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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The following article appeared in the December 3, 1987 issue of Rolling Stone. It is reprinted here to mark the band’s break-up. It’s a warm, clear fall afternoon in New York City; R.E.M.’s guitarist, Peter Buck, is shopping in midtown Manhattan, trying to answer the young clerk who is ringing up his Jim Carroll and John Waters paperbacks and keeps asking, “Are you from Boston? Do you know any musicians in Boston?” Unfailingly polite, Buck hems and haws, says that he knows a few Boston musicians and adds that he is himself a musician. But while he might well clear things up by telling her that he’s in R.E.M., Buck steadfastly refuses to do so. Of course, if the clerk glanced at the floor, she’d see a stack of local music magazines with Buck and his R.E.M. colleagues – Michael Stipe, Bill Berry and Mike Mills – on the cover. “I will never tell anyone I’m in this band,” says an uncomfortable Buck afterward. … [Read more...] about R.E.M. in the Real World – Rolling Stone’s 1987 Cover Story
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
The spirits company that oversees Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskeys has announced a new home for the songwriter’s signature line — the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts will open in Nashville in the fall of 2020. A multi-use space, the facility will include a distilling operation, a concert venue, a restaurant and whiskey library, and an art center that features paintings and metalwork sculptures created by Dylan. The distillery is set to inhabit a church, built in 1860, in downtown Nashville. A Tennessee straight bourbon, a 100 proof whiskey and a rye whiskey are among the spirits making up the Heaven’s Door line. The announcement dovetails with the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline, released April 9th, 1969. Dylan’s ninth album, it was his first true country project and his third with producer Bob Johnston. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum highlighted the record and Dylan’s relationship … [Read more...] about Bob Dylan Whiskey Distillery, Center for the Arts to Open in Nashville in 2020
Universal Pictures has released a first look video from their upcoming adaptation of the popular stage musical Cats. This sneak peek takes fans behind the scenes with the all-star cast headlined by Taylor Swift and Idris Elba for a 'look inside'. The first trailer is coming this Friday, during Comic-Con. Cats will be in theaters this Christmas. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-shattering stage musical into a breakthrough cinematic event. Cats stars James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. Featuring Lloyd Webber's iconic music and a world-class cast of dancers under the guidance of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), the film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular … [Read more...] about Cats First Look Video Goes On Set with Taylor Swift, Idris Elba & Cast