Daily Archives: October 9, 2022

BBC World Service – The Climate Question, Can we feed the world without using chemical fertilisers?

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The development of agriculture some 12,000 years ago changed the way humans live.

As technologies have developed we’ve become more and more efficient at producing large amounts of food and feeding an ever growing population, often with the help of synthetically produced nitrogen fertiliser.

These fertilisers can damage ecosystems. They also produce a potent greenhouse gas called Nitrous Oxide which is 265 times more warming than carbon dioxide. It’s estimated that the manufacturing and use of this fertiliser contributes 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But is it feasible to ban synthetic nitrogen fertilisers or would that risk plunging the world into mass food insecurity?

Join presenters Qasa Alom and Graihagh Jackson as they journey from an urban garden in Sri Lanka, where a radical fertiliser ban caused chaos, to eastern Africa where Kenyan farmers are mixing tradition with new technology to try and save the world’s climate, and its soils.

With thanks to:
Dr Rona Thompson, Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Air research, Norway
Professor Manish Raizada, dept. of Plant Agriculture, at the University of Guelph, Canada
Dr David Lelei, research associate at CIFOR-ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya
Elijah Musenya, farmer, western Kenya.

And Phelystus Wayeta, for travelling to Western Kenya to report on farmers and farming practices.

Producer: Lizzy McNeill
Reporter: Aanya Wipulasena, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Researchers: Imogen Serwotka
Production co-ordinators: Helena Warwick-Cross , Siobhan Reed.
Series Producer: Alex Lewis
Editor: Richard Fenton-Smith
Sound Mix: Tom Brignell

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Leventhal Map & Education Center– Streamed live on Sep 29, 2022

As part of Climate Prep Week 2022, the Rice University Fondren Library Green Team and the Leventhal Map & Education Center present a conversation about the challenges of communicating climate risks and impacts in two different geographic contexts. Rice professor and Houston-based author Lacy M. Johnson will discuss her new book, More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas, and the process of working with graphic designers to produce maps that document Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston. Based in Boston, Zoe Davis works for the City of Boston as a Climate Resilience Project Manager on the Climate Ready Boston team, which informs local climate planning and helps residents visualize and prepare for the impacts of future climate risks. The conversation will help explore what’s at stake when communicating about climate change, whether as a historical record of a past disaster or as part of future-focused public policy.

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Bach: St John Passion | Choir & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation, Rudolf Lutz (conductor)

Oct 9, 2022

An exciting concert from the Leipzig Bach Festival 2022: St John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach (1749 version). The Choir & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation sing and play, conducted by Rudolf Lutz. The concert takes place at the tradition-steeped St Thomas Church Leipzig, where Bach himself spent time working.

Performers: Evangelist and Arias: Daniel Johannsen | TENOR Jesus: Peter Harvey | BASS Miriam Feuersinger | SOPRANO Alex Potter | ALTUS Pilate and Arias: Matthias Helm | BASS Choir & Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen Rudolf Lutz | CONDUCTOR

Program: 00:00 Intro 00:21 Herr, unser Herrscher (choir) 08:57 Jesus ging mit seinen Jüngern (recitative) 11:29 O große Lieb (choir) 12:22 Auf dass das Wort (rec.) 13:40 Dein Will gescheh’ (choir) 14:31 Die Schar aber (rec.) 15:21 Von den Stricken meiner Sünden (aria) 20:05 Simon Petrus aber (rec.) 20:20 Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten (aria) 24:00 Derselbige Jünger war (rec.) 27:17 Wer hat dich so geschlagen? (choir) 29:31 Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden (rec.) 31:55 Ach mein Sinn (aria) 34:27 Petrus, der nicht denkt zurück (choir) 36:09 Christus, der uns selig macht (choir) 37:20 Da führeten sie Jesum (rec.) 41:45 Ach großer König (choir) 43:36 Da sprach Pilatus (rec.) 45:42 Betrachte, meine Seele (aria) 48:00 Erwäge, wie sein blutgefärbter Rücken (aria) 55:49 Und die Kriegsknechte flochten (rec.) 1:01:50 Durch dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn (choir) 1:02:53 Die Juden aber schrieen (rec.) 1:07:08 Eilt, ihr angefochtnen Seelen (aria) 1:11:06 Allda kreuzigten (rec.) 1:13:20 In meines Herzens Grunde (choir) 1:14:45 Die Kriegsknechte aber (rec.) 1:18:42 Er nahm alles wohl in acht (choir) 1:19:52 Und von Stund an (rec.) 1:21:24 Es ist vollbracht (aria) 1:26:10 Und neigte das Haupt (rec.) 1:26:39 Mein teurer Heiland (aria) 1:31:50 Und siehe da (rec.) 1:32:25 Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt (arioso) 1:33:15 Zerfließe, mein Herz (aria) 1:39:37 Die Jüden aber (rec.) 1:41:53 O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn (choir) 1:42:59 Darnach bat Pilatum (rec.) 1:45:05 Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine (choir) 1:51:48 Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (choir) 1:54:28 Credits

The St John Passion, BWV 245, one of the five Passions composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), is one of the only two that have survived in their entirety (the other being the St Matthew Passion, BWV 244). The premiere performance of the St John Passion – also referred to as the Passio secundum Joannem – was held on Good Friday 1724, in Leipzig’s St Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche).

Bach was cantor at St Thomas Church in Leipzig from 1723 until his death in 1750. During this time, he performed the St John Passion himself at least four times in one of two main churches in Leipzig – and rewrote it for each one of the performances. Each of the revisions was extensive. He changed the structure, the instrumentation, the music, and sometimes even the text. On the basis of the four different versions of the St John Passion that he performed, Bach’s approach to working on this great piece of church music is still quite easy to understand today.

The principal textual basis of the St John Passion are chapters 18 and 19 from the Gospel of John, some of which were transferred verbatim. In addition, interpolations of hymn stanzas for four-part choir form a framework through which the Passion can be inserted into the liturgical context. It is not known who arranged the text of the St John Passion for Bach.

Nowadays, the St John Passion is usually performed in concert rather than at church services. This way, its highly dramatic effect can be fully appreciated.

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How Did America Go “Adrift?” Scott Galloway Explains | Amanpour and Company

Oct 3, 2022

While the current social and economic crisis in the United States seems complex, our next guest believes it can be fixed. Marketing professor Scott Galloway examines the future of the country in his new book “Adrift: America in 100 Charts.” He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the implications of a shrinking middle class.

Originally aired on October 3, 2022.

Michael Cohen: Placating Trump’s Behavior Only Emboldens Him

Oct 9, 2022

A bombshell New York Times report says former President Donald Trump wanted to make a deal with the National Archives – exchange a batch of sensitive documents sitting at Mar-a-Lago for material related to the FBI’s investigation into his 2016 campaign ties to Russia. In effect, exchanging government property for other government property. His aides never carried out the plan, according to the New York Times. In another major development, the Washington Post revealed that Trump asked his lawyer, Alex Cannon, to tell the National Archives that Trump had already returned all of the documents they were seeking. Cannon refused to convey the message for Trump because he was not sure it was true. It turned out, in fact, not to be true as Trump still had thousands of documents, including some highly classified ones, according to publicly-released inventories from the Justice Department. Chasing Trump for top secret documents is “absolutely crazy,” according to his former lawyer Michael Cohen, speaking on ‘Velshi’. “The fact that we have to sit there and play this game with the former President of the United States…This is beyond unheard of. Ali, if this was you, certainly if this was me, we’d be in jail in 24 hours.”

Proud Boys Leader Pleads Guilty To Seditious Conspiracy

Oct 7, 2022

A senior member of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, pleaded guilty Thursday to seditious conspiracy, the most serious charge that has been leveled against individuals tied to the Jan. 6 riot. Ken Dilanian reports.

OPEN CALLS | Extinction Rebellion UK

Oct 9, 2022

Sunday October 9th, 6:30-7:30pm (with an invitation to stay until 8pm for more questions and to get involved!)

Action Plan: Friday 14th October – 12pm – Trafalgar Square – Bring your energy bills

Group Agreement and More Information https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E…

Join for the latest information on: Bus tour plans Weekend of Resistance in London, including: – Oct 14: Taking action together on the climate and cost of living crises – Oct 15: Outreach and mobilisation – Oct 16: Youth-led march

Watch right here on YouTube or register for the zoom call : https://xrb.link/l6S5r3gu6Wi

Our world is worth fighting for and we’ve got a plan.

Let’s do this.

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Bill McKibben & Akaya Windwood: Boomers, Big Banks & Solving the Climate Crisis

Oct 9, 2022

Hey Boomers: When it comes to the climate crisis, are you the problem, the solution or both? In this episode Laura sits down with acclaimed author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and author Akaya Windwood to find out what’s required from all of us to solve the climate crisis. McKibben was the founder of 350.org. He’s the author of “The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.” Windwood is co-author of the newly-released book “Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times.” The two recently launched Third Act, a new environmental group inviting people over 60 to join the movement. The group embraces getting old, taking responsibility and throwing the full weight of the boomers generation at the climate crisis. Can cutting up our credit cards and organizing to withdraw funds from the big banks funding climate destruction make the impact we need? Explore the steps we can take now to ensure a livable and equitable future for all generations.

“I kept hearing people say, ‘It’s up to the next generation to solve these problems.’ That’s ignoble and impractical . . . They lack the structural power by themselves to make the changes that we need.” – Bill McKibben

“I’ve been talking with a number of young folks over the years. Because I thought, ‘It’s time for us to step back, right?’ . . . They’re actually saying, ‘No, that’s not what we want you to do. We don’t want you to step aside or step back. What we want you to do is step beside us.’” – Akaya Windwo GUESTS Bill McKibben: Award-Winning Author, The Flag The Cross and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened Akaya Windwood: Author, Leading with Joy: Practices for Uncertain Times

Boston Public Library – Conversation with MAAH Stone Book Award Winner Howard W. French — “Born in Blackness”

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Howard W. French is a professor of journalism at Columbia University and former New York Times bureau chief in the Caribbean and Central America, West and Central Africa, Tokyo, and Shanghai. The author of five books, French lives in New York City. To learn more, visit howardwfrench.com.


Revealing the central yet intentionally obliterated role of Africa in the creation of modernity, Born in Blackness vitally reframes our understanding of world history.

Winner of the Museum of African American History 2022 Stone Book Award Howard W. French will discuss his winning book Born in Blackness: Africa, Africans, and the Making of the Modern World, 1471 to the Second World War with Boston Public Library President David Leonard.

Following the conversation, there will be an audience Q&A

More about the book

Traditional accounts of the making of the modern world afford a place of primacy to European history. Some credit the fifteenth-century Age of Discovery and the maritime connection it established between West and East; others the accidental unearthing of the “New World.” Still others point to the development of the scientific method, or the spread of Judeo-Christian beliefs; and so on, ad infinitum. The history of Africa, by contrast, has long been relegated to the remote outskirts of our global story. What if, instead, we put Africa and Africans at the very center of our thinking about the origins of modernity?

In a sweeping narrative spanning more than six centuries, Howard W. French does just that, for Born in Blackness vitally reframes the story of medieval and emerging Africa, demonstrating how the economic ascendancy of Europe, the anchoring of democracy in the West, and the fulfillment of so-called Enlightenment ideals all grew out of Europe’s dehumanizing engagement with the “dark” continent. In fact, French reveals, the first impetus for the Age of Discovery was not—as we are so often told, even today—Europe’s yearning for ties with Asia, but rather its centuries-old desire to forge a trade in gold with legendarily rich Black societies sequestered away in the heart of West Africa.

Creating a historical narrative that begins with the commencement of commercial relations between Portugal and Africa in the fifteenth century and ends with the onset of World War II, Born in Blackness interweaves precise historical detail with poignant, personal reportage. In so doing, it dramatically retrieves the lives of major African historical figures, from the unimaginably rich medieval emperors who traded with the Near East and beyond, to the Kongo sovereigns who heroically battled seventeenth-century European powers, to the ex-slaves who liberated Haitians from bondage and profoundly altered the course of American history.

While French cogently demonstrates the centrality of Africa to the rise of the modern world, Born in Blackness becomes, at the same time, a far more significant narrative, one that reveals a long-concealed history of trivialization and, more often, elision in depictions of African history throughout the last five hundred years. As French shows, the achievements of sovereign African nations and their now-far-flung peoples have time and again been etiolated and deliberately erased from modern history. As the West ascended, their stories—siloed and piecemeal—were swept into secluded corners, thus setting the stage for the hagiographic “rise of the West” theories that have endured to this day.

“Capacious and compelling” (Laurent Dubois), Born in Blackness is epic history on the grand scale. In the lofty tradition of bold, revisionist narratives, it reframes the story of gold and tobacco, sugar and cotton—and of the greatest “commodity” of them all, the twelve million people who were brought in chains from Africa to the “New World,” whose reclaimed lives shed a harsh light on our present world.


Patrons may purchase the book online from Frugal Bookstore by visiting this link.

The Museum of African American History (MAAH) Stone Book Award is an annual prize that encourages scholarship and writing within the field of African American history and culture by awarding a $50,000 winning prize and two $10,000 finalist prizes for exceptional adult non-fiction books written in a literary style.

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