Lindsay -- who cut his musical teeth in places like Vienna and Munich -- just may be Chucktown's most compulsive classical music geek. His self-appointed…
Ah -- Thanks for the enlightenment! Yes, indeed -- I've seen the light: it's all just another insidious lunatic left scientific plot to propagandize, brainwash and "instill fear in the populace" to keep their research funding flowing, overthrow the ruling elite and take over the world!
I guess that means that over 95% of the world's climatologists (also botanists, biologists, oceanographers, marine ecologists, zoologists, ornithologists, epidemiologists, geologists, paleontologists, wildlife management folk, forestry experts, etc., etc.) who are all documenting the causes and ravages of climate change via rigorous scientific analysis and research are ALL fulla bull and part of some vast and intricately connected global conspiracy to convince us that the "proven myth" of climate change does not exist. I guess that means we can't trust any of our scientists or their research anymore -- that is, unless their "findings" support the fossil fuel industry and jive with conservative economic policies.
Still, my vote goes to the overwhelming 95%-plus scientific consensus rather than the 5% of righteous naysayers (largely funded by conservative foundations) who have "proven" that climate change is baloney and that we are all being wickedly deceived.
AMEN, Dustin -- But why am I not surprised? I discussed the potential risks from (and possible fixes to) the multiple impacts of sea level rise in my 2007 City Paper cover story, "Under the Sea: Greetings from Charleston's Underwater Future." My thinking at the time did not extend to sea level rise's likely risks to the power grid. But climate change deniers who have never studied the science, the politicians who listen to them and money-grubbing coastal developers (not to mention the general public's head-in-the-sand acceptance of inaction), may well have already doomed the Lowcountry and our beloved city to gradual, but inevitable drowning -- maybe sooner than anybody expects. Does anybody listen when accurate local record-keeping over the past half-century tells us that the rate of coastal flooding in and around Charleston has increased fourfold since the 1960s (I was around then, too!)??
I am convinced that climate change is THE issue of our times, and that its catastrophic consequences will inevitably multiply the closer you get to coastal regions anywhere in the world. For quite some time now, the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans to cope with the conflicts that will certainly arise as untold millions of climate change refugees attempt to resettle inland (I should know: I'm an ex-Army Officer). I doubt I'll live long enough to witness the worst of it -- but I already grieve for my children's and grandchildren's chances for survival in a world that's becoming increasingly uninhabitable. -- Lindsay Koob
50-to-100-year planning time frames? Concerning the future of beach renourishment, it seems to me that the voice of Coastal Conservation League's Katie Zimmerman is one of the only sane and sensible one quoted here. With at least a meter of climate change-induced sea level rise (which, BTW, has accelerated alarmingly in recent years) conservatively expected by century's end, the pipe dream of eternally tourist-friendly beaches will soon have to be abandoned. Insurance rates for coastal homes and businesses continue to skyrocket, and it won't be long before tourist dollars simply won't be able to keep up with them ... just ask the hordes of homeless post-superstorm Sandy Jersey Shore residents who won't be able to rebuild for exactly that reason. Another direct hit or two by hefty hurricanes, and the Carolinas' barrier island residents will find themselves in the same boat. Fifty years from now, does anybody really think that Washington will continue to allocate ever scarcer federal funds to save Folly Beach when places like Manhattan need to be rescued?
It's all a crying shame -- I love Folly Beach dearly. But what its residents really need to do with all of their expensive imported sand is to remove their heads from it in time to realize the sad, stark inevitability of their eventual future -- and find ways to cope with it, even if that means moving to higher ground.
Definitely a "voice of reason," old corps. But I'm glad to see that Prof. Poole mentioned global warming & disease at the end. My own "end-of-the-world" vision foresees a slow, steady & increasingly wretched global slide into the apocalyptic abyss due to global warming & pandemics -- greased by dying (& rising) oceans, increasing natural disasters, burgeoning overpopulation, depletion of natural resources (and the inevitable wars over them), worldwide famine, etc. Maybe a more sudden Mayan-style apocalypse would be a kinder way out, putting us all out of our predestined (and self-inflicted) misery well in advance. OR, how about something else more sudden & immediate: like if North Korea or Iran ever get their nukes, and spark global conflagration? How's THAT for more realistic gloom & doom?
Charleston isn’t the only city (or country) actively mourning Stahl. After taking over in 1999 as music director and chief conductor at Munich’s number two opera house, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, he repeatedly made headlines in Germany – where great music still makes for front-page news. Like when he boosted his house’s orchestra to national “A-level” status, ranking it alongside that country’s handful of world-renowned institutions. Music writer Egbert Tholl, of Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany’s biggest daily subscription newspaper), wrote: “With David Stahl’s death, the theater has lost not only its musical center, but its very heart … he may not have been the most conscientious or meticulous interpreter of scores – but during rehearsals, singers and players alike blossomed in the glow of his infectious enthusiasm, as he conveyed to all how wonderful it was to be making good musical theater together.” (my translation) No matter where he worked, the same qualities endeared him to those around him.
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