Yesterday, Mark Gongloff, posting at the WSJ's Energy Roundup, pointed us to a trend that seems, simply, ridiculous (in the sense that it should be the subject of ridicule).
Interest in Global Warming
Is Now a Selling Point;
Seeing Glaciers 'Calve'
DISKO BAY, Greenland -- James Brusslan is an environmental lawyer with climate change on his mind. He cycles to the office and works at a Chicago law firm that offsets its carbon emissions. He plasters friends' SUVs with stickers that say: "I'm changing the climate! Ask me how!"
To get a first-hand glimpse of such changes, Mr. Brusslan, 50 years old, recently spent $2,800 on a week's camping trip here, about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. "I wanted to see what was happening," he said, as he gazed at an ice fiord where a glacier was splintering into icebergs. "In 10 years, it probably will be gone." He next plans to see the melting glaciers of Sichuan, China.
Global warming has given rise to a new niche in the booming eco-tourism business: climate tourists. These visitors seek out places where a long-term warming trend -- subject of a global summit hosted by the United Nations this week -- is starting to have a discernible impact. Yet some say there's a big irony in this kind of travel: Any trip by train, plane or cruise ship pumps carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and potentially contributes to the warming of the planet....MORE
Here's one of the sillier headlines I recall. From May 16
Arctic islands invite tourists to see climate woes
I've got 30 or 40 press releases in the link-vault that struck me as incongruous:
U.S. SENATORS VISIT GREENLAND, TURKEY, GEORGIA, MONTENEGRO, AND ITALY
SENATOR CARDIN VISITS GREENLAND TO WITNESS EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING
Germany's Merkel heads to Greenland for talks on global warming
Jose Manuel Barroso:
EU president calls for action against climate change during visit to Greenland
| View of the ice floe |
|José Manuel Barroso, on the right, and his wife, Margarida Sousa Uva|