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Blog Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Stewart Brand on Science Friday

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on June 5th, 02009

Stewart Brand was on Ira Flatow’s Science Friday show on NPR today discussing nuclear power and climate change.  You can listen here. . .   Read More

The human side of climate change

by Kirk Citron on May 19th, 02009

The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

There have been a flurry of reports in the last few weeks which try to anticipate how climate change may impact human populations.

1. Two trends (urbanization and global warming) seem to be on a collision course. . .   Read More

Saul Griffith, “Climate Change Recalculated”

by Stewart Brand on January 19th, 02009

The Terawatt World

Engineer Griffith said he was going to make the connection between personal actions and global climate change. To do that he’s been analyzing his own life in extreme detail to figure out exactly how much energy he uses and what changes might reduce the load. In 2007, when he started, he. . .   Read More

Where the Linear Crosses the Exponential

by Kevin Kelly on July 3rd, 02008

Freeman Dyson is my favorite big picture thinker. He tackles the world with both his heart and his calculator. He enjoys entertaining suspect heresies just to see if he can learn anything from them. He’ll take an unusual position and then calculate what would happen if it were true. Do the rough numbers match. . .   Read More

Paul Ehrlich, “The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment”

by Stewart Brand on June 30th, 02008

Becoming a benign dominant

To track how humans became Earth’s dominant animal, Ehrlich began with a photo of a tarsier in a tree. The little primate had a predator’s binocular vision and an insect-grabber’s fingers. When (possibly) climate change drove some primates out of the trees, they developed a two-legged. . .   Read More

Requiem for a River

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on March 25th, 02008

Since purchasing property in Eastern Nevada for the Clock site, Long Now has been paying close attention to water issues.  The valley that makes up much of “view shed” from our potential Clock site has become of great interest to the Southern Nevada Water Authority who has recently bought all the private land in. . .   Read More

Ancient trees find life online

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 14th, 02008

Laura Welcher just pointed me to  this Google Earth Outreach project on the ancient Bristlcone Pine tree.  These are the same trees that live atop our Nevada Clock site.  Much of the data comes from our friends over at the Arizona Tree Ring Lab that have been studying the trees on our property.  By studying. . .   Read More

Two Energy Futures

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 30th, 02008

This week Shell oil published an article by their president Jeroen van der Veer about how he sees the future of energy through 02100. It is surprisingly non-corporate and shows how at least one of the largest oil companies in the world views the coming energy and environmental shortfalls. Most surprising to me is. . .   Read More

DNA Driven World

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

This BBC lecture was posted by 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