: News

Filed Under:

Climate Activists Brave Icy Waters Of Chesapeake Bay

Play associated audio
An attendee dressed as a "Navi" from the new movie "Avatar." Some believe the film has an environmental advocacy message.
Mana Rabiee
An attendee dressed as a "Navi" from the new movie "Avatar." Some believe the film has an environmental advocacy message.

By Mana Rabiee

More than 100 climate activists braved the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay to bring public attention to global warming.

Hundreds came to watch friends and families run into the chilly waters of the bay in Annapolis Saturday morning as part of the Fifth Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

The event was organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Their theme this year was the number 350. That's the parts per million that environmental activists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

"It sounds a little wonky and scientific," says Climate Action Network spokesman Mike Tidwell, "but we just need the whole world to know that number, 350, 3-5-0, that's safety in terms of carbon pollution."

Tidwell says last month's climate change talks in Copenhagen resulted in a general commitment to bringing that level to 780 parts per million, much higher than activists like him say is safe.

NPR

In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance

For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.
NPR

Behold Ukrainian Easter Art: Incredible, Inedible Eggs

Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.
NPR

Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself

President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098.
NPR

Between Heartbleed And Homeland, NSA Treads Cybersecurity Gray Area

Amid controversy over the Heartbleed security bug, the White House clarified how U.S. intelligence agencies must handle such bugs. Bloomberg Businessweek cybersecurity reporter Michael Riley explains.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.