Looking for an economic upside to climate change? Well at least we can get from Alaska to Finland easier. Turns out we’re estimated to have new shipping lanes over the Arctic by 2040. We’ll probably even need new maps. That will be helpful for travelling from your newly-tropical home in Homer to your other newly-tropical home in Helsinki, as long as they aren’t under water.
Tags: Arctic, Climate change, Northwest Passage
Tags: Solar energy, Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is known for making shrewd, long-term investments. So this news should be welcome to anyone who cares about green energy: Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway unit, MidAmerican Renewables, has purchased the 3,230-acre Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP). The energy will be sold to Southern California Edison, and the contracts have the blessing of the California Public Utilities Commission.
AVSP is the largest solar project in the world. Warren Buffett is (only) the fourth richest man in the world. Not a bad pairing for those who want to look for marketplace examples of a move toward alternative energy.
Tags: Carbon tax, Climate change, Comics, debt, Elizabeth Kolbert, Obama
Elizabeth Kolbert penned an article in the latest New Yorker about the practicality–and political impossibility–of a carbon tax as part of a solution to the US debt crisis and fiscal cliff standoff. Now the editorial cartoonists are getting on board.
Tags: Climate change, Comics, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy
Tags: Climate change, Comics, Hurricane Sandy, polar bears, Rush Limbaugh
Tags: Jimmy Carter, Mitt Romney, Obama, Poll
Back in June we posted the poll below. Well now Bloomberg has “scooped” us with their own insight on the key question:
When zombies invade, who do you want for president?
Here’s an interesting excerpt from the Bloomberg piece:
One problem a president would face, [zombie researcher Daniel] Drezner says, is that the zombie crisis, like so many today, might begin ambiguously: “When it emerges, it will be very, very hard to define exactly what the threat is.”
Presumably, it would begin with some sort of terrible pathogen (the sort that has turned most of humanity into zombies on one of cable television’s most popular shows, “The Walking Dead”), but the devastation wouldn’t be immediate. The 3 a.m. phone call might begin more like this: “Something bad is happening, Mr. President, but we’re not sure what.”
Within days, though, it would become clear that in order to save what remains of humanity, a president would have to take the most dire and seemingly cruel steps imaginable, working in an atmosphere of paranoia and pervasive death and bureaucratic miscommunication.
Our poll is still open, so please vote.
Originally posted June 27, 2012: Poll results released today indicate that most people think Obama would do a better job than Romney at repelling an alien invasion. Maybe they are responding to the fact that Jimmy Carter called out Obama; receiving criticism from the 39th president is a sure-fire way to show you are strong on defense topics.
All of this made us wonder:
Granted, Jimmy Carter isn’t running for president. But he seems to think he’s relevant to this election so why not.
Tags: Climate change, debates, Mitt Romeny, Obama