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In Second Life

How did Grist miss this one last week, as reported by National Geographic News? Tokyo, Amsterdam, and the entire Mediterranean island of Ibiza were inundated with floodwaters today due to rising sea levels brought on by global warming. Oh: Or at least, that would have been the headline if events in the virtual world Second Life mirrored reality. A rolling flood temporarily swamped several areas of the online world as part of a campaign to illustrate the potential environmental and financial impacts of climate change. "Our message was, 'You may have a second life, but [you still need to] offset …

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Wired reports on undersea mining plans

Speaking of mining and threats to marine life, Wired is reporting that there is the potential for a huge undersea gold rush and very few environmental groups seem concerned: Rod Fujita can't disguise his frustration. "David Heydon and Nautilus are about to make the same mistake made during the development of every other industry in history." says Fujita, a senior scientist for Environmental Defense. "We're letting him rush into this without studying the impacts. That was forgivable 100 years ago. It's not now." Fujita has tried to alert the world to Heydon's plans. He has called the Nature Conservancy and …

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And I’m not talking about the Green Lantern or Green Arrow

By all rights, being the science-fiction-loving computer geek that I am, I should be a comics fan. But I'm not, and need not be to know that Captain America is ... [spoiler alert!] ... dead. As The New York Times reports: Captain America, a Marvel Entertainment superhero, is fatally shot by a sniper in the 25th issue of his eponymous comic, which arrived in stores yesterday. The assassination ends the sentinel of liberty's fight for right, which began in 1941. And that fight for liberty was most recently told in Civil War, which my friend Matt (an actual comics fan) …

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Did your pick win?

With over 20,000 people participating, the votes have been cast for the 2007 Global Warming Globie Awards. And the winners are: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (Best Performance by a State or Local Official) US-CAP (Best Performance in the Corporate World) An Inconvenient Truth (Best Film, Documentary, or Website Focusing on Global Warming) ExxonMobil (Worst Performance by a Corporation or Corporate Official) Senator James Inhofe (Most Egregious Contribution to Public Ignorance and Denial) Check out the site for more details and honorable mentions.

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Goes Web 2.0

Big Picture TV, whose tagline is "talking heads, talking sense," has relaunched its website with a significantly improved design and a nicely implemented tag system (coming soon to a Grist page near you!). They've migrated to Flash-based videos that can be browsed by category, tag or both, as well as speaker. And as I originally wrote, their speaker list is quite impressive. I'm still not a fan of the talking head video approach (I need more visual stimuli), but their new site is clean and well organized. Check it out. (Via TH)

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Do you pod here often?

Speaking of incremental improvements, Grist will be launching a weekly podcast shortly. Before we officially roll it out to the entire Grist audience, I'm hoping you Gristmillians could take a listen and provide some feedback. Specifically, we'd like to make sure that the RSS feed is working, the podcasts are downloading and playing fine, and the sound quality is good. If you're an iTunes user, click here to find our weekly podcast in the iTunes store. If you'd prefer to use another RSS reader or podcatcher, use this: http://grist.org/rss/weekly_podcast.xml Please email feedback to me at podcasts [at] grist [dot] org. …

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33 writers. 5 designers. 6-word science fiction

I was reading the November issue of Wired this morning on the bus and read this clever series of 6-word science fiction stories. I thought you'd enjoy these: Epitaph: Foolish humans, never escaped Earth.- Vernor Vinge We went solar; sun went nova.- Ken MacLeod TIME MACHINE REACHES FUTURE!!! ... nobody there ...- Harry Harrison Computer, did we bring batteries? Computer?- Eileen Gunn And here's one that didn't make the print edition: Dinosaurs return. Want their oil back.- David Brin Feel free to add your own in comments.

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It begins

Read the last item of today's Daily Grist. Then read this post (by me) a while back. I'm just saying.

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I’d like to buy the world a Coke … er, maybe not

The Times reports: INDIA'S highest court yesterday demanded that Coca-Cola should reveal its secret formula for the first time in 120 years. Why? The Supreme Court ordered the US soft drinks maker, along with its rival PepsiCo, to supply details of the chemical composition and ingredients of their products after a study released this week claimed that they contained unacceptable levels of insecticides. [emphasis added] ... The court order followed the release of a report by the Centre for Science and Environment, a non-government body, which contended that 11 brands sold by the two soft drinks makers contained high levels …

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