September 13 News/Links

Afghan gunfight: Explosions and firing rock Kabul

Tuesday’s attacks appear to be a complex operation, with a number of suicide bombers targeting Kabul’s upmarket embassy district, while others struck the west of the city, near the parliament.

No end in sight for oil in the Gulf of Mexico

Fifteen months after BP’s crippled Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico caused one of the worst environmental disasters in US history, oil and oil sheen covering several square kilometers of water are surfacing not far from BP’s well.

As concerns about the possibility of new oil persist, fishermen and scientists continue to deal with the aftermath of BP’s disaster.

“We are in the worst crisis I’ve ever seen,” Brad Robin, a sixth-generation fisherman and seafood proprietor told Al Jazeera while out on a boat surveying the crippled oyster population where he fishes, “The [oyster] industry might do 35 per cent this year.”

Has The Libyan Insurgency Begun?

Sound like Iraq yet? One difference, at least, is that neither NATO nor the revolutionary government appears to want foreign troops to help stabilize Libya. But if an insurgency develops, will the U.S. Congress — which demanded a No-Fly Zone before balking when President Obama actually enforced one — demand further U.S. involvement to secure a “victory” over Gadhafi? If this decade of war has two lessons, it’s that insurgencies escalate quickly — and so does cheap political rhetoric demanding a forceful U.S. response.


Children on the frontlines: the e-waste epidemic in Africa

According to Deborah McGrath, a Biology professor at Sewanee: the University of the South with expertise in biogeochemistry, nearly three percent of e-waste is composed of toxins including lead, arsenic, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and mercury. Mercury and lead are particularly dangerous neurotoxins that bioaccumulate in children’s bodies over time.

“I met many of these children in Accra during these walks, and hung out with some of them,” says Quartey, “kids with wisdom beyond their years. You can see it in their eyes. Yet they laugh like children all over the world. Their resilience is remarkable.”


Susan Hassol, Director of Climate Communication: The Science Has Never Been More Compelling, the Public Never So Misled

For journalists, we’re making the latest science available in a more accessible form and helping them identify the best experts to interview on particular topics. In a fast-paced and challenging media environment, we’re bringing the science to journalists in ways that are credible and helpful. Last week we held a telephone press conference featuring leading climate scientists discussing the linkages between extreme weather and climate change. We also posted a summary of the latest peer-reviewed science on that subject. Journalists are welcome to contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

For the public, we’re producing clear, brief summaries of the most important things they need to know about climate change, using not only words but also videos and animations. We’re providing concise answers to the key questions people ask: What’s happening to climate and why? How will it affect us? And what can we do about it?


Ghosts with shit jobs

In the future jobs will suck in a whole new way.

Misha Glenny: Hire the Hackers!

The internet has fashioned a new and complicated environment for an old age dilemma that pits the demands of security with the desire for freedom…

Sea Levels Much Less Stable Than Earlier Believed, New Coral Dating Method Suggests

In a paper published online in the Sept. 11 Nature Geoscience, the researchers report data from an improved method of dating fossil coral reef skeletons in the Bahamas. By calculating more accurate ages for the coral samples than previously possible, they found that sea levels were considerably less stable than earlier believed–oscillating up and down by 4 to 6 meters (13-20 feet) over a few thousand years about 120,000 years ago during a period known as the Last Interglacial.

The Rising Naxalite Rage

The Naxals are co-opting the flows of globalization by consolidating and expanding their reach. The hundreds of subgroups that make up the movement have already taken steps to leverage their collective power.

at least there’s this

~ by farnaby on January 29, 2011.

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