This pie is going to be hard to cut…
If you are in Portland from May 17 - 19 ome join TSES artist Allison Rowe at this great conference about art and social engagement.
On May 9 it was announced that the Carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere has passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. The last time our planetary atmosphere was this carbonic, the world was a radically different place absent of arctic sea ice, covered in massive deserts with sea levels 40 meters higher than they are today. There were even camels in the Arctic. When I imagine this time I picture a mash-up of tank girl’s sand shower, at the edge of a monsoon, inside an oven wrapped in hangover dry mouth.
For us at the TSES 400 ppm is a loaded number. Unlike a high test mark, this elevated number indicates that the citizens of the planet have not responded to the ever frantic calls of the science community to get our shit together and lower our carbon emissions. In 1992, we were at 350 ppm and in 2005 when the Kyoto Protocol came into effect we were already up to somewhere around 380 ppm. Things are getting worse, not better and the catastrophic weather events this kind of C02 causes have arguably already begun.
TSES hanging out at our pal Frank Lloyd Wright’s place in Chicago
The Oil Sands Information Portal is a searchable data repository, providing maps, reports, graphs, tables and downloads of current and historical trends and details.
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was even worse than BP wanted us to know.
Photograph by Jacob Slaton, Reuters
Interesting article from the NY Times about a future without oil and gas.