Climate Crisis is Even More Dire Than the 1.5 C  IPCC Report , Says Durwood Zaelke

Climate Crisis is Even More Dire Than the 1.5 C IPCC Report , Says Durwood Zaelke

So we need President Xi, we need Prime Minister Modi, we need some leadership here. And President Macron in France has stepped up, is becoming the new Obama. And maybe those three can turn the G20 into the action engine that we need. Because the G20, the 20 major countries that are responsible for about 80 percent of our emissions, could save the planet. (more…)...
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War Correspondent  talks on Carbon Ideologies and Climate Change

War Correspondent talks on Carbon Ideologies and Climate Change

“Are we prepared to endure lives with less comfort?”: asks a plausible candidate for the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature-William T. Vollmann “For a long time I was a climate change denier,” says author, journalist, and war correspondent William T. Vollmann. “I didn’t want to be stressed out by something that might someday affect people after I’m dead.” And yet for Vollmann — a brilliant, idiosyncratic writer whom some have described as a plausible candidate for the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature — the reality of climate change has become a personal obsession. Last week, he released the first volume of a sprawling, two-volume polemic called Carbon Ideologies. Titled No Immediate Danger, it explores in more than 600 pages how our society is bound to the ideology of energy consumption. Addressed to humans living in a “hot dark future,” the book is highly technical, chock-full of tables, studies,...
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Jane Hawking, Wife of Stephen Hawking  tells her own “Theory of Everything”

Jane Hawking, Wife of Stephen Hawking tells her own “Theory of Everything”

  Jane Hawking, who was divorced from Stephen in 1995 and whose book, Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen was adapted by Anthony McCarten to form the core of the movie.Here she talks about her relationship with Stephen Hawking. IT IS 1963, and we’re at a student party in Oxford. A young man approaches a young woman. “I’m a cosmologist,” he says. “What’s that?” “It’s religion for intelligent atheists.” You will have seen him on The Simpsons and Star Trek but you’ve never seen him like this. Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous living scientist, as a young, able-bodied, ambitious student, chatting someone up. This is the beginning of The Theory of Everything, the story of Hawking’s exceptional life framed by the blossoming – and eventual withering – of romance with his first wife, then Jane Wilde. Straight away we are tipped off to the broad tone that the movie will take on their relationship: one of his godless cosmology, and of her more...
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Obama’s Oven Fresh Views on India -Read the Interview

Obama’s Oven Fresh Views on India -Read the Interview

Connecting the disconnected. So that they give back to those who are left behind.  Hence NGOs, who connect to the people should be seen not as a threat, but a partner, and play a role in addressing  the planet’s challenges. Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s advisor Ben Rhodes speaks to The Hindu Former US President Barack Obama is in Delhi to address a townhall of “youth leaders”. Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Obama’s Chief International Advisor Ben Rhodes says it is important to spread democratic values, as well as raise the importance of NGOs, religious tolerance and LGBT issues. What is the purpose of President Obama’s townhall in Delhi? In the world today, a lot of young people feel disconnected from the forces that are shaping their lives. We see that leads to young people not becoming active citizens. Active citizenship doesn’t just mean running for office or going into politics, it means starting organisations that...
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Will China lead solar revolution and India be contended just with virtual-win at Doklam? Candid Interview

Will China lead solar revolution and India be contended just with virtual-win at Doklam? Candid Interview

As the USA gets cold on global warming, a new contender has emerged to lead the action on climate change.Could China, another of the world’s top CO2 emitters, vision the opportunity?Interview with China analyst Sam Geall of Chatham House Q: What are the biggest incentives and drivers for China to take the lead on climate change? Sam Geall: There are big economic drivers for China to move towards a low carbon transition. They’re already reaping the benefits of long- term innovation policy, meaning they have firms positioned in strategic areas like renewable energy, which are now starting to lead in investments, increasing innovation and in patents. And as a result we’ve seen things like a huge cost deflation in solar and wind energy, largely thanks to the scale of manufacturing in China. So there are huge commercial opportunities as firms start to move into these increasingly profitable and dynamic sectors. At the same...
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