Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Eco-Horror Films Shocking Us into Action

"Unlike most horror films these movies aren't fiction, they are serious documentaries tackling the big issues of our time. But the message is still: Be afraid.

The most recent addition to the scene is French director Irena Salina's, "Flow", which shows how the effects of climate change coupled with widespread privatization of the world's fresh water supply has created a world water cartel with grim consequences for us all.

Wired magazine called it "the scariest movie at the Sundance Film Festival".

The film is a call to arms to resist the quiet corporate takeover of the stuff of life, and as such it taps into a widespread uncertainty about the way the world seems to be heading."

Read more here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

What's the Math on Going Green?

one of the most frightening studies I've read recently had nothing to do with icebergs or megadroughts. In a paper that came out Oct. 23 in Science, John Sterman — a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Sloan School of Management — wrote about asking 212 MIT grad students to give a rough idea how much governments need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to eventually stop the increase in the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere. These students had training in science, technology, mathematics and economics at one of the best schools in the world — they are probably a lot smarter than you or me. Yet 84% of Sterman's subjects got his problem wrong, greatly underestimating the degree to which greenhouse gas emissions need to fall. When the MIT kids can't figure out climate change, what are the odds that the broader public will?

read more here.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Living Green, one at a time

revisiting ED Begley Jr.'s efforts through his show Living with Ed inspires me to do at least one thing to help out Mother Nature. (insert image is him with Jay Leno in one of his show's episodes). If this guy can wholly devote his life to cleaning and greening mother nature, surely we can do at least ONE thing to help out (like recycling, cleaning up, not wasting water, turning off lights, etc.)
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