Posted on 03 March 2009
A cute new creature was seen swimming in a Louisiana lake. Apparently, this pink dolphin is the world’s only known albino Bottlenose dolphin.
The rare mammal was seen frolicking amongst a pod of four dolphins in Lake Calcasieu, an inland saltwater estuary, north of the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana by a charter boat captain.
The UK Telegraph interviewed Captain Erik Rue, 42, who said, “I just happened to see a little pod of dolphins, and I noticed one that was a little lighter. I had never seen anything like it. It’s the same colour throughout the whole body.”
Posted on 18 February 2009
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is investigating the deaths of hundreds of fish on the St. Croix River, which have been seen floating belly-up. However, DNR officials are claiming that this is a natural occurrence, as many of the fish are Gizzard Shad, a species which tend to die off around this time of year.
However, St. Croix River fishermen are claiming the dead fish is disconcerting, claiming to have also noticed multiple species including walleyes, crappies and sunfish floating dead.
The DNR are investigating the nearby power pant, Xcel Energy’s Allen S. King Power Plant, which was recently included among the 50 organizations fined for pollution by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There may be a link to the plant going off line for a month and whether that had any effects on the St. Croix river.
Posted on 09 February 2009
Al Gore scored a Grammy last night for Best Spoken Word Album for the audio book of An Inconvenient Truth, which is read by Beau Bridges, Cynthia Nixon and Blair Underwood. This Grammy is significant, as it places Gore among an elite group of nine people who have scored awards in each of the four entertainment award categories: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy. His crowded mantle also boasts a Nobel Peace Prize. Now he’s just showing off.
Gore beat out fellow competitors, Stephen Colbert, who read from his own I Am America (And So Can You) as well as other read books by Sidney Poiter, Steve Martin and David Sedaris.
Gore’s documentary is still raking in the awards – however, the opera version of the power-point presentation isn’t fairing so well. La Scala opera house in Milan has been working the opera version of Al Gore’s documentary, slated to open in the 2011 season, but has had multiple issues. The director apparently walked off the stage recently due to “creative differences.”
Posted on 08 February 2009
Ashley Judd is on the warpath when it comes to wolf-killer Sarah Palin, who is calling upon Alaska’s trigger-happy rednecks to shoot wolves by offering a $150 bounty on their heads.
Judd came to the defense of the wolves last week, narrating a video on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, lambasting the former Vice Presidential nominee for the aerial wolf slaughter. Palin responded calling Judd’s video “reprehensible and hypocritical” for trying “to deceive Americans into parting with their hard-earned money.”
Of course, The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck added her two cents on the matter, somehow managing to tie the issue to abortion. Hasselbeck said, “The problem that I have here is like a lot of these vocal celebrities, in a way, get very loud about these animal killings. Like is she loud as – she said, ‘How many wolves have been killed? 900 this year.’ Is she as loud about the 260,000 kids killed in abortions?”
In retaliation, Judd appeared on Larry King Live Friday night to take another shot at the Alaskan governor as well as Hasselbeck.
Judd told King, “What is really important is to maintain a healthy and natural ecological balance between predators and prey. And allowing wealthy humans, primarily urban hunters or those who are bounty hunters from out of state, to go to Alaska and for sport hire airplanes, hire private pilots to fly around and kill wolves in this incredibly savage manner, it’s not right. It is not ethical. It is not appropriate. It doesn’t make sense on any level.”
Posted on 04 February 2009
An Inconvenient Truth ain’t over, people. The Fat Lady is doing her warm-ups. What can only be sopranos singing about emissions, electric vehicles and birds with tar on their feathers, is an opera currently in pre-production that is now facing some adversity. La Scala opera house in Milan has been working the opera version of Al Gore’s documentary, slated to open in the 2011 season.
Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli is helming the project in hopes to draw more attention to the world’s environmental issues. Battistelli, who is the artistic director of Verona’s Arena Foundation, is a prolific composer of operas who has turned works by Shakespeare (Richard III), Jules Verne, Mary Shelley (Frankenstein) and Pasolini (Theorem) into operatic performances. For this production, Battistelli is teaming up with poet J.D. McClatchy and director William Friedkin.
However, Ecorazzi is reporting that there’s drama on the set! Friedkin recently quit the production, citing “creative differences.” McClatchy claims that the reasons for Friedkin’s departure were personal and mocked Friedkin for wanting to use special effects, saying “opera isn’t Hollywood.”
Posted on 16 December 2008
Over two trillion tons of land ice in Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska have melted since 2003, according to satellite data that show the latest signs of global warming. Between Greenland, Antarctica and Alaska, melting land ice has raised global sea levels about a fifth of an inch in the past five years.
More than half of the loss of landlocked ice in the past five years has occurred in Greenland, based on measurements of ice weight by NASA. The water melting from Greenland seems to be accelerating.
“The pace of change is starting to outstrip our ability to keep up with it, in terms of our understanding of it,” said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
As sea ice melts, the Arctic waters absorb more heat in the summer, having lost the reflective powers of the huge packs of white ice. That absorbed heat is released into the air in the fall which has led to fall temperatures in the last few years that are six to ten degrees warmer than they were twenty years ago.