posted on February 5, 2007 at 8:00 pm

what do my four front teeth n
antarctica arctic n greenland all have in common?
theyre all disappearing….slowly but surely
yessaday tooth quack shows me how they look behind
yessir those fuckin’ teeth are eroding away
i am down to the dentine
pls stvn says the jewish south african dentist
in his weird clipped accent
give me smthng to wrk wth
meaning if 2 much more wears away
then he wont have a good anchor bit
to attach new 1600 hundred dollar crowns to
4 of em…
how much is that i wonder…
quick as a flash the little bugger comes back with
sx thousnd fr hundrd dollrs stvn
(and then this is kinda hilarious caper this joker loves)
and then he yells to his receptionist
book stvn in at 8 am tomorrw fr fr new crwns
ha ha ha
he slaps me on the shoulder
but he wants to do the teeth
we discuss the time-frame my real teeth have left…
he shows me 2 fillings that are being uncovered
by the disappearance of my enamel
he tells me when they start to emerge that i’ll have serious problems
still i dont wanna believe him
but i can tell from comparison with past times hes shown me
my enamel is just about gone
kinda like …yeah north south n green
last nite i finally get around to seeing al gores film
of course its shattering
its like the teeth
it has to be sorted immediately
if it can be sorted at all
dont we all love this planet more than having stuff?
who can tell china not to burn her coal?
and i still bloody was crying from where you see the old footage
of bushs outrageous n brazen perversion of justice
the olde fuck democracy i was born to rule
and i was livin’ in america then when it happened
i cried then
i cry now
for all the needless strain
needless deaths
this absolutely useless idiot has inflicted on this poor world
jesus i have to tell natalie to turn it off half way thru
its shattering
i know its taken me awhile to see it
i know most of ya have seen it
if you aint
heres the synopsis:
you know how this planet is running outta time…
oh you do…..?
but not in your lifetime right?
this stuff happens fast!
today worse than yesterday
yes it is
measurably so
now i know you dont come on here
to read my boring take on ecology
but i been dropping a lotta hints in a lotta songs
(gee thats really doing yer bit for the planet, you olde phoney!)
no but what else was i supposed to do?
(why not come out straight n say it…like midnight oil..?)
cos they had that base covered…
besides i didnt want my songs to be topical..
stuff i’d read in a newspaper n tried to turn into a “protest” song
but all along in my attempt to reconcile this whole thing
in a perfect rock song
i have mentioned it over n over
can any clever students point out at least 5 sk weather warnings?
theres a bunch of em
get to it
i could tell it was all happening since the seventies
i had no idea it was speeding up like this
the clouds in the sky all rushing by
a stares justa backwards glance…indeed
baby we tried to take n take n take
and we all wanted a little bit of the cake
oh no no no
my mother
my sweet green planet
oh baby earth im so sorry we did this to you
what can we do what can we do
oh earth you was so pretty the way you were
dressed in yer lovely polar caps
n yer bulging tropical equator
and god had made everything work
just so
for now at least..
i dont know how it was or will be thousands of years hence n behind
right now
it was …oh so lovely
why i neednt describe it to ya
we all live here after all…
take a looka round
mightnt look like that too much longer
most of australia is fucked by drought already
the insects have gone bananas here in nth bondi at least
the ants invade n invade n invade
they bite us in our bed
the cockroaches are getting ready for the handover
they wont fuckin’ care when the average temperature on earth is 100
then they can rule as they pick thru mansions n hovels alike
we are the cancer
turned round n bit our hostess on her arse
she must be saying
why why why
did i give birth to you?
i watch the movie
everyone watches movie
we still next day jump in ye olde gas guzzlah…
arms industry
its all one big sick joke
that our lovely planet
as big as she is
as beautiful as she is
could no longer endure
the “straights” are fucking it
the “bohemians” are moaning about it
and greenpeace n al gore n a few
very few are doing something
christ what do i know
im a songwriter
i do love this earth
its all i know
and im rather attached to her
i assumed that my children n yr children
would get it more or less the same
now we have driven this beautiful world
to the very brink of ruin
you can no longer assume everything!
whatll go first…my teeth or antarctica?
for both now
its just a matter of time..
only difference is..
i can still get my teeth fixed…

78 Responses to “an inconvenient tooth”

  1. avatar
    boho | 5 February 2007 at 9:03 pm #

    Great Blogge today.
    The earth is irreplaceable. Hope we all get our act together soon.

  2. avatar
    ed in fl | 5 February 2007 at 9:08 pm #

    Here here…

    ed in fl

  3. avatar
    John Garratt | 5 February 2007 at 9:32 pm #

    I’ve never thought of the ecology as a political issue. As a kid, I couldn’t understand why it was. Still can’t.


  4. avatar
    CAPTAIN BEYOND | 5 February 2007 at 9:34 pm #

    me can’t wait to be lifted off if you know what me mean…
    Captain Beyond

  5. avatar
    the dean | 5 February 2007 at 9:35 pm #

    People have lost touch with the real world. It becomes an abstract idea when you live in an aircon house,driving down the hideous motorway to your office block, surrounded by dust.

    I live in the bush where the wild creatures live despite us. Everyday I feel joy when I see the various marsupials grazing where once were cattle,(except in my veggie patch).

    What to do? Free David Hicks and lock up Howard for sure. We all need to act. Give it all up, read Epicurus, take to the streets. Is Peter Garrett fair dinkum or a sell out. To feel so powerless.

    SAve the polar caps , save up for sk’s caps.

  6. avatar
    damien | 5 February 2007 at 9:36 pm #

    As sobering as Gore’s fillum is, I remind myself that it is only one doco with a particular argument (like all docos) and should be taken in the context of wider reading and research into the issues surrounding climate change.

    I guess in the meantime the best we can do is to try and reduce the impact we as individuals make on the planet, like not driving down the street to the deli but walking instead.

  7. avatar
    Imber | 5 February 2007 at 9:40 pm #

    Great blog today, SK,

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the environment lately and what we have done to destroy this living paradise.

    I hate hearing things like: that because of global warming- a particular animal species will become extinct or the “Great Barrier Reef” will be functionally extinct by 2050.

    I hope we all take a stand to keep what we’ve got because once it’s gone- it’s gone.


  8. avatar
    mattdavison | 5 February 2007 at 9:51 pm #

    What do I win if I get the five songs.?
    NZ- signed the Keoto agreement.. We emit 0.011 percent of the world’s carbon emmissions.. What about the land of Oz????

    Gore still a bit of a grand stander, but not a bad doco. but you are right it’s happening.

    The P’s are in Auckland tonight might whip along..And Russell Crowe..Just caus we were born in the same hospital doesn’t mean we are that good ‘a’ friends..and I can spell when I can be bothered.m

  9. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 5 February 2007 at 10:31 pm #

    “i could tell it was all happening since the seventies
    i had no idea it was speeding up like this”

    It’s funny – back in the 70s scientists were collectively claiming that we were entering into another global ice-age because of man made pollutants. Who’d have thunk that in 35 years time the basics of climatology would reverse themselves and leave us heating up instead of freezing? Funny how the laws of science & research change like that.

    As far as your teeth, good luck with that. I know it’s a scary thing – not only for vanity sake, but as a singer your teeth affect the shape of your words & sounds. Time to make another paypal contribution to ze ole blog!

    Best wishes,

  10. avatar
    veleska1970 | 5 February 2007 at 10:36 pm #

    $6400 for crowns?? dentures would probably be cheaper. i know giving up your teeth~you know the ones~that you’ve had for the past 40-some-odd years would be hard, but crowns always fall out eventually. and then more money must be forked over. i wish i had done this when i had my three root canals. one crown has already fallen out, and another one is loose. what a waste of money. besides, steve, you can always do what my great uncle used to do, but with a slight modification~~he used to soak his overnight in a glass of whiskey. you can soak yours in a glass of coke and red bull, LOL. (it’s okay~~it’s herbal. 😉 )

    i don’t know if mother earth can be saved…..i hate to be pessimistic, but i’m doubtful. too many hands are in the cookie jars, making too much money (hah~~there’s the money thing again), and there’s no way they are going to give that up.

  11. avatar
    lee | 5 February 2007 at 10:52 pm #

    Unfortunately haven’t got to see the Al Gore doco as yet, but watched a show a while back on the decrease in pan evaporation and that was enough to make anyone freak out.Showed that at some point we won’t get the heat from the sun at all, won’t be able to grow crops. We all want to do something about it, but who, for example, would give up their computer?

  12. avatar
    ambnt1 | 5 February 2007 at 11:22 pm #


    I hope my generous donation of $3 AUD will help pay for .0001% of your final dental bill.

    Haven’t seen Inconvenient Truth yet as somehow I cannot face the music, it would make me more paranoid than I already am.

    A song I can think of off the bat that had an ecological message is “Dome,” will have to think of some others.


    n.p. Popol Vuh, “Hosianna Mantra” (they transcended on this one)

  13. avatar
    Celticat | 5 February 2007 at 11:27 pm #

    Amen brother, amen……….

  14. avatar
    Richard | 5 February 2007 at 11:28 pm #

    ever seen those shots of Earth taken from the space shuttle?

    should be mandatory viewing for anyone who doesn’t realise that the Earth is the most beautiful precious and fragile thing in the world

  15. avatar
    wamp | 5 February 2007 at 11:41 pm #

    without teeth ya can’t pick pubes out on a sunday morn..that sucks!

  16. avatar
    Noelia | 5 February 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    Hi, Love: First of all: I’ll always love you, with teeth or without them; that’s my destiny and I can’t (or want)change it, and I can asure you there are a lot of people who think the same… So don’t worry about not having teeth: you’re perfect the same.
    Second: I think this story will interest you. There is a diplomatical conflict between Uruguay (one of our neightbour countries) and Argentina (my country)because Uruguay authorized the instalation of two very dangerous European factories just in the limit with us… the problem is that we share the river… and those factories WILL throw the surplus and then will contaminate the water… And a part of that water is ours, and Argentine people DON’T WANT those factories, but Uruguay does because they have got a severe crisis of unemployment… Then our president and theirs are discussing and having violent arguments about that and Argentinians make demonstrations, etc… I’m afraid if we don’t resolve this problem we’ll probably have a war…
    Take care my Prince…

  17. avatar
    CeciliaGin | 6 February 2007 at 12:06 am #

    Mother Earth is going to shake us humans off like a bad case of fleas…may the next incarnation of an intelligent species know how to care for her much better than we did, or you know, we’re doomed to relive that Planet of the Apes ending…over and over, and over, and over…
    Queen of recycling

  18. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 12:25 am #

    maybe play a concert with all yours songs that hint at the destruction of the environment. destination of course. constant in opal. myrrh. columbus. tantalized. roman. hotel womb. metropolis. aura. dome. chaos. it could be anyone. the great machine. numbers. could be a helluva concert. bill it as such. can you do it in atlanta. i bring goodies?

    richard mchealthy.

    are locust and avenue confused on the block e.p….it’s just killing me to know.

  19. avatar
    stealthblue | 6 February 2007 at 12:25 am #

    I hear ya, brother. Don’t even get me started…about our beautiful mother. It appears she has bore too many bad children with no regard to for the rest of the herd. It is possible to turn it around before it is too late. But will it happen?? That is a whole other deal. See, it is too convenient to be in serious denial and it is too convenient to think someone else will take care of things or educate our children properly. It is too convenient to buy over-processed foods in massive bulk and buy three huge cars instead of one smaller for the house hold. Or avoid car-pooling becasue even though you work close, same hours, and live in the same neighbourhood, it’s too inconvenient to wait a few extra minutes or go “out of your way” for someone else. (I see a shitload of guzzlas on the road during rush-hour and they each have one, itty bitty driver.) It’s too convenient that some one else is running off with our constitutions, throwning away a government of Laws and replacing it with individuals with their interests concealed. It is way too convenient for some to turn the other cheek and disobey any regulations that may hinder their cheap labour/costs and higher yield/profits. What to do, what to do…

    Another thing, like “the Oils” once said…”PUT DOWN THAT WEAPON!!” When the fuck will “we” learn??? Duhhhh….War BAD, peace GOOD.

    I love ya, man. I love you all. Peace to everyone…
    Oh, and regarding the teefs, YIKES, MAN! Take care of those babies while you still got ’em. I am also facing a potential crown/whatever and I do not envy you that. Hang in there and I wish you a speedy recovery…physically and financially. Damn, that is a lot of ching, isn’t it??? It’s like they know they have you (by the balls-so to speak) so what do you do?? Ah well, such is life.
    Anyhow, take care.
    Ben V.

  20. avatar
    fergal | 6 February 2007 at 12:26 am #

    don’t believe everything that dentist tells ya … in fact treat most of it with a healthy dose of skepticism.
    it’s fear-mongering … all this enamel/dentine shite … it’s just like that weapons of mass destruction myth …


  21. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 12:26 am #

    pigfuckers is such a fitting word for those we bow to…in the u.s.

    rmchthy & gwife

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 12:51 am #

    For God’s sake, Professor, I impeach you…don’t mess with your teeth, it might change your voice, even in the smallest way…after listening to the Chruch’s BEAUTIFUL new album, and your voice, your VOICE, it just gets better, richer, wiser, don’t stuff up the outbox for Christ’s sake…

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 12:57 am #

    Can y’all imagine what would be happening in the world if Al Gore had won the presidential election all those years ago?

    I would like to take this opportunity to say that while Peter Garrett appears not to have done much since entering parliament, I think he is the best chance this country has at really addressing the issues with the environmnet and improving things. Why? Because he is not a business man and it’s business and ‘the economy’ that have fucked the environment over in the first place. He’s up against Malcom Turnbull ((who is SK’s local memeber) and a bloody silvertail if ever there was one!) as shadow minister for the environment and will have his work cut out…but I really think that with a lot of support, and a Labour win at the next election, effective change could start coming from the top. PG has been paying his parlimentary dues until now, but lets hope he can shake some action in the best possible way. He’s certainly the only politician I can think of who has the integrity to do it.

    It’s a nice dream, isn’t it?


  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 1:53 am #


    Now you know I’m not one to give advice…but…

    SK, why aren’t you going to David Kagen for your teeth? Surely you have heard of him? He’s in Oxford St in Paddington. He’s a great guy and a good dentist. He’s also a musician and photographer and plays fantastic ambient music while you are in the chair. I have been seeing him for years and then when my brother (a struggling muso) had to have some stuff done to his teeth he shopped around as it was a big money job and it came out easily that David was the most reasonably priced and I think he arranged some payment plan for him too. He’s a real straight shooter as well and will tell it like it is in terms of what you can get away with for how long. Given the expense of the job, I’d say getting a second opinion would be well worth it.

    As to whether to get the crowns…I have had my two lower front teeth with crowns for 24 years…never fell out and look FAB. Get ’em. You are always saying how old you are but you’re not old enough for dentures for god’s sake. Just check what David Kagen can do the crowns for before you commit yourself to your other guy. He’s pretty busy (because he is cheap AND good!) so book in soon.

    Ph; 9360 3299

    you can thank me later.


  25. avatar
    The Carrier of Fruit | 6 February 2007 at 1:58 am #

    I think Mother Earth needs a good dentist.

  26. avatar
    MarkM | 6 February 2007 at 2:23 am #

    Every morning I am awoken by the old clock radio and the morning news….these days it’s becoming an increasingly depressing way to start the day as the threat of global warming becomes more imminent. I’ve been putting off seeing the Al Gore film, but I think its time to get it out.
    I just read a Tom Waits interview from the 70’s and he was saying there that he doesn’t even like digging holes in the earth (!)….anything to mess up the enviroment, cause he was scared that one day Mother Earth will rear up and throw us off her back.

    On another note I’ve been putting off getting a wisdom tooth out…it’s growing sideways and flares up occassionally….it’s time to find the courage and just get it over with, I hate problems with teeth! (my wife has had no end of problems)

    PS. Love the new version of Grind. Brilliant of course.

  27. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:44 am #

    The drought we’re seeing here in oz has been a REAL wake up call for me, and the thought of recycling toilet water into drinking water is enough to scare anyone about our future on this earth!

    I wouldn’t take V’s advise and get dentures, no matter how much the crowns cost, if he’s a good dentist they should last a long, long time and at least there’s no chance of them accidently popping out when your singing on stage! ha ha, and I’d be the one to cop them in the head cos I’m always at the front of the stage, smack bang in front of you, yuk! ha ha ha!!! Dont worry, you’ll make the 6 grand back in no time with that fantastic new album and touring the planet…just do it!

    Love and denturless kisses,

  28. avatar
    shawn_el | 6 February 2007 at 2:53 am #

    SK – I would recommend reading The Long Emergency by James Howard Kunstler or Dark Road Ahead by Jane Jacobs. Both are somewhat biased but they make a lot of interesting reflections on the causes of the decline of custodianship of the earth, and what might be done to alleviate this.

    1) I flailed like a swimmer in the summer heat
    2) three for the vast and molten sky
    3) our procession lurches on as if we have recovered
    4) Oh my lord we are threatened again, we need more wine and gold
    5) Destined to make that same old mistake, the way of the flesh and blood

    Gee…sounds like I should listen to some other bands once in a while…

  29. avatar
    captainmission | 6 February 2007 at 3:12 am #

    Almost With You
    When You were Mine
    Field Of Mars
    Blurred Crusade
    One Day
    It’s No Reason
    Constant In Opal
    Violet Town
    Already Yesterday
    Columbus (in a very intangible way)
    Happy Hunting Ground
    Youth Worshipper
    Blood Money
    North South East West
    Hotel Womb
    Terra Nova Cain
    Monday Morning
    Essence (the best opening line ever)
    Dome (Best song ever)

    Well there’s hundreds from your catalougue, but heres a few that all seem to reference a planet that is being corrupted by human influence. To me anyway. Some one else can continue the list if they desire i guess but yeah you have always used the enviromental ravaging of the planet in your music.

    Personally I don’t think there is anything to do, our beautiful planet has been hijacked by evil fuckers and the rest of us are sucked into the nightmare, there’s not much point in revolution, ultimately the problem is a design one, in humanity, revolutions have been happening for thousands of years, one evil fucker to replace another, no thanks.
    i know a number of people buying property up in the mountains, stocking up on food and water, it’s inevitable things are goona get more and more extreme, the death throes.
    Me I figure, make my peace with the people i love, myself and my universe and exit gracefully. If we took all value from the event and saw it from a different perspective, its just the planet self correcting. Climate Change is nothing new, but for us in our arrogence we think we have privilige.
    The survivors will be the ones whose cilvilization has not grown dependant on science, technology and complex infrastructures, indigionious cultures that are in harmony will survive, we won’t. Maybe that’s a good thing, I don’t know. The answer seems to be in our response to death.
    The Mayans, Incas, Olminecs and Aztecs all existed at seperate times, never overlapping, yet their architecture is designed as a calander signifying the end of this cycle of civilization. 2012. (metaphorical perhaps)
    Who knows what these people knew.
    But i also think if human beings want to survive global warming then they have the means, it’s just a dramatic change in lifestyle thats all.
    But will they?
    I don’t think so and i am not being cynical, i mean the North American Indians have warned about this for two hundred years….did anyone take them seriously. Now a bunch of scientists are saying the same thing, just backed up with some graphs, pie charts and numbers.

  30. avatar
    captainmission | 6 February 2007 at 3:13 am #

    Apologies I was having a bit o a rave. Ignore me.

  31. avatar
    mike a | 6 February 2007 at 3:48 am #

    Over here we’ve had droughts, floods, flowers blossoming in January -it’s crazy!! The scariest part is that it is happening so fast!! I look at my daughter and I am really afraid for her and her future!!

  32. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 4:00 am #

    if ya don’t like porn, don’t watch it

  33. avatar
    crucified in space | 6 February 2007 at 4:14 am #

    antartica is growing, not melting (see the recent IPCC SPM document). according to solar cycles we will soon be entering a period of cooling, and that’s when the scary shit really happens.

  34. avatar
    Dead Can Dance - Ulysses | 6 February 2007 at 4:20 am #

    John Francis Dooley, wipe the sleep from your eyes
    And embrace the light
    You have slept now for a thousand years
    Beneath starless nights
    And now it’s time for you to renounce the old ways
    And to see a new dawn rise

    In former days, the masks were raised
    When the god came down from off the mountain
    And a sacrifice was made
    For they knew that the day of wrath was fast approaching
    Just like yesterday, before the war
    John Francis Dooley, the scapegoat has run
    All our sins are disowned
    And now it’s time for you to take off your mask
    And cross the Rubicon

    If you and I were one within the eyes of our designs
    It would still not change the fact of our leaving
    For tonight we must leave with the first gentle breeze
    For the Isles of Ken we are assailing

    Just like Ulysses on the open sea
    On an odyssey of self-discovery

  35. avatar
    craig1.618 | 6 February 2007 at 4:21 am #

    deleted my previous comment…….re-read it and it seemed sorta agressive (albeit true)…..but that’s not my vibe of choice…….me playing the “heavy” and getting preachy won’t fix things……. focusing on the now and knowing that all is in perfect time… that…..that will move mountains…….in my humble opinion

  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 4:36 am #

    State Theatre Fri, Feb 2.
    Now c’mon SK, ya gotta be happy with that one. I surely was! Did I see some bumper moves up there? Big SK does little SK? Loved the deep lunge during Milky Way – or were you just exercising those calves? Thought you were gonna do the splits. Guess you’d just pretend it’s part of the act. Good comedy routine. You sure are a fungi.

    Great song list too. Excellent version of Ungarded Mo, also Reptile, Two Places, Block etc. Each one a gem. Good team effort boys. Oh yeah, Pretenders were pretty good too.

    Lady Di

  37. avatar
    freddy mercurial | 6 February 2007 at 5:05 am #


    Hope you find some funds in the ole’ coffers to get your pearly whites fixed. Glad to hear that some of your shows with Chrissie and co. went well…

    Freddy M

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 5:17 am #

    Glad your Mum went to Bimbadgen,
    bet she took a lot of photos (being the proud Mum) they may appear in her next book.
    Did u & nk take home some nice wines? They’re not a bad drop from there. It’s good that the Opera House has them on their wine list.

    Good luck with Dentist & the teeth.
    They sure charge like a wounded bull, last time mine wanted to take 2 x-rays, said no I wasn’t feeling well, only went for a check up & clean, that was dear enough.

    Happy vibes,

  39. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 6 February 2007 at 5:45 am #

    I tried creating a link to the following report, however when you clicked on it, it said you had to be a registered user. Though very long I thought it was worth adding here.

    Game over on global warming?
    Everybody in the United States could switch from cars to bicycles.
    The Chinese could close all their factories.

    Europe could give up electricity and return to the age of the lantern.

    But all those steps together would not come close to stopping global warming.

    A landmark report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Friday, warns that there is so much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that even if concentrations held at current levels, the effects of global warming would continue for centuries.

    There is still hope. The report notes that a concerted world effort could stave off the direst consequences of global warming, such as widespread flooding, drought and extreme weather.

    Ultimately eliminating the global warming threat, however, would require radical action.

    To stabilize atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide — the primary contributor to global warming — CO2 emissions would have to drop 70% to 80%, said Richard Somerville, a theoretical meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

    Such a reduction would bring emissions into equilibrium with the planet’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide. The last time the planet was in balance was more than 150 years ago, before the widespread use of coal and steam engines.

    What would it take to bring that kind of reduction?

    “All truck, all trains, all airplanes, cars, motorcycles and boats in the United States — that’s 7.3% of global emissions,” said Gregg Marland, a fossil fuel pollution expert at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

    Closing all fossil-fuel-powered electricity plants worldwide and replacing them with windmills, solar panels and nuclear power plants would make a serious dent — a 39% reduction globally, Marland said.

    His calculation doesn’t include all the fossil fuels that would have to be burned to build the greener facilities, though.

    Trees could be planted to absorb more carbon dioxide. But even if every available space in the United States were turned into woodland, Marland said, it would not come close to offsetting U.S. emissions.

    “There is not enough land area,” he said.

    The United States accounts for nearly a quarter of the carbon dioxide released each year, according to government statistics. China, in second at about 15%, is gaining fast.

    If the rest of the world returned to the Stone Age, carbon concentrations would still rise.

    Carbon does not dissipate rapidly. Some is eventually absorbed by oceans and plants, but about half stays in the atmosphere. And there is no easy way to get it out.

    Maintaining current levels would require reducing worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by more than 20 billion tons a year, federal statistics suggest.

    For some perspective on that number, consider an icon of the green movement: a 2007 Toyota Prius. Driving it 12,000 miles releases 4,200 pounds of carbon dioxide.
    If hybrid cars replaced all 245 million cars in the United States — more than a third of the cars in the world — the carbon savings would be less than 3% of the needed reduction.

    Rapid industrial development in some of the most populous nations has compounded the problem. Their burgeoning emissions could swamp environmental gains in other countries.

    In India, carbon dioxide emissions increased 39% between 1993 and 2004 — nearly double the global rate. The figure was 36% in Indonesia. China, which saw a 45% rise, now opens a coal-fired power plant every week to 10 days.

    Given the scale of the problem, experts see no realistic way to lower the concentration of atmospheric carbon.

    In fact, Robert Socolow, a carbon mitigation expert at Princeton University, said that even if the entire world stopped burning fossil fuels, carbon wouldn’t approach pre-Industrial Revolution levels for several hundred years.

    The only possibility now is to slow the buildup of carbon. If emissions can be reduced enough, the gradual process of warming can be stretched into centuries.

    From this perspective, there is some hope. Though the savings from any one measure may look small, in combination, they could add up to something significant, experts said.

    There is no shortage of ideas.

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Stephen L. Johnson, said high-efficiency appliances and other products in the Energy Star program last year eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equal to the pollution from 23 million cars.

    “As a citizen, each of us has an opportunity to make a difference,” he said Friday after the release of the U.N. report.

    He urged people to use compact fluorescent light bulbs, which provide the same light as a standard bulb on two-thirds of the energy.

    Replacing one standard light bulb in every U.S. home would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars.

    Tips from TerraPass Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif., include going back to clotheslines.

    The company, which promotes alternative energy, says eliminating a family’s dryer could save electricity equivalent to 1,016 pounds of carbon dioxide a year.

    Socolow said the ultimate solution might rely on technology.

    He said his research suggested that by improving energy efficiency now and phasing out fossil fuels over the next 100 years, carbon concentrations could remain within safe levels.

    The biggest polluter, he said, should lead the way: “The U.S. is going to have to decarbonize.”

    Times staff writer Karen Kaplan contributed to this report

  40. avatar
    ...being here, doing this... | 6 February 2007 at 6:06 am #

    “now we have driven this beautiful world
    to the very brink of ruin…
    its just a matter of time..”

    let’s try and fix it.

    if we can’t,
    if it’s too late…
    the next best option is to give…
    palliative care

  41. avatar
    Imber | 6 February 2007 at 6:29 am #

    2. Global Warming:
    We are overheating our planet to alarming levels with potentially catastrophic consequences. Eating meat increases global warming, one of the most dangerous threats to our planet (at least according to reports by and for Greenpeace, Oxfam, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Pentagon, the World Bank, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the World Meteorological Organization, the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and a vast number of other scientists, political economic analysts, and environmentalists – and there are no scientific organizations or any published scientific articles that dispute global warming and that humans are contributing to it).
    The Pentagon report, for example, states that climate change in the form of global warming “should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern”, higher even than terrorism, warning of riots and declaring that “future wars will be fought over the issue of survival rather than religion, ideology, or national honor”. The UK’s chief scientific advisor, Sir David King, agrees. “Extreme weather conditions in many parts of the world, including a record 10 typhoons in Japan and the first-ever hurricane in South America [in 2004], are being blamed on global warming”, states the BBC News, as is record hurricane levels, record temperatures, and melting polar ice caps and glaciers. 2005 was the hottest year in over a millennium. Most of the hottest years on record have been in the last 20 years.
    Further, the world has seen a melting of the polar ice caps, glaciers, and permafrost with potentially disastrous consequences for people, animals, cities, islands, and other coastal communities, as well as arctic areas, which will likely lead to suffering, death, extinction, and the forced migration of people and animals. These extreme weather events and other eco-spasms have become more frequent and are projected to multiply with dire consequences for the world.
    Cow farms produce millions of tons of carbon dioxide and methane per year, the two major greenhouse gases which together account for over 90% of US greenhouse emissions, significantly contributing to global scorching (what is euphemistically called global warming). Methane is less abundant that carbon dioxide, and degrades quicker, but is considered 23 times more potent. Nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas that accounts for about 6% of global warming, is about 300 times more potent that carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide is emitted from manure and fertilizer.
    Power production, passenger and other vehicles, international shipping, militarism (the U.S. military, for example, is the world’s biggest consumer of oil and the world’s largest polluter), and other major users of fossil fuels are also the biggest contributors to global warming. Deforestation is a major contributor. Smoking is also a factor and is related to deforestation. Global warming is already having grave effects on our planet and we need to take action.
    Meat eaters are contributing to global warming, which is “Another Inconvenient Truth”. It’s Another Inconvenient Truth that switching to a vegan diet can reduce greenhouse gas emissions even more than switching to a hybrid car. Vegetarians help keep the planet cool in more ways than one! Be cool.-

  42. avatar
    Celticat | 6 February 2007 at 6:32 am #

    Hi Steve,

    I gotta tell you – I’m frightened of what’s going on with the world at the moment and have been for quite some time.

    Your blog this morning made me want to voice that fright.

    I don’t believe in god, allah, buhdda – I belive that Mother nature is the force. You want proof……

    Mother Nature always finds a balance no matter what we do to her. But we do need to heed this warning, what man wrecks in a thousand years, mother nature can fix only after a millennium.

    What I’m saying is that if the world nuked or cooked itself a natural balance would be established by mother nature after a millennia. The world’s had ice ages, heat ages, meteorite strikes, huge earthquakes, and mother nature has recovered each and every time. I reckon this time mother nature will fix it as well.

    Only problem is that you, me, our children, our grandchilden won’t see this recovery. Our descendants may not even be able live on planet earth whilst mother nature takes care of her business.

    I think we’ve really pissed her off this time and I’m frightened of the consequences.

    Does that make sense?

    Much love

  43. avatar
    mattdavison | 6 February 2007 at 6:44 am #

    Capt’n-Mish.. You surely impress me.

    Hmmm, Why can’t my name thing on this bloggie turn blue anymore!!

    ps- Gore would have fallen fowl Just like JFK if he had taken office..It ain’t the Govt IN THE us people It’s the millitary protecting the big BIG BOY’S.

    one-world)))Think Roman Empire.

  44. avatar
    Peter | 6 February 2007 at 7:14 am #

    Kicked up a bit of a storm today old chap. Good job you’re on a bit of a jolly to wade thro’ the sciencey.
    Great idea to get the new nashers, make sure they’re in proportion , not like drawn over orange pith bunged in there. I have new front crowns . they are nice… but don’t forget that ya have to run them in a bit speech wise eg… ‘you can spray that again’ they used to mock. I would seriously think about knocking out the first coupla rows at shows soonafter .. ‘your life jacket is under your seat’…
    This is my deflowering post wise. Luv your work since the start. Hope you make it north of London in April.
    God speed !

  45. avatar
    wamp | 6 February 2007 at 7:45 am #

    i just figured out who sk is.. So who the fuc is Marty Willson Piper??

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 9:27 am #

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  47. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 9:48 am #

    Watched “The Secret” over the weekend and so I’m in a very positive frame of mind. Anyways, yeah I did watch the Al Gore doco at the movies & it was pretty much spot-on in its recount of the state of ecology presently, but I think Mother Earth will be just fine in the end. Yes, I do believe in miracles.

  48. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 10:07 am #

    I haven’t seen the documentary because I was told there wasn’t anything much in there about meat and that made me even more angry. From my reading that’s THE MAIN contributer to global warming. If you look at the graphs, meat production comes in first. In a recent talk by Peter Singer in Sydney he said that according to research, if every person cut out their meat eating it would have a far greater impact on global warming than if everyone gave up their car. So Steve you are certainly doing your bit to walk lightly on our earth.
    As for the teeth, new crowns done by a dentist who knows what he or she is doing will last the rest of your life. Just make sure you actually go to the technician (you can request this) and view the crowns and make sure they are perfect before they are placed in your mouth and get them to keep re doing them if they are not right. If they are good crowns they will look exactly the same as your own teeth and you won’t have any black lines like the old style ones. It’s also not that painful, only the needle and the rest is fine. Sounds like you should shop around though as mine were only $1,200 and are pretty good.

  49. avatar
    isolde | 6 February 2007 at 10:27 am #

    oh yr such a drama queen sometimes
    antarctica is very big its a continent for gawds sake
    i flew over a teeny tiny bit of it and it took hours and hours
    it was massive
    a mindblowing lot of ice
    and beautiful
    there were these glacier islands
    with a green translucent ring around them floating in the sea
    and we flew alongside canyon walls of glacial rock
    ooooh it was transcendent
    just like…
    el momento siguiente
    all my faverite songs
    a smorgasmbord of delight
    thanks ever so

  50. avatar
    AAA | 6 February 2007 at 11:02 am #

    A great read is David Suzuki’s “The Sacred Balance – Rediscovering Our Place in Nature” He manages to convey hope with factual information.

    I got to listen to him at a Palm Sunday Rally in the early 80’s.

    He was asked in an interview how he remains so optimistic and he said he has to be he has grandchildren.


  51. avatar
    Todd Goninon | 6 February 2007 at 11:40 am #

    If your teeth are around in 2045 then they’ll definitely outlive the ice shelves!

    This isn’t bad news for Antarctica – it has laboured under a mountain of ice for far too long! Time to let the place breathe and return to flower!

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 1:16 pm #

    Century house may be interested in this.
    Great Blog!
    Vote Green March 24

  53. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 1:19 pm #

    oh larsen b!!!

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:08 pm #

    SK with dentures??!! Can u imagine all those classics being delivered artificially?
    Kind of like hearing UTMW with a techno beat….wait a tick…

  55. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:11 pm #

    you stupid fuckin a-holes who sit around and do nothing but advertise on blog-space( hey here is a deal!) Have you ever questioned what ass-kissing morons you are>>>>>>>>>> And for those who think Ma Earth will “be all right” with whats been going on and will go on…??? You are fucking in Denial and Clueless..its that kinda apathy and amnesia that allows for it to happen, until its too fucking late…Ask yourself~$*….What is Human? Whose voice is it that whispers on to you??

  56. avatar
    balonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:13 pm #

    The Earth is a candyshell of rock wrapped ’round a blob of molten nickel.
    Nuke the whales, eppur si muove.

  57. avatar
    restaurant mark | 6 February 2007 at 2:15 pm #

    great blog steve…if only we could fix the planet for 6 grand. even if we could, somebody, some idiot would find a way to screw that up too.
    take care

  58. avatar
    eek | 6 February 2007 at 2:22 pm #

    I’ve long thought that the best thing for this earth would be the extinction of the human race. Fortunately or unfortunately — depending on your point of view — we do seem bent on doing just that. While I certainly encourage various means to slow this process (mostly because I hope to finish out my life before the shit really hits the fan — hey, I’ll admit I’m selfish 😉 ), I can’t see that we are going to be able to get the genie back in the bottle. Humans have been wasteful and destructive towards the environment for our entire existence, we just didn’t have the means to destroy it as quickly or as thoroughly as we do now. I can’t see that we (as a group, not so much as individuals) will suddenly make the changes needed to do a hell of a lot of good.

    On the happier side — at least your teeth are fixable, SK. I guess I should double up on my donation (and hope loads of others do also, since me doubling my donation isn’t going to make much of a dent in the bill) as Amanda’s concert denture fiasco scenario would be enough to scar me for life. Yikes!

  59. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:23 pm #

    We Are Doomed…Humanity is murderous scum…untold atrocity. …Entering a cooling climate, someones says??? I have to fucking scoff at that…let the arctic poles melt?? Are you serious?? Smoking a problem for the atmosphere? Ha HA thats pretty funny….Man, there are other factors besides lighting up- was that added to the agenda as a last second attachment, or what? Please, dont fucking ruin the Truth with idiocies…we have enuff problems as it is…

  60. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 2:36 pm #

    “the Greens have their own agenda” ???? What the fuck are you talking about??? An agenda of peace and truth, responsiblity and respect, compassion and intelligence, etc…Oh yeah, “that” agenda….Funny how people rearrange their value systems…ad nauseam, et al Republican and Fascist.

  61. avatar
    MEM | 6 February 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    “back to my blindness… so i can see… echo drenched in reverb raine …piano dreams of sun… …the great machine… …hastening enemies …ice melting down (around your heart) – you wake up in the suffocating arabic darkness…
    you emerge from troubled dreams with your head held very gently… not worth the earth you’re standing on earth, mother earth, hurt sweet mother earth what are you worth…”


  62. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 5:21 pm #


    Gotta go somehow.

  63. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 5:34 pm #

    “An Inconvenient Tooth”

    That’s funny and brilliant.

    you are quite a master of the title. among many other things as well.

  64. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 5:55 pm #

    Electric, Seance
    “I hoped that our destiny sloped
    Ever upwards, now it curves away, and falls
    Like rain, and the windows of children
    I see the future, just sliding away, and false”

    Columbus, Heyday
    “We don’t possess a single empty tear or furrowed brow
    Oh Columbus, I wish that you could see us now”

    It Could Be Anyone, MATS
    “In the hills and mountains the hawks and the eagles
    Hang on the breezes and glide on the clouds
    They pull down a torrent that shorts out the circuits
    Negating the fires and drowning the crowds”

    “And when this is over, and when it is finished
    The mission accomplished, the purpose complete
    Back at the beginning Eden prevails
    Back at the start, back on the street”

    LadyBoy, MATS
    “Hold me closer ladyboy
    There’s a rope that’s dragging you out of this world
    It doesn’t care if you’re heavy girl
    Hold me closer ladyboy
    If you look you can see that it’s just you and me
    There’s nothing left of our world”

    The Great Machine, HOB
    “The gardens choke with bursting blooms
    Weddings frozen melted grooms
    Chasing you through endless rooms
    The day they turned off the great machine”

    could keep going…….

  65. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 6:21 pm #

    Global warming being caused by man is ‘The Greatest Deception in the History of Science’…

    Thought you were more intelligent than that Steve…

  66. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 6:31 pm #

    The world was never beautiful or good sk. Nastiness is built into the very structure of the world.In a scenario where competitive evolution decides who roams the planet, niceness does not pay.Creatures survive by eating other creatures, killing conspecifics for more territory,grabbing as many resources as they can to spit out as many progeny as they can etc.
    Bring on the ice age and the next lot of amoebas, I say. At least they don’t have guns.

    George taxi

  67. avatar
    Anonymous | 6 February 2007 at 6:53 pm #

    Timothy Ball is in denial.

    There will always be the people who says that they’re not doing anything wrong. This is how the world is regardless of us polluting the air etc. Wake up!

  68. avatar
    davem | 6 February 2007 at 7:26 pm #

    Ho hum.
    The Great Machine
    Day 5
    Song in space
    Freeze to burn
    Space needle
    song to go

    The wife had the Al Gore film for her Birthday. Haven’t seen it yet. Guess that I need to.
    Love You More,

    Dave M

  69. avatar
    leelinau | 6 February 2007 at 9:05 pm #


    (columbus = hitler)


    I have yet to see the MOVIE

    so sorry about your teeth


  70. avatar
    the dean | 6 February 2007 at 9:15 pm #

    Metropolis, the weather is ridicules.

  71. avatar
    CSTCoach | 6 February 2007 at 9:29 pm #

    Only have a sec to comment…

    Finally received my copy of El Mo 2 today, listening to it now. 🙂

    Song in the Afternoon is GREAT! Lots of other favourites on here too.

    “can any clever students point out at least 5 sk weather warnings?”

    Hmm. Don’t forget Isidore.

    The Memory Cloud:

    Pressure in the system
    Overloads abundancy
    Waiting in the nightlight
    Diminishing necessity
    Back into the chills
    Back into the seas
    Or anywhere they please

    One for Iris Doe:

    I really gotta tell you mate
    It’s checkmate
    Ain’t that great?
    One of these days, and it’s coming soon
    When they finish, finally, fucking up the moon


  72. avatar
    sue cee | 6 February 2007 at 9:33 pm #

    aye, too much to explain, will put it in my blog.

    Steve, theres nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a lotta pain. If you need a good referral to an honest dentist, you know where to reach me.


  73. avatar
    CSTCoach | 7 February 2007 at 12:49 am #

    Been thinking about this a little more.

    Regardless of whether or not you agree with or believe in the data that points to an environmental crisis, would it really hurt us to pollute less? Would it hurt us to walk a little more softly? To make less of a mess?

    And whether or not there’s a crisis, sometimes it takes one in order to spark a change. In the same way that it takes a heart attack for some people to start exercising and eating better. Or a traumatic divorce for someone to take a closer look at their direction and purpose in life. Perhaps our species needs such a crisis in order to get it’s ass in gear before its too late…

    just an idea.


  74. avatar
    JJ | 7 February 2007 at 3:52 am #

    What have we done to the earth..
    what have we done to our fair sister,
    Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her,
    Stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn,
    tied her with fences and dragged her down.
    Persian night, see the light
    Save us! Jesus! Save us!

    Those who deny global warming caused by us are like those who deny the Holocaust.

  75. avatar
    Letango | 8 February 2007 at 3:56 pm #

    I love the teeth analogy re. global warming and running out of time.

    I truly think we’ve run out of time. Reduce green house gasses by 80% yesterday when we’re still increasing every year? That equation will never resolve itself except in annihilation.

    Even if we rapidly reduce green house gas, what about particulates? Right now global dimming, due to particulate pollution, is staving back the real effects of global warming. We have to reduce both GH gasses and particulates simultaneously.

    Oh what’s the point of even writing this… USA won’t get on board, China won’t get on board, the world won’t get on board soon enough. Some estimates say if not by 3 yrs say goodbye. Some say if not sooner than that, if not by yesterday…

    So let’s take the conservative 3-year outlook for reducing emissions by 80%.Could we do it? sure. Will we, NO.

    It’s not pessimism that leads me to that answer, it’s realism. We just aren’t deliberate and conscious enough as a planet to hit that mark.

    I’d happily be proven wrong.

  76. avatar
    GAM | 9 February 2007 at 1:00 am #

    It mightnt’ve been specifically about the weather, but in the climate change milieu, “Judgement Day’s” chorus is pretty apt:

    ‘Hey some people
    Gotta lot to answer for
    Yeah – you keep on going…

    I went to the G8 in Scotland with some Greenpeace friends and that song became the ‘anthem’ for the trip – which I thought was pretty cool 🙂


  77. avatar
    (('{~_~}')) | 9 February 2007 at 12:32 pm #

    Man, did Mother Nature fuck up when she created mankind!

  78. avatar
    michael | 12 February 2007 at 6:23 pm #

    Steve, once again your words shed light on a dreary day.

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