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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Worlds oldest living root system

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on April 22nd, 02008

Roger Kennedy brought this story to my attention about a spruce that was nearly 10,000 years old on the mountainous border between Sweden and Norway. As it turns out the trees themselves only last several centuries, but their root systems live on. It is postulated that the root system of the one pictured above. . .   Read More

Spiral Jetty: Land art vs short term gain

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on February 6th, 02008

I just saw this press release from the Dia Center for the Arts that the site of the Spiral Jetty (Smithson’s 1970 seminal land art piece on the Great Salt Lake in UT) is being threatened by oil drilling interests. If you would like to voice your opinion on it before the deadline on. . .   Read More

Counterculture Green

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

Stewart Brand, 1966.
Ted Streshinsky/Time Life Pictures — Getty Images

The Sunday NY Times has a review of the second recent book about Stewart Brand: Counterculture Green.

Kirk’s book uses the genesis and evolution of Whole Earth as an opportunity to survey the sea change in environmental and design attitudes that emerged in the. . .   Read More

Oldest Animal Found

by Austin Brown on November 5th, 02007

While it can’t compete with 4,000 year-old Bristlecone Pines, a clam that lived for between 405 and 410 years was found in waters off of Iceland by scientists from Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences. The researchers can determine the age of a clam by counting the rings of its shell. . .   Read More

NY Times Magazine: “The Future is Drying Up”

by Camron Assadi - Twitter: @teiwaz on October 25th, 02007

The cover story from the of the New York Times Magazine this past weekend is entitled “The Future is Drying Up,” an excellent look at the work being done in the near term to cover the population explosion in the American West, as water resources become harder to allocate. It’s definitely worth a read. . .   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

How many cloudy years per millennia?

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

(Matthew Salzer pulls a core sample from a tree on the Long Now Nevada property)

One of the ways that the 10,000 year Clock of the Long Now will stay accurate over the millennia is with a solar synchronizer. The interesting question that comes up with doing this, is that we need to understand. . .   Read More

Environmental History Timeline

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

This dynamic timeline of environmental history sent to me by Stewart Brand is a nice overview starting over 2000 years ago.  I especially like that it points out that we humans are not new to altering our natural environment in detrimental ways.  However it does seem to omit the Native American story of hunting. . .   Read More

Living furniture

by Stephanie Gerson on July 28th, 02007

Arborsculpture, a term coined by Richard Reames, “is the art of shaping trees trunks. It is often accomplished by framing, bending, grafting and pruning. [sic] Using one or many trees guided into pre designed shapes, functional or artistic, to remain living or to be harvested” (Reames).

Arborsculptors engage in a very slow ‘sculpting’ of trees. . .   Read More

Paul Hawken, The New Great Transformation

by Stewart Brand on June 9th, 02007

Humanity’s immune system

The title of Paul Hawken’s talk, “The New Great Transformation,” has two referents, he explained. Economist Karl Polanyi’s 1944 book, THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION, said that the “market society” and modern nation state emerged together in Europe after 1700 and divided society in ways that have yet to be healed. . .   Read More