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Archive for October, 2009

This is it !

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

When Michael Jackson died, he was days away from launching comeback concerts. Now, video footage of preparations for those performances has become “Michael Jackson’s This Is It.”

Copenhagen climate change summit – can it succeed?

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Gordon Brown has said the Copenhagen climate change summit in December is “a profound moment for our world” – but does it have a chance of success?

Arctic ice may disappear in a decade

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

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A new report on global warming predicts the frozen Arctic Ocean will soon be like a normal sea in the summers. There are shocking changes happening in the polar environment and its fragile eco-systems. For millions of years, the sea around the North Pole has been frozen all year round. Recent research from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Catlin Atlantic Survey show things are changing fast. They predict that within a decade, the Arctic will be largely ice-free in the summer. They base their prediction on the rate at which the sea ice is currently thinning. The lead researcher, Professor Peter Wadhams, said: “The area is now more likely to become open water each summer, bringing forward the potential date when the summer sea ice will be completely gone.”

An ice-free Arctic will have consequences for the whole world’s weather patterns. The Arctic sea ice is a key part of the Earth’s climate system. Experts call it Earth’s “refrigerator”. They said that as it disappears, the world will become a lot warmer. Scientists are still unclear exactly what changes there will be to our weather. Forecasters predict an increase in all kinds of disasters and extreme weather events. These include massive flooding, much more dangerous hurricanes and the spread of the world’s deserts. These new findings provide an urgent call for world leaders to act. The timing of the WWF report is a reminder to those attending the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December. Rich countries will face pressure to agree to reduce their carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.

Beds Are Burning – TckTckTck Campaign

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

PARIS (1 October 2009) – Kofi A. Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum, was today joined by Melanie Laurent (star of Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’) and David Jones (Global CEO, Havas Worldwide) for the launch of a specially re-recorded version of Midnight Oil’s ‘Beds are Burning’ as a global musical petition to demand climate justice at the UN’s Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in December. The song is also set to become the soundtrack of the Climate Justice movement.

‘Beds Are Burning’ was produced by The:Hours, and is to be made available on all major music download platforms for free. It will also be available on the campaign’s own website: www.timeforclimatejustice.org.

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More than 1.02 billion hungry people

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

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Click on the link below:

FAO: Hunger

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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Click on the link below to learn more about Christopher Columbus.

BBC Famous people

How well can they speak English and Spanish?

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

From British comedy series “Fawlty Towers”.

Obama reacts to Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 9th, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama, in office less than a year, says he is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize as a “call to action.”

The president told reporters at the early morning news conference Friday, he was suprised by the award.

The president said he does not “view it as a recognition” of his own accomplishments, but rather as a recognition of goals he has set for the United States and the world.

He said he does not feel that he deserves to be in the company of the many transformative figures who have been honored by this prize.

The comments came hours after the unexpected announcement in Oslo. Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland praised Mr. Obama for what the committee called “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

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Michelle Obama’s Slavery Roots

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

The New York Times traced Michelle Obama’s five generation path from slavery to the White House. Harry Smith spoke to Megan Smoleyak the genealogist who uncovered the first lady’s family tree.
Research into the family of US First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed that her great-great-great-grandmother was a slave given away at the age of six.

And the winning city is Rio de Janeiro !!

Friday, October 2nd, 2009