The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable, have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.

- Arthur C. Clarke (h/t Brin)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Ocean Chemistry Crisis




Nice piece. I loved the (too brief) earthrise sequence.

I actually don't like Sigourney Weaver very much, and the whole idea of having Hollywood types on screen in these things bugs me. And they could have snuck in 60 seconds of actual chemistry.

And, well, there was the claim that the only way to stop this is to stop emitting CO2. Not exactly. The only way to stop this is to stop emitting net CO2. Sequestration is expensive and problematic, but perhaps less so than stopping gross emissions altogether. Of course that's sort of off topic, but it was a bit jarring to have that little piece of opinion slipped in among the facts, and it's an important issue.

But the piece is very much worth watching and considering anyway. h/t Jim Prall and Wit's End

3 comments:

Lou Grinzo said...

"I actually don't like Sigourney Weaver very much, and the whole idea of having Hollywood types on screen in these things bugs me."

Really? In this context, what does not liking Siguorney Weaver mean? You don't like her acting? You don't like that she's not formally trained? You don't like her attitude toward the issues? You don't like her narration style?

Personally, I think we're in a world of hurt, and I don't give a flying fig who helps, even (gasp!) "Hollywood types". I'm much more concerned about the content than the messenger. (And on that front it sounds like you identified some problems with this presentation, which would fall on the researchers, writers, directors, etc.)

Steve Bloom said...

Well, most of the First World just got done watching SW portray a scientist in 3D, so I can't complain too much about this in terms of effectiveness.

William T said...

"You can't be a fisherman and not have hope"

Come on all fishermen of the world!