Daily Archives: July 13, 2021

Guide on Developing Climate-Smart Map and Adaptation Plan (CS-MAP)

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) – Jul 13, 2021

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
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An instructional video (in Vietnamese language) on how to develop and implement the Climate-Smart Map and Adaptation Plan (CS-MAP). Using participatory tools, CS-MAP serves as a guide for local communities to develop their own risk maps and adaptive plans, which cater to their respective local contexts.

The five key steps to develop the CS-MAP are: (1) define climate-related risks; (2) define the border of risk extents; (3) recommend adaptation plans; (4) modify climate-smart maps and adaptation plans; and (5) integrate outcomes at the sub-regional and regional levels.

This video is produced by CCAFS Southeast Asia and the Department of Crop Production-Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.


Where the Covid delta variant has its highest transmission rates in the U.S.

CNBC Television – Jul 12, 2021

CNBC’s Meg Tirrell reports on the Delta variant of Covid-19 and the latest numbers of its transmission and spread across the United States. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

The delta variant’s “rapid rise is troubling,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said of the dangerous Covid strain in a White House press briefing Thursday.

The more transmissible delta variant is now the most dominant strain of the coronavirus in the United States, representing over 50% of cases across the country, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday.

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday that they are developing a booster shot to target the delta variant. The authorized Covid vaccines appear to work well at preventing severe disease, hospitalization and death from the delta variant. But pockets of the country remain unvaccinated and therefore at risk.

Delta’s speed and high transmissibility makes it able to “pick off the more vulnerable more efficiently than previous variants,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a news conference on June 21.

Getting fully vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from the delta variant.

Here’s what else you need to know about the strain:

Vaccinated people can get breakthrough infections

In theory, vaccinated people can still get a breakthrough infection. However, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said it’s unlikely that a vaccinated person could transmit the virus because the amount of virus in their system would be so low.

″[W]e are looking at situations where you have vaccinated people who have breakthrough infections,” the White House chief medical advisor told Chuck Todd during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on July 4. “Namely, they’re infected despite the fact that they’ve been vaccinated.”

It’s important to note, however, that vaccinated people who get infected have significantly less virus in their nasopharynx, Fauci said.

“When you look at the level of virus to be lower, that would mean you could make a reasonable assumption that those individuals would be less likely to transmit the infection to someone else,” he said.

Delta is already causing Covid spikes in parts of the U.S. and could cause ‘major outbreaks’ this fall

To date, 47.6% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. But delta is surging in pockets of the country where vaccine rates are concerningly low such as the South and Midwest. In some parts of the Midwest and upper mountain states, delta accounts for 80% of Covid cases, Walensky said in the press briefing.

Virtually all new Covid deaths and hospitalizations are among unvaccinated people.

″[T]here will likely continue to be an increase in cases among unvaccinated Americans and in communities with low vaccination rates, particularly given the spread of the more transmissible Delta variant,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said at a press briefing on Thursday.

COVID cases jump in 47 states as Delta variant spreads

CBS Evening New – Jul 13, 2021

The Delta variant is fueling a spike in COVID cases, mostly among people who are not vaccinated. Omar Villafranca has more.

Earthquakes Measuring 5.9 and 4.8 Shake Northern California

CBS Sacramento – Jul 8, 2021

Two earthquakes shook Northern California on Thursday afternoon. The US Geological Survey says a 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit near Farmington in San Joaquin County, and a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook Smith Valley.

The Pacific Northwest is due for a Major Earthquake

NOVA PBS Official – Jun 30, 2021

An 8.0-magnitude-plus earthquake hasn’t rumbled beneath the Pacific Northwest since the 1700s. Now, the region is due for the next “big one” and a subsequent tsunami. Coastal Indigenous communities could be severely affected. (Already, the Shoalwater Bay Tribe is constructing a tsunami tower to give their residents a better shot at survival in the face of this kind of natural disaster.)

Clues from the past—paired with modern-day science—can help us better understand why this area is at risk and how to best mitigate an earthquake and tsunami’s effects.


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Why is this Antarctic Glacier “Bleeding?” | Antarctic Extremes

PBS Terra – Feb 12, 2020

Did you know that Antarctica has a glacier that bleeds red? (At least, that’s what it looks like.)
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Five stories high and emerging from the Taylor Glacier in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica, Blood Falls seeps into an ice-covered body of water called Lake Bonney. It’s one of the continent’s most enigmatic natural features and has fascinated scientists for decades. What makes it red? Does it always flow? And can anything actually survive near it? To find out—and see just how bizarre Blood Falls is with their own eyes—Caitlin and Arlo travel to the Dry Valleys, about 60 miles from McMurdo Station. There, they meet with microbiologist Jill Mikucki and hydrogeologist Peter Doran to investigate why this glacier looks the way it does, what lives there (spoiler: CHARISMATIC MICROBES!), and what clues it holds for finding and understanding life on other planets and moons in our solar system, like Mars, Jupiter’s Europa, and Saturn’s Enceladus. Answering these questions, it turns out, requires lots of probes, cameras, and even a massive sensor hanging from a helicopter.

Life Under the Ice photography Courtesy of Ariel Waldman. Produced with support of the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. For more images check out https://lifeundertheice.org/

Hosted by Caitlin Saks and Arlo Pérez
Digital Producer/Editor: Emily Zendt
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Digital Associate Producer: Arlo Pérez
Field Director/Cinematographer: Zachary Fink
Executive Producer: Julia Cort
Coordinating Producer: Elizabeth Benjes
Project Director: Pamela Rosenstein
Production Assistance: Matthew Buckley, Emily Pattison, Sean Cuddihy
Director of Audience Development: Dante Graves
Senior Digital Producer: Ari Daniel
Audience Engagement Editor: Sukee Bennett
Outreach Manager: Gina Varamo
Special thanks to Michael Amundson

Special thanks to the United States Antarctic Program

Additional Footage: Ariel Waldman, Bill Dunford, Brad Herried, Brian Wilcox, Byron Adams, Brigham Young University, G. Neukum (Freie Universitaet, Berlin), Denys Grombacher, ESA, JPL-Caltech, Lars Jensen, NASA, Peter Doran, Polar Geospatial Center, Ricardo Garza-Giron, Robert Simmons, Space Science Institute, University of Arizona, USGS
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National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers. Additional funding is provided by the NOVA Science Trust.

Major funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the George D. Smith Fund, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1713552. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Mass extinction: what can stop it? | The Economist

The Economist – Jul 2, 2021

The world’s animals and wildlife are becoming extinct at a greater rate than at any time in human history. Could technology help to save threatened species? Read our latest technology quarterly on protecting biodiversity: https://econ.st/3dqdkKN

Biden: ‘peddlers of lies’ are threatening American democracy

Guardian News – Jul 13, 2021

Joe Biden gave a speech in Philadelphia in support of voting rights legislation that has been stalling in Congress due to Republican opposition. Many Republican-controlled states have passed laws that either restrict voting or change election rules following baseless accusations of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election Biden condemns Trump’s claim of voter fraud: ‘The big lie is just that, a big lie’ – live

US democracy threatened by ‘election subversion’, says Biden • FRANCE 24 E nglish

FRANCE 24 English – Jul 13, 2021

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that protecting voting rights from what he called Republican “election subversion” poses a historic “test” for the United States in the wake of the 2020 election.

Clean Energy in Africa

United Nations – Jul 13, 2021

From cooking fuel alternatives to solar power innovations, many Africans are rising to the challenge of solving age-old issues across the continent, while carving a clear path to a sustainable future. In this session, we ask expert/s about the prospect and growth of clean energy in Africa. Interviewer: Kingsley Ighobor, UN Africa Renewal | @Klington @africarenewal Guest: Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All | @DamilolaSD @SEforALLorg