Greetings from a different part of the world. I just left Shanghai after a few hectic days. Hectic, but at least there was no temptation to blog, as WordPress is one of many websites not available there. (WordPress I can understand. But YouTube? YouTube?)
Well, anyhow. It’s a big city–about 26 million in the metro area, maybe 10 million in the city itself. I didn’t count…
I will tell you that I have never heard the word ‘opportunity’ so many times in a 3-day timespan. These people are after it. I gotta say it made Manhattan look a bit like Mayberry. Shanghai’s the real deal.
These people do not seem to care overmuch about carbon dioxide. They are actively concerned about carbon monoxide, and all the other pollutants that make the skies battleship grey by 10:00 a.m. And I must say it isn’t pleasant trying to brush my teeth with bottled water.
There are four wind turbines on the approach to Pudong Airport, and they were turning lazily as we flew in. There are some buildings with solar panels, too. Heck there are some big time solar manufacturers headquartered here.
But these people are too damn busy to worry about global warming. How nice… I envy them.
But I’m not one of them. Still worried. Still a Lukewarmer. Still infuriated with idiots and criminals like Lewandowsky and Gleick, still amazed that Morano and Monckton get a free pass from people who call themselves skeptics. Still thoroughly annoyed at inveterate doom-criers, still flabbergasted at people who think what we’re doing to our environment will have no consequences.
Now I’m in Catholic Manila, where the paper has a long editorial about the new Pope, wondering why he took off his nice new uniform in public.
They’re holding a photo contest here for best pictures of the effects of climate change. There are a lot of entries. While I’m skeptical that the photos actually will show climate change, here in the Philippines they have enough problems with the weather that they can be forgiven for ascribing the floods, typhoons, heat and humidity to something less capricious than just weather.
This probably isn’t as tightly focused as some of my other posts. Somehow I can’t get too concerned about that. Hope you’re all having fun back home.