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Blog Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

DNA Driven World

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 20th, 02007

This BBC lecture was posted by Edge.org and I thought it would be a good preparation for our upcoming February 25th talk by Craig Venter. Some excerpts:
To begin the process of change we need to start with our children by teaching them in place of memorization, to explore, challenge, and problem solve in. . .   Read More

Svalbard gets even colder

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on November 20th, 02007

The BBC reports that the work on the Svalbard doomsday seed vault is charging right along…
Engineers have begun the two-month process of cooling down a “doomsday vault”, which will house seeds from all known varieties of key food crops.

The temperature inside the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will drop to -18C (0F) in. . .   Read More

Engineers vs Druids

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 25th, 02007

An excellent editorial by Long Now board member Paul Saffo on the Planktos carbon sinking project came out today. It is the first in a monthly series he is writing for ABC News. Saffo does an excellent job in clarifying what has become a characteristic battle in the green tech industry.
On one side are. . .   Read More

Gwyneth Cravens, “Power to Save the World”

by Stewart Brand on September 17th, 02007

Nuclear Footprint

In the early 1980s Gwyneth Cravens was one of the protesters against the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, and also participated in ban-the-bomb rallies. After 15 years of deepening familiarity with nuclear power, she says she still would ban the bomb, but she now regrets that the Shoreham reactor. . .   Read More

Global Dimming

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 6th, 02007

This documentary by the BBC on Global Dimming is probably the most alarming global climate issue I have seen to date (and I was reminded of it this morning as the sun was dimmed from a local fire). It points out the simple long term agricultural measurements that show the amount of sunlight hitting the. . .   Read More

Re-photography

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on July 10th, 02007

Muir Glacier as seen on August 13, 1941 (left) and August 31, 2004 (right).

Photography has now been around long enough that re-photography of certain sites can show over a century of change. Recent photographs depicting glacier retreat, like the ones above, have become the canary in the mineshaft of climate change discussion. Just. . .   Read More

Catastrophe a good bet?

by Stuart Candy on July 6th, 02007

photo of flooded Thames by elyob

The Long Now’s Long Bets project asks us, active bettors and wider public alike, to think more deeply and carefully about the medium- to long-term future than our assumptions (and busy schedules) might otherwise allow.

Nudging our culture towards assuming greater responsibility for addressing (and creating) possible. . .   Read More

Seed Vault of Svalbard

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 11th, 02007

 

A little while ago the design for the Svalbard International Seed Vault was released (BBC article).  They are building a long term vault for seed stock preservation.  Interestingly they seem to have chosen the site mainly under the assumption that the planet will only get warmer in the next 200 years.  My understanding of the. . .   Read More

Rocks of Ages

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 8th, 02007

As part of the series of “Long Shorts” (videos, generally short ones, that exemplify long term thinking or longer perspective).

This German made Academy Award winning short is one of my absolute favorites in the Long Short category. . .   Read More

Brian Fagan – Catastrophic drought is coming back

by Kevin Kelly on March 10th, 02007

Catastrophic drought is coming back

There are two kinds of historians, Brian Fagan says, parachutists and truffle hunters. Parachutists command an overview of the landscape, while truffle hunters dig deeply to uncover marvelous treasures. Fagan is a parachutist. In his talk Fagan emphasized a wide view of human history as it unrolls in the landscape. . .   Read More