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Social Interaction and ‘Phubbing’ – and How smartphones change you – 2 videos

Video #1: Phubbing: A Word is Born

Smartphones: ‘Phubbing’ – A Word is Born

Published on Oct 7, 2013

Ever wondered how words come to be? Language is always changing. Update your dictionary.

Video #2: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Environmental Racism: Black Americans Three Times More Likely to Die from Pollution

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Without a touch of irony, the EPA celebrated Black History Month by publishing a report that finds black communities face dangerously high levels of pollution. African Americans are more likely to live near landfills and industrial plants that pollute water and air and erode quality of life. Because of this, more than half of the 9 million people living near hazardous waste sites are people of color, and black Americans are three times more likely to die from exposure to air pollutants than their white counterparts. . .

via Environmental racism has left black Americans three times more likely to die from pollution — Quartz

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Electric cars will come of age in 2018 | Oil Markets could be wrecked – 2 videos

The Economist – October 18, 2017

Electric cars will come of age in 2018 | The Economist

Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric.

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How the web of life became Cheap Nature – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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The Web of Life Reshaped - Painting by Mike Caimbeul

The Web of Life Reshaped – Painting by Mike Caimbeul
Photo Credit: Bongdoogle.com

Part Two of my series on the book, Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (Kairos Books, 2016), edited by Jason W. Moore, is a synopsis of Moore’s article on “The Rise of Cheap Nature.” In his article, he refers to two kinds of nature: nature with a common ‘n’ is the web of life; Nature with a capital ‘N’ is environments without humans.

Like Eileen Crist (Part One), Moore argues that we live in the “Age of Capital,” the Capitalocene. Until we understand that “capital and power do not act upon nature, but develop through the web of life,” we cannot formulate solutions for the environmental crises we now face.

Most people (myself included), Moore notes, still think about capitalism in economic terms – markets, prices, money, and the like. He proposes…

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The View from Europe: Oil, the environment and the Caribbean – By David Jessop

Earlier this month Exxon announced that that it had made a major new oil find off Guyana. It was, it said, the largest since it began exploration there in 2015. The company’s statement followed one last June advising of a ‘world-class discovery’ on another well, and before that, announcements about four other commercially exploitable finds.

What this and Exxon’s recent request to the Guyanese government for permission to drill up to 40 new wells after 2022 suggests, is that the country is about to become a major oil producer in the Western Hemisphere.      Continue reading

Climate Science Special Report – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Thomas Fire - Santa Barbara County - Southern California - 12 December 2017

Thomas Fire – Santa Barbara County – Southern California – December 12, 2017
Photo Credit: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Here in California, after years of drought, ferocious wildfires have consumed the tinder and everything in their path. Ignited on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire was not fully contained until January 12, 2018. Now ranked as the largest fire in California’s modern history, it burned about 281,900 acres, equivalent to the size of Dallas and Miami combined. It destroyed 1,063 structures and damaged another 280.

Torrential rainfall on January 9, a welcome respite for firefighters, brought more distress to residents in the area. Mudslides roared down fire scarred slopes, destroying and damaging hundreds of homes, as well as commercial property. Twenty people lost their lives; three are still missing.

A home on Glen Oaks Road damaged by mudslides in Montecito

Home damaged by mudslides – Montecido – Santa Barbara County – Southern California
January 10, 2018
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The 100 best nonfiction books of all time:-By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

By Robert McCrum  – The Guardian

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing.:

Composite for the 100 best nonfiction books of all time list

1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014) 
An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.

2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)
This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of her husband changed the nature of writing about bereavement.

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January 2018 – Niagara Falls and Hudson River Freezes: What is the REAL Cause? – Video

Niagara Falls and Hudson River Freezes, Warm Air is the Cause ! … according to the Media.

Adapt 2030 – Published on Jan 8, 2018

The media is feeding record warm records and talking about heat anomalies while referencing the recent record cold across Canada and the USA that broke thousands of all time cold records dating back 100-200 years.        Continue reading

The Berbice River: The River that Bears Witness – By: Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh MSS, MSc, FRGS

The Berbice River: The River that Bears Witness

By: Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh MSS, MSc, FRGS

“I’ve known rivers:

ancient as the world and older than the

flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I have known rivers:

ancient dusky rivers

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

Introduction

Guyana has 14 major drainage basins and four principal rivers –the Corentyne River bordering Suriname, the Berbice River, the Demerara River, and the Essequibo River.      Continue reading

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