Amusing but sad.

Is anyone else floored by this?

At Ford, End of a Big-Vehicle Era Takes a Toll (NY Times)

Ford and GM are losing lots of money and generally making a mess of things, because they focused so much on pickup trucks and SUVs, which are both fairly worthless right now.

And all along, their foreign competitors, (even Ford in Europe!) produced small cars and flourished. How could they not know that the day was coming?

“These write-downs are another result of the tremendous movement in the marketplace away from trucks and S.U.V.’s,” Ford’s chief executive, Alan R. Mulally, said in an interview.

This isn’t new. It looks like they’ll have to take a pretty big beating before they’ll get up and innovate something.


NPR visits NASA-Goddard to view Our Changing Planet

Weekend Edition Sunday paid a visit to two Cambridge editors to discuss their work in climatology and their new book, Our Changing Planet.

Listen here!

Our Changing PlanetMichael King and Claire Parkinson gave Liane Hansen a warm welcome when she visited NASA Goddard Flight Center for a view of how our planet has changed over the years.

King and Parkinson recently edited Our Changing Planet (November, 2007), a large-format book packed with gorgeous satellite photographs of Earth’s surface. The book shows dramatic changes, from the drying Aral Sea to melting glaciers.

Have a listen at the link above.