Arctic Ice, Pre-Obit

Below, the opening paras of an excellent article in Think Progress/ Climate Progress. You can read the full piece here. Why The Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral Matters By Joe Romm on Aug 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm Arctic sea ice extent takes a nosedive this year. What does it mean for us? (Source: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) By Neven Acropolis with Kevin McKinney In the past week the Arctic sea ice cover … Read more Arctic Ice, Pre-Obit

Dave Brinks about UNO’s decision to fire Bill Lavender and put UNO press on hiatus:

Dear Friends, Today the news from the New Orleans poetry community is very, very bad. Poet BILL LAVENDER, director of University of New Orleans Press has been SACKED by the administrators at University of New Orleans. Bill Lavender not only resurrected UNO Press, but under Bill’s stewardship these past four years, UNO press has published an astounding 80+ excellent books nationally and internationally; and the press is by no means strapped for funding. UNO Press is currently regarded as one of the … Read more Dave Brinks about UNO’s decision to fire Bill Lavender and put UNO press on hiatus:

Quantifying Climate Impacts

Joint press release by the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)  02/07/2012 Quantifying climate impacts: new comprehensive model comparison launched Climate change has impacts on forests, fields, rivers – and thereby on humans that breathe, eat and drink. To assess these impacts more accurately, a comprehensive comparison of computer-based simulations from all over the world will start this week. For … Read more Quantifying Climate Impacts

Who Runs the World ?

Here the opening paragraphs of an article from Planetsave . You can read the whole thing here. Who Runs the World ? – Network Analysis Reveals ‘Super Entity’ of Global Corporate Control AUGUST 28, 2011 BY MICHAEL RICCIARDI In the first such analysis ever conducted, Swiss economic researchers have conducted a global network analysis of the most powerful transnational corporations (TNCs). Their results have revealed a core of 787 firms with … Read more Who Runs the World ?

Dawn at Zuccotti Park

Just back from Wall Street & the driver of the X27 (Manhattan to Bay Ridge — I was the only passenger in that direction at this time, i.e. mid-morning) was dithyrambic about the importance of the protests & the fact that the country was becoming a third world banana republic with all the money in the pockets of the few & nothing left over for anyone else — which … Read more Dawn at Zuccotti Park

What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Press release from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK): 12/09/2010 Talk at Cancun is of 2 degrees Celsius – even 1.5 degrees would have effects lasting centuries Even global warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius would have consequences for centuries. The oceans store elevated temperatures for a longer time than was previously thought.  This is due to a change in ocean-atmosphere heat exchange, scientists of the Potsdam … Read more What’s 2 Degrees Celsius?

Bacteria, BP & Big Bucks

Well, Cloclo’s Kali Yug will have to wait until tomorrow, despite your baited breath, gentle readers, but the following seems important enough to disrupt the summer Beach Reading tales. Nicole — who is off to New Orleans to take part in fund-raising art & poetry activities meant to help alleviate ever so slightly the plight of the Gulf (click here for details) — sent me a piece of journalism … Read more Bacteria, BP & Big Bucks

The Gulf Stands Corexit

Interrupting the Pélieu Beach Novel for a day to bring you some news from developments in the Gulf region. It looks more and more as if the US Government and BP work hand in hand (or at least actively work at not letting one hand know what the other does) in order to cover up the extend of the disaster by making the area look “clean” — or at … Read more The Gulf Stands Corexit

Imagine it Thick / in Your Own Hair

HEIDE HATRY Imagine It Thick In Your Own Hair A benefit exhibition and silent auction of work by numerous artists for victims of the oil spill Through August 1, 2010 Reception and Silent Auction on Thursday July 22nd 6 – 9 pm (Bidding ends on July 22nd at 8 pm) Performances after 8pm: Lutz Rath, will perform the first movement of Kurt Schwitters’ Ursonate Nicole Peyrafitte, will sing stanzas using … Read more Imagine it Thick / in Your Own Hair