Viridian Note 00488: Sublime Climate
If you think us Viridians are enjoying current events, check out these "Planet Ark" people. They've been doing the likes of this every single day. And yeah, I've been reading it. They're still not happy, but I've never seen 'em so excited.
TODAY'S NEWS STORIES:
AEI Think Tank Sought Critique of Climate Report
US Urges 'Global Discussion' on UN Warming Report
Insurers Welcome UN Climate Panel Report
FEATURE - Tankers May Ship Water to Parched Cities of Future
INTERVIEW - Sea May Swallow Maldives if Global Warming unchecked
INTERVIEW - Spain Suffering Worst Drought ever - Tagus Water Board
ANALYSIS - Defying Mark Twain, World Seeks to Fix Weather
FACTBOX - Reactions to UN Climate Panel Report
Jakarta Floods Kill Nine, nearly 200,000 Homeless
Melting Glaciers, Sinking Isles: Warming Hits India
Bangladesh Faces Bleak Future from Global Warming
Global Wind Energy Market Grew 32 Pct in 2006 - VDMA
Chirac Calls for New, Tougher UN Environment Body
Global Warming Report may Trigger Lawsuits - Lawyers
46 Nations Call for Tougher UN Environment Role
Ecuador Probes Oil Companies over Pollution
Chinese Chemical Spill Kills 1, Injures 126
FEATURE - Climate Change, Human Pressure Shrink Lake Chad
INTERVIEW - Global Warming Demands Global Effort - Brazil
Climate Change Forces Australian Farmers to Nurture Land
Anti-Whaling Ships say they Have Been Made "Pirates"
Drought Scars Australia's Land and Farmers
Global Warming Threatens Australia's Barrier Reef
etc etc etc etc etc....
Exxon in terror. Boy that stuff's sure fun to watch. It's barely starting. Even the hopelessly benumbed US Congress knows where to look for a whipping boy. Exxon-Mobil HQ. Where else and who else is there?
Group Seeks ExxonMobil Records on Global Warming Spin SANTA MONICA, California, February 2, 2007 (ENS) – The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, FTCR, today called on Congress to subpoena ExxonMobil's records and probe the oil giant's funding of organizations involved in disputing the reality of global warming.
FTCR urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch the investigation after a report in the British newspaper, "The Guardian," that the Exxon-financed American Enterprise Institute was offering scientists and economists $10,000 each to write articles undercutting the report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC. Travel expenses were also being offered.
The American Enterprise Institute has received more than $1.6 million from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration, which has in the past resisted reports of global warming, although top White House and Energy Department officials said today that the administration agrees with the findings of the IPCC report.
Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees, "The Guardian" reported.
"Exxon Mobil made a profit of $40 billion last year – more than any company ever –
not just on the backs of overcharged motorists, but at the expense of human life on Earth
itself. Now it's using the profits to bury the evidence and distract attention from the
most serious problem the world faces," said John Simpson, FTCR consumer advocate.
(((Wait till climate victims ask Exxon-Mobil to pay for funerals. No, they won't "ask" – they'll demand. Even worse, quite a lot of the deceased will be Exxon-Mobil employees and shareholders. After 25 years of dissociating the media, Exxon's trying to dissociate themselves from "inaccurate media reports"? Who else is there to blame? They've methodically made themselves into the planet's ultimate scapegoat.)))
(((The Denial Industry. Doesn't take much investigation, it's all just sitting there in the open.)))
"Cooney resigned in 2005 after he was publicly criticized for playing politics with global warming. One New York Times report discussing government climate change reports written in 2002 and 2003 said, 'In a section on the need for research into how warming might change water availability and flooding, [Cooney] crossed out a paragraph describing the projected reduction of mountain glaciers and snowpack. His note in the margins explained that this was 'straying from research strategy into speculative findings/musings.'" (((Cooney's headed for jail. Not right away, but watch what happens when those glaciers recede. Somebody's gotta go. Of course it'll be the likes of Cooney. Who else is gonna go to jail for climate crisis? A bunch of Chinese coal commissars? Of course it's gonna be him! Him and any fool who dares to try to help him. He didn't have that figured earlier, but that's because he's greedy and stupid. He sure knows it now. Watch him fight the inevitable with his ever-dwindling resources. Against ever-angrier, ever-growing enemies. It's gonna be rather horrible, like watching a weevil pop and burn under a magnifying glass. I'd spare the wretch if it was up to me, but that's way beyond the reach of us pundits now. The apparatchik here is blackened toast.)))
Pond-scum single-cell biodiesel. "Algae makes oil naturally. Raw algae can be processed to make biocrude, the renewable equivalent of petroleum, and refined to make gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and chemical feedstocks for plastics and drugs. Indeed, it can be processed at existing oil refineries to make just about anything that can be made from crude oil." Hey, Big Mike the Viridian Microbe hasn't even hit his stride.
(((And now, as a finale, something you might like to see or do.)))
Sublime Climate - a call for artists and scientistsalibiali
Feb 4, 2007 11:44 AM
As this call for submissions goes to press, the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. (NOAA) announced 2006 was the warmest year on record for the U.S. The Cambridge School of Weston will open its doors to The Garthwaite Center for Science and Art, a sustainable science building and art gallery, in the fall of 2007. For the building's first exhibition season, we are reaching out to artists and scientists alike who explore issues and themes related to global warming. The exhibition will run from November 2007 through the first week of February 2008. Further details will be announced. All media will be considered; however, large work may not be able to be accommodated.
In addition to exhibiting works of contemporary art and science, we also invite proposals from individuals who would be willing to partake in a symposium on global warming, or otherwise are willing to work with our students in some capacity.
Submissions should include examples of work via slides or digital media, a resume, along with any appropriate written proposal or documentation. Please include a S.A.S.E., for the eventual return of materials, and contact information. Do not send large files digitally at this point.
Send all materials to Todd Bartel, The Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road,
Weston, MA, 02493.
The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007.
For questions please contact
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