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After a steaming September, 2014 set to be hottest year ever – NOAA

After a steaming September, 2014 set to be hottest year ever

OCTOBER 23, 2014  –  http://www.caribbean360.com

hot weather pixFLORIDA, United States, Thursday October 23, 2014 – With global land and sea temperatures for September the highest ever recorded for the month, the world is on track for this to be the hottest year ever, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement this week.

The confirmation that sweltering September was indeed the hottest such month on record continues a succession of record-beating months for global temperature.

According to NOAA scientists, the year-to-date for 2014 is already tied with 1998 as the warmest such period since 1880 when record keeping began. Continue reading

TRIUMPH OF THE “UNDERCLASS” – By Hubert Williams

TRIUMPH  OF  THE  “UNDERCLASS”

               By  Hubert  Williams

Boston, Massachusetts, October 21, 2014 — In 2003, in a lengthy document sent the office of Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton, reacting to her extremely well presented book “Living History”, I had expressed misgivings over societal weaknesses and the emerging role of well-educated, highly-placed working women which could have the unintended consequence under Democracy of an ‘underclass’ literally controlling small jurisdictions such as those in the English-speaking Caribbean… and, in the fullness of time, large jurisdictions, too.

She is absolutely a “women’s libber” and a very strong proponent of an education system which separates girls and boys, particularly at the secondary and tertiary levels. Of her own experience at Wellesley College in Boston (one of the world’s foremost women’s universities), she wrote:

“Unlike some of the smart girls in my high school, who felt pressure to forsake their own ambitions for more traditional lives, my Wellesley classmates wanted to be recognized for their ability, hard work and achievements. This may explain why there is a disproportionate number of women’s college graduates in professions in which women tend to be under-represented.” Continue reading

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, advocates for agroecology (traditional farming). Is this a new initiative?

New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food.  

Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, water, and resource availability.  Continue reading

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building

Published on Sep 26, 2014 –  In 1967, Moshe Safdie reimagined the monolithic apartment building, creating “Habitat ’67,” which gave each unit an unprecedented sense of openness. Nearly 50 years later, he believes the need for this type of building is greater than ever. In this short talk, Safdie surveys a range of projects that do away with the high-rise and let light permeate into densely-packed cities.

Brazil’s Stand at the UN 2014 Climate Summit – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Originally posted on Three Worlds One Vision:

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Photo Credit: Manchete Online

On September 23, over 900 leaders from government, business, finance, and civil society came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 2014 Climate Summit. Judging from the Summary of their most significant announcements, they issued more promises “to galvanize transformative action in all countries to reduce emissions and build resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change.”

Promises are easy. Following them through is another story.

The pledge to halve deforestation by 2020 and reach zero deforestation by 2030 is ambitious. Since trees release carbon when burned, such a move would secure an additional 4.5 to 8.8 billion tons of carbon yearly. This is equivalent to carbon emissions from one billion cars on the roads worldwide.

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Can we prevent the end of the world? – by Martin Rees, Astrophysicist

Can we prevent the end of the world? Martin Rees Astrophysicist

Martin Rees Astrophysicist
Lord Martin Rees, one of the world’s most eminent astronomers, is an emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics at the University of Cambridge and the UK’s Astronomer Royal. He is one of our key thinkers on the future of humanity in the cosmos. Full bio

A post-apocalyptic Earth, emptied of humans, seems like the stuff of science fiction TV and movies. But in this short, surprising talk, Lord Martin Rees asks us to think about our real existential risks — natural and human-made threats that could wipe out humanity. As a concerned member of the human race, he asks: What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen?  View video below: Continue reading

Bai Shan Lin logging scandal…Angry Kwakwani prepares list of demands for Govt.

Bai Shan Lin logging scandal…Angry Kwakwani prepares list of demands for Govt.

Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon

Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon

AUGUST 21, 2014 | BY |

-    Community will no longer allow advantage to be taken upon them…will become very agitated if demands are not met- Solomon

The operations of Bai Shan Lin and the blatant “disrespect” the company has been perpetuating towards the people of Region10 took center stage at a meeting the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) held with residents of Kwakwani on Tuesday evening August 19.
The sustained showers of rain that poured in Kwakwani, a community in the Upper Berbice River area on that evening, didn’t stop scores of residents from attending the meeting. Continue reading

Guyana: Observing and participating in the expression of indigenous culture

Observing and participating in the expression of indigenous culture

AUGUST 3, 2014 | BY | FILED UNDER NEWS

…Anthropologist Dr. George Mentore is a ‘Special Person’

 “Basically what I’m doing is trying to collect information about how they live, (in community) what we call ethnographic field research … and I’ve become a specialist on the Wai Wai. But I also try to develop a specialty on other Amerindian groups in the deep south, including the Wapisiana and the Macushi, so I’ve become a little bit more comparative in my work.”

By Dennis A. Nichols
Many Guyanese have heard of the work of the late artist, writer, and archaeologist Denis Williams. But how many know about the contributions of other contemporary Guyanese in a similar sphere of endeavour?  Continue reading

Hidden miracles of the natural world – Louie Schwartzberg – TED video

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

Published on Apr 9, 2014 - We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.

At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

Update from Moray House Trust: July 2014 – for Guyanese Online

Update from Moray House Trust: July 2014 –

for Guyanese Online

Website: http://www.morayhousetrust.com/

YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6sdaywVZ80fX5QV2-F3E7w

Andrew Snyder, biologist and photographer

Andrew Snyder, biologist and photographer

On Thursday 3rd July, Moray House Trust hosted a slideshow by biologist and photographer, Andrew Snyder. Andrew’s areas of expertise include neotropical herpetology, biogeography and taxonomy and his main field of research is patterns of evolution across Guiana Shield reptiles and amphibians. He is studying for a doctorate in Biological Sciences and has worked in several parts of the hinterland in the last three years for Operation Wallacea and the World Wildlife Fund.

Andrew used a series of photos to illustrate the enormous diversity of plant and animal species in Guyana. This is partly due to the varied nature of Guyana’s landscape.  Continue reading

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