Chemical Archive

Via John Maas, who sent me to BLDBLG, as I tossed & turned sleeplessly in an overheated Hyatt Hotel in Buffalo, NY — after an excellent late afternoon/evening reading sequences at the &Now Conference by Shelley Jackson and Steve McCaffery, followed by a superb “keynote” address by Rikki Ducornet who took us from whale pods spotted off the Northwest Coast to Enkidu & Sumerian forest devastation, to biology curios … Read more Chemical Archive

Ballard, Sinclair, Place & the Novel (Where's Poetry?)

Came across a fascinating essay on PLACE in contemporary British writing by David Cunningham on a Ballardian website — extracted below, full essay can be read here. The piece goes to the novel, rather than to poetry, although Charles Olson, Eric Mottram & Allen Fisher are briefly paid lip-service. Which may be a shame in the end, as the rather clear opposition between Iain Sinclair’s mytho-poetic fascination with place … Read more Ballard, Sinclair, Place & the Novel (Where's Poetry?)

Anthropocene: the Shortest Geological Epoch?

Interesting speculations in this week’s New Scientist cocnerning what Earth will look like after we are through with it (& it with us, of course). Below, the opening paragraphs of Bob Holmes’ piece. You can read the full article here. Post-human Earth: How the planet will recover from us WHEN Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen coined the word Anthropocene around 10 years ago, he gave birth to a … Read more Anthropocene: the Shortest Geological Epoch?

Bubble & Squeak

By CHARLES J. HANLEY (AP) – 7 hours ago MACKENZIE RIVER DELTA, Northwest Territories — Only a squawk from a sandhill crane broke the Arctic silence — and a low gurgle of bubbles, a watery whisper of trouble repeated in countless spots around the polar world. “On a calm day, you can see 20 or more `seeps’ out across this lake,” said Canadian researcher Rob Bowen, sidling his small … Read more Bubble & Squeak

Permafrost Melting is Growing Threat

Must say that I was not to put out by the cold, rainy June weather in the Northeast — packing up a house full of books & rushing around getting ready to move are somewhat easier under cool conditions. Rainiest June on record, around here, for sure. Which shouldn’t, however, make one forget that there is a thing called global warming actually happening — and the luke-warm Democratic posturing … Read more Permafrost Melting is Growing Threat

The Medea Hypothesis

This week’s New Scientist leads with an interesting piece that is critical of the well-known “Gaia hypothesis” & proposes that life may not be a self-correcting positive feed back system at all. Below the opening paragraphs, or read full article. 17 June 2009 by Peter Ward THE twin Viking landers that defied the odds to land on Mars in 1976 and 1977 had one primary goal: to find life. … Read more The Medea Hypothesis

Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division

The below just in via the ThinkProgess site, & with the dismal news of the democratic majority voting to neuter environmental lesgislation, looks like its business as usual in D.C. GM cleanup of the Bedford Superfund site. President Barack Obama has nominated a lawyer for the nation’s largest toxic polluters to run the enforcement of the nation’s environmental laws. On Tuesday, Obama “announced his intent to nominate” Ignacia S. Moreno … Read more Obama Nominates Superfund Polluter Lawyer To Run DOJ Environment Division


From: Yale Daily News, Nov. 14, 2008[Printer-friendly version] STUDY WARNS OF ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS By Stephannie Furtak If new research by Yale scientists is any indication, it may alreadybe too late for the environment. An international team of 10 researchers — including Yale professorsof geology and geophysics Mark Pagani and Robert Berner — determinedthat current levels of carbon dioxide have already surpassed theestimated cutoff level that would cause damage to … Read more ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

Methane Triggernometry

Could Methane Trigger a Climate Doomsday Within a Human Lifespan? By Alexis Madrigal May 28, 2008 | 1:29:25 PMCategories: Climate, Environment, Survival A new paper published appearing Thursday in the prestigious scientific journal Nature presents the worst-case scenario for runaway climate change that could leave the Earth entirely ice-free within a generation. If global temperatures continue to rise, massive amounts of methane gas could be released from the 10,000 … Read more Methane Triggernometry