Can anything happy be said about global warming? Given that the thought of climate change inevitably brings up images of glaciers melting, temperatures rising, of floods and droughts and hurricanes, it seems that the only way to look at it with a smile is to clad it in irony.
American singer Jill Sobule was at the TED2006 conference at the end of February (see this previous post) and was stirred by Al Gore's two speeches on the impending climate crisis, and wrote a song right there, performing it on stage the last day of the conference (while the host held her laptop open in front of her eyes so that she could read the lyrics that she had just finished writing). In the past days she went to a studio in Los Angeles and recorded the song, in which she imagines picnics and rollerskating and sunbathing in Central Park in the heart of winter: "Manhattan in January" is here to download in MP3 format (for free). Al Gore apparently loved it.