Sea ice is melting at both poles simultaneously. New technology reveals that the underside of the ice shelves in
#Antarctica is rugged, allowing warm water to melt them more rapidly. Peter Wadhams and Patrick Hogan explain that, due to the loss of huge volumes of ice, the mass of the earth is shifting, causing tectonic activity to increase, and ocean currents to be affected.
It has huge implications for
#SeaLevel rise. We can’t think in linear terms when it comes to exponential changes in the climate system. We have to recognize the danger to coastal communities, and not keep rebuilding on the oceanfront after storms, which are only becoming more powerful.
There is a newer edited version of this video you might prefer at… • Climatematters.TV… Drs. Peter Wadhams and Maria Pia Casarini, a husband-and-wife team of Arctic researchers, reflect on the dramatic and foreboding changes in the Arctic and their accelerating pace. For more information on the state of our planet visit the FacingFuture Library at https://facingfuture.earth/library
The United Nations’ World Food Programme is on the front lines combating the world’s food crises and feeding 80 million people in around 80 countries every year. David Beasley, former South Carolina Governor and current Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has a special message and call to action for Americans and UNA-USA members on World Food Day 2017.
Sadly, we are witnessing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II: 20 million people across four countries face starvation and the risk of famine if we do not act now.
We must all take action to end global hunger. Please send a message to your Members of Congress urging them to fully fund the United Nations and its vital initiatives like the World Food Programme at unausa.org/USAforUN.
The World Food Programme cannot continue its vital work without necessary funding. Donate to World Food Program USA at wfpusa.org/give.
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a 50-state grassroots organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For more than 70 years, UNA-USA and its national network of Chapters have worked to accomplish this mission through advocacy campaigns, youth engagement, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation.
To join the movement or learn more about UNA-USA, please visit: unausa.org!
While the pandemic has shown that borders are permeable and somewhat invisible, it has also emphasized that the challenges and solutions are incredibly interconnected. Join this special program in recognition of International Youth Day (August 12) to hear from Dustin Liu, the outgoing UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations, and to meet Cynthia Yue, UNA-USA’s 10th Youth Observer to the United Nations, as they discuss the U.S. and UN’s priorities from the past year and moving forward. To amplify the intersectional nature of the priorities of youth around the world, representatives from UN agencies and USAID will join the discussion, including: – Sophia Kianni; Climate Cardinals Founder and Executive Director, UN Secrettary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change – Chase Sova; Senior Director, Public Policy and Thought Leadership, WFP USA; Senior Associate, Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Food Security Program – Shubhi Sinha; UNICEF National Youth Council Member – Megan Johnson; Public Diplomacy Officer, Office of Public Affairs, Planning, and Coordination (IO/PPC), Bureau of International Organizations Takeaways will include priorities for the next year and specific opportunities for youth in America to take action and become involved in addressing global issues.
As President Biden proposes his new budget, which expands military spending, as well as social services, we speak with Democratic Congressmember Barbara Lee, co-chair of the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus. She recently reintroduced the People Over Pentagon Act to cut $100 billion from the Pentagon budget and reallocate funds to overlooked priorities like healthcare and education. Lee is one of three House Democrats who have announced their candidacy for outgoing California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat. Lee is the highest-ranking Black woman appointed to House leadership and would be just the third Black woman to serve in the Senate’s 233-year history. She shares her platform on foreign policy, reproductive rights and racial justice on Democracy Now! “We’re going to fight to make sure that the resources of our country go directly to the American people, because it’s a budget for the American people,” says Lee.
U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines is calling China the “most consequential threat” to U.S. national security. Meanwhile, the Chinese parliament has unanimously voted to give Xi Jinping a third five-year term as president. On Monday, Xi directly accused the United States of suppressing China’s development, stating, “Western countries — led by the U.S. — have implemented all-round containment, encirclement and suppression against us.” Both countries are beefing up their military presence along China’s naval borders, and President Biden has made repeated remarks that the U.S. would defend Taiwan militarily if it was attacked by China — statements backed by $619 million in high-tech arms sales to Taiwan. To make sense of fraying U.S.-China relations and rising tensions over Taiwan, we are joined by Alfred McCoy, history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who examines the developments in his latest piece, headlined “At the Brink of War in the Pacific?”
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.
This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
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