Daily Archives: January 4, 2023

How the James Webb telescope is changing our understanding of the cosmos | DW News

DW News – Jan 4, 2023

It’s been a year since the Webb Space Telescope was launched, and the detailed images it has delivered have been breathtaking. Although the telescope was 14 years behind schedule and vastly over-budget, it has proved itself to be well worth the wait.

Speaker vote deadlocked again after second day of infighting among House Republicans

PBS NewsHour – Jan 4, 2023

After two days and six rounds of votes, the House of Representatives has still not elected a speaker. Nearly two dozen Republicans have blocked Congressman Kevin McCarthy from taking the gavel and there’s no end in sight. Lisa Desjardins reports on the continued battle between GOP leaders and the party’s hardliners.

Former Capitol Police chief warns of vulnerabilities that remain 2 years after Jan. 6

PBS NewsHour – Jan 4, 2023

Friday marks the second anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Steven Sund was the chief of the Capitol Police that day and he described the events as “the worst mass attack on law enforcement” in his nearly 30-year-long career. Sund joined Geoff Bennett to discuss his new book on the attack, “Courage Under Fire.”

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Jan 4, 2023

Parts of U.S. face intense winter weather, including so-called ‘atmospheric rivers’

PBS NewsHour – Jan 4 2023

The first major U.S. winter storm of 2023 is ushering in the new year with snow and ice from the Midwest to New England. Heavy rain, floods and tornadoes are threatening parts of the South and Northern California is preparing for severe rains just days after another deadly storm flooded homes and triggered widespread power outages. Stephanie Sy reports.

France’s forgotten African war heroes finally get full pension rights • FRANCE 24 English

FRANCE 24 English – Jan 4 2023

In tonight’s edition: France’s African World War era soldiers win a final battle known as the Senegalese tirailleurs the surviving fighters will be able to end their days back in Africa after a pension U-turn by Paris. Tunisia’s central bank chief says 2023 will be a “complicated” year unless the country strikes a deal with the IMF. And Benin gears up for this weekend’s legislative elections

Stephanie Wiles of Cornell named next director of the Yale Art Gallery | YaleNews

Wiles will serve as the Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery beginning on July 1, 2018, announced President Peter Salovey.

March 28, 2018

Stephanie Wiles, currently the Richard J. Schwartz Director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, will serve as the next Henry J. Heinz II Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, announced President Peter Salovey. Her appointment will begin July 1.

“I am thrilled to announce the appointment of Stephanie Wiles,” Salovey said. “She is an inspiring leader who is excited by the power of art to help us make connections and spark new ideas. I know she will steward the gallery — one of Yale’s finest treasures — while, together with other arts leaders on campus, envisioning new possibilities for the arts at our university.”

Wiles comes to Yale with over 20 years of experience leading college and university art museums. In her prior roles, Wiles has led efforts to connect the visual arts to other areas of university life by developing interdisciplinary courses, reimagining gallery spaces to be more inviting to visitors from campus and beyond, and spearheading exhibitions and publications to showcase research. She served on several committees at Cornell Tech, a science and technology graduate school in New York City, tasked with bringing art to the campus and into the curriculum. Wiles has successfully created educational and research opportunities across disciplines that take advantage of museum collections. She secured funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop eight semester-long courses that bridged the arts, humanities, science, and engineering.

At Cornell, Ms. Wiles oversaw the negotiation and completion of “Cosmos,” a site-specific light sculpture by Leo Villareal ’90 comprising 12,000 LED lights. The work, named in honor of scientist Carl Sagan and visible across campus and from many parts of Ithaca, is a beacon attracting visitors to the museum.

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Did Kevin McCarthy Open the Door for Pro-Insurrectionist Republicans to Block Him as House Speaker?

Democracy Now! Jan 4, 2023

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives was thrown into chaos Tuesday as a group of far-right lawmakers prevented GOP leader Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker, blocking him in three rounds of voting. This is the first time in a century that the process has gone beyond the first round. Voting for a new speaker is set to resume Wednesday. McCarthy needs 218 votes to become speaker, but with a razor-thin Republican majority of 222 representatives, the roughly 20 right-wing holdouts have essentially ground congressional business to a halt until a speaker is chosen. “Exactly what they’re fighting for is sort of unclear. They only know what they’re fighting against,” says New York Times staff writer Robert Draper. We also speak with The American Prospect’s David Dayen about how Republicans are attempting to eliminate congressional worker unions.

Harvard Climate Justice Design Fellowship Virtual Showcase

Leventhal Map & Education Center Jan 11, 2023

What does the landscape of injustice look like across the United States, and what form would more equitable stewardship of our shared resources have amidst a changing climate?

Join us for a virtual project showcase of the inaugural Climate Justice Design Fellowship of the Harvard University Climate+Data Initiative. The projects of the seven fellows explore stories of climate displacement, impacts of hazardous waste contamination, opportunities to build adaptive infrastructure, visions for urban futures, and other aspects of environmental justice from around the country.

The CJDF fellows are leaders in civil society and government institutions in Portland, OR; New Orleans, LA; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; and Harlem, NY. They have powerful insight into the most important issues facing these diverse locales. Supported by scholars and engineers from the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Graduate School of Design, and Salata Institute, their work uses the tools of data, design, and web technology to analyze patterns, visualize effects, and share individual stories of historical decisions, present day injustice, and alternative futures in a changing climate.

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This is just how unfair climate change is

DW Planet A May 21, 2021

We’re all living through the climate crisis. But we’re not all in it together. So what exactly does climate change have to do with social injustice? And how can we fix it? This is climate justice explained. We’re destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What can we do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we’ll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.

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READ MORE Consumption-based CO2 emissions per person in 2018: https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/co…

Each country’s responsibility for “climate breakdown”: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/la…

(this is just one way of working out what a “fair share” of emissions is, but we verified the study’s findings with the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, Norway) Rich people emit more than poor people: https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository….

Climate finance:
Climate finance: https://oxfamilibrary.openrepository….

and https://www.oecd.org/newsroom/climate…

Reporter: Ajit Niranjan Camera: Henning Goll Video editor: Frederik Willmann Supervising editor: Joanna Gottschalk

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