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Thursday
Aug222013

Leaked Climate Report Says Global Warming Is 95-100% Certain To Be Caused By Human Activity

THE EARTH MELTING ad campaign by VVL/BBDO, Belgium for WWF. Release date: June 2004.The always wonderful Yatzer blog has an August post ‘The Global Warming Effect On Art & Design: Because The World Is Melting’ that predated the recent climate panel conclusions published in the NYT. Yatzer has pulled together a collection of visuals from the art and design world that serve as a commentary on global warming and the state of nature.

Climate Panel Cites ‘Near Certainty’ On Warming

A new report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the authors are now 95 - 100 percent confident that human activity is the primary influence on the planet’s warming.

The coming report will be the fifth major examination of climate change among international scientists who came together in 1988 around the topic. The last report was issued in 2007. Significant changes in the new report include:

1) Increasing the probability that humans are creating global warming from 90 percent to odds of at least 95 percent.

2) Backing down somewhat from the 2007 argument around the minimum 3.6 degrees increase in temperatures on the planet if carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere doubled, the new report restores the 1979 to 2007 consensus of a rise as low as 2.7 degrees.

The draft of the report was leaked before it’s final review in Stockholm in September.

”Nobody can save us…” by Steve Lawler (Mojoko) and Eric Foenander. (2012) The Melting Superman was a response to the title of the 2012 show Future Proof set in Singapore Art Museum.

Monday
Apr222013

Earth Day 2013 Reveals New Debates Among Environmentalists and Climate Change Deniers

More than four decades after Jimi Hendrix died and Simon & Garfunkel released ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, Earth Day remains one of the world’s major environmental campaigns.

International Business Times shares the history of Earth Day, an idea launched by Gaylord Nelson, then a Democratic senator from Wisconsin. Earth Day was born in the aftermath of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Ca — then the largest oil spill in America’s water.

The Environmental Protection Agency was created, along with passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

Earth Day went global two decades later with a massive campaign mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. It kickstarted recycling programs worldwide and paved the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

This year’s campaign is called ‘The Face of Climate Change’, and it will “unite the myriad Earth Day events around the world into one call to action at a critical time,” Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day, at Earth Day Network, said.

The World Meteorological Organization announced last year that the first decade of the 21st century was the hottest on record for the entire planet. Organizers have asked participants in Earth Day 2013 to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#FaceOfClimate) to spread awareness.

Will the Redwoods Rise Again?

In celebration of Earth Day, ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from California’s mighty coastal redwoods will take place in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the US.

“This is a first step toward mass production,” said David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit group spearheading the project. “We need to reforest the planet; it’s imperative. To do that, it just makes sense to use the largest, oldest, most iconic trees that ever lived.”

Tiny Goes Big: InsideClimate News Wins Pulitizer Prize

Dwarfed by earlier winners, online publications ProPublica and Huffington Post, InsideClimate News with an editorial staff of just seven, won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism last week. Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemeyer led the investigative story about an undercovered oil spill in Michigan.

InsideClimate News particularly covers news as it relates to climate change, which executive editor Susan White calls “the biggest story of our time.” But in a year that the New York Times and other major newspapers are closing their environmental desks, it is also a coverage area that is increasingly neglected by conventional news organizations. “We may be the largest environmental desk in the country,” says publisher David Sassoon.

In the committee’s words, InsideClimate won for its “rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil,” – a topic no doubt newsworthy, considering the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Monday
Nov052012

Northeast Braces for New Storms, Snow, Sleet and New Power Outages | Lower Manhattan Buildings Face Massive Cleanup

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Volunteer Fabrizzio Avila, 15, bundles up from the cold as he rests near donated clothing in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the Staten Island borough New York, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)About 20-40,000 homeless people are bracing for more bad weather as a Nor’easter heads for the battered New York/New Jersey area. Cold air will drop wind chill temperatures to 20 degrees in the areas most severely impacted by Sandy. Wind gusts are expected up to 55 mph by Wednesday.

More than 1.4 million homes remain without power, entering a second week. The coming storm could further delay restoration efforts, while adding new outages. Up to a foot of snow is expected in inland areas throughout the Northeast.

A Powerless New York During Hurricane Sandy New York Magazine

A bit gallingly, downtown’s most foresighted and well-heeled swells had already relocated uptown. Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour, among others, were said to have taken up residence at the Mark; a lot of the younger crowd, led by Emma Watson, were at the Carlyle. Uptown was the new downtown. On Halloween Night, Bemelmans was packed.

Lower Manhattan, rather than the ultimate destination, became a place to go through to get somewhere else, as the enormous traffic jams attested. Downtown was driveover country. At night, it seemed to be a natural landscape, a dark canyonland, gorgeous and lonely. As in all New York disasters, New Yorkers weren’t strangers anymore. Out surveying the damage with flashlights, people stopped to talk in tones of hushed amazement. Neighbors needed food and news.

Future Is in Limbo for the Damaged Buildings Close to the Water’s Edge New York Times

A dark, stark, problematic future faces scores of New YOrk City business and apartment buildings in lower Manhattan. The financial district is in shambles — perhaps worse than on September 11, 2001.

About 100 buildings south of Chambers Street will be opening and have electrical power but no steam. Therefore, there is no heat in the buildings as temperatures plummet.

Other buildings with, or close to, flooded parking garages have a more serious problem, resulting from gasoline, oil and other chemicals that poisoned the waters that flooded these structures.

Now, the buildings themselves must undergo special cleanups before people are allowed in. These cleanups could take weeks with limited services available to do them.

Ruins, Rumors, and Resilience in Rockaway New York Magazine