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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Oxford’s Oak Beams, and Other Tales of Humans and Trees in Long-Term Partnership

by Charlotte Hajer on December 31st, 02014

Here at Long Now, we often like to tell the story – or perhaps better said, legend – of the oak beams at New College in Oxford. First told to Stewart Brand by anthropologist Gregory Bateson, this short and simple story epitomizes the tremendous value we can reap from some long-term thinking.
Photo via Tripadvisor
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Mark Lynas: 9 Planetary Boundaries, Finessing the Anthropocene — Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on October 17th, 02014

“The Holocene is over and welcome to the Anthropocene our very uniquely human geological era.” In March 02012 environmental activist and author Mark Lynas gave a sobering assessment of Earth in the Anthropocene.

Lynas offers a framework for tracking the health of our planet, outlining nine measurable “boundaries” that if crossed threaten the well-being. . .   Read More

Go Animals: Jon Mooallem & Laurel Braitman at The Interval, August 12th

by Mikl Em on August 7th, 02014

On Tuesday August 12, 02014 The Interval presents authors Jon Mooallem (Wild Ones) and Laurel Braitman (Animal Madness, TED Fellow) in conversation. Tickets are now on sale!

Go Animals
Tuesday, August 12, 02014 at 7:30pm
at The Interval (doors at 6:30)
Advanced Tickets are encouraged as space is limited
Jon Mooallem and Laurel. . .   Read More

Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet, Field Guide to the Everending Earth — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on July 2nd, 02014

In July 02013 author Craig Childs spoke to Long Now about his travels around the world. One of the world’s great intrepid travelers and story-tellers, Childs finds the places on Earth that are most geologically or climatically dangerous and hangs out, observing closely, then documents them from a personal as well as scientific. . .   Read More

Ecological Anachronisms

by Austin Brown on June 24th, 02014

Evolution is a diligent innovator and the diversity it has achieved offers the curious seemingly unending marvels. In some cases, though, a particular innovation might not make much sense on initial consideration. In those cases, zooming out in time can be instructive.

Whit Bronaugh, writing for American Forests, demonstrates this using the concept of ecological. . .   Read More

Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys, “Oceans Alive”

by Andrew Warner on June 5th, 02014

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

Oceanic
Tuesday May 20, 02014 – San Francisco
 

Video is up on the Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys Seminar page.
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Audio is up on the Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our. . .   Read More

Multi-Millennial Portraits: The Deep Time Photography and Writing of Rachel Sussman

by Catherine Borgeson on June 4th, 02014

The oldest living things in the world are a record and celebration of the past, a call to action in the present, and a barometer of our future, writes artist and SALT speaker Rachel Sussman in The Oldest Living Things in the World.

When Rachel spoke for Long Now in 02010 her book on organisms. . .   Read More

Rachel Sussman in San Francisco: The Oldest Living Things in the World

by Mikl Em on May 30th, 02014

Rachel Sussman spoke in our Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) series in 02010 when she was about halfway into her project to document the world’s oldest living things. She traveled the world to learn about and photograph organisms that have lived 2000 years or more. This year she published her book The Oldest. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand: Reviving Extinct Species — A Seminar Flashback

by Mikl Em on May 20th, 02014

In May 02013 Stewart Brand discussed De-extinction and one of Long Now’s latest projects Revive and Restore. Bringing back extinct species is a scientific pursuit that is loaded with both cultural and environmental significance. Revive and Restore is galvanizing discussion amongst the general public as well as the academic community around these efforts. . .   Read More

Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys Seminar Primer

by Charlotte Hajer on May 6th, 02014

National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Sylvia Earle & Tierney Thys are among the world’s leading champions of ocean conservation. Through research, writing, and public outreach, they raise awareness of the ocean’s myriad beauties – and its vital importance to all life on the planet.
Sylvia Earle is a pioneer in the field of ocean. . .   Read More