A key target to stop climate change raising global temperatures is now in doubt at a UN summit.
Climate change talks have been trying to limit the average rise in temperatures to 1.5C.
But at talks in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, there are concerns that target will slip.
Senior figures here in Egypt are worried about backsliding on efforts to keep the 1.5C goal.
There is a sense the Egyptian presidency is struggling to find common ground between rich and poor, and some delegates fear the focus on 1.5C may be softened to find agreement.
The limit is important because climate scientists say temperature rises must slow down if we want to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. They say global warming needs to be kept to 1.5C by 2100.
The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is one of Africa’s biggest infrastructure projects. But Egypt worries the Ethiopia’s prope might come at its own expense. Negotiations over the dam’s operations have dragged on for years, with neighboring Sudan caught in the feud, and both Egypt and Ethiopia hinting at possible military action over the project. Attempts to reach a final, comprehensive deal have ended in deadlock, with many key questions still open. So why is it so hard to settle the dispute over the Nile?Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/deutsche…
The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has terrorised Nigeria and neighbouring countries for over a decade. Suicide bombings, the burning of villages and mass kidnappings like the abduction of more than 200 school girls from the town of Chibok, have left thousands dead and millions displaced. So how did the group become such a threat for so long and why has the fight to eradicate it failed? Let us unpack that for you.
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After the Elections: Now What? [November 2022]
In this lecture, Prof. Wolff will discuss the following: 1. US mid-term elections 2. US Capitalism: Crises at home 3. US Capitalism: Crises abroad
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Part 3 of the 2022 Mike and Nina Patterson Science Symposium: A Pale Blue Dot under Pressure: Climate Change, Justice, and Resilience in Our Rapidly Warming World Climate Justice and Activism Juan Declet-Barreto, senior social scientist for climate vulnerability, Union of Concerned Scientists Autumn Peltier, global Indigenous rights and water activist; chief water commissioner, Anishinabek Nation (Canada) Heather McTeer Toney, vice president, community engagement, Environmental Defense Fund Moderator: Tamarra James-Todd, Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health View the full program at https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/eve… For information about Harvard Radcliffe Institute and its many public programs, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/.
Exploring the convergence of art and science in the map renderings of one of the world’s most beloved artists
Marcel Proust declared View of Delft by Johannes Vermeer (1632–75) “the most beautiful painting in the world.” Indeed, viewers have been captivated by Vermeer’s extraordinary art since the 19th-century rediscovery of the Dutch painter.
Maps, an intricate fusion of art and science, held an important and multifaceted place in the Netherlands in the 17th century and were of particular interest to Vermeer. Of the approximately 34 paintings attributed to the Delft-based artist, wall maps and other cartographic objects are depicted in nine of them, including the renowned Officer and Laughing Girl and his masterpiece, The Art of Painting.
With stunning reproductions and incisive text, this book is the most comprehensive study of the artist’s depiction of wall maps to date. Drawing on rare surviving examples of the maps and other primary sources, author Rozemarijn Landsman examines this intriguing aspect of Vermeer’s work, greatly enriching and expanding our understanding of the art and life of the “Sphinx of Delft.”
Questions arose concerning the purpose of these maps. Were they just products of the time’s fashion, or do they give a deeper meaning to Vermeer’s masterful work? These are just a few inquiries Landsman examines in Vermeer’s Maps through incisive text and exceptional reproductions. — Kame Hame ― Widewalls
Current data on emissions, atmospheric concentrations, global temperatures, and widening impacts are frightening. Even so, some of the most worrying science has been downplayed, while the emissions curve continues to rise. Clearly, such brightsiding, not only limits the climate agenda, but is neither scientific nor ethical. Dr. Jem Bendell exposes the danger of imagining that we can ignore facts, playing games with nature, because nature always wins. Dr. Ye Tao explains why efforts towards net zero, while essential, have the effect of reducing the global dimming that is the result of polluting particles, which is actually cooling the planet significantly: a terrifying dilemma that has been largely ignored.
Yet many influential organizations criticize people for being ‘too negative’ about the current and future impacts of #GlobalHeating.
Dr. Tao’s #MEER framework turns plastic and aluminum waste as well as glass and bamboo into mirrors that can create significantly cooler temperatures, potentially saving millions from extreme heat events. More honesty with the public can begin with professionals recognising and ending their own cognitive dissonance.
Therefore this session ends with the declaration of a new Scholars’ Oath to the Future. This has already been endorsed by over 100 scholars from over 20 countries. http://iflas.blogspot.com/2022/11/sch…
Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ 1619 Project has become a topic of much debate in recent years. Amna Nawaz spoke with her about expanding upon that original work, the importance of looking back at how our nation’s history unfolded, and its relevance today.
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