"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Environmental Freakout (slight return)

Just been looking at James Lovelock's The Revenge of Gaia on Amazon and getting freaked out. This review in RealClimate seems a bit less doom laden but still not exactly comforting...

6 comments:

Colin said...

Did anyone see the new David Attenborough the other night? Absolutely amazing. I fear future episodes are going to highlight the endangered nature of it all.

At least this stuff is gradually rising up the political agenda. We've got to have hope, as the alternative is nihilism, or buying a Hummer and enjoying it while we still can.

phaemon said...

If you missed that, you can see bits at http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/planetearth/flashapp/flashvideo.shtml

Watch Halibuts...Great White Predator at least (near the bottom of the list)...

phaemon said...

Hmm...link doesn't show too well. Click here

phaemon said...

Oh, while I'm here... John: I think you can change the colour of the google stuff, by going to the "adsense" bit of the template and changing google_color_border="881100", and the text one, to A76169 (I think that was it). AFAIK, you could put the ads to the left hand side by creating a new div, but it seems a lot of hassle. Maybe we could have them back on the side now they've started to get interesting (or have you done something by putting them on top that *makes* them interesting?)

Tom said...

Yes, I do get more and more of a sense that it isn't just Fitzrovian Tuedayers that are worried about all this. I just can't see this translating into anything like the necessary political momentum, at least not in the short time we have before global catastrophe engulfs us. And that's just Europe - as far as I can tell, in much of North America, China, India and the developing world, environmental concerns barely register.

Colin said...

I don't know if that's always true - environmental stuff can be closely linked to economic/geopolitical issues for those countries, especially the ones without their own oil. Like I heard on the radio this morning that Brazil generates 65% of its energy from hydro electricity (not sure I heard right mind you, sounds unlikely). They also make loads of biofuels. But then they ruin it all by burning all the trees they chop down, becoming one of the worst greenhouse gas polluters in the process. China's massive 3 gorges dam will generate 10% of the country's electricity.

If you missed attenborough and can't get Seamus's links to work, its repeated on Saturday, BBC2, 6.30pm I think.