"Novels are no use at all in days like these,
for they deal with people and their relationships, with fathers and mothers and daughters or sons and lovers, etc., with souls, usually unhappy ones, and with society etc., as if the place for all these things were assured, the earth for all time earth, the sea level fixed for all time." [more inside]
This morning the U.S. government released
the newest National Climate Assessment, which "concludes that the evidence of human-induced climate change continues to strengthen and that impacts are increasing across the country." You can explore the assessment here. Previously.
Today we put up a mini-movie about 10:10 and climate change called 'No Pressure’. Many people found the resulting film extremely funny, but unfortunately some didn't and we sincerely apologise to anybody we have offended. As a result of these concerns we've taken it off our website. We won't be making any attempt to censor or remove other versions currently in circulation
on the internet.
is well known as the author of Cool It
and The Skeptical Environmentalist
, books which challenge the scientific consensus on climate change and global warming. Howard Friel, previously known for his book The Record of the Paper
, a critical look at the New York Times' coverage of American foreign policy, has a book coming out in March which asserts that Lomborg's Cool It lies constantly, citing sources which contradict or are irrelevant to his points
. Lomborg, in response, has posted a rebuttal to Friel (PDF)
Today marks the official 8-language launch of 350.org
and the start of global action
against climate change. But what does this 350 number
? As author Bill McKibben
and a chorus
of scientific voices suggest, it means everything to the planet. If we want an earth at all, we'll need an Earth at 350
Not ones for subtlety, the Death of Environmentalism
are at it again with a Manifesto for a New Environmentalism
. Their Apollo Alliance
is getting early support from both Clinton
But it's not the only "new environmentalism" out there. There's this New Environmentalism
, while others would include both market-based approaches among the the idols of old environmentalism
Instead of reducing emissions, maybe we can block out the sun.
This is a proposal offered by the United States in response to a draft of a UN report on climate change, prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. According to the linked article, the U.S. has resisted a treaty that would involve binding targets for emissions reductions, and is instead pushing for the exploration of techniques for blocking out the sun, including (according to the Sydney Morning Herald article) "putting a giant screen into orbit, thousands of tiny, shiny balloons, or microscopic sulfate droplets pumped into the high atmosphere to mimic the cooling effects of a volcanic eruption." This is via Yale Law professor Jack Balkin, who speculates that there is Biblical precedent for this proposal
Vegetarian is the New Prius
: following a report from the UN indicating that the billions of livestock raised for meat
are wreaking more havoc on the environment than fossil fuels, environmental activists
are linking vegetarianism
with fighting global warming.