The year 2020 saw a record number of costly hurricanes, wildfires, and storms, resulting in billions of dollars in damages – including 22 extreme weather events that cost over $1bn each in the US. Since records began in 1980, billion-dollar climate disasters have become much more frequent, and in total have cost the US economy $1.875tn over those four decades, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Artemus Lamb Gates (November 3, 1895 – June 14, 1976) was an American businessman, naval aviator, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air in charge of naval aviation efforts in World War II (December 7, 1941 – June 30, 1945). He also was briefly Undersecretary of the Navy (July 3, 1945 – September 2, 1945). He was, at various times, president of New York Trust Company, and a director of Union Pacific, Time, Boeing, Middle South Utilities, Safeway Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and Servo Corp. A great grandson of lumber baron Chancy Lamb and a grandson of lumber baron Artemus Lamb, he grew up at “Oakhurst” in Clinton, Iowa. He was graduated from Hotchkiss School in 1914 and received his B.A. degree as a member of the class of 1918 at Yale University. He was a member of Skull and Bones, one of the best known of the secret societies based at Yale University.
Edward Roland Noel “Bunny” Harriman (December 24, 1895 – February 16, 1978) was an American financier and philanthropist. Harriman was born on December 24, 1895 in New York City. He was the youngest of five surviving children of Mary Williamson Averell and Edward Henry Harriman. Among his siblings was W. Averell Harriman, the financier and government official, four years his senior. Edward H. Harriman’s estate was substantial, variously estimated between $70 million and $100 million upon his death in 1908, leaving his wife and children well provided for. Roland, whom friends and family sometimes called “Bunny,” was educated at Groton School, from which he graduated in 1913, and Yale University (B.A., 1917), where he was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. He was also a member of Skull and Bones with his classmate and friend Prescott Bush.
During World War I he served for 10 months as an inspector with the rank of lieutenant in the United States Army Ordnance Department; stricken with pneumonia and influenza, he was honorably discharged in January 1919.
HRG Group, Inc., formerly Harbinger Group Inc. and Zapata Corporation, is a holding company based in Rochester, New York, having originated from an oil company started by a group including future U.S. president George H. W. Bush. In 2009, it was renamed the Harbinger Group Inc.
The October Surprise conspiracy theory refers to an alleged plot to influence the outcome of the 1980 United States presidential election, contested between Democratic incumbent president Jimmy Carter and his Republican opponent, former California governor Ronald Reagan. One of the leading national issues during 1980 was the release of 66 Americans being held hostage in Iran since November 4, 1979. Reagan won the election. On the day of his inauguration—in fact, minutes after he concluded his 20-minute inaugural address—the Islamic Republic of Iran announced the release of the hostages. The timing gave rise to an allegation that representatives of Reagan’s presidential campaign had conspired with Iran to delay the release until after the election to thwart President Jimmy Carter from pulling off an “October surprise”.
According to the allegation, the Reagan Administration subsequently rewarded Iran for its participation in the plot by supplying Iran with weapons via Israel and by unblocking Iranian government monetary assets in U.S. banks. After twelve years of varying media attention, both houses of the United States Congress held separate inquiries and concluded that credible evidence supporting the allegation was absent or insufficient. Nevertheless, several individuals—most notably, former Iranian President Abulhassan Banisadr, former naval intelligence officer and U.S. National Security Council member Gary Sick, and Barbara Honegger, a former campaign staffer and White House analyst for Reagan and his successor, George H.W. Bush—have stood by the allegation.
Watch the closing keynote address by John Englander, oceanographer and author of “High Tide on Main Street,” delivered at the 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Englander argues that we are entering a new era for which a new level of planning is required. Rising seas can be viewed as a glass half empty — or half full. With the right planning, not only can most communities survive, they can thrive. \
John is a sea level rise and climate change expert. As the founder of the non-profit, Rising Seas Institute, he works with scientists and professionals in the ‘built environment” – engineers, architects, and urban planners developing innovative sea level rise adaptation guidelines and solutions. His book High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis explains the science, the impending devastating economic effects, and the opportunity to design for a more resilient future. John is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Marine Sciences – UC Santa Cruz; a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and a Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Regardless of political affiliation, the data is clear: sea levels are rising around the world. As talks of “The Green New Deal” and investment in sustainable energy infrastructure are thrown around the political sphere, this discussion is becoming ever more pressing to the common man. The question is, how do we take time to forgo our political nature to truly ponder the reality of impending climate doom and gloom?
AGU Chapman Conference on Communicating Climate Science: A Historic Look to the Future
08 June 2013 — 13 June 2013, Granby, CO, USA
Presenter: Richard Alley
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Session: New and Bleeding Edge Topics in Climate Science I
Abstract Title: State of the Climate System
Warming has been reducing the Earth’s ice in many ways, primarily affecting the more temperature-sensitive types and seasons including Arctic sea ice and coastal parts of Greenland and West Antarctica, but with less-consistent changes or even increases in especially cold places and times including Antarctic sea ice and interior ice-sheet regions. “Global warming” models have shown skill in projecting these that may not be understood by many members of the public. Projections of cryospheric response to additional warming generally show more and faster shrinkage. Of particular interest in this respect are changes in ice sheets, which are expected to contribute to sea-level rise, and which have at least a slight chance of contributing greatly and rapidly. The distribution of possible outcomes, a most-likely estimate that is at least somewhat costly to society, with the chance of costs being slightly less, slightly more, or much more, but without a corresponding chance of much less, is common to many issues of climate change, but also rather difficult to communicate and often not well-recognized in public.
Dr. James Hansen is one of the world’s leading climatologists and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Dr. Hansen speaks to the CNA2015 crowd about the impact of emerging technologies and discoveries on our ability to maintain a sustainable climate.
Dr. James Hansen of NASA’s Goddard Institute addresses 75 international union leaders about the urgency of the climate crisis. The presentation was given in NYC on 10/10/12, and was part of the Energy Emergency, Energy Transition roundtable convened by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute (GLI), a program of the Worker Institute at Cornell, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.
For hundreds of millions of Africans, Christianity is the cornerstone of their existence. But an explosion of rogue pastors exploiting the trust and belief of their followers for profit and power has led to a fight for the soul of Christianity in Africa. Africa Eye reporter Peter Macjob travels to Uganda to meet the new religious movements rejecting Christian conventions, the traditional pastors working hard to maintain their flocks, the families who have suffered tragic losses at the hands of rogue pastors, and those who have abandoned religion altogether. With charlatans and conmen preying on the faith of millions, what is the future for believers in Uganda and across Africa?
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The rise of oil prices since Russia invaded Ukraine five weeks ago is one key part of the larger economic fallout from the war and from the tough sanctions the U.S. and many other countries have imposed on Russia in response. Adam Tooze, an economic historian and director of the European Institute at Columbia University, joins Paul Solman looks at the global impact of these moves.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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