Friday, January 21, 2011

blister data update

A new climate findings post is at the data bank. Instead of the usual setup -- the unfolding changes, understanding climate, mitigating the impacts, and civil evolution -- this is a research retrospective of the past year. Much of the post is the result of data-mining (info-scavenging? link-stealing?) of an excellent piece at Climate Progress. The regular surfer will have seen many citations here at blisterdata already, but together, in hindsight, their gestalt is compelling. The next 'findings' will return to normal -- to the extent 'normal' can still make sense now that runaway changes have started. Researchwise, 2010 was quite a year. Predictions are converging on the prospect that the USA, the country most responsible for the climate fuck-up, will be uninhabitable within the lifetimes of our students.

Flop sweat! Is it already time to reach for the Bible? Let's see. Romans 12:18-19: "Live peacably with all, and never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written: "Vengeance is mine, and I shall repay, says the Lord."

In eigener Sache, published is now "Amerigenic Climate Change: an Indictment of Normalcy," Human Ecology Review 17 (2010), 117-124. This is the courteous domestic version; the rude foreign version is forthcoming in Environmental Ethics for Canadians, ed. B. Williston (Oxford University Press). In press is "The Future of Faith: Climate Change and the Fate of Religions," in Religion and Dangerous Climate Change, ed. D. Gerten, S. Bergmann (Continuum).

A long-promised piece on Nietzsche and being is next.

Seventy-one months left.

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