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News: Archive for November, 2011

Rich nations ‘give up’ on new climate treaty until 2020 | Environment | The Guardian

Monday, November 21st, 2011

‘Governments of the world’s richest countries have given up on forging a new treaty on climate change to take effect this decade, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment through global warming.’

via Rich nations ‘give up’ on new climate treaty until 2020 | Environment | The Guardian.

Africa leads climate push as its people go hungry | Reuters

Monday, November 21st, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Africa is leading the push for clean energy policy-making as climate change turns millions of its people into “food refugees,” the head of the U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) Achim Steiner said.’

via Africa leads climate push as its people go hungry | Reuters.

Greenhouse gases levels at record, accelerating | Reuters

Monday, November 21st, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Greenhouse gases that cause climate change have reached record levels in the atmosphere and show no sign of receding, despite global awareness of the need to switch to alternative energy sources, the United Nations weather agency said on Monday.’

via Greenhouse gases levels at record, accelerating | Reuters.

U.N. Panel Finds Climate Change Behind Some Extreme Weather Events – NYTimes.com

Monday, November 21st, 2011

‘At least some of the weather extremes being seen around the world are consequences of human-induced climate change and can be expected to worsen in coming decades, a United Nations panel reported on Friday.’

via U.N. Panel Finds Climate Change Behind Some Extreme Weather Events – NYTimes.com.

Extreme weather to worsen with climate change: IPCC | Reuters

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

‘(Reuters) – An increase in heat waves is almost certain, while heavier rainfall, more floods, stronger cyclones, landslides and more intense droughts are likely across the globe this century as the Earth’s climate warms, U.N. scientists said on Friday.’

via Extreme weather to worsen with climate change: IPCC | Reuters.

Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather – Yahoo! News

Friday, November 18th, 2011

‘WASHINGTON (AP) — Top international climate scientists and disaster experts meeting in Africa had a sharp message Friday for the world’s political leaders: Get ready for more dangerous and “unprecedented extreme weather” caused by global warming.’

via Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather – Yahoo! News.

Video: Robert Reich at UC Berkeley’s General Strike & Day of Action

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Nov 15, Berkeley, California

Robert ReichProfessor Robert Reich spoke to approximately 5000 people in Sproul Plaza at the University of California Berkeley culminating a General Strike & Day of Action. The general assembly of ‘Occupy Cal’ voted earlier that evening to resume the tent occupation that had been torn down by the university police Wednesday night last week amidst videos of police brutality against students who had locked arms to defend the initial occupation. This video includes real time views of the plaza packed with demonstrators.

Partial excerpt:
“Forty seven years ago as you know we were graced with the eloquence and the power of Mario Savio’s words from these steps. And they were words that echoed and ricocheted across America, Words about the importance and centrality of freedom of speech and assembly and freedom of expression and social justice. And those words continue to live on. In fact, the sentiments and words that Mario Savio expressed forty seven years ago, are as relevant if not more relevant today than they were then. Because today unlike then we have a few Supreme Court decisions, such as ‘Citizens United’ against the Federal Election Commission.” [crowd boos]

Cal Berkeley General Strike
The general assembly’s vote and decision to occupy is announced and a tent is carried up the Mario Savio steps while the crowd awaits Robert Reich

Excerpt Continued:
“Did you just boo the Supreme Court of the United States? There are a few Supreme Court decisions that have said that essentially that money is speech and corporations are people. Now when you think that money is speech and corporations are people then it becomes extraordinarily important to protect the first amendment rights of ordinary Americans of regular citizens of students of everybody else who doesn’t have the money and who is not a corporation.”

KQED Reich video
CalTV Reich video

Report by James George

Video: UC Berkeley Nov. 15 Day of Action – March through Berkeley

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Nov 15, Berkeley, California

Students, faculty and staff at the University of California staged a Nov 15 General Strike and Day of Action against tuition fee hikes and recent policy brutality against student activists. After a large noon rally, thousands marched through the city of Berkeley.

Upon returning from the march to Sproul Plaza on the University of California Berkeley campus, the demonstrators were joined by a large contingent – and a tent – from the recently dismantled encampment of Occupy Oakland in Oscar Grant Plaza (Frank Ogawa Plaza).

Cal Berkeley General Strike
The marchers return to Sproul Plaza after a march through Berkeley
Cal Berkeley General Strike
Sproul Plaza filled with demonstrators

Report by James George

Canada will not give up on U.S. to approve Keystone | Reuters

Monday, November 14th, 2011

‘(Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed on Sunday to keep pressure on the United States to approve the $7 billion Keystone pipeline project to ship crude oil from Alberta to Texas.’

via Canada will not give up on U.S. to approve Keystone | Reuters.

BBC News – Western black rhino declared extinct

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

‘No wild black rhinos remain in West Africa, according to the latest global assessment of threatened species.’

via BBC News – Western black rhino declared extinct.