Too Darn Hot

image source: Weather Underground

No, it’s not your imagination, or latent global warming anxiety/guilt. OK maybe a little of the latter, but it is damn hot outside – at least here in the Southeastern US. With heat indexes in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit it’s important to keep cool.

Saundra Young, CNN’s senior medical news producer, advises the following:

  • drink plenty of liquids
  • wear light-colored, light-weight, loose-fitting clothing
  • don’t consume too much alcohol or sugar (both dehydrate your body)
  • avoid very cold drinks (can cause stomach cramps)
  • limit outdoor activity to morning/evening hours and stay inside when possible

Related: researchers predict global warming will level off in the next couple years, then resume rising into the early 2010s producing record highs.

Live Earth: 7/7/07

Live concerts in all seven continents broadcasted live on television and the internet around the world, raising money and awareness for climate change and environmental activism.

It’s broadcasting right now at MSN.com as well as the following TV networks:

  • Bravo: 8p-11p est
  • Uni HD: 4a-2a est
  • Sundance: 4a-2a est
  • MSNBC: 8a-4p est (continuing coverage)
  • CNBC: 8a-2a est
  • Telemundo: 7p-8p est
  • Mun2: 5p-7p est

Update: Video archives available on the MSN site, including the performance from Antarctica.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand: 6 Billion Others

6,000 interviews and 4,500 hours (450 translated and subtitled) from people in 65 countries. Bertrand conceived of the idea while traveling and shooting for The Earth From Above. The full project is forthcoming in 2008, but there is sample footage available now on the website.

Created at the beginning of 2003, “6 billion others” aims to create a sensitive and human portrait of the planet’s inhabitants.

Previously: Earth From Above, We Are Cancer

Pond Scum Can Convert CO2 into Ethanol

image credit: Roger Meike

Could pond scum solve the world’s energy and global warming crises?

University of Hawai’i professor Pengchen “Patrick” Fu thinks it can, with a little push from biotechnology.

Fu has developed strains of cyanobacteria — one of the components of pond scum — that feed on atmospheric carbon dioxide, and produce ethanol as a waste product.