• On April 9th (day after tomorrow): Humungous Rabin-Rodgers bash for the Sundance channel’s new big series The Green has everyone flying in (carbon offsetting, of course) and Macy Gray performing.
• On newstands: Vanity Fair‘s 2nd annual Green Issue. Sharing an iceberg on the cover are Leonardo DiCaprio and Knut the celebrity polar bear. With clips on YouTube and a limited plush edition from Steiff, the cub has become the bigger star. In related news, global warming is ruining Canada’s annual seal cull because the baby seals are drowning in melting ice floes.
• In bookstores: Mark Lynas’ Six Degrees, a shock-horror read about what will happen in the next 100 years when the temperature increases by that much. Are we ready for a giant methane fart unleashed from the melting permafrost of Siberia and consuming London in a fireball?
• Less is more: Going down Oxford Street on Thursday, I saw long lines outside Primark, the latest retail outlet for fast clothes. Buy Less Crap argue that shopping is not the solution to world suffering. In many ways it’s the cause.
• Harrods is opening its own rooftop vegetable garden on April 19th
• Nose down: Aircraft, weighed down by heavy new business and first-class services like flat beds, are crossing the Atlantic with their noses pointing down instead of up, burning more fuel.
• And finally, from the Guardian: “Scientology’s least unhinged spokesman delivered a stern lecture to the people of the world on global warming at the British premier of the sorely misunderstood Wild Hogs, straight after riding down the red carpet on a Harley. ‘It is a very valid issue,’ said John Travolta. ‘I’m wondering if we need to think about other planets and domed cities.’ ”
– Fenton Bailey