Sunday, April 13, 2008

Egg Cup & Electric Boy/Gary Snyder/Melting/Tolle/



(P1) Poetical

The Tree & the Egg Cup and The Electric Boy & Gary Snyder

(2 cartoons by Ed Coletti)







Thank you Larry Robinson for alerting me to the following



Hiking in the Totsugawa Gorge


pissing

watching

a waterfall

- Gary Snyder

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(P2) Political/Survival

Uh Oh!  Western Antarctic ice chunk collapses
by Seth Borenstein 25 March 2008

A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday.

Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica, which started Feb. 28. It was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds, maybe 1,500 years.

This is the result of global warming, said British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan.

Because scientists noticed satellite images within hours, they diverted satellite cameras and even flew an airplane over the ongoing collapse for rare pictures and video.

"It's an event we don't get to see very often," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. "The cracks fill with water and slice off and topple... That gets to be a runaway situation."

While icebergs naturally break away from the mainland, collapses like this are unusual but are happening more frequently in recent decades, Vaughan said. The collapse is similar to what happens to hardened glass when it is smashed with a hammer, he said.

The rest of the Wilkins ice shelf, which is about the size of Connecticut, is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice. Scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995.

Vaughan had predicted the Wilkins shelf would collapse about 15 years from now. The part that recently gave way makes up about 4 percent of the overall shelf, but it's an important part that can trigger further collapse.

There's still a chance the rest of the ice shelf will survive until next year because this is the end of the Antarctic summer and colder weather is setting in, Vaughan said.

Scientists said they are not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event, but say it's a sign of worsening global warming.

Such occurrences are "more indicative of a tipping point or trigger in the climate system," said Sarah Das, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

"These are things that are not re-forming," Das said. "So once they're gone, they're gone."

Climate in Antarctica is complicated and more isolated from the rest of the world.

Much of the continent is not warming and some parts are even cooling, Vaughan said. However, the western peninsula, which includes the Wilkins ice shelf, juts out into the ocean and is warming. This is the part of the continent where scientists are most concern about ice-melt triggering sea level rise.




(P3) Philosophical


To Die Before You Die


Death is a stripping away of all that is not you.
The secret of life is to "die before you die"

and find that there is no death.


(Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now)


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4 comments:

Jim Spitzer said...

I told you they were good cartoons. THE CHILD IS EMERGING---JIM

Susie A. said...

I'm over here laughing out loud (or LOLing as the kids used to say) about your Utube version
of Getting Old and Getting Fat. I had just had the exact thoughts while reading the new study about
breast cancer and wine. Even if you have only one glass its increases your chances of breast cancer
(but helps your heart) in the new study. But who really knows??? So I am with you.
Love, and Cheers (to our health)!!! And Carpe Diem....
Susie

Duncan said...

The cartoons are great. My kind of art.

Tolle is on the button for true enlightenment. So much easier to say, however, than to do.

Anonymous said...

cute toons!
I love to see poet's illustrations and vice versa
I think drawing and poetry go hand in hand

ever thought of doing a drawing/poetry project?
i've been doing a LOT of drawing as of late
not as much poetry (but soon
i'm sure, they'll transpose importances)

LOVE Gary Snyder!
just got a book of his
"Myths & Texts" and I am impressed

hope you're doing well, sir

--Ray Swaney
sewn_to_all@hotmail.com

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