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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Dumb materials that do smart things

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 14th, 02009

 Stewart Brand sent me this interesting bit on a couple of potential long term building materials that have recently been discovered to be improving rather than degrading their environs:
Recently a new building, the Dives in Misericordia Church in Rome, seemed to be reducing the concentration of urban pollutants in its immediate vicinity (36). Upon. . .   Read More

Long View Recycling for a Continent

by Kevin Kelly on December 2nd, 02008

Because of the name I noticed this art project:
The Art of Recycling in Antarctica: The Long View

According to the NSF site: The “Art of Recycling in Antarctica: The Long View” project conceived by artist, Michael Bartalos will result in a sculptural book made from recyclable materials collected at McMurdo and South Pole stations. . .   Read More

ECOtime – stories from The ECOlogical Calendar

by Danielle Engelman on October 24th, 02008

ECOtime – stories from The ECOlogical Calendar- will debut on NPR starting this Friday October 24, as part of the weekly program Living On Earth.

This minute-long look at the natural phenomena occurring around us is narrated by Chris Hardman, creator of, and artist behind The ECOlogical Calendar.

As with the calendar, ECOtime is all. . .   Read More

Huey Johnson, “Green Planning at Nation Scale”

by Stewart Brand on October 6th, 02008

Green Plans

Green Plans, said Johnson, are government-run environmental programs that rise to the scale and longevity of environmental problems. Instead of acting piecemeal, they are comprehensive, systemic, integrated, and accountable. Instead of pursuing an energy policy, an air policy, and a water policy separately, you have to have one policy that covers them. . .   Read More

Peter Diamandis, “Long-term X Prizes”

by Stewart Brand on September 15th, 02008

Beyond Audacious

Pursuing the idea of “revolution through competition” via huge-purse prizes was inspired for Peter Diamandis by reading about the Orteig Prize. In 1927 $25,000 was offered to the first person to fly non-stop from New York to Paris. Nine teams spent $400,000 in the competition. A 25-year-old. . .   Read More

Gavin Newsom interviews Stewart Brand

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on August 21st, 02008

 Stewart Brand and Mayor Gavin Newsom talk about mass urbanization, the effects on the environment, and nuclear power.

MP3 of the interview. . .   Read More

Teach the Starlings

by Heather Ryan on July 17th, 02008

As I was poking around the web to piece together a post about the smart and elegant site,, I found myself on the warehouse site of its artist Brian D. Collier. From here I was immediately distracted from my original goal as I found myself on another of his art sites, Teach the. . .   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

1 Millennium for €18,000?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 5th, 02008

(olive tree photo by CorinthianGulf on Flickr)
Joseph Holsten (Charter Member #637) sends in this interesting yet troubling piece from the Wall St Journal on the market for very old trees:

Nick Lloyd, who edits the online Spanish environmental journal, says the market in ancient olive trees is growing, despite the naturally. . .   Read More