Daily Archives: March 19, 2021

An Exclusive With Fmr. Brazilian President Lula | Amanpour and Company


Amanpour and Company

Published on Mar 19, 2021

Brazil’s worsening COVID crisis is set with now familiar scenes of mass graves, desperate families, and a healthcare system on the brink of collapse. Every day sees record numbers of cases and deaths. A new poll shows President Bolsonaro’s popularity at a record low after he ridiculed the pandemic, scorned lockdowns, and repeatedly attacked Brazil’s democratic institutions. Now his most formidable opponent, former President Lula da Silva, has joined the fray. The man President Obama once called the most popular politician on the planet speaks with Christiane in a world exclusive interview, his first since his corruption conviction was overturned on a technicality.

Originally aired on March 18, 2021.

Europe sees a 3rd wave of COVID-19, propelled by variants


CBC News: The National

Published on Mar 19, 2021

European leaders address concerns about the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine by getting the shot amid a third wave of the coronavirus, much of it propelled by variants.

Forests: a Path to Recovery and Well-being – A 2021 celebration of the International Day


United Nations
The theme of the 2021 International Day of Forests celebration is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”. This year’s event will raise awareness of how forests play a vital role in the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. Restoring the health of our forests and sustainably managing them is crucial to support livelihoods, mitigate climate change, safeguard biodiversity and reduce the risk of future pandemics. The 2021 theme is of particular relevance as we build the foundation for a sustainable recovery for all. It is also a contribution to the implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in support of the Decade of Action for the SDGs and the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

The 2021 event will feature:
– H.E. Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly
– H.E. Munir Akram, President of the UN Economic and Social Council and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations
– H.E. Kitty Sweeb, Chair of UNFF 16/17 and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Suriname to the United Nations
– Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UNDESA
– Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
– Sonya Germann, State Forester, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, USA
– Musonda Mumba, Chair, Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR)
– Rashneh Pardiwala, Director, Centre for Environmental Research & Education (CERE), India
– José Carlos da Fonseca, Executive Director, The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)
Students from J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, Cicero, Illinois
– A film screening of Reforestation Alert, a finalist from the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase

URL for the International Day of Forests webpage: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/outrea…​

2021 Event programme: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/wp-con

A film screening of Reforestation Alert, a finalist from the 2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase URL for the International Day of Forests webpage: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/outrea…​ 2021 Event programme: https://www.un.org/esa/forests/wp-con…

Why The Banana Business Of Chiquita And Dole Is At Risk

CNBC

Apr 21, 2019

A deadly fungus is spreading from Southeast Asia and wiping out whole plantations of America’s favorite fruit: the banana. The tropical fruit’s popularity is thanks to a few pioneering entrepreneurs, who founded Chiquita under a different name over a century ago. Now, the business they built is at risk of decimation if the fungus reaches Latin America, the source of 97% of the U.S.’ banana imports.

Bananas As We Know Them Are Doomed

VICE News

Feb 29, 2020

There are thousands of types of bananas but Americans have eyes for only one kind — the very marketable yellow Cavendish, which accounts for 95% of global banana exports. But this multi-billion dollar industry is under threat. A fungus called Panama Disease is rapidly infecting the world’s Cavendish crops and could spell disaster for the monoculture-dependent worldwide banana trade. VICE correspondent Isobel Yeung heads to the heart of banana country in Latin American and the Philippines to see the devastating effects of the disease and to investigate what the loss of the banana would really mean besides a less colorful lunchbox.

Earth Catastrophe Warning to the World: The 2021 Climate Change Science: Part 1 of 4


Paul Beckwith

Mar 16, 2021

When I presented at COP25 (Conference of Parties 25th edition) in Madrid, Spain I worked a lot with Peter Carter, Regina Valdez, Heidi Brault, Charles Gregoire, and of course the amazing Stuart Scott. All of the videos that I filmed are of course on my blog http://paulbeckwith.net​ and on my YouTube channel Paul Beckwith. Peter, of course, has his amazingly detailed website called Climate Emergency Institute https://www.climateemergencyinstitute…​ and Stuart (with huge help from Heidi and Charles) has his called Facing Future Earth https://www.facingfuture.earth/​ while Regina does a lot of great work with Climate Reality.

In preparations for COP26 in Scotland or virtual, depending of the course of the virus this year, the gang and I are putting out a video a week under our new group name Climate Emergency Forum. In this first video of a four part series, I go through key points on a subsection of Peter’s website called 2021 Climate Science World Warning https://www.climateemergencyinstitute…​ where an initiative to warn key decision makers in governments and the United Nations is ongoing. My main focus in this video series is to discuss in detail the main points in Peter’s 90+ slide deck called 2021 Climate Science World Warning https://files.secure.website/wscfus/8…

Topics include: – Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Acceleration – Cumulative atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide equivalent are all tracking or exceeding the UN IPCC worst case scenario – warming of the planets atmosphere, land, and oceans are all setting new record limits as they inexorably rise at accelerating rates – Arctic changes are the fastest on the planet and have huge risks to our societies and global ecosystems Please donate to my blog http://paulbeckwith.net​ to support my research and videos on abrupt climate system change.

Soon I will post an searchable Excel Spreadsheet index of all my video topics, release dates, etc. and update it frequently. Please help me get the word out by emailing, Facebooking, Twittering, LinkedInning, Instagramming, Redditing, and Quoruming, etc. all my stuff!!!

In Ghana, a Bumper Crop of Opinions on Genetically Modified Cowpea | Pulitzer Center

https://pulitzercenter.org/stories/ghana-bumper-crop-opinions-genetically-modified-cowpea

UNDER THE noonday sun, Alimatu Alidu uses a stone to grind tomato, red pepper, and small crayfish into a red paste. Drops of sweat collect on her forehead, just below her black headscarf. She adds the paste along with other ingredients into a cooking pot balanced upon a make-shift stove, consisting of two uneven rocks with a small fire burning between them. Once her mixture is sufficiently heated, she adds the final element: boiled cowpea beans. Known as poor people’s meat, these faded yellow legumes with a big black dot along the curve are ubiquitous throughout West Africa, including here in Ghana.

The legume is a favorite among farmers and laborers, who consume it before work and don’t feel hungry until sundown.

Other days, Alidu prepares cowpea fritters, or koose, whipping ground cowpea and water into a batter, adding spices, then frying individually-rolled balls to be served for breakfast. She can make five different dishes from cowpea beans, which grow inside green pods up to 12 inches long.

Soon the spicy dish known as red-red is fully cooked and ready for Alidu’s 16-person family, which includes herself, her husband, their six children, and her husband’s second wife and their seven children. Together, they live in thatch huts that surround this open-air kitchen in the northern village of Zinindo.

Cowpea is a staple in Ghana and other parts of West Africa, where it is believed to have first been domesticated. The legume is a favorite among farmers and laborers, who consume it in the morning before leaving for work and don’t feel hungry until sundown. At her doctor’s request, Alidu increased her own consumption when she was pregnant, and she used the ground seeds to wean her children. Cowpea is a mainstay of school lunches in Ghana. And because the crop can be harvested within two months of sowing, it fills the “hunger gap” for poor families between May and August when other crops, such as maize, are still young in the field. And cowpea tolerates droughts, which are increasing across sub-Saharan Africa. Every woman in Zinindo keeps some cowpea in her home, says Alidu.

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Monsanto’s Toxic Tricks

Greens EFA

Apr 13, 2018

The Monsanto Papers are secret, internal documents that have now been made public thanks to over 10,000 farmers who have taken Monsanto to court, accusing the company’s glyphosate weedkillers of causing them to develop a cancer called non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. The documents reveal the various strategies and tactics used by Monsanto to ensure that they can sell their star product, RoundUp, despite the clear dangers for humans and for the environment. This short documentary tells you all about Monsanto’s toxic tricks.

License

Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed)

GRAIN | TIAA and Harvard’s Brazilian farm deals judged illegal

https://grain.org/en/article/6588-tiaa-and-harvard-s-brazilian-farm-deals-judged-illegal

Brazil’s land agency and a state court have determined that pension fund manager TIAA and Harvard University’s endowment fund illegally acquired hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmlands in Brazil’s ecologically sensitive Cerrado region. The positions issued by the country’s federal land agency (the National Institute for Agrarian Reform – INCRA) and the state court of Bahia are detailed in a new report by AATR, Rede Social and GRAIN that also shows how fires are once again ravaging large areas of forests on TIAA and Harvard’s Brazilian farms.

TIAA and Harvard are the largest foreign buyers of farmland in Brazil. Since 2008, they have amassed a combined total of around 750,000 hectares, most of it in the Northeastern part of Brazil, within the country’s biodiverse Cerrado savannah region. During this period, Rede Social, AATR, GRAIN and other organisations have produced numerous investigative reports documenting how TIAA and Harvard’s farmland deals in Brazil are connected to illegal land grabbing, violent displacement of local rural communities, deforestation and other social and environmental harms in the region. Rede Social and GRAIN have also issued reports detailing how TIAA and Harvard have used opaque corporate structures, running through offshore jurisdictions, to conceal and evade Brazilian legislation restricting foreign ownership of farmland.

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Man Spends 30 Years Turning Degraded Land into Massive Forest – Fools & Dr eamers (Full Documentary)

Happen Films

Premiered Jul 27, 2019Premiered Jul 27, 2019

The incredible story of how degraded gorse-infested farmland has been regenerated back into beautiful New Zealand native forest over the course of 30 years.. Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a 30-minute documentary about Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”. Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool. Host a screening of the film: While we’ve made this film free to watch on YouTube, if you’re holding a public screening you’ll need a license. We’ve made the fees very low to be accessible to all communities and we’ll be splitting the income with Hinewai Reserve. Check out http://foolsanddreamers.com​ to learn more about the film and screening licenses. Thank you for your support! ** More about Hinewai Reserve** https://www.hinewai.org.nzhttps://www.facebook.com/hinewai.org.nz/