Residents of the southern Italian city of Crotone held a vigil on Monday for those who perished after a wooden boat crowded with #migrants smashed into the rocky reefs of the Calabrian coast and broke apart. The death toll from the devastating #shipwreck off the country’s southern coast rose to 64 on Tuesday. #Italy has complained bitterly for years that fellow EU countries have balked at taking in migrants, many of whom are aiming to find family or work in northern Europe. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has called for redoubling efforts to deal with the problem.
Members of the National Education Union (NEU) were on strike on February 28 in Leeds city center. Two more regional strikes in other areas of England and Wales are planned on March 1 and 2. #uk#leeds#strike#education#neu
On this last day of Black History Month, we feature the stories of Black Southerners during Jim Crow, as told in a single frame. NewsHour Digital Anchor Nicole Ellis visited the University of Virginia to see how historical portraits are helping redefine a generation in its own voice, and through its own lens. It’s for our arts and culture series, CANVAS.
Join us virtually on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00pm EST for a fireside chat on nature-based solutions and Indigenous peoples in Canada and the United States, moderated by Canada Institute Director Christopher Sands.
Decarbonization of the economy will require a substantial near-term avoidance and reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to meet net-zero goals set by the Canadian and U.S. Governments. To accomplish this neutralization, momentum is building toward the concept of nature-based solutions (NBS): actions to protect and sustainably manage ecosystems in a way that also addresses social changes and provides human and biodiversity benefits.
As stewards of their lands and territories, Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United States are often the first to face the impacts of climate change. Indigenous experiences, perspectives and rights can and should be critical components to building effective climate change strategies. Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples in the selection and design of NBS and other climate change adaptation methods is vital in the success and sustainability of these programs.
Big oil knew about greenhouse gases and their impact on climate change more than half a century ago – but instead of sharing the information, they lied and undermined its veracity. As far back as 1959, renowned physicist Edward Teller warned Robert Dunlap and other oil executives, about the global impact that greenhouse gases would have on temperatures, melting ice caps, rising oceans and largescale environmental destruction. Even while Exxon’s own scientists were warning of the catastrophic effect that climate change would cause around the world, their executives were spending millions of dollars “trying to convince people the emergency wasn’t real”.
Geoff Dembicki is an investigative climate change journalist based in Brooklyn. He is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and VICE and his work has been featured in NPR, the Washington Post and the Nation. His new book The Petroleum Papers: Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change, was named one of the 2022’s top 10 books by the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2022 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.
Alyssa Johl, Vice President, Legal for the Center for Climate Integrity will discuss the various litigation battles which are currently underway. Several State Attorney Generals and countries, including the Philippines, have taken law cases against oil companies for the damage inflicted by global warming. What is the level of liability for the oil industry for the destruction to the planet and its animal and human populations?
They will be joined by Dr. Delta Merner, lead scientist for the Science Hub for Climate Litigation at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She provides timely, scientific evidence to support legal cases that hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate-related damages.
In this conversation, George Monbiot, @theGuardian columnist, environmental campaigner and author and Sentient Media’s executive director Ana Bradley explore the nitrate crisis in The Netherlands, Dutch farmer protests and far-right conspiracy theories being spread by Russell Brand and other influencers.
Chapters: 00:00 Introduction to Russell Brand’s viral video 1:20 Monbiot explains the argument Brand is repeating and why it’s wrong 11:18 Why do people latch onto conspiracy theories? 13:33 Connection between the farming industry and the far right 15:10 Cattle ranching’s involvement in the capitol riot in the U.S. and the attack on Brasilia 19:06 Losing credibility and gaining followers 21:08 What could the Dutch government done to avoid outrage? 23:05 Where should we be putting our energy? 24:34 Closing remarks
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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