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Networked Terraforming Pt. 1 | Code Societies Winter 2019
We were then asked to consider the dependencies of the concepts that we just wrote down. Connecting words like ‘surveillance’, ‘data center’ and ‘police’, as well as introducing new words like ‘labor’ and ‘rare earth minerals’ connected to ‘supply chains’, our map became increasingly complex and messy wrapped in deep rooted histories of colonialism and agriculturalism. Computation does not exist in some isolated virtual cloud, it is heavily entangled in our physical earth and societies. Ingrid proposed that the idea that computation turns a world into a computer is both a perceptual one (seeing the world as a computer, seeing natural world as a large computer) and a material one (excavation, changes to landscape, global warming), and that needs to be serious consideration of how computation is changing the world as much as global warming is.
Why focus on ‘networked terraforming’?

Following this discussion, Ingrid began to deconstruct the meaning of networked terraforming. Her decision to use ‘terraforming’ instead of ‘geoengineering’ came out of wanting to dispel the false sense of intentionality and expertise that came with engineering. Whereas ‘geoengineering’ seems to imply the act of trying to restore the land to a so called natural state, ‘terraforming’ is simply the act of earth making - something everyone participates in all the time.
computation  environment  geoengineering 
11 days ago by shannon_mattern
The Climate Change Solution That Could Spark Global War
Interesting thought piece on possible effects of geo-engineering.
climate  politics  geoengineering 
21 days ago by jefframnani
RT : The science stories likely to make headlines in 2019 include solar outdoor experiment and first rel…
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6 weeks ago by benny
First sun-dimming experiment will test a way to cool Earth
> The idea is simple: spray a bunch of particles into the stratosphere, and they will cool the planet by reflecting some of the Sun’s rays back into space. Scientists have already witnessed the principle in action. When Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it injected an estimated 20 million tonnes of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere — the atmospheric layer that stretches from about 10 to 50 kilometres above Earth's surface. The eruption created a haze of sulfate particles that cooled the planet by around 0.5 °C. For about 18 months, Earth’s average temperature returned to what it was before the arrival of the steam engine.
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8 weeks ago by porejide
Climate Solutions: Is It Feasible to Remove Enough CO2 from the Air? - Yale E360
A U.S. scientific panel reports that technologies that take CO2 out of the atmosphere could be a significant part of a strategy to mitigate global warming. In an e360 interview, Stephen Pacala, the panel’s chairman, discusses how these fast-developing technologies are becoming increasingly viable.
climatechange  globalwarming  carboncapture  geoengineering  review  interview  StephenPascala  e360  2018 
10 weeks ago by inspiral
Could an anti-global warming atmospheric spraying program really work? -- ScienceDaily
A program to reduce Earth's heat capture by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere from high-altitude aircraft is possible, but unreasonably costly with current technology, and would be unlikely to remain secret.
climate  change  solutions  geoengineering 
11 weeks ago by betajames
Would flooding the deserts help stop global warming?
With unlimited capital and political will — both far from given — experts said the scheme would stand a chance of reducing dangerous greenhouse gas levels. But while they generally believe the climate crisis has become severe enough to push even extreme options onto the table, the experts cautioned against interventions that might create as many problems as they solve.
climate  change  solutions  geoengineering  nbc 
11 weeks ago by betajames

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