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It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a successful modern nation.
Eric X. Li studied in America (and even worked for Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign) before returning to Shanghai, where he started doubting the idea that China's progress could only follow the path of the West's free-market principles.
In a much-discussed op-ed he wrote for the New York Times in February 2012 and in other writings, he has put forth the idea that China needed a different development framework, around a different idea of modernity. The Chinese system, he says, is meritocratic, highly adaptable despite the one-party rule, long term-oriented, pragmatic and non-individualistic. As he writes: "The Chinese political system ... comes close to the best formula for governing a large country: meritocracy at the top, democracy at the bottom, with room for experimentation in between.
This one factory processes 300,000 hot dogs an hour.
No mention of the animals as animals, they are just referred to as trimmings and byproducts.
This is what processed food looks like.
The average person discards 30% of an apple. An apple is one of the most fundamental fruits throughout history. Apparently, we've been eating them wrong. Learn more here: foodbeast.com/content/2013...
Video by: @PhilGorgeous - twitter.com/philgorgeous
Music: "Parisian" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Dave welcomes environmental activist and subject of the new film, "Bidder 70," Tim DeChristopher.
“I’m trying to stop this auction in any way I can because I think it’s a threat to my future and a fraud against the American people.”
"Back in December 2008, DeChristopher showed up at a controversial oil and gas auction in Utah that was offering leases to companies to drill on environmentally-sensitive public lands, including Nine Mile Canyon and Dinosaur National Monument. An economics student at the time, DeChristopher was troubled by the Bush Administration’s efforts to skirt around required environmental assessments, essentially making the auction illegal in the first place. The auction was later canceled when the Obama Administration took office and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar withdrew the leases. "
“The federal government admitted that the auction [DeChristopher] disrupted was illegal,” states Dillon Hase, a board member of Peaceful Uprising. “As soon as Obama took office, Salazar dismissed nearly all the leases, and now they’re putting Tim on trial to scare off other people who are fed up enough with government inaction on the climate crisis to try civil disobedience.” Via: desmogblog.com
As weeds grow resistant to Monsanto's Roundup pesticides, farmers are forced to spray larger quantities and more hazardous types of chemicals to keep these "superweeds" at bay. As a result, the health of the farmers and our environment are at risk.
Genetically engineered (GE) crops were first approved in the United States in the 1990s, and since then the United States has been the biggest global adopter of this technology. GE crops were supposed to improve yields, lower costs for farmers and reduce agriculture’s environmental impact. Yet nearly 20 years after their introduction, genetically engineered crops have not provided the benefits promised by the companies that patented them.
Food & Water Watch evaluated data from the International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds that reveal burgeoning herbicide-resistant weeds caused by the over-reliance on glyphosate for broad control of weeds. These data make it clear that the problem of herbicide-resistant weeds will not be solved with the intensified use of older, more toxic herbicides like 2,4-D and dicamba.
Learn more in Food & Water Watch's superweeds report: www.foodandwaterwatch.org/repo...
Changes in thermohaline circulation (THC) have been known to change the European and Arctic climate within decades. Knowing if, when, and how a major change in the THC might occur in the mid-term might enable both the public and the private sectors to understand the risks, time horizon, and possible scenarios of major changes in the climate and to adapt to them.
The THOR project has been running from 2008 to 2012 and has been investigating on determining how the THC impacts climate stability in the European and Northern hemisphere.
Earth had a climate long before we showed up and started noticing it and it's influenced by a whole series of cycles that have been churning along for hundreds of millions of years. In most cases those cycles will continue long after we're gone. A look at the history of climate change on Earth can give us some much needed perspective on our current climate dilemma because the surprising truth is, what we're experiencing now is different than anything this planet has encountered before. So, let's take a stroll down Climate History Lane and see if we can find some answers to a question that's been bugging Hank a lot lately - just how much hot water are we in?
References for this Hank Green SciShow episode can be found in the Google document here: http://dft.ba/-5Pmq
Hank talks about the issues of rising global population.
References for this episode can be found in the Google document: http://dft.ba/-25aG
Produced by Hank Green
As a young ER doctor, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
Both a surgeon and a self-experimenter, Peter Attia hopes to ease the diabetes epidemic by challenging what we think we know and improving the scientific rigor in nutrition and obesity research. Peter Attia has dedicated his medical career to investigating the relationship between nutrition, obesity and diabetes. A surgeon who developed metabolic syndrome himself despite the fact that he ate well and exercised often, Attia realized that our understanding of these important health issues may not actually be correct. He devoted himself to using vigorous scientific inquiry to test both our assumptions and new hypotheses through the Nutriton Science Initiative, the nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. Attia also writes the blog Eating Academy, which charts his own adventures in nutrition and examines scientific evidence surrounding food, weight loss and disease risk.
The "dash for gas" has gone East and the fracking multinationals have moved in to secure the sizable shale deposits lying deep in Poland's underbelly. Advocates say this will bring prosperity and jobs, but opponents cite the US experience -- where fracking has been marred by environmental and social concerns -- and fear it could be the final nail in the coffin for Poland's traditional rural communities.
Watch more at www.linktv.org/earthfocus.
This film presents some of the dangers of GM-crops and calls for people across Europe and beyond to take action to stop them. Needed: a future of food and farming that benefits people and the planet, and not the pockets of big business. We need to stop GM-crops from spreading...
This film has been produced by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe and Sourced TV.
In an address on June 25th at Georgetown University in Washington, President Obama laid out a sweeping new plan to address climate change.
As expected, Obama said his plan seeks to cap the carbon emissions of power plants. Obama called climate change “a challenge that does not pause for partisan gridlock. It demands our attention now.”
Obama also said the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, would only be approved by the State Department if it aligned with the "nation's interest."
That is if "this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," Obama said.
From Broccoli to Big Macs - All of your favourite foods, shown as 200 calories! More examples at WiseGEEK: http://bit.ly/16uAiWg
Written and created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).
On June 3, 2013 photographer Mike Olbinski pulled his car to the side of the road to capture one of nature's most amazing sights. Mike Olbinski
Another view of the same cell can be seen here: youtube.com
All-time highs recorded were 96 degrees in Talkeetna on June 17th which is 80 miles north of Anchorage and 81 in Anchorage on the 18th. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing. The heat wave also comes after a few cooler summers — the last time it officially hit the 80 mark in Anchorage was 2009.
For 28 years, Denise Herzing has spent five months each summer living with a pod of Atlantic spotted dolphins, following three generations of family relationships and behaviors. It's clear they are communicating with one another -- but is it language? Could humans use it too? She shares a fascinating new experiment to test this idea.
Former Obama administration greens jobs advisor Van Jones cuts through the myths and explains what is really going on -- and suggests the pipeline be renamed “The Obama Tar Sands Pipeline" if Obama approves it.
Samuel Orr filmmaker.
Cicadas are among the most fascinating insects, and the 17-year periodical cicadas are the most interesting of all. Transported from the past, they bubble up from the ground in otherwise sedate suburban yards and parks. At this moment, billions of them are emerging along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States, from North Carolina to Connecticut. They can be found in and around Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City. This is one of if the largest outbreaks of insects on Earth, with trillions due to appear over the next month. For more information on where and when they'll be out; www.magicicada.org/magicicada_ii.php
So far, this project has been self-funded, but to complete the film as intended Samuel Orr needs your help. There are many expenses still to come, from renting high-speed cameras to capture them in flight, to traveling to Australia to film the great diversity of cicadas that exist there. www.kickstarter.com/projects/motionkicker/return-of-the-cicadas
Please give the Return of the Cicadas Facebook Page a like, and follow MotionKicker on Twitter to see more content that he'll be publishing in the coming weeks.
From mining, to burning, to disposal, coal is wreaking havoc on our health and our planet. Powering our country by burning coal is dangerous. It's time to transition Beyond Coal to clean, renewable sources of energy. Learn more and take action: www.beyondcoal.org
American Meteorological Society President Marshall Shepherd, Climate Central's Chief Climatologist Heidi Cullen, TIME Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger and WFOR's Chief Meteorologist David Bernard discuss recent extreme weather events, the upcoming hurricane season, and the role of climate change in recent disruptive events.
Kluger stated, “We’re getting a level of consensus on thousands of peer reviewed studies over decades that have established the human contribution to climate change.”
Cullen made clear we must act now to reduce carbon pollution because “the longer you wait to fix it the tougher it gets to fix, so the sooner we start the better off we are.”