Today on Planet 100: Putting a Human Face on Climate Change (Video)


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Today, on Planet 100, island nations band together to put a human face on climate change, the skeptical environmentalist releases a new documentary, and a hologram goes on tour for a a Japanese band.Human Face of Climate Change
While the G20 nations prepare for COP 16, the island nations most at risk are getting on with it.

Fifteen countries recently signed a declaration in Tarawa, the capital of the tiny island nation of Kiribati, recognizing the increasingly dire situation faced by small island countries due to climate change. Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China pledged to sign the Ambo Declaration, as did several small island states including the Maldives, Fiji, and the Marshall Islands.

A main goal of the Tarawa Climate Change Conference was to put a human face on climate change before UN climate talks in Mexico later this month.

Via: NPR
Cool It
Bjorn Lomborg, the self described "skeptical environmentalist" is the focus of Cool It, a new documentary that is clearly trying to be a counterpunch to An Inconvenient Truth.

The primary theme of Cool It is that global warming is a serious problem but that raising the cost of polluting forms of energy is a highly inefficient solution. Lomborg's prescription is to invest heavily in research on non-polluting energy technology and countermeasures to greenhouse heating, collectively known as geo-engineering.

Like An Inconvenient Truth, critics argue that the film is guilty of over simplification and does little in the way of offering up practical solutions.

Via: New York Times
Holographic Idol
Holographic touring may be one way bands can significantly reduce their carbon footprint. The Japanese are currently going gaga for holographic idol Hatsune Miku. The creation of the Crypton Future Media, the group has put the avatar on tour with a live band, who is performing to sold out shows across the country.

Via: MNN
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