MOST OF US HAVE SEEN BLUE ICE but what about pink ice? The headline of the article that attracted spurred me on to write this article is “Algae turns Italian Alps pink, prompting concerns over melting.” It appears on The Guardian website and was contributed by Agence France-Press (July 5, 2020). READ MORE
THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO ARTICLES addressing the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. It is based on the article “Really, Really Bad: Scientists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Beneath Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica” by Julia Conley for the Common Dreams website. The sub-headline for this piece reads, “Warm waters in this part of the world, as remote as they may seem, should serve as a warning to all of us about the potential dire changes to the planet brought about by climate change.” READ MORE
THE LAST OF THE PINTA ISLAND TORTOISES died in 2012. Known as Lonesome George, his story is “the perfect extinction story. It features a charismatic character with a recognizable face, an obvious villain, and the tireless efforts of naturalists. The population of the Pinta Island tortoise species was decimated by whalers hunting and eating them during the 19th century Zoologist József Vágvölgyi discovered George in 1971 and brought him into captivity. READ MORE
THE CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT has a list of “Five Must-Read Books About the Climate Crisis” (October 29, 2019). According to the blurb on their website, “It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a great new book, so be sure to add these climate must-reads to your list.
CLIMATE ACTIVIST GRETA THUNBERG is back in the news but not in a manner that she is enjoying. According to the article “Trolls Force Artist to Cancel a Planned Greta Thunberg Mural in North Dakota” by Yessenia Funes for Gizmodo (February 13, 2020), local artist/photographer Shane Balkowitsch took portraits of Thunberg in October 2019 when she was visiting members of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. READ MORE
TRUMP PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE! Actually, the headline for the article by Zoya Teirstein for Grist (January 27, 2020) reads, “The Trump Administration is helping nine states prepare for climate change.” Either way, I know that many of you are thinking that word that Vizinni kept using in all the wrong places, “Inconceivable!” READ MORE
DONALD TRUMP, ENVIRONMENTAL HERO. To most of the people in the world concerned with the state of that world, those four words are more than a simple bit of irony: President Trump may be the quintessence of the climate change denial “movement”—ignorant (or duplicitous) and arrogant. Yet when perusing the latest email newsletter from Gizmodo, I was greeted by this headline and teaser: “Trump Has a Book Written By a Trump Advisor About How Trump Loves the Environment Actually.” READ MORE