Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Seeking Suggestions, and Offering Seasons Greetings - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog


Seeking Suggestions, and Offering Seasons Greetings - Dot Earth - Climate Change and Sustainability - New York Times Blog: "Seeking Suggestions, and Offering Season’s Greetings
By Andrew C. Revkin

Celebrations at a Russian tourist camp on the sea ice near the North Pole. (Credit: Andrew C. Revkin)As 2007 draws to a close, so does the second month of Dot Earth. This 100th post is two things — a season’s greeting and a call for suggestions (more on the suggestions below)."


Frank J. Regan's comment


My suggestion is that Dot Earth does not evolve too fast. Dot Earth hit the ground running, by having the credibility and professionalism of the NY Times behind it, and it is now probably one of the best blogs on the environment. The level of discussion between host and commenters is tops.

One of the questions concerning climate change and blogs I have is this: How does the public distinguish between scientific level proof of man-made climate change and the level at which they themselves must get involved? Without a majority of the public onboard with efforts to curb global warming, I don’t believe anything requiring such major changes can occur. And, if we wait until absolute scientific certainty on whether anthropogenic global warming points directly to a Pearl-Harbor-like crisis, it will be too late.

So, how can a blog already distinguished as Dot Earth help move the media towards responsible editing and reporting on the kind Objectivity (meaning, there is no middle ground on an unsustainable environment) a potential crisis like climate change deserves? In other words, how long towards major consequences of climate change do the media blur the line where public action is needed and scientific proof required? Can humans really handle a problem something as huge and consequential as Climate Change?

We cannot if we cannot talk sensibly about it between scientist and the public, Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, the educated and not so educated.

1 comment:

dan said...

RE: Frank J. Regan's comment, above.

Frank, nice blog, nice comment on the Dot Earth post, too. I agree with :
number 1:
My suggestion is that Dot Earth does not evolve too fast. Dot Earth hit the ground running, by having the credibility and professionalism of the NY Times behind it, and it is now probably one of the best blogs on the environment. The level of discussion between host and commenters is tops. [YES YES YES. IT'S ALMOST PERFECT AS IT IS.]

2. ''if we wait until absolute scientific certainty on whether anthropogenic global warming points directly to a Pearl-Harbor-like crisis, it will be too late.''
YES YES YES. SO TRUE. SO WHAT TO DO?

3. Can humans really handle a problem something as huge and consequential as Climate Change?
I DONT THINK WE CAN. I AM AFRAID WE CANNOT. WE ARE NOT WIRED TO TAKE ACTION ON THINGS WE CANNOT SEE. EXCEPT TO PRAY TO AN INVISIBLE GOD. SMILE. THAT, WE ARE GOOD AT.

4. My question to you, since you wrote a book and appear very reasonable and rational, have you ever heard of my idea of polar cities for the future survival of humankind year 2500, and what do you think of my PR project to gently scare people into taking action on the glo war issues NOW?
see my blog and images here, and email me with feedback , pro or con, at danbloom GMAIL route.

http://pcillu101.blogspot.com

I am an optimist, Tufts 1971. In Taiwan since 1991. I believe in the future. I fear the worst. But I want to hope we humans will somewhere persevere. But right now, it seems all we are doing is talking about a huge giant world emergency. We are in deep doo doo right now. There's a fire in the theater and people are going about their daily business like there's no tomorrow. Maybe there isn't.

What's your take on my wild imagination idea of polar cities?

http://climatechange3000.blogspot.com