Climate who?

Big report number 4 from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set to be released to the public on Friday, Feb. 2, and the news isn’t good.

The information won’t truly be surprising to anyone following the issue, but hopefully, with more than 2,000 of the world’s leading climate scientists behind the report, we’ll finally be able to get beyond the question of whether we’re causing the global warming and elevated CO2 levels, and onto the issue of how to fix our rusty shitbox of a planet.

“It is virtually certain (there is more than a 99 per cent probability) that carbon dioxide levels and global warming is far above the range of natural variability in the past 650,000 years,” says a draft of the report.

French umbrella group Alliance for the Planet (Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, etc…) are calling on people to turn off their power for 5 minutes to raise public awareness.

You can join in by turning off from 3:25 to 3:30 pm (Newfoundland Standard Time.)

It’s deadline season!

This year’s St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is making the call for films of any kind which are either written, directed and/or produced by a woman. See ­ for more.

The Nickel Independent Film Festival is also on the lookout for films. They accept any kind of film, as long as it was completed after January 2005. If you are thinking of submitting, take advantage of their discounted early-bird deadline, March 2. Final deadline March 24. Go to for details.

The Conservation Corps is accepting proposals for local environmental and cultural heritage projects for the Green Team to help with this summer. Visit for more. Deadline is Feb. 2!

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council is looking for nominations for their Arts Awards. Last day is Feb. 9. For details and award titles, e-mail

Finally, the Peter Gzowski internship, where a graduating student at MUN gets a gig with the CBC radio mothership. See­gzowskiinternship for more. A wonderful program in memory of a wonderful guy.