UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Change Summit 2019

Climate change is the defining issue of our time and now is the defining moment to do something about it. There is still time to tackle climate change, but it will require an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society. To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September to meet the climate challenge. The Summit will showcase a leap in collective national political ambition and it will demonstrate massive movements in the real economy in support of the agenda. Together, these developments will send strong market and political signals and inject momentum in the “race to the top” among countries, companies, cities and civil society that is needed to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Negotiating Climate Science

Friday 13 September, 2019,  by Zinta Zommers (Ontario & Wolfson 2003)

Early in August 2019, leading climate scientists and government officials from around the world gathered in Geneva to negotiate the “Summary for Policy Makers” of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Land. The stakes were high – scientists sought to defend the academic integrity of the report; governments grappled with the implications of the findings for food production, energy systems and land-use. Observers, including Greta Thunberg and young activists from Lebanon, Mexico, Germany, called for more action. As a Lead Author for the report, I had the privilege of participating in these debates.

The final approval process of an IPCC report is like a week long PhD defence with governments as examiners and marathon thirty hour nonstop overnight sessions. Some governments are clearly working to make the final product better, suggesting clarifications to statements. Other governments try to slow down the negotiations, hoping that time will run out and sections of the report be eliminated. Yet others try to remove scientific statements that have inconvenient political implications. We began to refer to one negotiator as the “dentist” because “he kept drilling and drilling and wouldn’t stop when it hurt.”

Intergovernmental politics can play out in unexpected ways. Late on the last evening, the US objected to a sentence about risks at different levels of temperature increase. Delegates had already debated and approved this text in a breakout group, but it now seemed that further negotiations were needed. Suddenly France raised a point of order, reminding governments that they had agreed to abide by breakout group decisions. This wasn’t done to block the US but was intended for Saudi Arabia, which had arrived twenty minutes late to the breakout group and was threatening to veto text approved in its absence. Nevertheless, by reminding governments of pre-agreed rules, France saved us from having to water-down key statements on risk and secured extra hours of sleep for everyone.

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What Americans Must Never Forget

George W. Bush, Yale Class of 1968

Thom Hartmann Program    Published on Sep 11, 2019
Thom Hartmann reveals that ‘never forget’ needs to be about not letting our leaders exploit our national tragedies.

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The Last Time Banks Did This… They Caused A Financial Crash w/Richard Wolff

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Sep 12, 2019

Banks make their money from depositors by lending to others.

Banks lend out almost all the money they have on deposit and this means that there could be a bank panic if a lender can’t retrieve their deposits.

The banks are supposed to hold a percentage of every dollar in reserves, which means they have a large pile of money.

What happens if the government wants to stimulate the economy, by telling the banks they can lend out part of their held deposits or all of it?

The last time the banks were able to lend out their reserves… we found ourselves in a global financial crash!

Dr. Richard Wolff explains to Thom how all this works.

Why Warren’s Plan to Lift Millions from Poverty Scares Rich

Thom Hartmann Program

Published on Sep 12, 2019

Elizabeth Warren has a plan to lift millions of seniors out of poverty, and so far the plan has been met with fear from the media and the rich!

For decades, progressives have been talking about eliminating the cap on the Social Security tax and raising Social Security benefits enough that retired and disabled people can actually survive. It makes no sense that working-class people have to pay Social Security tax on 100% of their income and a billionaire might pay the Social Security tax on less than 1% of his income, At the same time, seniors are rationing medicine and literally eating dog food.

Warren wants to use the money from removing the cap to give everybody on Social Security a $200 a month raise, which will lift 5 million seniors out of poverty, cut the senior poverty rate by 68%, and provide a strong stimulus to the economy because virtually every penny of that money will rapidly be spent.

It’s time that wealthy people pay their fair share of Social Security taxes, and disabled and retired Americans who are struggling to get by in this Reaganomics economy don’t have to make decisions like, “Do I buy food or do I buy my prescriptions?”

Marianne Williamson – Yes to what we know to be TRUE!

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Published on Aug 22, 2019


Christopher Dickey: We’re Seeing The Death Of Democracy In America & Europe | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


Published on Sep 14, 2019

With populism on the rise in the U.S. and across Europe, veteran foreign journalist Christopher Dickey gives a stark warning.