Last summer, an elite group of scientists, economists and government officials gathered at Snowmass ski resort near Aspen, Colorado, to contemplate the end of the world. The weeklong “workshop, held in the shadow of 14,000-foot-high peaks at the Top of the Village lodge, was organised by the Energy Modeling Forum, a group of academics and industry leaders affiliated with Stanford University. A few months earlier, Stanford professor John Weyant, the director of the group, had asked participants to consider a nightmare scenario: It’s 2010, and global warming is not only happening, it’s accelerating. The Greenland and western Antarctic ice sheets are melting at an exponential rate, leading to predictions of a twenty-foot rise in sea levels by 2070. In this scenario, southern Florida vanishes, New York City becomes an aquarium, London looks like Venice. In Bangladesh alone, 40 million people are displaced by the rising waters. Droughts cripple food production, leading to … [Read more...] about Can Geoengineering Save The World?
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Last night, the new Call of Duty came out, and Post Malone was so stoked about it that he parked himself in front of his Xbox until 6 a.m. Right now it’s 4 p.m. and he’s back at it. It’s a sunny Friday in the affluent L.A. suburb of Tarzana, but the shades are drawn in Malone’s den to block the light – his wall-size projecting screen is particularly susceptible, he says, to glare. Malone is only 22, but he’s one of the most popular musicians in the country. His single “Rockstar” has been America’s Number One hit for five weeks and counting. The track, which features 21 Savage, celebrates a raw brand of hedonism – “I’ve been fucking ho’s and popping pillies, man/I feel just like a rock star-ar-ar” – that smudges into fatalism. The music is sparse and chilly; the two actual rock stars Malone likens himself to in the lyrics, Bon Scott and Jim Morrison, both died young. Markers of Malone’s … [Read more...] about Post Malone: Confessions of a Hip-Hop Rock Star
It’s funny what being held at gunpoint will do to you. And being held at gunpoint by a megalomaniacal rock star? Well, that doesn’t feel very good at all. Not when the rock star has spent the past three months, the entire spring of 1995, living a fantasy life right in front of you, sipping martinis and passing a joint around at 11a.m. with his new wife, a pert blonde actress who inspires over a billion people around the world to drool each week as she runs across the beach in a tight red bathing suit. Not when you’ve been laying wires, tearing up the walls and painting again and again, because the light switch the rock star thought he wanted over here he now wants just there. By the time Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson abruptly fired the handful of the people renovating their Malibu mansion, refusing to pay for work they said was shoddily done, electrician Rand Gauthier was so sick of the celebrity couple’s demands that he was ready to simply write off the $20,000 … [Read more...] about Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape
Decades after his Mondrian and Skybar launched, the Studio 54 co-founder brings Beverly Hills luxury to WeHo with a property that includes a veggie-focused restaurant and 360-degree rooftop views. Ian Schrager, the Studio 54 co-founder credited with inventing the boutique hotel category via his Morgans Hotel Group (the Royalton in Manhattan and Delano in Miami), has returned to the Sunset Strip. The latest outpost of his ultra-posh, Marriott-backed Edition brand opens Nov. 12 where Rat Pack hangout Scandia once stood — nearly a quarter-century after the debut of Schrager's nearby Mondrian catalyzed the neighborhood's gentrification in the first place. "The Edition is catapulting the area up to luxury," explains Schrager, 73, who notes that the rates for its 190 rooms (starting at $495) and prices for its 20 condos (upward of $3,000 per square foot) are in line with Beverly Hills hotels. His go-to minimalist architect, John Pawson, drew inspiration for The West Hollywood … [Read more...] about First Look: Hotelier Ian Schrager Returns to Sunset Strip With the Edition
Nobody had high hopes for Trump’s environmental policy. He had, after all, said climate change was a hoax and sent out more than 100 skeptic tweets even before running for president. But the speed, recklessness and spite with which his administration has sought to upend environmental protections has been breathtaking. Climate change aside, even the common-sense need to protect the air we breathe and the water we drink is being challenged as the administration has unleashed a slew of regulatory rollbacks. And his science-denying, fossil-fuel-fetishising policies couldn’t come at a worse time — the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just published its most dire report yet, advising that if we don’t get to zero carbon emissions by 2050, we’ll blow past a 1.5 C temperature rise, the threshold for disaster. Below, a list of Trump’s most reckless policies yet. Donald Trump is promising every American a less-efficient car, so they … [Read more...] about Unraveling Trump’s Toxic Agenda