The plodding music of global warming - Telegraph
Several things fascinate me about this story. One is that Crawford, the cello-playing environmental science student, didn’t undertake this on a whim. His supervisor found out that Crawford played the cello, and “tasked” him with the job of turning the data into music. I don’t quite know what to feel about that; pleased that a passion for artistic creation lurks in the soul of a dendrochronologist, or astonished that a research intern would spend time on something so frivolous.
The comments on the video are fascinating too. There are one or two caustic responses from climate-change sceptics, but most are fervently supportive. “It sounds like a woman screaming”, said one viewer, which seems a bit steep for this wan little ditty. Another says that Crawford should have gone further, by including projected data for the next century. This would have sent his piece skittering off the top end of the cello’s range, and perhaps even beyond human hearing. To me, there’s something slightly creepy about these perfervid responses. It’s a reminder that entering the world of climate change activists means engaging with a cultish mind-set, which likes to read cosmic significance into the smallest sign.