Daily Archives: August 13, 2021

How New Census Data Impacts the Future of U.S. Politics

NowThis NewsAug 13, 2021
‘It’s not an exaggeration to say that the next decade of our politics is on the line’ — Gerrymandering is a serious concern as the latest census data impacts how electoral districts are adjusted or redrawn.

UN warns of a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

CGTN AmericaAug 13, 2021
The United Nations on Friday warned the world that #Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, as the conflict has escalated in the region

Mega Disasters: Comet Crash Triggers the Great Flood (S2, E1) | Full Episode | History

HISTORYAug 13, 2021
The cause of the Biblical Great Flood may have been a massive three-mile wide comet that crashed in the Indian Ocean, 4,800 years ago. It is believed to have decimated over 60% of Earth’s population, in Season 2, Episode 1, “Comet Catastrophe.”

Why the Billionaires Should Vaccinate the World (w/ Chuck Collins)

Thom Hartmann ProgramAug 13, 2021
If we don’t vaccinate the world, more variants will arise. During the pandemic, billionaires saw their wealth rise at the fastest rate ever, by $5 trillion – in 18 months. If they were taxed on just their recent increased wealth, the billionaires could vaccinate the world.

Chuck Collins joined Thom to discover a quick and fast way to spread jabs across the world.

Chuck Collins is a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program on Inequality and the Common Good and the Co-Editor of Inequality.org / Author of the new book, The Wealth Hoarders

IPCC 2021 Report: Hottest Decades Coming, Extreme Weather, and Tipping Points with Dr. Ed Hawkins

The Climate Pod– Aug 9, 2021

#ipccreport #climatechange2021 #ar6 #climateemergency #cop26 The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released part of a major report on the current state of the climate crisis, AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. Hundreds of climate scientists were tasked with providing a physical science basis for policymakers to understand the past, present, and future of global warming. This is the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report on the state of the climate crisis. Dr. Ed Hawkins, one of the lead authors of the report, joins the show to explain some of the report’s biggest findings, what it means for our climate future, and what we should learn to act now to avoid the worst consequences yet to come. Dr. Hawkins is a professor of climate science at the University of Reading and internationally known for the creation of the climate stripes, which are the visualization of warming over time.

The latest IPCC report explained in 7.5 minutes

zentouro– Aug 9, 2021

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just released their latest assessment report on the physical science basis of climate change. If the last few reports are any indication, we’re hopefully going to see a groundswell of climate action

Jeff Sachs | AMERICA Blames CHINA For Its Own GREED and STUPIDITY (美國讓中國背黑 鍋扮黑臉)

andrewnef– Aug 3, 2021

Jeffrey David Sachs is an American economist, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor.

David Wallace-Wells On 2021’s ‘Off The Charts’ Climate Emergencies

The Climate Pod– Jul 23, 2021

#davidwallacewells #adaptation #climatecrisis #weatheremergency #heatwaves David Wallace-Wells joins the show to talk about his new piece “How To Live In A Climate ‘Permanent Emergency.'” He discusses how this year’s unprecedented climate catastrophes should shape adaptation measures, how his thinking has changed since the publishing of The Uninhabitable Earth, what he thought about the recent leaked IPCC report, and what he hopes global leaders will do to address climate change at the upcoming COP26 and beyond. Be sure to subscribe to The Climate Pod YouTube channel! Listen to the full episode of The Climate Pod featuring David Wallace-Wells here: iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast… Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7k4u…

BBC World Service – The Real Story, China’s global project has a new rival

At their annual summit in Britain this year, the group of seven industrialised nations, or G7, has agreed to an infrastructure development plan for developing countries. The Build Back Better World – or B3W – is seen as an alternative to the multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) launched by China about a decade ago. The BRI has been a relatively easy source of funding for power plants, mining, road building and a range of other development projects, and more than 100 countries have partnered with Beijing as part of the scheme. But these projects are not without controversy and there are questions about China’s long-term intentions in the countries taking part.

The White House says its plan is not about confronting China, but about providing a better and more transparent alternative that reflects the democratic values of the countries involved. But critics say that without a consistent China policy across its member states the G7 plan is bound to face difficulties. What exactly is B3W trying to achieve and how will it benefit the developing world? Will it compete or compliment China’s BRI? Can the G7 strategy be as consistent as China’s? And how open will developing countries be to accepting the promotion of Western values? Ritula Shah is joined by a panel of experts.


Yu Jie – Senior Research Fellow on China at the London based think tank Chatham House

Ian Bremmer – President and founder of Eurasia Group

Lina Benabdallah – Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University

Harry G. Broadman – Chair of the Emerging Markets Practice at the Berkeley Research Group LLC


A Chinese freight train arrives in London after a 12,000km journey – Credit: PA

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The contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems

IIED – Aug 13, 2021

This animation shows the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems. Its is based on an infographic the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) produced for World Oceans Day 2021.

With the United Nations having declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, IIED is working to focus global attention on the importance and the role played by small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers.

The animation emphasises the importance of small-scale fishers and aquaculture value chains to the livelihoods of coastal communities across the world. The practice is estimated to support the livelihoods of around 660-820 million people.

More details: https://www.iied.org/increasing-visib…