideration changes in emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

“WMO has repeatedly stressed that the industrial and economic slowdown from COVID-19 is not a substitute for sustained and coordinated climate action. Due to the very long lifetime of CO2 in the atmosphere, the impact of the drop in emissions this year is not expected to lead to a reduction of CO2 atmospheric concentrations which are driving global temperature increases,” said Professor Taalas.

“Whilst COVID-19 has caused a severe international health and economic crisis, failure to tackle climate change may threaten human well-being, ecosystems and economies for centuries, Governments should use the opportunity to embrace climate action as part of recovery programmes and ensure that we grow back better,” he said.

Professor Adam Scaife is the head of long-range prediction at the Met Office Hadley Centre. He said: “This is an exciting new scientific capability. As human-induced climate change grows, it is becoming even more important for governments and decision makers to understand the current climate risks on an annually-updated basis.”

Highlights

  • Annual global temperature is likely to be at least 1°C warmer than preindustrial levels (defined as the 1850-1900 average) in each of the coming 5 years and is very likely to be within the range 0.91 – 1.59°C
  • There is a ~70% chance that one or more months during the next 5 years will be at least 1.5°C warmer than preindustrial levels
  • There is a ~20% chance that one of the next 5 years will be at least 1.5°C warmer than preindustrial levels, but the chance is increasing with time
  • It is extremely unlikely (~3%) that the 5 year mean temperature for 2020-2024 will be 1.5°C warmer than preindustrial levels
  • Over 2020-2024, almost all regions, except parts of the southern oceans, are likely to be warmer than the recent past
  • Over 2020-2024, high latitude regions and the Sahel are likely to be wetter than the recent past whereas northern and eastern parts of South America are likely to be dryer
  • Over 2020-2024, sea-level pressure anomalies suggest that the northern North Atlantic region could have stronger westerly winds leading to more storms in western Europe
  • In 2020, large land areas in the Northern Hemisphere are likely to be over 0.8°C warmer than the recent past (defined as the 1981-2010 average)
  • In 2020, the Arctic is likely to have warmed by more than twice as much as the global mean
  • The smallest temperature change is expected in the tropics and in the mid-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere
  • In 2020, many parts of South America, southern Africa and Australia are likely to be dryer than the recent past

The development of near-term prediction capability was driven by the WMO co-sponsored World Climate Research Programme, which declared it as one of its overarching Grand Challenges.

With the UK’s Met Office acting as lead centre, climate prediction groups from Spain, Germany, Canada, China, USA, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark contributed new predictions this year. Combining forecasts from climate prediction centres worldwide enables a higher quality product than what can be obtained from any single source.

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