Daily Archives: August 21, 2020

High Risk of Simultaneous Crop Failures in North America, Europe, and Asia From Stuck Jet Streams

Paul Beckwith

Published on Jul 3, 2020

With Abrupt Climate System Change, we are hit with worsening, severe, increasingly grave consequences. When the Jet Stream Rossby Waves get stuck in persistent quasi-resonant locking patterns with wavenumbers 5 and 7 (i.e. 5 and 7 wavelengths: a ridge H and a trough L is one wavelength cycle) circumventing the planet then crucial agricultural regions in North America, Europe, and Asia have lower yields. This jet stream resonance with Earth (from topography and land-ocean temperature contrasts) causes simultaneous crop failures spiking food prices causing geopolitical conflict and mayhem

Arctic Sea Ice Status Update, and a Tragedy in Greenland

Paul Beckwith

Published on Aug 14, 2020

We are 4-5 weeks away from our yearly Arctic Sea Ice mid-September minimum. I chat on present Arctic sea ice status and loss trends. Gone are days of thick, solid, contiguous ice. We now have a regime where sea ice is fractured, broken, thin, and easily jostled around by wind, ocean currents, and waves. Sensors measuring ice extent, area, and thickness struggle to provide accurate info in this new fractured regime.

Melting arctic ice fuels climate change and extreme weather events | DW News

DW News

Published on Aug 7, 2020

Global climate change is perhaps most clearly visible at the cold top and bottom of the globe. The arctic has been warming up for years – and now, the warnings of experts and scientists are clear for everyone to see – the poles are melting. As the differences in temperature between the poles and the equatore reduce, the jetstream winds, which move weather around the globe – are slowing down. The result – extreme weather. High- and low pressure systems remain at the same spot for longer, creating floods and droughts.

Abolitionist Derecka Purnell on Historic Kamala Harris VP Pick & Why Black Progressives Feel Torn

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 20, 2020

Senator Kamala Harris has formally accepted the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, becoming the first woman of color to run on a major party presidential ticket. But even as she makes history, many Black progressive women remain ambivalent, says Derecka Purnell, a human rights lawyer, abolitionist and columnist for The Guardian newspaper. “It’s just unfortunate that you have to protect someone because of their identity … while at the same time if you care about the masses of Black people, the masses of poor people, the masses of immigrants in this country, you know that you have to speak truth and be honest about their record,” Purnell says

Cornel West & Ben Jealous on the DNC and Whether Progressives Can Push Joe Biden Leftward

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 21, 2020

Harvard professor Cornel West and Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, discuss the 2020 DNC, Joe Biden’s vow to fight systemic racism and “overcome this season of darkness in America,” the historic nomination of Kamala Harris as his partner on the ticket, and how the convention was a showcase for a broad anti-Trump coalition, including prominent Republican figures given plum speaking slots, but few voices from the party’s insurgent left wing. “At this moment, with the decline and fall of the American empire, it looks as if the system is unable to generate enough energy to seriously reform itself. It remains sanitized, superficial,” says Dr. West. “I want fundamental change.” Jealous says Biden is someone progressives can work with and pressure. “The theme of this convention was really one of unity,” he notes. “This is a time when we have to come together to defeat a president who is the most evil, the most corrupt that any of us have seen.”

“Light Is More Powerful Than Dark”: Biden Vows to Fight COVID, Climate, Racism & Economic Meltdown

Democracy Now!

Published on Aug 21, 2020

We air highlights from Joe Biden’s highly anticipated speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, in which he formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination, focused on the dangers of President Trump’s reelection and pledged to address the four simultaneous crises of systemic racism, the pandemic, the economic downturn and the climate crisis. “United, we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America,” Biden said. The 25-minute speech was delivered from his home state of Delaware.

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 21, 2020

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Published on Aug 21, 2020

‘Give people light’: Biden accepts Democratic nomination, slams Trump


Published on Aug 21, 2020

The final night of the U.S. Democratic National Convention is on Friday. Joe #Biden delivered one of the most important speeches of his career, as he accepted the party’s nomination for president. The former vice president slammed Donald Trump’s performance in the White House, and vowed to give Americans a better future. Our correspondent Nathan King has more from Washington.

Trump: Future of US and ‘civilization is at stake’

Associated Press

Published on Aug 21, 2020

President Donald Trump issued a dire warning Friday about what would happen if Joe Biden is elected president in November, telling a crowd in Arlington, Virginia that “the future of our country and indeed our civilization is at stake.” (Aug. 21)

Thousands Protest in Mali in Support of Coup

VOA News

Published on Aug 21, 2020

Thousands of people demonstrate in the Malian capital Bamako, Friday, August 21, to support the military overthrow of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita earlier this week, amid unanimous international condemnation of the coup.