Some Issues @ Climate Summit

WERS News
The United Nations global climate summit has spurred confrontation both inside and outside of the conference center in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Outside, hundreds of protesters have been arrested by Danish police since the beginning of the summit. Thousands of activists convened in Denmark to march to the Bella Centre, the location of the climate summit, but on the way the group encountered the heavily armed Danish police.

There have been reports of the use of pepper spray and police dogs in controlling the crowds.

Both protesters and the police have been accused of being out of control. Danish authorities have said that the activists were breaking windows and setting cars on fire, while activists have accused the police of being unnecessarily heavy handed. A police spokesman said that protesters who were arrested are being held in a temporary holding location and that they will be released in a few hours.

Confrontation at a climate summit? Whaaaaaat?

Classic CD Review: Greatest Hits



Band:
Wesley Willis
Year: Various
Label: Alternative Tentacles

Comments: Wesley Willis was (death, 2003) a joke. The man himself was not a joke…in fact, he was a paranoid schizophrenic who consistently had to deal with the “Warhellride,” or demonic encounters. He was a great story teller, as evidenced in many of the songs in this collection. Wesley was a master at combining vivid descriptions with catchy (but, very monotonous)  outsider pop riffs and phrases. Go to his Wikipedia page and there you find how his songs are structured. This is precisely what makes Wesley’s music a joke. He built a career out of ranting over music. You don’t get a lot of that from musicians today and that’s why people will always react to his music in a wtf kind of manner. Whereas critics say fellow outsider Daniel Johnston’s music ranges from “spotty to brilliant,” Willis doesn’t fit on a paradigm that’s worth evaluating. How do you judge a man who can’t be judged? The demons got to him and got to him damn well at that. If I absolutely absolutely absolutely had to slap a grade range on his Greatest Hits, I’d probably dish out between a C+ and a B. It’s music for a good laugh now and then…not the kind that’s constantly on repeat. Rest in peace, Wes.

A Warm Decade

WERS News
The head of the World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations weather agency, said Tuesday that the past ten years will “very likely” turn out to be the warmest decade on record going back to 1850.

Michel Jarraud, the WMO’s secretary general, added that 2009 will likely be about the fifth-warmest year on record.

The WMO released its findings on the second day of the Copenhagen climate conference.

Delegates at the 192-nation conference, which opened Monday, are trying to reach a new agreement on controlling greenhouse gas emissions.

Oh no, not the word “warm” !

My Shadow, This Shit Hole!

WERS News
Representatives from about 200 countries are present in Copenhagen, Denmark for talks on climate change that are scheduled to start today.

The summit, which is being called the 15th Conference of Parties, will center around discussions of a new international climate accord, and is the largest global meeting on the environment since the 1997 Kyoto Accords.

Climate change and the questionable effects of human-produced greenhouse gasses are both being investigated, as there is still wide spread skepticism about their effects on the planet. Recent controversies relating to these subjects promise to make a global agreement that much more difficult to reach.

Several thousand e-mails stolen from Climactic Research Unit (CRU) at the University at East Anglia in the United Kingdom have ignited even further debate on the validity of claims that the Earth’s climate is warming because of human action. These e-mails have been cited by those who question the availability of raw data and how easily research can be manipulated to point to global warming.

Obama Approves Embryonic Cells

Washington Post
The Obama administration has begun approving new lines of human embryonic stem cells that are eligible for federally funded experiments, opening the way for millions of taxpayer dollars to be used to conduct research that was put off-limits by President George W. Bush.

Launching a dramatic expansion of government support for one of the most promising but most contentious fields of biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday authorized the first 13 lines of cells under the administration’s policy and was poised to approve 20 more Friday.

“This is the first down payment on what is going to be a much longer list that will empower the scientific community to explore the potential of embryonic stem cell research,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “Today’s announcement is the first wave.”

What can embryonic stem cells do that adult stem cells can’t?

$4.1 Billion For Thin-Film Solar

Since its founding in 2002, Nanosolar has raised a lot of money – half a billion dollars to date – and made a lot of noise about upending the solar industry, but the Silicon Valley start-up has been a bit vague on specifics about why it’s the next big green thing.

On Wednesday, Nanosolar pulled back the curtain on its thin-film photovoltaic cell technology — which it claims is more efficient and less expensive than that of industry leader First Solar — and announced that it has secured $4.1 billion in orders for its solar panels.

Martin Roscheisen, Nanosolar’s chief executive, said customers included solar power plant developers like NextLight, AES Solar and Beck Energy of Germany.

The typical Nanosolar farm will be between 2 and 20 megawatts in size, Mr. Roscheisen said in an e-mail message from Germany, where he was attending the opening of Nanosolar’s new factory near Berlin. “This is a sweet spot in terms of ease of permitting and distributed deployment without having to tax the transmission infrastructure.”

Yeah, so I don’t really know much about it, but it sounds interesting.