A Killing Drop in Temperature

Not long ago – ten or fifteen years? – well-educated people thought the world was on the brink of a sudden and killing drop in temperature. My neighbour the eminent scientist was then of that opinion.
I remember a CBC program from the winter of 01-02 on Barbara Pentland’s music and life. Pentland and her friend Dorothy Livesay, ardent environmentalists, believed that human negligence and capitalist greed were hastening the return of the great glaciers. The end of life on earth was nigh. The CBC gave us Livesay reciting her poem entitled “Ice Age,” followed by Pentland’s composition of the same title. (I enjoyed both.)
The artists thought polar ice was advancing. Today we think it’s retreating. We’re still worried, notice. We’re still casting around for persons to blame.

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