Saturday, February 5, 2011

Random News Generator- Greenland

Obviously, when talking about Greenland, the first thing that's going to come to mind is its status as a front line in the climate change debate-that's-only-a-debate-because-it-would-cost-some-people-money-to-do-something-about-it.

And certainly that's not going to change today in the RNG. According to Earthweek, the water currently flowing into the Atlantic from the Arctic is the warmest in 2,000 years...

"That body of water between Greenland and Norway’s Svalbard archipelago has warmed about 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit over the past 100 years.

That’s 2.5 degrees warmer than during the Medieval Warm Period, when Vikings farmed in Greenland from about A.D. 900 to 1300."

As part of a consequence of this warming, the Northwest Passage, heretofore frozen over, is opening up, and Greenland and Nunavut are teaming up to try and regulate any resulting shipping that might happen, worrying that ships not built for icy conditions might end up breaking apart and causing environmental catastrophe. At the forefront is a call for all ships going through the Northwest Passage to be double-hulled.

Meanwhile on stage, Moira Buffini, Matt Charman, Penelope Skinner and Jack Thorne have teamed up on producing a play, 'Greenland'. And if you've ever heard the phrase 'a camel is a horse drawn by committee', that is more or less what's going through the reviewers' minds, with it coming off as shrill yet sleep-inducing, even though the actual message is sympathized with. This is the big problem when arguing an environmentalist viewpoint: too few people know how to argue it properly. Charisma counts. A lot of environmentalists forget that. You can't just roll in somewhere, shriek 'WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE AND IT'S YOUR FAULT BECAUSE YOU WON'T PUT DO X' and expect people to want to have anything to do with you. They might just go the other way out of sheer spite.

My suggestion: toss up suggestion after suggestion- keyword, suggestion, as opposed to direct order- until you find something that someone's able to agree on. Not every proposal is palatable to everyone, but the thing about environmentalism is that there are a gazillion ideas out there to improve matters in a gazillion different areas of life, and you don't necessarily have to hit on every suggestion. What appeals to one person may not appeal to another, but most people are going to be appealed to by something. You just have to figure out what.

For example, if you're looking to get better gas mileage in winter- and considering gas prices, some of you might- you may want to look at this.

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