Here’s the photo wire. Zeitgeist-changing planetary rescue efforts are already over or under way in Australia, Japan, Germany, and the UK. I don’t want to disappoint anyone but I hear Phil Collins’s set is already finished.
As is this guy’s. Reduce your carbon emizzles, my nizzles.
A Daily Mail investigation has revealed that far from saving the planet, the extravaganza will generate a huge fuel bill, acres of garbage, thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, and a mileage total equal to the movement of an army.
The most conservative assessment of the flights being taken by its superstars is that they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts – nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher…
She found that a Wembley-sized football match generated an ‘ecological footprint’ of 3,000 global hectares – an area the size of 4,166 football pitches. This is the amount of bioproductive land required to absorb the C02 emissions produced by such an event.
Update: More good news — John Dingell wants a federal carbon tax. But only to prove how unpopular it would be, you see.
Update: Six feet and one inch of pure coursing charisma, baby.
Update: Every story’s got a climate change angle today.
TERROR suspect Kafeel Ahmed asked his family to pray for him hours before he crashed a burning Jeep into Glasgow Airport…
Police in India were yesterday questioning his father Maqboo, mother Zakia, both doctors, and student sister Sadia about the phone calls. In the first message on May 5, according to the Times of India newspaper, Ahmed said: “I am involved in a large-scale confidential project. It is about global warming. I cannot reveal the details.
“The project has to be started in the United Kingdom. Various people from various countries are involved in this. There is an Indian with me and he is helping me out. He has given his car to me for travelling.”
Update: It’s a pro-life gathering!
Update: The fightin’ nutroots have fought, and triumphed, again!
“Some who don’t understand what is now at stake tried to stop this event on the Mall,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said in a thinly veiled hit on members of President George W. Bush’s Republican party.
“But here we are,” he said as an image of a bright Earth shined behind him. “And it wasn’t the cavalry who came to our rescue, it was the American Indian.”
A few hundred spectators turned out for the concert, which began at 10:30 am (1430 GMT).
Update: He’s bursting with love — and carbon credits! Your headline of the day:
Al Gore tried to rein in his adrenaline as the train churned between the two North American venues of his Live Earth concerts Saturday…
“I’m just so filled with enthusiasm and energy, I’m not letting you ask questions,” Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Update: And so this day proves historic after all, my friends. Dork nirvana has been achieved.
Update: Never mind what I said. This is the headline of the day.
Update: The News Buckit has some fun video of Manbearpig sweating right through his shirt. Click the grungy photo to watch.