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Blog Archive for the ‘The Big Here’ Category

The Paleoclimate & You: How Ancient Climatological Data Helps Us Understand Modern Climate Change

by Jacob Kuppermann on September 2nd, 02021

Ice and sediment cores give researchers the paleoclimate data necessary to understand what the earth’s climate was like 100,000 years ago. Now, that same data helps inform the IPCC’s analysis of our climate futures. . . .   Read More

Letters to the Future Uses Plastic Waste To Send Lasting Messages

by Jacob Kuppermann on August 24th, 02021

In our efforts to foster long-term thinking and preservation, we at Long Now do not typically think of single use plastic as an ally. Yet that’s precisely what the non-profit art project Letters to the future does, harnessing plastic’s lack of biodegradability to make a . . .   Read More

The Time Machine

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on February 5th, 02021

Museums have an opportunity to play a constructive role in generating action on climate change. Long Now co-founder Brian Eno’s concept of The Big Here and Long Now can help.. . .   Read More

Explorers Discover Pinnacle of Coral Taller Than Empire State Building in Great Barrier Reef

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on November 3rd, 02020

Even now, even in shallow waters, the sea continues to surprise us with new wonders . . .   Read More

The Deep Sea

by Michael Garfield - Twitter: @michaelgarfield on August 8th, 02020

As detailed in the exquisite documentary Proteus, the ocean floor was until very recently a repository for the dreams of humankind — the receptacle for our imagination. But when the H.M.S. Challenger expedition surveyed the world’s deep-sea life and brought it back for cataloging by now-legendary illustrator Ernst Haeckel (. . .   Read More

Experiencing Deep Time Through Visual Storytelling

by Alice Riddell on November 26th, 02019

Two new projects are making million-year time frames more relatable
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The Size of Space

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on November 19th, 02019

The “Big Here” doesn’t get much bigger than Neal Agarwal‘s The Size of Space, a new interactive visualization that provides a dose of perspective on our place in the universe. Starting with an astronaut, users can arrow through to different objects, celestial bodies and galaxies, ultimately zooming out . . .   Read More

The Amazon is not the Earth’s Lungs

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on September 1st, 02019

Peter Brannen, writing in The Atlantic, details why a popular claim being made on social media isn’t true—not to downplay the impact of the fires, but to educate audiences on how the various systems of our planet interact   Read More

Brian Eno’s Soundtrack for the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 12th, 02019

50 years ago, the Apollo 11 moon landing was televised live to some 600 million viewers back on planet Earth. One of them was future Long Now co-founder Brian Eno, then 21. He found himself underwhelmed by what he saw. 

Footage from the television transmission of the moon landing.

Surely, there was more. . .   Read More

The Global Tree Restoration Potential

by Ahmed Kabil - Twitter: @ahmedkabil on July 9th, 02019

Earlier this month, a study appeared in Science that found that a global reforestation effort could capture 205 gigatons of CO2 over the next 40-100 years—two thirds of all the CO2 humans have generated since the industrial revolution:

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We. . .   Read More

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