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Blog Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Craig Childs Seminar Primer

by Andrew Warner on July 15th, 02013

“Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth”
Monday July 29, 02013 at the Marines’ Memorial Theater, San Francisco

When thinking about the planet, climate change, and our environmental future, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers and lose track of what things actually look like on the ground. Enter Craig Childs. . .   Read More

The next 50 years of land use planning

by Austin Brown on May 17th, 02013

Since the beginnings of civilization, humans have had reason to think carefully about where to grow food, where to sleep, where to put waste. We call it land use planning and for most of history it’s happened pretty haphazardly. Like other activities, though, we’ve gradually systematized the process, especially as we’ve come. . .   Read More

World’s Largest and Oldest Audio Archive

by Catherine Borgeson on March 15th, 02013

Over the past 12 years, audio archivists at the The Macaulay Library archive at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have digitized 7,513 hours of analog recordings of natural sounds. The collection houses the largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings, and the entire collection is now accessible online.
These archived. . .   Read More

Seeds Are the New Books

by Andrew Warner on February 26th, 02013

The Basalt Public Library in western Colorado has recently started lending seeds out to members. The members “borrow” the seeds with their library card, grow the plants, and harvest the best fruits’ seeds to give back to the library. The library gets better seeds back, while the members get to enjoy most of the harvest. . .   Read More

Revive & Restore presents TEDxDeExtinction – March 15

by Austin Brown on February 25th, 02013

Where molecular and conservation biology meet, a new scientific field is emerging: De-extinction. Scientific and technological advances are making the prospect of reviving extinct species a realistic goal.

Revive & Restore is a project of The Long Now Foundation that seeks ecological enrichment through extinct species revival.

A private meeting last fall, jointly organized. . .   Read More

Stewart Brand and Isabella Kirkland discuss extinction and revival – 3/7/13

by Austin Brown on February 22nd, 02013

On Thursday March 7th, Stewart Brand and Isabella Kirkland will discuss their combined efforts to keep recently extinct species from completely fading away. Kirkland has created a series of paintings featuring endangered and extinct species (on display at the David Brower Center in Berkeley – where the talk will be held) and Brand is working with. . .   Read More

The Returning Tree

by Alex Mensing on February 12th, 02013

The Returning Tree from YuriSerizawa on Vimeo.

Digital artist Yuri Serizawa created this visualization as his graduation work at Digital Hollywood. It blends the biological with the urban and set the stage for our June 02012 SALT talk with Benjamin Barber on the role of cities in the future, “If Mayors Ruled the World.” We. . .   Read More

Ecosystem in a Bottle

by Charlotte Hajer on February 11th, 02013

It’s the ultimate low-maintenance houseplant: a spiderwort that waters itself.

David Latimer, a retired resident of Surrey, UK, created this self-sustaining garden “out of idle curiosity.” In 01960, he decided to fill a large glass carboy with some compost, planted a seedling, and gave it a quarter pint of water. He watered. . .   Read More

A conversation with Laura Cunningham and Ryan Phelan

by Alex Mensing on January 22nd, 02013

Join artist and ecologist Laura Cunningham and Ryan Phelan at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on Wednesday evening, January 30th, for a conversation jointly presented by The Long Now Foundation and the Brower Center. “A Landscape Flux” will blend Laura Cunningham’s long-term perspective on California ecological history with Ryan Phelan’s work. . .   Read More

Civilization versus Forestation: Bristlecone Pines in the Anthropocene

by Charlotte Hajer on January 11th, 02013

“Trees and forests are repositories of time; to destroy them is to destroy an irreplaceable record of the Earth’s past.”
Whether we’ve grown up in the big city, a small town, or in the middle of the woods, most of us are familiar with the concept of tree rings. As children, we were. . .   Read More

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