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The Paleoclimate & You: How Ancient Climatological Data Helps Us Understand Modern Climate Change

by Jacob Kuppermann on September 2nd, 02021

Ice and sediment cores give researchers the paleoclimate data necessary to understand what the earth’s climate was like 100,000 years ago. Now, that same data helps inform the IPCC’s analysis of our climate futures. . . .   Read More

The Historical Land Practices Behind California’s Fires

by Jacob Kuppermann on September 1st, 02021

Fire has always been a part of California’s ecology. For millennia indigenous Californians managed ecosystems through controlled burns, but centuries of European & American fire suppression have turned the state’s forests into tinderboxes. Can we recover? . . . .   Read More

A Global History of Trade, As Told Through Peppers

by Jacob Kuppermann on August 26th, 02021

A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides an enlightening window into the history of global trade and human population movement through a perhaps surprising source: pepper genetics. . . .   Read More

Letters to the Future Uses Plastic Waste To Send Lasting Messages

by Jacob Kuppermann on August 24th, 02021

In our efforts to foster long-term thinking and preservation, we at Long Now do not typically think of single use plastic as an ally. Yet that’s precisely what the non-profit art project Letters to the future does, harnessing plastic’s lack of biodegradability to make a . . .   Read More