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Much of the East Coast is shut down today as residents prepare for Hurricane Sandy, a massive storm that could impact up to 50 million people from the Carolinas to Boston. The storm has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean where it battered Haiti and Cuba. “This thing is stitched together from elements natural and un-natural and it seems poised to cause real havoc,” says Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. New York and other cities have shut down schools and transit systems. Hundreds of thousands of people have already been evacuated. Millions could lose power over the next day. Meteorologists say Sandy could be the largest storm ever to hit the U.S. mainland. The megastorm comes at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have refused to make climate change an issue on the campaign trail. For the first time since 1984, climate change was never addressed during a presidential debate. “It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history … when we saw essentially summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms this unprecedented magnitude,” McKibben says. “If there was ever a wake-up call, this is it.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.
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An Australian tourist near Ilulissat, Greenland films an iceberg tsunami
A tourist from Australia came to my uncle and asked if she could get a ride to the glacier just north of Ilulissat, Greenland, so he asked me if I wanted to be his translator. I am from another town where glaciers are fairytales, I was as much of a tourist as the Australian tourist, so I decided to join the crew.
The beautiful scenery was amazing, but the nature doesn’t care about anyone. That day almost became our last day.
Copyrights owned by me, Jens Møller.
Clive Hamilton, public intellectual and author of ‘Requiem for a Species’, speaks about how dire the future looks and how little time we have to act on climate. He reflects on our strange obsessions, our hubris, and our penchant for avoiding the facts about climate change.
A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on an equivalent scale to major geological processes.http://www.vimeo.com/39048998
HD stills available here: igbp.net/5.1081640c135c7c04eb480001217.html
The film was commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, London 26-29 March, a major international conference focusing on solutions.
The film is part of the world’s first educational webportal on the Anthropocene, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, and developed and sponsored by
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Earth May Reach Tipping Point
A group of scientists from around the world who are part of The Berkeley Initiative in Global Change Biology (BiGCB) is warning that an ever-growing population and widespread destruction of natural ecosystems may be driving Earth toward a planet-wide tipping point, an irreversible change in the biosphere with unpredictable consequences. Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, is the lead author of a review paper about this issue in the journal Nature.
For full story: NewsCenter.berkeley.edu
Video by Roxanne Makasdjian, UC Berkeley Media Relations
IAS’ Africa Dialogue Series: Prof. Patrick Bond – “Africa and the Politics of Climate Justice”
This is an indispensable book for anyone who seeks to understand world leaders’ responses to climate change through the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties (COP). Politics of Climate Justice provides the vital background and theoretical context to what happened at the COPS in Kyoto, Copenhagen, Cancun, and Durban. It explores the favored strategies of key elites from the crisis ridden global and national power blocs, including South Africa, and finds them incapable of reconciling the threat to the planet with their economies’ addiction to fossil fuels. Finally, the book reveals sites of climate justice and interrogates the new movement’s approach.
Patrick Bond (born 1961, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he has directed the Centre for Civil Society since 2004. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. From 1994-2002, Patrick worked for the South African government, authoring or editing more than a dozen policy papers including the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and the RDP White Paper. He has also taught at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and Development Management from 1997-2004. Bond gave the keynote lecture at the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS) conference on ‘Democratization in Africa: Retrospective and Future Prospects’ at Leeds University in December 2009.
Bond is an advisory board member of several international journals: Socialist Register (York University), International Journal of Health Services (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health), Historical Materialism, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development (American University), Studies in Political Economy (Carleton University), Capitalism Nature Socialism, Review of African Political Economy, and the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (Unesco, New York). He worked with Johannesburg NGOs during the early and mid-1990s, and several social justice agencies in Washington and Philadelphia during the 1980s. He was educated at Swarthmore College Department of Economics, the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he received his Ph.D. in 1993.
Bond is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society of which he anticipates “immense learning and activist opportunities”.
Supporters of geoengineering have proposed radical ways to alter the planet to decrease the level of greenhouse gas emissions. Proposals include creating artificial volcanoes to pollute the atmosphere with sulfur particles, fertilizing the oceans and placing sun-deflecting aluminum foil in the sky. But opposition is growing to geoengineering. We host a debate between Indian environmentalist, scientist, philosopher and eco-feminist, Vandana Shiva, and geopolitical analyst and columnist, Gwynne Dyer. [includes rush transcript]
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