Daily Archives: October 2, 2022

Hurricane Ian death toll rising | WNT

ABC News – Oct 2, 2022

In the wake of Hurricane Ian, the deadliest storm to hit Florida in 60 years, searches continue for survivors on islands cut off from the mainland.

Florida Faces Dire New Threat In Hurricane Ian’s Aftermath

NBC News – Oct 1, 2022

Flood waters are pushing levees to their breaking points. This afternoon, a levee near the Myakka River was compromised, forcing hundreds to flee. The death toll across the state is exploding, with at least 77 now dead. About 35 of those from Lee County alone. More than 5,000 Florida National Guard members are working alongside FEMA to provide relief while neighbors pitch in to help those who lost everything.

Queen Elizabeth II’s death renews discussions on Britain’s legacy of colonialism | Caroline Elkins

ABC News – Sep 12, 2022

Caroline Elkins, professor of history and African American studies at Harvard University, discusses British colonialism and the roles Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the royal family played in it.

‘Legacy of Violence’ documents the dark side of the British Empire | Caroline Elkins | WBUR

XR’s 3 buses are bringing deliberative democracy and movement building to places across the UK

Oct 2, 2022

Between now and October 13th, Extinction Rebellion has 3 buses touring the country, bringing rebellion, deliberative democracy and movement building to places across the UK.

This afternoon, 2 People’s Assemblies were held: Bath and Manchester! The question “How might we respond to the crises we face together” was posed to the groups, encouraging people to share knowledge and experience of taking action together to create change. The groups were encouraged to discuss community solutions to the climate, ecological and cost of living crises, and to explore how these crises intersect.

The situation is urgent and that means it’s time to slow down and listen to each other. So, travelling across the UK and hearing from ordinary people about the need to upgrade politics and the power of deliberative democracy is vital.

Live: Brazil’s presidential race goes to runoff as Bolsonaro, Lula neck and neck • FRANCE 24

Oct 2, 2022

Brazil’s presidential election is headed for a run-off vote, electoral authorities said on Sunday, after President Jair Bolsonaro’s surprising strength in a first-round vote spoiledrival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s hopes of winning outright. Follow FRANCE 24’s liveblog for all the latest developments. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).

What Will Life Look Like as MAJOR Rivers Run Dry?

PBS Terra– Sep 27, 2022

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Rivers and reservoirs around the world are drying up this summer as record droughts rage on. Lake Mead along the Colorado, the largest reservoir in the nation, hit record lows. And experts fear the dreaded deadpool – where the reservoir can no longer provide water or hydropower to downstream communities – may only be a couple years away. The Yangtze river in China, the world’s 3rd largest by volume, got so low that Sichuan province experienced rolling blackouts as hydropower had to be severely rationed. And the Danube that runs through eastern Europe is currently at half its usual levels for this time of year.

So what does all of this mean? In short, it means that, as global warming continues, we are going to continue seeing record droughts and many places are, simply, going to have to live with far less water. But, more specifically, it means we are going to need to innovate both how cities and agriculture do business. In this episode of Weathered we discuss how the vast majority of water is actually used in agriculture and how the greatest gains in water use efficiency will have to come from irrigation.

Weathered is a show hosted by weather expert Maiya May and produced by Balance Media that helps explain the most common natural disasters, what causes them, how they’re changing, and what we can do to prepare.

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Brazil elections 2022: It’s Bolsonaro vs Lula, explained

Al Jazeera English – Oct 2, 2022

A former leader seeking a comeback and a polarising far-right president. It’s Lula da Silva vs Jair Bolsonaro as elections get underway in Brazil. If neither manages to secure at least 50-per-cent of the vote – there will be a run off election later this month.

BBC News Channel – Grenada: Confronting the Past

In the eighteenth century, the family of BBC World News anchor and correspondent, Laura Trevelyan, were absentee slave owners on the island of Grenada, profiting for years from the sale of sugar harvested from five different sugar cane plantations.

When slavery was abolished in 1834, the UK government paid compensation to slave owners, but the enslaved received nothing. In the wake of the racial reckoning in America following the death of George Floyd, Grenada’s national commission on reparations for slavery has begun to meet and debate what reparations mean. In this film, Laura travels to Grenada to try and learn more about the legacy of slavery on Grenada and her family’s involvement in the slave trade.

Grenada: Confronting my family’s slave-owning past
By Laura Trevelyan
BBC News, Grenada

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QAnon and the plot to break reality.

A year on from the Capitol Insurrection in Washington DC on 6 January 2021, Gabriel Gatehouse journeys into the dark undergrowth of modern America. He’s looking for the origins of the story that drove the crowds to storm the heart of US democracy. From conspiracy-soaked barrooms in 1990s Arkansas, via spies in hotel rooms in the shadow of the Kremlin, to anarchic chatrooms on the early internet, this is a search for the answer to one big question: did this just happen, or is somebody trying to break reality?

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