On November 4, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that it planned to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which 196 countries adopted in 2015. The pact is designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in this century, and if possible, to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Boston University international relations scholar Henrik Selin explains how U.S. withdrawal will affect the prospects for avoiding the worst effects of global warming. advertisement advertisement 1. What is the process for a country to leave the Paris Agreement? President Trump announced in the summer of 2017 that he intended to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, as he had pledged during the 2016 campaign. The agreement was adopted in 2015 and entered into international legal force on November 4, 2016. Article 28 of the agreement stipulates that a member can begin a formal … [Read more...] about The U.S. is now officially leaving the Paris climate accord: What’s next?
advertisement advertisement 1. Attack Of The Drones Last month, NATO’s commanders in Libya went with caps-in-hand to the Pentagon to ask for reconnaissance help in the form of more Predator drones. “It’s getting more difficult to find stuff to blow up,” a senior NATO officer complained to The Los Angeles Times. The Libyan rebels’ envoy in Washington had already made a similar request. “We can’t get rid of [Qaddafi] by throwing eggs at him,” the envoy told the newspaper. The Pentagon told both camps it would think about it, citing the need for drones in places like Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, where Predator strikes have killed dozens this month alone. So why doesn’t NATO or the rebels do what Cote d’Ivoire’s Air Force, Mexican police, and college student peacekeepers have done–buy, rent, or build drones of their own? The development of deadly hardware and software is leading to a democratization of war … [Read more...] about The DIY Terminator: Private Robot Armies And The Algorithm-Run Future Of War
WHAT: Cameraperson, a documentary self-portrait on the work of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson now available on TVOD platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play, after picking up awards on the festival circuit and being screened theatrically in 2016. advertisement WHO: Johnson, who has shot documentaries such as The Oath, Citizenfour, Happy Valley, The Invisible War, and Darfur Now, directed. Editor Nels Bangerter cut Cameraperson. WHY WE CARE: When I started watching Cameraperson, which is made up of footage that Johnson has shot for documentaries over the last 25 years, I didn’t quite know what was going on for a few minutes. The film felt to me, at first, like a random assembly of outtakes as I observed a man herding goats in Bosnia, cars zipping down a rural road in Missouri, a boxer getting ready for a fight in Brooklyn and a nurse washing her hands after delivering a baby in a Nigerian hospital. There is also personal family footage shot by Johnson in … [Read more...] about Watch “Cameraperson” To See What It’s Like To Shoot Documentaries