Daily Archives: June 28, 2021

BBC World Service – Newshour, Meeting to tackle Islamic State in Africa

Foreign ministers from the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS meet in Rome to discuss the growing threat of the Islamic State group in Africa. We ask where are the threats, and what can be done?

One fish behind mass extinction of various fish of lake Victoria

Finding Fishes – Jun 27, 2021

Lets take a look at one predator species who was behind mass extinction of over 200 fish of lake victoria.

Nile perch were introduced to Lake Victoria in the 1950s to boost the fishing industry. The introduction of Nile perch caused an economic boom, but almost caused cichlids, a native fish, to go extinct.

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Western US in grips of hottest, driest summer in 1000 years? | DW News


DW News – Jun 21, 2021

It may be the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but for some 50 million people in the US summer has arrived early and hotter than ever before. In just the last week, high temperature records have been shattered all across the western half of the US. Salt Lake City, Utah, just saw its hottest day since record keeping began in 1870. 107 degrees Fahrenheit. 42 degrees Celsius. Wyoming also saw new records. In Nevada, Las Vegas continues to flirt with its all-time high of 47 degrees Celsius. But the US city melting most is Phoenix, Arizona, which just set an all-time record of five consecutive days of 115 degrees or higher. That is 46 degrees Celsius. The heat is making severe droughts across the western US go from bad to worse. The federal government is already planning to declare an official water shortage at Lake Mead in August. Lake Mead’s waters power Hoover Dam. As of last week, Lake Mead’s water level is at a record low, and there is n .relief in sight. The Western US is in what scientists describe as a climate-change induced megadrought. Some even say this summer could be the hottest and driest in a millennium. And less water means more fire. 2020 saw a record number of wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington. 2021 is expected to be worse.

The Breakup!

National Science Foundation – Jun 28, 2021

Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier is melting because of climate change, and a collapse of the glacier could raise sea levels significantly around the world.

Harvard Admissions Case Challenges Who is a Minority

VOA News – Jun 28, 2021

Asian American plaintiffs ask Supreme Court for review of race-based admissions

How to end racism against people of African descent? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera English
Jun 28, 2021

‘Systemic racism needs a systemic response.’

That’s the call to action from the UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet.

She’s released a scathing report into the treatment of people of African descent, particularly in North and Latin America as well as Europe.

She says governments should ‘stop denying and start dismantling’ racism and build trust among minority communities.

Bachelet argues the time is right to achieve a turning point for racial equality.

But what exactly is needed to achieve that equality?

And are laws enough to end discrimination?

Presenter: Peter Dobbie

Guests:

Peggy Hicks – Director of Thematic Engagement at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Patricia Francis – A Filmmaker and Researcher at Nottingham Trent University.

Mpanzu Bamenga – A Dutch Politician and Human Rights Lawyer.

How mirrors could power the planet… and prevent wars | Hard Reset by Freethinke

Freethink– Jun 19, 2021

Concentrated solar power might just revolutionize the energy sector as we know it. Subscribe here: http://freeth.ink/youtube-subscribe-c… Concentrated solar power is produced using a large amount of mirrors which are angled to reflect the sunlight onto a large solar receiver. Aside from being clean energy, one of the most promising advantages of CSP is that it can generate transportable energy for use far beyond where it was harvested. The idea of concentrated solar power isn’t new — the first commercial plant was developed in the 1960s. But a company called Heliogen has found a way to make the process of reflecting and storing sunlight much more accurate and efficient. And soon, it might be more cost-effective than fossil fuels. If adopted globally, this could lead to a hard reset in the manufacturing industry, not to mention prevent wars over oil and mitigate climate change. See the full article on concentrated solar power and Heliogen here: https://www.freethink.com/shows/hard-…

Texas blown away by wind power


FRANCE 24 English – Jun 14, 2021

Texas may be known as the land of oil, but it is also at the forefront of the charge toward renewable energy in the US. The cold wave that hit the South in February once again put climate change in the spotlight and highlighted the reliance of the state’s electrical grid on wind turbines. A quarter of electricity here comes from wind, more than coal, the production of which fell by half in a decade. But in this deeply Republican state, the push for renewable energy has more to do with cash than climate.

Abuse of indigenous children in Canada horrific: Chinese envoy

New China TV– Jun 28, 2021

Zhang Jun, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, says on June 28, 2021 that the recently exposed abuse of indigenous children in Canada at boarding schools that led to the loss of over 4,000 lives “is shocking and horrific.”

The Story of Wool | Regenerative Agriculture Documentary

Savory Institute– Dec 5, 2019

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This 4 part documentary series explores the powerful change in agriculture championed by forward-thinking producers.
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Currently, there is rampant exploitation of our land, animals, and people, taking place on a global scale. The true cost of fast-food and fast-fashion are expended in unseen externalities to our local communities and our environment. In this episode, The Story of Wool, host Chris Kerston, shares stories of Holistic Management practitioners, fiber processors and business partners in: Sweden with Jörgen Andersson of Fjallbete, then in California at Yolo Wool Mill, followed by New York, U.S.A. with Cara Smyth the CEO of the Fair Fashion Center, then Pål Dufva CEO of Woolpower, and finally in Hogsback, South Africa with Rolf Pretorius the leader of the Savory Network Hub in South Africa. These partners are going beyond sustainability to bring about an era of regenerative agriculture through properly managed grazing that mimics nature.

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