Michael Mann on Climate Change — Transcript of Interview

 

Michael E Mann     Dr. Michael E. Mann on the recent report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.”

“Basically, what this latest report makes clear, if there were any question, is that climate change is not just some abstract, far off, existential threat. It’s not just something that is going to impact polar bears in the Arctic decades from now. It’s something that’s impacting us here and now negatively. And in a sense, we are the polar bear. We are seeing the negative impacts of climate change, whether you are talking about issues of food and fresh water availability, whether you’re talking about availability of land, whether you’re talking about human health, whether you’re talking about the health of our economy, whether you’re talking about issues of conflict and national security, which after all, are a consequence of competition for available resources. And what the report makes very clear is that if we continue on the road that we’re on right now with ongoing fossil fuel burning, we will see diminished food, water and land and greater competition for diminishing resources among a growing global population.”

Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and director of the Penn State Earth Systems Science Center.

Read the full transcript at revcom.us.

Listen to or download the interview on the Michael Slate Show here. (It is the second segment.)

 

 

Michael Slate Show, April 4, 2014 – Sunsara Taylor, Abortion Rights Emergency; Dr. Michael Mann, Climate Change report; “Doctor Anonymous

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Abortion march SF 04   Sunsara Taylor on the Abortion Rights Emergency and plans for National Days of Emergency Actions, April 11 and 12. The assault on abortion rights is a critical part of the war on women.

“On March 6, the last abortion clinic in the impoverished Rio Grande region of Texas stopped providing abortions. Today, any woman there who needs an abortion must make a 300-mile round-trip to the next closest clinic. Many will never make that trip. Instead, they will be trapped in abusive relationships, be driven (deeper) into poverty, or take desperate measures — like prostitution — to support a child they did not want. Others will die attempting to self-induce abortions.”

Sunsara Taylor is a writer for Revolution newspaper and a founder of StopPatriarchy.org.

To get involved, join the Facebook Event in LA, or go to Stop Patriarchy.

Planet B   The planet is burning. March 29, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.” It shows that the rise in global temperatures due to fossil fuel burning and other human activities has already hit the planet’s food supply, water resources and oceans. Poor people are suffering the most, but no one will be untouched by rising seas, burning forests, deadly super storms, and worse, if drastic action is not taken.

Dr. Michael Mann will join us to discuss the report and the situation humanity is facing. Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center.

 

doctor anonymous   We welcome Actors Matt Crabtree and Barry Pearl, and Director John Henry Davis of “Doctor Anonymous,” written by Guy Fredrick Glass. It’s a tale of love, liberation, opera and gay conversion therapy set against the backdrop of the 1972 Frank Rizzo campaign for mayor of Philadelphia and the dawn of Gay Pride.

“Doctor Anonymous” is playing at the Zephyr Theatre through May 4.

Michael Slate Show 3/26/2014: Filmmaker Hubert Sauper on South Sudan and Alan Goodman on Ukraine

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We Come As Friends   Part 2 of an in depth interview with the Filmmaker Hubert Sauper, whose last film, “Darwin’s Nightmare,” was nominated for an Academy Award. His latest film, “We Come As Friends,” takes place in the immediate aftermath of South Sudan’s independence and how on the day it was founded South Sudan became not only the newest country in the world but the target of imperialist gangsters from all corners of the world. Sauper was mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future. The result is “We Come as Friends,” which yields shocking and profound insights about the continuing impact of imperialism and colonialism in the region.

 

Ukraine   Journalist Alan Goodman, Revolution newspaper, analyzes what’s happening in Ukraine from a revolutionary communist perspective – the crisis in Ukraine is not about who started it but is a clash of reactionary predators and nothing good for the people can come out of what’s going on now.

The Michael Slate Show, March 19, 2014: Hubert Sauper, Dir., “We Come as Friends,” Part 1; Wendy Graf’s “Closely Related Keys”

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We Come As Friends

Hubert Sauper, the extraordinary documentary filmmaker whose film “Darwin’s Nightmare” was nominated for an Academy Award, talks about his latest work, “We Come as Friends.” In the immediate aftermath of South Sudan’s independence, Hubert Sauper piloted a tiny, homemade prop plane into remote areas of the new country. He was mining for stories in a land trapped in the past but careening toward an apocalyptic future. The result is “We Come as Friends,” which yields shocking and profound insights about the continuing impact of imperialism and colonialism in the region.

This is Part 1 of a two-part interview.

Closely Related Keys

Playwright Wendy Graf, and actors Diarra Kilpatrick and Yvonne Huff talk about Wendy’s new play, Closely Related Keys. It’s a drama about family conflict and clashing cultures, and an African-American attorney’s shocking discovery that she has an Iraqi half-sister.

The Michael Slate Show, March 12, 2014: Sunsara Taylor, State of Emergency in the War on Women; Ed Rampell, the Oscars and the Progies; Eve Gordon and Robert Joy of “The Ugly One”

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Sunsara

Sunsara Taylor, writer for Revolution newspaper and founder of Stop Patriarchy, on International Women’s Day, 2014. She talks about the severely escalating War on Women over the last year, what’s behind it, the crying need for powerful resistance and why the world doesn’t have to be this way.

“There is nothing more brutal and backward, nothing more outrageous, nothing which more concentrates the howling and unbearable gap between the world that is possible and the world that actually IS… than the way billions of women are treated every day. ” –Statement on International Women’s Day From the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. Read more

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Ed Rampell, writer, film historian, and author of Progressive Hollywood, talks about the Oscars, as well as the Progie Awards for 2013′s best progressive films.

The Progies are annually awarded to films and filmmakers of conscience and consciousness by the James Agee Cinema Circle, “an international group of lefty film critics, historians and scholars.”Rampell, writer, film historian and author of Progressive Hollywood, talks about the Oscars and announces the recipients of the 2014 Progies, an annual award given in numerous categories to the best progressive actors and films of the preceding year.

Robert Joy Eve Gordon

Robert Joy and Eve Gordon talk about the scathing and over the top hilarious play The Ugly One. Imagine a world where one’s looks determine the quality of one’s life — not so hard to imagine in a place like the US.

The Ugly One is playing at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in Los Angeles.

Michael Slate Show, Feb 26, 2014: Dr. Steven Miles, Doctors and Torture; Carl Dix, the Murder of Jordan Davis; Bob Avakian, Revolution, Nothing Less

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steven_milesDr. Steven H. Miles is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of its Center for Bioethics. Dr. Miles is the author of several books, including Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors. He also participated in “Doctors of the Dark Side,” a film that exposes how essential psychologists and physicians have been in implementing and covering up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons. He discusses the critical role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of people imprisoned, often arbitrarily, by the US in its world-wide system of torture chambers.

He writes the Doctors Who Torture Accountability page on Facebook.

Carl Dix

Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party and co-founder Stop Mass Incarceration Network, talks about the murder of Jordan Davis, a 19-year-old Black youth in Florida in late 2012, the recent failure of a Florida Court to convict the racist who murdered him and the need for people to stand up against this wanton slaughter of Black youth and the need for a movement for revolution.

Read what Carl Dix wrote about this in Revolution.

RNL-WrapCover-front600   In an excerpt from “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less!,” a recorded speech delivered in late 2012, Bob Avakian speaks to the horrific oppression of Black youth – including frequent police murder of these youth – and points to revolution, nothing less, as the solution.

For more on BA and “Revolution – Nothing Less!” go to revcom.us.

Michael Slate Show, Feb 14, 2014, Rickey Vincent, Party Music & Pat Thomas, Listen Whitey! – Music and the Black Liberation Struggle

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Tomorrow is another fund drive program for The Michael Slate Show. People stepped up last week to support the show, and it made a big difference. Thanks to your support, we came close to meeting our goal. Tomorrow, we’re again aiming to raise $3,000. If you weren’t able to contribute, or if you know others you can call on, it’s still very important to donate and be part of the future of the Michael Slate Show on KPFK. Make the call to 818-985-5735 during the show, or go online at www.kpfk.org any time.

Party Music

We’ll be talking with Rickey Vincent, author of Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers’ Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music, which explores the relationship of soul music to the Black liberation struggle of the 1960s from the vantage point of the musicians and Black revolutionaries themselves. It introduces us to the Black Panthers’ own band, the Lumpen, a group comprised of rank-and-file members of the Black Panther Party. Rickey Vincent provides an insider’s account of the politics and soul music aesthetics, and reveals more detail than ever before.

Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, on Party Music: “Rickey Vincent, The Funk Master of the radio air waves has merged together in his book, ‘Party Music,’ a wealth of comprehensive knowledge and insights about Panther Party Music and the history from which it evolved.”

Listen Whitey

We’ll also hear from Pat Thomas, who wrote Listen Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975. Music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years researching Listen, Whitey! which is based on interviews with members of the Black Panther Party and rare recordings of speeches, interviews, and music by Huey Newton, Bobby Seale, Elaine Brown, The Lumpen and others.

Listen, Whitey! also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown Records. From 1970 to 1973, Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum, released politically charged albums by Stokely Carmichael, Langston Hughes, Ossie Davis and many others. And it explores the musical connections between Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Graham Nash, the Partridge Family, and the movement.

BOTH THESE BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AS THANK-YOU GIFTS!

Michael Slate Show – Darwin Day 2014 Special, with Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne

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Evolutionary Biologists Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne: Knowing theTruth and Changing the World. Celebrating Darwin Day

Darwin as a young man

Celebrating Darwin Day, February 12!

Richard Dawkins, Evolutionary Biologist and author, talks about his book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution and delivers a thoroughly scientific, as well as poetic, exposition of the Darwinism and the grandeur of the world it reveals. You can also check out the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science & Reason.

Darwin has a posse

Jerry Coyne, Author, Evolutionary Biologist, Professor at the University of Chicago discusses about his book, Why Evolution is True, and the importance of Darwin and modern evolutionary science in the world today. He blogs at whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com.

Michael Slate Show, Friday 2/7/2014 – An Important Time to Support the Show on KFPK

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As explained in the letter below, tomorrow is a critical fund drive day for the Michael Slate Show. Call 818-985-5735 during the show, or go online at kpfk.org. Get your friends to do the same. Share this by clicking on the icons.

Dear Friends,

KPFK FM has entered its winter fund drive and it’s happening at a time when the character and content of programming at the station is being assessed and reassessed as part of the station’s effort to keep its programming in line with what the listeners support.

The Michael Slate Show, on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, has shown time and again that it has a very substantial and broad audience both live and online. In fact, this show has one of the largest podcast audiences at KPFK. Still, one of the concrete measures of this support is financial contributions during the fund drives and this one now is especially important. We aim to raise a minimum of $3000, and hopefully more.

The Michael Slate Show is a rare and unique voice on the air today. No other show in the country brings the analysis and voices heard on this show, including the voice of Bob Avakian, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party and his re-envisioned new synthesis of communism that brings the world we dream of into the realm of possible.

Where else will you hear the voices of families whose loved ones have been murdered by the police or banished into the concrete slave ships called prisons, hear from scientists about world shaking developments in human understanding of the universe, listen to a major philanthropist discuss his concerns about the role of philanthropy in the world today and how the world can actually be changed? Where else will you hear about the fight to close Guantánamo side by side with progressive artists discussing their latest work, alongside interviews with revolutionaries about the critical and faultline issues of our times?

Yes, The Michael Slate Show is unique and it is very much needed in the world today. You, as a listener, know this well. But, truth be told, The Michael Slate Show must have very significant and measurable financial support in order to continue and to thrive. And this will only come from all of you – those who know and value what this show brings to you each and every week (including those of you who listen to the show online, via podcast or in one of the other cities where it is aired).

Now is the time for all of you – whether you can contribute $1000, $500, $250, $120, $50 of $10 – to throw in with your support for the Michael Slate Show and KPFK. In a very real sense, the future of the show rests on you.

This Friday, February 7, from 10 – 11 AM Pacific Time, we need people to call 818-985-5735, or go online at http://www.kpfk.org, to make a contribution. Contributions can take the form of a pledge, or immediate payment with a bank card or credit card. Payments can be spaced out over a number of months. And any amount you can pledge will be most appreciated. For those of you who can afford a little extra – call in with a pledge for $500 or more and challenge others to help double that pledge by contributing what they can towards matching it.

We need you to make a donation, and to spread the word to your friends and contacts. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, join the event and invite your friends. Or send an old-fashioned email to everyone in your address book.

Doctors of the dark side

“Doctors of the Dark Side,” will be available as a thank-you gift for a contribution of $120 or more. A documentary film by Martha Davis, “Doctors of the Dark Side” addresses the critical role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of people imprisoned, often arbitrarily, by the US in its world-wide system of torture chambers. The film exposes how essential psychologists and physicians have been in implementing and covering up the torture of detainees in US controlled military prisons, featuring the stories of four detainees and the doctors involved in their abuse.

Martha Davis, who spent four years researching and producing this film, will be on the show.

We’ll also talk with one of the participants, Dr. Steven H. Miles, Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and a member of its Center for Bioethics. Dr. Miles is the author of several books, including Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors.

So think of how you can support the Michael Slate Show, and keep it on the air.

Michael Slate

Michael Slate Show Jan 24, 2014: Part 2 of Peter Buffett; Bob Avakian on Internationalism

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Peter Buffett

We’ll be continuing a conversation begun last week with Peter Buffett. Peter Buffett is a philanthropist, musician and composer, and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. He’s the author of an op-ed piece that appeared in the New York Times in July, 2013, “The Charitable-Industrial Complex,” which questions the role of philanthropy in addressing the suffering of people in the world today.

For Part I, see below.

Revolution - Nothing less DVD

We’ll also hear an excerpt from “BA Speaks: Revolution – Nothing Less!”, a film of a talk given by Bob Avakian, Chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the fall of 2012. This excerpt is, “Internationalism – The Whole World Comes First.”

For more on the film, click here.