Daily Archives: April 17, 2021

Midday Science Cafe- Adapting to Change: The Future of California’s Water- E nergy Nexus

Berkeley Lab – Apr 17, 2021

Water and energy, two intricately connected systems, are critical to California’s future as we face increasing urbanization and climate change. In this Midday Science Cafe, we’ll hear from two researchers studying the connection between water and energy, or the “water-energy nexus”. We’ll learn from Julia Szinai about the implications of climate change and climate change solutions on the water-energy nexus and how California’s water and electricity resources may be impacted by the end of the century. Dr. Jennifer Stokes-Draut will illustrate how energy is used in California’s water systems and describe energy-efficient innovations for the future.

Egypt’s Dam Problem: The Geopolitics of the Nile

Wendover Productions – Nov 9, 2020

Explained | World’s Water Crisis | FULL EPISODE | Netflix

Netflix– Apr 17, 2020

In partnership with Vox Media Studios and Vox, this enlightening explainer series will take viewers deep inside a wide range of culturally relevant topics, questions, and ideas. Each episode will explore current events and social trends pulled from the zeitgeist, touching topics across politics, science, history and pop culture — featuring interviews with some of the most authoritative experts in their respective fields. In this episode: The global water crisis is at an inflection point. How do we price our most valuable resource, while also ensuring access to it as a human right?

Full Frame: China -U.S. Relations with Max Baucus

CGTN America– Apr 17, 2021

Host Mike Walter interviews former Senator and Ambassador to China Max Baucus. Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobile http://america.cgtn.com/livenews​ Subscribe to CGTN America on YouTube

A68: Iceberg that became a social media star melts away – BBC News

Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent
@BBCAmoson Twitter

Published – 17 April 2021

The iceberg that was for a time the biggest in the world is no more.

A68, as it was known, covered an area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) when it broke away from Antarctica in 2017.

That’s like a small country; it’s equal to a quarter of the size of Wales.

But satellites show the mega-berg has now virtually gone, broken into countless small fragments that the US National Ice Center says are no longer worth tracking.

A68 calved from the Larson C Ice Shelf on the edge of the Antarctic Peninsula, and for a year it hardly moved. But then it started to drift north with increasing speed, riding on strong currents and winds.

The billion-tonne block took a familiar route, spinning out into the South Atlantic towards the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. The small island is where many of the biggest icebergs go to die. Caught in the local shallows, they are doomed to gradually melt away.

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Outsourcing Empire: How Company-States Made the Modern World: J. C. Sharman, Professor Andrew Phillips

How chartered company-states spearheaded European expansion and helped create the world’s first genuinely global order

From Spanish conquistadors to British colonialists, the prevailing story of European empire-building has focused on the rival ambitions of competing states. But as Outsourcing Empire shows, from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, company-states―not sovereign states―drove European expansion, building the world’s first genuinely international system. Company-states were hybrid ventures: pioneering multinational trading firms run for profit, with founding charters that granted them sovereign powers of war, peace, and rule. Those like the English and Dutch East India Companies carved out corporate empires in Asia, while other company-states pushed forward European expansion through North America, Africa, and the South Pacific. In this comparative exploration, Andrew Phillips and J. C. Sharman explain the rise and fall of company-states, why some succeeded while others failed, and their role as vanguards of capitalism and imperialism.

In dealing with alien civilizations to the East and West, Europeans relied primarily on company-states to mediate geographic and cultural distances in trade and diplomacy. Emerging as improvised solutions to bridge the gap between European rulers’ expansive geopolitical ambitions and their scarce means, company-states succeeded best where they could balance the twin imperatives of power and profit. Yet as European states strengthened from the late eighteenth century onward, and a sense of separate public and private spheres grew, the company-states lost their usefulness and legitimacy.

Bringing a fresh understanding to the ways cross-cultural relations were handled across the oceans, Outsourcing Empire examines the significance of company-states as key progenitors of the globalized world.


“Outsourcing Empire is the first book to consider company-states from a global and comparative perspective, and to explore the systemic implications of this important and peculiar form of expansionism.”―Sven Beckert, author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History

“This book is a superb addition to the literature on the interaction of the West and the rest of the globe after the maritime revolution in Europe during the late fifteenth century.”―Hendrik Spruyt, Northwestern University

“This accomplished and valuable book introduces the neglected subject of company-states to the literature on the formation of the global political order. With clear and engaging writing, Phillips and Sharman make an important case for the impact of company-states and advance the history of global international relations and the chartered companies.”―Emily Erikson, Yale University

“This fascinating book presents a bold and powerful argument, sustains a clear narrative, and deftly weaves together theory and history. Its comparative element, which brings together the activities of company-states in Asia, the Americas, and Africa, is a major strength, as is its assessment of why some company-states succeeded and others failed. Outsourcing Empire is a signal contribution to debates in historical international relations.”―George Lawson, London School of Economics

About the Author

Andrew Phillips is associate professor of international relations and strategy at the University of Queensland. He is the author of War, Religion and Empire. J. C. Sharman is the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where he is a fellow of King’s College. His books include Empires of the Weak (Princeton) and The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management. Phillips and Sharman are the coauthors of International Order in Diversity.

  • Publisher : Princeton University Press (June 2, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0691203512
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0691203515
  • Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
  • Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches

On Contact: Securing Democracy with Glenn Greenwald

RT America – Apr 17, 2021

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the journalist Glenn Greenwald about his reporting exposing the corruption among Brazil’s political, judicial and economic elite. Greenwald was able to show through a trove of documents how the current Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system, with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro’s political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the leader of the Workers’ Party. These revelations – The Secret Brazil Archive – published just after Bolsonaro’s inauguration in 2019, led to repeated death threats against Greenwald, his children and his family, with threats of criminal investigation and prosecution. Greenwald’s new book is Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.

How Climate Change will affect businesses in the U.S.

CGTN America

Published on Apr 17, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden views on climate change are the near opposite of Donald Trump’s.

But one key to achieving his administration’s ambitious environmental goals will be its relationship with business.

CGTN’s Mark Niu reports.

A Testament of Hope – A Celebration of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras BYSO

Feb 4, 2021

The Museum of African American History and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras are proud to present our 14th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This collaboration is a unique partnership of history and music that highlights the words of Dr. King and the musicians of the BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra. On this special day MAAH and BYSO have traditionally come together to embrace Dr. King’s transformative words along with the young musicians of BYSO’s Intensive Community Program Orchestra performing inspiring music that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit. Together we are proud to recognize Dr. King’s enormous impact on our lives. Through the spirit of this day we celebrate his dream as we acknowledge that the work is not done. MAAH and BYSO recognize the universal role of music in the African American experience and its impact across race and ethnicity to advance the message of freedom and hope, past, present, and future. Learn more about the Museum of African American History in Boston & Nantucket: https://www.maah.org/ ​​ Learn more about the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras: http://www.BYSOweb.org ​

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