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The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming

David Wallace-Wells, deputy editor and climate columnist for New York magazine has a new book The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. It talks about the severity of climate change. “Russia could play a bigger, more dynamic role of rival in the future. And the same is true of China.” Regarding green technology “We could save $26 trillion in the global economy just by 2030, which is a very fast return, if we decarbonize quickly.” Regarding sea levels “So, we could see at least a hundred feet of sea level rise, possibly as much as 260 feet of sea level rise, if we melt all of the ice.” Regarding heat waves “You see, you know, projections that many of the biggest cities in India and the Middle East will be lethally hot in summer as soon as 2050, which means you really won’t be able to go outside during the summer without incurring some risk of heat stroke.”

Increasingly there are youth movements calling for action like the Green New Deal in America or the Extinction Rebellion in Europe. On February 21, 2019, sixteen year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden addressed the European Union: “We need to focus every inch of our being on climate change, because if we fail to do so, then all our achievements and progress have been for nothing. And all that will remain of our political leaders’ legacy will be the greatest failure of human history. And they will be remembered as the greatest villains of all time, because they have chosen not to listen and not to act. … And if you still say that we are wasting valuable lesson time, then let me remind you that our political leaders have wasted decades through denial and inaction. And since our time is running out, we have decided to take action. We have started to clean up your mess, and we will not stop until we are done.”

Copyright 2019 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Jul. 3, 2016 Blumbers

Elie Wiesel

The Nazis killed millions of people. They failed to kill Weisel. He survived the Holocaust and dedicated his life to finding peace and justice. He lived as a constant reminder to the guilty and hope to survivors. Wiesel said “Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” He would not let the world forget. We will not forget him.

Which brings me to the Brexit. There has been a lot of talk about the British leaving the European Union. Some Britons do not like people emigrating from other countries. I remember a story of Jeanette Jerome, a woman from a former British colony. She grew up in a country suffering from deforestation, ethnic cleansing, human trafficking, unregulated industrial development, and a civil war. She wanted a better life and came to Britain. She married a local guy and had a son. His name was Winston Churchill. Imagine what this timeline would be like without him.

Here are some more people not born in Britain but managed to get there and make their mark. Queen Victoria’s mother was born in Germany. Joseph Conrad was born in Poland. Rudyard Kipling and Salman Rushdie were both born in Mumbai. George Bernard Shaw was born in Ireland. Stanley Kubrick was from the Bronx. If people want to move to your country, be flattered. You must be doing something right.

 Note: Elie Wiesel was born on September 30, 1928 and died  on July 2, 2016. Dates are funny things…

 

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Sep. 5, 2012 Iran Ambassador Seyed Mousavian

On Wednesday, September, 5, 2012 in San Francisco at The Commonwealth Club, Ambassador Seyed Mousavian, Visiting Research Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University spoke about his new book “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir” with Philip Yun of the Ploughshares Fund.

Being a diplomat in the Middle East is not easy. Mousavian was the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. A student in international affairs, he got his Masters degree in Teheran in 1998 and his PhD in Kent, England in 2002. The next year he represented Iran negotiating with the EU and the International Atomic Energy Agency. By 2007, Iran’s Ahmadinejad administration charged him with espionage while dealing with European nations. His book is a personal account of his years as a diplomat and now dissident, his assessment of Iran’s history and its possible future. There is a great deal of mistrust between Iran and the West, not to mention internal divisions in Iran. There are American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, on either side of Iran. This makes Iran nervous. Iran has a nuclear weapons program and has funded terrorism. This makes the West nervous. Without establishing trust, there will be no resolution to the impending threat.

As for internal politics, you have to remember this is a country where cultural conservatives have joined forces with a wealthy oil faction struggling to keep control against a more open tolerant sustainable society. And then there is Iran. I wonder if they want tax cuts too? :-)

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.