Roz Savage, world-record-setting Ocean Rower and environmental campaigner, will talk about her adventures rowing solo across the worldâ€™s oceans-particularly her bid to become the first woman to row solo 8,000 miles across the Pacific. After a failed attempt in 2007, when her boat capsized 3 times in 24 hours during a storm, she set out again the following year from the Golden Gate Bridge. To a backdrop of photographs, maps and videos, she will tell the story of her epic crossing, and share her insights on happiness, meaning, and the environmental challenges that face our oceans in the 21st century.
From the New York Times:
SURE, youâ€™d like to take a vacation. But with layoffs hitting your best friends and your own company hinting at pay cuts, how can you justify it?
Consider the guilt-free vacation. To counter customersâ€™ reluctance about jetting off for conspicuous consumption during a recession, travel companies are pushing trips that emphasize service, values and personal fulfillment. The message: If there is more involved than frivolous pleasure, you donâ€™t have to feel bad about dropping all that cash on a splashy vacation
|April 16, 2009|
Thanks to April Orcutt for forwarding this message from the Sierra Club, plus links for more information.
Dear Concerned Citizens,
Speak Up Now to Save Our Coasts!
Now is your chance to send a clear message that America needs clean energy, not more risky offshore oil drilling.
This Thursday, April 16, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will hold a public hearing in San Francisco to find out how Americans feel about the expanded offshore drilling the oil industry is pushing for. Secretary Salazar needs to see that what Americans really want is clean energy and the jobs that come with it — not more dirty offshore drilling. The most important thing you can do is show up at the hearing and make your voice heard.
|March 1, 2008|
“Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) invites applications for Science Journalism Program Fellowships. Take one of two hands-on courses: biomedical science (in Woods Hole, MA, June 4-14, 2008) or polar science (in Toolik Lake, Alaska, June 29 – July 12, 2008). A limited number of fellows will spend an additional month at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Deadline: March 1, 2008.” Above info from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
|February 6, 2008|
“The University of South Florida presents Global Climate Change & Sea-level Rise in Florida: A Conversation Between Scientists and the Media on Feb. 6, 2008, to facilitate the flow of scientific information to the public on the predicted effects of global climate change and the susceptibility of coastal Florida to sea-level rise.” Above info is from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
“The Murray is the lifeblood of Australia’s farming country, a legendary river that thundered 1,500 miles from the Snowy Mountains to the Southern Ocean. Now, it’s choking to death in the worst drought for a thousand years …”
Read the rest of the 8/5/07 article here.
Check out the Washington Post’s special travel section on global warming (July 15, 2007):
Getting Warmer . . .
Alaska’s Icy Bay, Where Glaciers Come to Die and Kayakers Come to Watch
By William Booth
“Granted, it is still a niche market. But if the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is to be believed — and why not? — it’s a growth opportunity. The traveler in the very near future might be ready for some global warming tourism. Vacation destinations? You could do the Maldives and watch the sea level rise before your very eyes. Glub glub. Bye-bye, happy island nation. Or perhaps a trip to the African Sahel to experience some scary soil evaporation. Subtle, but profound. Or you can do what we did and journey to Icy Bay in Alaska and just watch the world melt…”
New York Times article by ANDREW C. REVKIN
“Wealthy countries are spending far more to limit their own risks from global warming’s consequences than to help the world’s most vulnerable regions….”
April 22, 2007 | Leave a Comment
New York Times article by JAMES KANTER and ANDREW C. REVKIN. April 7, 2007
“From the poles to the tropics, the earth’s climate and ecosystems are already being shaped by the atmospheric buildup of greenhouse gases and face inevitable, possibly profound, alteration, the world’s leading scientific panel on climate change said Friday. In its most detailed portrait of the effects of climate change …”
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: January 29, 2006″The top climate scientist at NASA says the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture last month calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming…” article here
Our show will focuses on hauntingly beautiful Wrangel Island, where the last known woolly mammoths roamed, and where the first impacts of global warming can already be seen.
Tom Brokaw and a team of four world-class scientists will travel to Wrangel Island in July, 2007, aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov, to see the effects of global warming firsthand. There are a few spaces available for passengers who want to participate in this historic adventure.
My first podcast was an interview with Dr. John Harte from UC Berkeley — who studies the interaction of humans and climate change — and Dr. Ross MacPhee from the American Museum of Natural History in New York — who studies the extinction of woolly mammoths on Wrangel Island in the Russian Arctic.
We talked about what “global warming” means, why the current forecasts might be underestimating the near-term impact of global warming(!), and an upcoming trip to Wrangel Island to learn firsthand about global climate change in an area that is already feeling the effects. You can go here to listen to the archived show, and you can go here to find out how to travel to Wrangel Island this July 5-18, along with Tom Brokaw and four world-class scientists.