Daily Archives: September 23, 2019

The Romantic Sublime: Studies in the Structure and Psychology of Transcendence: Thomas Weiskel

“Weiskel’s attempt is itself sublime… Perhaps it will always mark one of the limits of twentieth-century criticism of the High Romantic poets.”

— Harold Bloom

Thomas Weiskel died in a skating accident along with his daughter, Shelburne, on 1 December of 1974.  The original edition of this book — based on his PhD thesis — was published posthumously by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 1976 with introductory comments by his wife, Portia Weiskel.

Tom Weiskel had been a close friend in Cambridge, England of a fellow student of literature, Clive James, in the late 1960s.   James later wrote many books of literary criticism and autobiography, some of which he dedicated to the memory of Tom Weiskel.  In one of his final publications — an excerpt of which he recorded for The New Yorker magazine — Clive James alluded to their friendship and Weiskel’s tragic death with his daughter, Shelburne, in his poem,  “The River in the Sky.”

Weiskel’s book, The Romantic Sublime, has been widely used as a textbook for exploring the experience of the sublime in many fields as well as the themes, perspectives, intentions and accomplishments of the English Romantic poets.  Numerous paperback editions of this volume have appeared since 1976 including these pictured here.


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Climate change: Impacts ‘accelerating’ as leaders gather for UN talks – BBC News

By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent
22 September 2019

The signs and impacts of global warming are speeding up, the latest science on climate change, published ahead of key UN talks in New York, says.

The data, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record.

Sea-level rise has accelerated significantly over the same period, as CO2 emissions have hit new highs.

The WMO says carbon-cutting efforts have to be intensified immediately.

The climate statement is a pull-together of the latest science on the causes and growing impacts of unprecedented levels of warming seen in recent years.

Recognising that global temperatures have risen by 1.1 degrees C since 1850, the paper notes they have gone up by 0.2C between 2011 and 2015.

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See WMO report:

United in Science, compiled by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the umbrella of the Science Advisory Group of the United Nations Climate Summit.


Indonesia haze causes sky to turn blood red – BBC News

Skies over an Indonesian province turned red over the weekend, thanks to the widespread forest fires which have plagued huge parts of the country.

One resident in Jambi province, who captured pictures of the sky, said the haze had “hurt her eyes and throat”.

Every year, fires in Indonesia create a smoky haze that can end up blanketing the entire South East Asian region.

A meteorology expert told the BBC the unusual sky was caused by a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering.

Eka Wulandari, from the Mekar Sari village in Jambi province, captured the blood-red skies in a series of photos taken at around midday on Saturday.

The haze conditions had been especially “thick that [day]”, she said.

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Greta Thunberg: ‘Leaders failed us on climate change’ – BBC News

Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg has made a passionate speech to world leaders at the UN, accusing them of failing to act on climate change.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she told a UN climate summit in New York.

About 60 world leaders are taking part in the one-day meeting organised by UN Secretary General António Guterres.

He earlier said countries could only speak at the summit if they came with action plans to cut carbon emissions.

US President Donald Trump, a climate change sceptic, had not been expected at the meeting – but he was briefly spotted in the audience.

Brazil and Saudi Arabia are among the countries staying away.

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Did China make a dig at Donald Trump at the UN Climate Summit?

CGTN America Published on Sep 23, 2019

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi addressed the United Nations Climate Summit today, and he had some thoughts about countries that have left the Paris Accord. See what he said, and the applause he got.

UpFront – Is capitalism driving climate change?

Al Jazeera English Published on Mar 18, 2016

Scientists say the world is in the midst of a “climate emergency”. According to NASA, February smashed global temperature records. And, with this year on track to become the hottest year on record, has the world failed on climate change?

‘Treason Pure And Simple’: Weld, Sanford, Walsh React To Trump Call | Morning Joe | MSNBC


Published on Sep 23, 2019

Republican presidential candidates Joe Walsh, Mark Sanford and Bill Weld over the weekend published an op-ed on why canceling GOP primaries is a ‘critical mistake,’ and the three join Morning Joe to discuss primaries and Trump’s call to Ukraine. Aired on 9/23/19.

Is it too late to stop climate change? | Inside Story

Al Jazeera English Published on Sep 23, 2019

Al Jazeera English

We’re running out of time to stop climate change – the warning from the weather agency of
the United Nations.
The World Meteorological Organization says carbon emissions increased 20 percent in the past four years, which are on track to be the hottest on record.
The warning coincides with world leaders meeting in New York for a major UN climate conference.
And as ice sheets are melting faster than before, causing sea levels to rise by five milimetres a year.
Scientists warn that even if every country meets the carbon emission cuts agreed in the Paris climate agreement in 2015, the world will still be three degrees warmer.
The warnings of catastrophe have provoked millions of young people to protest world-wide.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who inspired the largest ever mass marches on climate change, says young voices must be heard – and adults must take action to protect everyone’s future.
Are the world’s leaders listening?

Presenter: Imran Khan
Sharon George – Senior Lecturer in Green Technology and Environmental Sustainability, Keele University
Clare Farrell – Co-Founder, Extinction Rebellion activist group
Simon Alcock – Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Client Earth, a non-profit environmental law organisation

A ‘Degree Of Worry’ Around Trump Amid Ukraine Call | Morning Joe | MSNBC

MSNBC   Published on Sep 23, 2019

The president in a July phone call pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden ’s son to the number of eight times, according to new reporting. The panel discusses. Aired on 9/23/19

Noam Chomsky: ‘Trump is the defender stabbing you in the back’ – BBC Newsnight

BBC Newsnight Published on Nov 5, 2018

The philosopher speaks to Newsnight on the eve of the 2018 US mid-terms. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F Mr Chomsky tells Emily Maitlis that President Donald Trump’s “rhetorical excesses” were undertaken to show “I’m really your defender … I’m working for you, I’m gonna protect you… while quietly I’m stabbing you in the back constantly”. The November elections will decide who controls Congress, but have also been seen as a referendum on Mr Trump. Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.