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The rest / Artists/artworks inspired by climate change
« on: September 02, 2018, 07:39:31 AM »

Some interesting art works and comments from the 12 artists here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/t-magazine/climate-change-art.html

"Artists have the capacity to shape climate communications, solutions and engagement. We can use our unique skill sets to heal communities, tackle complex challenges and even create innovative answers." Eve Mosher

Clare

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Arctic sea ice / Marginal Ice Zone (MIZ) project in the Beaufort Sea.
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:58:39 PM »
I apologise if this is covered elsewhere on the Forum.
I thought this was pretty neat & will likely give some amazingly detailed info about sea ice I always marvel at these 'clever 'sensors & profilers & how they busily work away trawling up & down while the scientists can sit in the office with a cuppa waiting for the data to get fed back to them as the satellite passes.......easily amused I am!

This video explains it well (if I've managed to insert the link correctly!):



http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/16/tracking-the-breakup-of-arctic-summer-sea-ice/

http://www.washington.edu/news/2014/07/29/huge-waves-measured-for-first-time-in-arctic-ocean/

There is quite some lineup of researchers involved here!
http://www.apl.washington.edu/project/project.php?id=miz

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edit Neven: changed the Youtube link, should show up now

hmmm, changed it again, should show up now

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The rest / Can art save the Arctic?
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:22:44 AM »
Hi Arctic watchers,

I am starting this new thread, felt there was a place here for us to share examples of Arctic inspired art, and particularly but not exclusively art related to CC in the Arctic. I didn't think this quite fitted on Ivica's Arctic Cafe thread.

Of course this question is a bit silly so rhetorical but it caught my eye when used for a crowd sourcing fundraiser for this documentary by Saeed Taji Farouky titled "There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void".
 http://www.touristwithatypewriter.com/void/void_synopsis.htm

Still those of us who enjoy seeing or making art do understand it can be a powerful medium capable of moving people emotionally and is a valuable means of exposing people to new ideas and enhancing their understanding about things in ways that words alone cannot always manage to do.

I figure somehow we have to get the 'message' out to people in any way we possibly can. Words & the media don't seem to make making much headway so why not use art forms as well! And of course lots already do.

I make art stuff myself & have been here at Neven's blog & now the Forum for some years. Well, after I was privileged to receive an artist 'residency' to travel to NZ's Scott Base in Antarctica with my resultant 'Look South' exhibition touring to several NZ Musea. After a brief hiatus (health issues & the day job were my excuses excuses...) I am back at work, this time looking north to the Arctic.
I am including this  detail of a recent piece, 'Code Orange'. I work with textiles/fibres. I am using polyester fibres here like tyvek & garden 'frost cloth' which I stitch & then 'attack'/melt with a heat gun.


Not that I want this to be about my work, just felt I should 'put my money where my mouth is' for starters!
Clare

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The rest / Protest action in New Zealand
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:56:53 PM »
Not sure this will make the international news:
there is currently a flotilla of 6 yachts protesting at the site of a new deep water drilling operation 100km west of New Zealand.

(Our government recently amended the rules to try & limit peaceful protest action at sea)
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9410561/Protesters-flotilla-awaits-drillship
The drill ship has now reached the drill site,
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/9418931/Greenpeace-minnow-takes-on-drilling-giant
 
http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/campaigns/climate-change/Oil-drilling-not-a-solution/Stop-deep-sea-oil/
 
and more pics here:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23oilfreeseas&src=hash
and updates on hot-topic blog:
http://hot-topic.co.nz/

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Science / Contrails & artificial clouds
« on: October 14, 2013, 01:02:39 AM »
I recently saw this Youtube doco about contrails, artificial clouds, the widespread use of cloud seeding with iodine salts etc. The narrator guy was obviously very concerned about all this. I am wondering if any of you Forum Friends might be able to point me in a not tooooo technical direction on this please. (I can see there are some conspiracy theory ideas around this subject wrt to chemicals but I dont want to 'go there'!)
His website:
http://artificialclouds.com/
& video


I understand clouds are a complicated subject in relation to CC, their warming influence (high thick clouds can reflect, lower ones trapping heat) etc etc, I've looked at this article & some others.
http://phys.org/news/2013-02-jets-contrails-contribute-heat-trapping-high-level.html
I know there is a lot of air traffic over the Arctic so thought I should try & find a bit more about all this!
(I often see the trails from the USAF Globemasters flying south to Christchurch during the summer Antarctic season, they can remain visible for hours. Obviously there will be a lot fewer this season once the US folk have been brought back off the ice cos of the shutdown)

So any pointers gratefully received.

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Antarctica / US Government shutdown affecting Antarctica too!
« on: October 10, 2013, 08:16:06 AM »
It will be a real shame if the shut down halts the US programs this Antarctic season which should be getting under way there this month:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11138156
&
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11137394

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Policy and solutions / Blowin' in the wind
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:45:04 AM »
Bob Dylan....
"Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see ?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind."

I know this has been discussed over on the blog from time to time, but I'm wondering what your thoughts are about when or how or what might help us reach the tipping point where there is a majority of public acceptance in developed countries of the fact that climate change is happening & now? So we can begin to get some political traction on dealing with this.
I remember comments along the line of 'well, if we have a catastrophic event' in some significant place or time it will help (not that the writer was wishing this on anyone). But I look at the news from around the world & we have had plenty of catastrophic events & I can't see that people 'get it' yet? Don't seem to join the dots? Or is it 'don't want to join the dots'?

Like the recent flooding in Alberta with its huge oil industry? Ditto Alaska, & with the current heatwave in affecting salmon trying to spawn, the salmon fishery must be their next big export earner? The heatwave in ? 2003 in France with so many heat related deaths? The Russian drought >>>> the Arab spring uprising. Cyclone Sandy....
People I meet locally generally don't even seem to think climate change is even happening or going to happen, just because its not specially apparent here where I live in NZ. We have very variable weather anyway & are well buffered by surrounding ocean. & I dont think they understand the distinction between weather & climate anyway.
Plus our PM seems to be living in the last century (when he was a trader on Wall St) & want us to drill & frack any & everywhere to solve all our economic woes.
http://hot-topic.co.nz/nz-pm-bp-john-key-and-the-fellowship-of-the-drill-beyond-parody/
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2013/jul/29/hobbit-new-zealand-lord-of-the-rings
:-(
Maybe you can help cheer me up?!

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The rest / Some news from New Zealand
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:19:53 PM »
Local climate scientists seem to be grabbing the opportunity brought by our current drought to get the topic of CC out into the media:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10871842
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10871841
& re. farming here in the future:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10871812

Hopefully they will gain some significant traction because that potty peer is due in our neighbourhood next month, actually in the next town. How did I know, the info sent by the local branch of the Royal Society. Sigh....

Also here's info about a new doco, "Thin Ice", due out next month. And they say it will be available online for a small fee.
"In recent years climate science has come under increasing attack, so geologist Simon Lamb took his camera to find out what is really going on from his climate science colleagues. Simon followed scientists at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA.  They talk about their work, and their hopes and fears, with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate."
Have a look a the great lineup of scientists interviewed in it & some of the short video clips:
http://thiniceclimate.org/

Not sure I'm posting this in the best place, Neven will move it if needbe!
Clare

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