Just to alert you to a new post I’ve written on how climate change is manifesting in Iceland, over on the THINK site:
This past weekend, Iceland’s foreign minister gave a speech at the United Nations in New York. Amazingly, only a small part of the speech dealt with Iceland’s current economic woes – the rest was devoted to climate change.
It is great to hear a prominent member of our government is concerning himself with climate change. Great because it has seemed a definite non-issue in Iceland over the past few years. Granted, in the past 12 months Iceland has had some other pretty serious issues to contend with, such as a full blown economic and political crisis – so it’s perhaps not all that surprising.
But I don’t think it’s just the crisis. I suspect a major reason climate change hasn’t got much press in Iceland is because, so far, well – we kind of like it. I mean – what’s not to like? Our summers are warmer now, so we can do things like sit outside at cafés, lounge by the poolside and work on our tans, even swim in the ocean. Things that used to cost us a fortune when we had to travel abroad to do them.
IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY
Started off a tad cool [2°C], but with the most amazingly gentle sunshine – a perfect autumn day. It managed to warm up a bit as the day wore on – to, oh, 8°C or thereabouts. I actually did TOURISTY stuff today, went to the Laugardalslaug swimming pool and then up to Perlan [perched on top of the geothermal hot water tanks] for a little filming with my new Flip HD camera. The view from Perlan was amazing. Right this moment it is a frosty 1°C [34F]. Sunrise was at 7.26 am and sunset at 7.08 pm.