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
ARTICLE [heat survival tips learned from wildlife]
LINK [Google News search for “heat wave” constrained to past week]
LINK/IMAGES [“Record-Breaking Weather (…)”] (National Geographic)
ARTICLE/IMAGES/VIDEO [“Triple-digit temperatures (…)”] (CNN)
Related: researchers predict global warming will level off in the next couple years, then resume rising into the early 2010s producing record highs.
ARTICLE [“Warming to Level Off (…)”] (National Geographic)
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
VIDEO/MEDIA [Live Earth online broadcast]
LINK/MEDIA [official website]
Update: Video archives available on the MSN site, including the performance from Antarctica.
Vulcan point in Crater Lake on Vulcano Island in Lake Taal on Luzon, Philippines. It only gets easier from here.
LINK/IMAGES [The Island and Lake Combination] (via Kottke)
LINK/IMAGES [info & high res images] (via MetaEfficient < Jetson Green)
LINK/IMAGES [Foster + Partners website]
Time-lapsed Landsat photography of how the area around China’s immense 625-billion-dollar Three Gorges Dam project has changed over the last two decades.
VIDEO (via Wohba!)
ARTICLE [Three Gorges Dam] (Wikipedia)
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.
LINK/VIDEO [6 Billion Others] (via Cherie)
Previously: Earth From Above, We Are Cancer
Trulia Hindsight takes property construction data and animates the growth of streets, neighborhoods and cities in the US over the last couple centuries. Shown above is Charlotte, NC, but worth checking out are NYC, LA, San Francsico, Las Vegas, etc. Trulia Hindsight was built in collaboration with Stamen.
LINK [Trulia Hindsight] (via infosthetics)
Previously: History of Religion in 90 Seconds
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.
ARTICLE [“Pond scume shows promise as fuel”] (via Reality Sandwich)
LINK [Pengcheng “Patrick” Fu] (U. of Hawaii)
Earth’s troposphere is carbonated!
VIDEO (YouTube via That’s How It Happened)
ARTICLE [gravity wave] (Wikipedia)