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These Trees Are Friends | Ultraphyte
"Can it be that even trees are old friends? And perhaps mourn their departed? A German forest ranger thinks so. The appropriately named Peter Wohlleben (“live well” or “farewell”) describes how pairs of ancient trees grow with their limbs apart to share the light, while their roots entwine to share nutrients. Even for years after one tree is cut down, its neighbor may continue shunting nutrients to the stump. For what biological purpose?"
eco  weird 
february 2016 by warrenellis
‘The Reforestation of the Thames Estuary and the John Evelyn Institute of Arboreal Science’ by Tom Nooman – SOCKS
"A future timber and plantation industry stretches from the Thames Estuary throughout London, and beyond. The reforestation of the Thames Estuary sees the transformation of a city and its environment, in a future where timber is to become the City’s main building resource."
eco  architecture  design+fiction 
february 2016 by warrenellis
Reflections on the habitability of Earth
Managing these myriad calculations, the index gives the Earth, if observed from afar as we now observe faraway planets, about an 82 percent chance of being right for life.
But wait—only 82 percent?
Why wouldn't the Earth—the single example of a life-hosting world in all our experience—score a perfect, 100 percent rating?
"Basically, where we lose some of the probability, or chance for life, is that we could be too close to the star," Barnes said. "We actually are kind of close to the inner edge of the habitable zone. If we spotted Earth with our current techniques, we would reasonably conclude that it could be too hot for life."
space  eco 
february 2016 by warrenellis
Irradiated concrete spooks Fukushima residents - Quarry Magazine: Quarry Mining and Aggregate News
Japan’s national and local government authorities have urged calm after they revealed at least 60 and possibly up to 100 dwellings and buildings may have been constructed with concrete from radiation-contaminated crushed stone that was quarried near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
crime  eco  architecture 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears | Environment | The Guardian
"A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons."
war  weather  eco 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Cryptoforestry: Cryptoforestry
"The cryptoforest is a cultural and not a biological way to classify nature and the recognition of a cryptoforest is a visionary act, not a mechanical operation: there is no machine vision here... The 'for' of 'forest' reappears in 'foreigner', the forest, in other words, is a Neolithic twilight zone where social stratification is coloured green on the map. These old connotations carry over, laterally, into the cryptoforest project. Cryptoforests are social rejects, urban outsiders and cryptoforestry is an anarchic and primitivist 'art brut'." 
january 2015 by warrenellis
The Ganges is giving up the dead as water levels drop
"Authorities in India are reporting that over 80 bodies, mostly skeletons and half-burned corpses, were found floating in the Ganges River on Tuesday after the water level dropped. Most were believed to be very old."
january 2015 by warrenellis
New, privatized African city heralds climate apartheid | Environment | The Guardian
"Nigeria's Eko Atlantic augurs how the super-rich will exploit the crisis of climate change to increase inequality and seal themselves off from its impacts"
cities  doom  eco 
january 2015 by warrenellis
A month on land: Restoring soils and landscapes - Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog
"Conservative estimates state that the world is losing 24 billion tons of fertile soil each year.  That’s 3.4 tons lost every year for every person on the planet. In Africa alone, land degradation affects 67% of agricultural lands, with about 490 million hectares showing erosion and declining vegetation. Left unchecked, this will have huge impact on food security and human and environmental health."
november 2014 by warrenellis
Dark Ecology — Medium
"Dark Ecology appears as an aesthetic concern, as a way of shaping or focusing thought, a method of holding contradictions open and unresolved without falling into paralysis, a tuning fork that resonates in particular soundfields, as extra layers of clothing to protect against ‘the elements’, reinforced, yet permeable boundaries between the human organism and the environment (habitat/habitus)."
extinction  eco 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Dark Ecology: Drilling Deep
"Until 2008 the Kola Superdeep Borehole near the Russian mining town Zapolyarny on the Kola Peninsula was the deepest borehole in the world. No borehole is as legendary as the Kola Superdeep, which really was a telescope probing the Earth."
engineering  eco 
september 2014 by warrenellis
Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto | Project Hieroglyph
"Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community."
september 2014 by warrenellis
You can charge a phone battery by playing music at it | The Verge
"Now, at the Queen Mary University of London, a group of scientists has created a prototype panel capable of charging a cellphone off environmental vibrations like music or dinner conversation."
energy  eco 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Worm-like creature with legs and spikes finds its place in the evolutionary tree of life
"One of the most bizarre-looking fossils ever found - a worm-like creature with legs, spikes and a head difficult to distinguish from its tail – has found its place in the evolutionary Tree of Life, definitively linking it with a group of modern animals for the first time."
eco  bio 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Arctic Methane Emergency Group - AMEG - METHANE
"It is certain if the Arctic is not cooled these Arctic methane sources will greatly
increase with global warming and that will greatly increase the rate of global
warming. Unstoppable runaway Arctic warming will lead to unstoppable
runaway global warming. To prevent runaway Arctic warming the Arctic must be
eco  dooooom 
july 2014 by warrenellis
It’s Time to Rethink America’s Corn System - Scientific American
"The average Iowa cornfield has the potential to deliver more than 15 million calories per acre each year (enough to sustain 14 people per acre, with a 3,000 calorie-per-day diet, if we ate all of the corn ourselves), but with the current allocation of corn to ethanol and animal production, we end up with an estimated 3 million calories of food per acre per year, mainly as dairy and meat products, enough to sustain only three people per acre. That is lower than the average delivery of food calories from farms in Bangladesh, Egypt and Vietnam."
july 2014 by warrenellis
BBC - Future - Homni: The new superorganism taking over Earth
"That new creature is us, or more precisely, what humanity is becoming. The entirety of our species, Homo sapiens, is evolving into a superorganism; I’ll call this new life force Homo omnis, or ‘Homni’.

"We have now become the dominant force shaping our planet. Some say that because of our actions we have entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, or the age of man. Homni is a product of this age, a product of human industrialisation, population expansion, globalisation and the revolution in communications technology, and he is immensely powerful. Homni can influence the biosphere, and has needs – currently, he uses 18 terawatts (trillion watts) of energy at any time, 9,000 billion cubic metres of water per year, 40% of global land area for farming, and a plethora of other natural and mineral resources."
july 2014 by warrenellis
Slumlord Cyber Killers | Betabeat
"It’s a huge problem in New York City. Sketchy slumlords freeze their (usually poor) tenants to save money and/or drive them out of their buildings to raise rents. The health effects of being “fuel poor” are well documented. But when freezing tenants complain in court, it’s their word against that of their legal-savvy landlords.

Unless there’s hard data proving otherwise."
iot  pol  eco  energy 
june 2014 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: 100 Views of a Drowning World
"Kahn & Selesnick’s latest project follows a fictitious cabaret troupe—Truppe Fledermaus (Bat Troupe)—who travel the countryside staging absurd and inscrutable performances in abandoned landscapes for an audience of no one. The playful but dire message presented by the troupe is of impending ecological disaster, caused by rising waters and a warming planet, the immediate consequences of which include the extinction of the Bat, in this mythology a shamanistic figure representing both nature and humanity."
art  photography  eco 
may 2014 by warrenellis
SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley | TechCrunch
"That’s hard to tell from the demos given at Hardware Alley, since they used some pretty basic foods during like apples, tomatoes, and blocks of cheese (which it could read even through plastic wrap, we should point out). The app would ID the food and return the basic caloric and sugars info fairly quickly. Whether the SCiO would be able to truly and accurately determine a food’s quality or ripeness, for example, as their Kickstarter project page claims, would require further testing."
tech  eco 
may 2014 by warrenellis
U.S. deserts can reveal past climate change clues
The deserts of Utah and Nevada have not always been dry. Between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago, when large ice caps covered Canada during the last glacial cooling, valleys throughout the desert southwest filled with water to become large lakes, scientists have long surmised. At their maximum size, the desert lakes covered about a quarter of both Nevada and Utah.
eco  history 
august 2013 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Forest Tone
"Lorenzo Pellegrini, who "gardens" the Risoud Forest in Switzerland to assist the future resonant acoustics of the wood currently growing there. It's a violin garden for the 24th century."
eco  art 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Arctic ice loss amplified Superstorm Sandy violence
"Cornell and Rutgers researchers report in the March issue of Oceanography that the severe loss of summertime Arctic sea ice—attributed to greenhouse warming—appears to enhance Northern Hemisphere jet stream meandering, intensify Arctic air mass invasions toward middle latitudes, and increase the frequency of atmospheric blocking events like the one that steered Hurricane Sandy west into the densely populated New York City area."
eco  weather  doom 
march 2013 by warrenellis
World's first process to reuse rare Earth metals extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid vehicles
"the rare earth metals were extracted from nickel-metal hydride batteries collected from 386 Honda hybrid vehicles that were stored prior to being on sale but became unusable by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Further, as soon as a sufficient volume is secured, Honda will begin applying the same process and recycle rare earth metals extracted from used nickel-metal hydride batteries collected by Honda dealers through battery replacement."
energy  eco 
march 2013 by warrenellis
NASA study finds that Middle East's water is disappearing fast | FP Passport
"...the Tigris and Euphrates basins -- which are ripe with border disputes, conflict over Kurdish minorities, and now major conflicts in Syria and Iraq -- might be more prone to the insidious effects of water instability than other places around the globe."
eco  war  pol 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Food Deaths: the Annual 9/11 « Ultraphyte
"Each year, 130,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000 die of contaminated food."
eco  crime 
january 2013 by warrenellis
Scientists pioneer method to predict environmental collapse
"The researchers have applied a mathematical model to a real world situation, the environmental collapse of a lake in China, to help prove a theory which suggests an ecosystem 'flickers', or fluctuates dramatically between healthy and unhealthy states, shortly before its eventual collapse." ECOSYSTEM FLICKERING. Oh, I like that. I will wait to see if Deb Chachra decides it counts as a daily idiom.
november 2012 by warrenellis
The Pickers of Dandora - By Micah Albert | Foreign Policy
"East Africa's most populous city, Nairobi, is a booming metropolis, regional headquarters to major international corporations like Coca-Cola and Google, and filled with upwardly mobile urban dwellers. And all the trash they produce has to go somewhere. It ends up in Dandora, the city's only municiple dumpsite, where thousands of workers -- men, women, and children -- pick through refuse daily, looking for food and recyclable scraps to sell. It's a hard, toxic life -- but it's also the only job available..."
eco  photography  pol 
april 2012 by warrenellis
Scientists develop ultra-thin solar cells
solar cells thinner than a thread of spider silk that are flexible enough to be wrapped around a single human hair.
energy  eco  tech 
april 2012 by warrenellis
When a Parking Lot Is So Much More - NYTimes.com
"A better parking lot might be covered with solar canopies so that it could produce energy while lowering heat. Or perhaps it would be surfaced with a permeable material like porous asphalt and planted with trees in rows like an apple orchard, so that it could sequester carbon and clean contaminated runoff."
eco  architecture  cities 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Indian-run New Zealand firm designs UAV for cloud seeding | sUAS News
"Auckland-based Apeiron Aerospace, an innovative aerospace company focussed on delivering technology to the global UAV sector, has designed a tactical UAV system for cloud seeding as the existing process involving manned aircraft endangers the lives of pilots."
weather  geoengineering  geo  eco  drones 
march 2012 by warrenellis
Legacy of nuclear drilling site in Colorado still lingers | MNN - Mother Nature Network
"In 1969, the US government detonated a subterranean nuclear bomb to break loose natural gas deposits from tight sandstone formations more than 8,000 feet below ground on a Colorado mountain. The bomb was twice as powerful as the one that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945."
eco  energy 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Can Bees Make Tupperware?: Scientific American
"...it’s emblematic of the fact that there’s an enormous amount we don’t know about the world around us. It makes me wonder how many other things there are like this."
eco  materials  sci 
february 2012 by warrenellis
Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent
"Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region."
eco  dooooom 
december 2011 by warrenellis
Engineering team heads to Antarctica to explore hidden lake
"Next week a British engineering team heads off to Antarctica for the first stage of an ambitious scientific mission to collect water and sediment samples from a lake buried beneath three kilometres of solid ice."
october 2011 by warrenellis
"“Shitscape” describes “the making of an entirely functioning landscape built from human excreta”. It proposes to accomplish this by recovering “the ‘soil’ from the settlements while extracting the beneficial flora from the forest and, in turn, utilize both as a generator for a new and evolving landscape”."
eco  cities 
october 2011 by warrenellis
Japanese 'Noah's ark' disaster capsule goes on sale | World news | The Guardian
"A Japanese company has developed a miniature version of Noah's ark in case Japan is hit by another massive earthquake and tsunami – a floating capsule that looks like a huge tennis ball."
tech  rescue  eco 
september 2011 by warrenellis
fecal politics
"According to the World Bank, in 2008 46 percent of Indian urbanites – or nine out of every ten living in a slum – lacked “improved sanitation facilities”, meaning that people living within them lack sewerage and public toilets3. Where community toilets do exist, poor maintenance and overuse often render them unsanitary before long. For example, a survey of 151 slum settlements in Mumbai conducted by Mahila Milan/NSDF found that there were 3,433 municipal toilet seats, 80 percent of which were not working, to serve one million people – a ratio of one toilet for every 1,488 people4. Likewise, a 1993 survey of half a million slum-dwellers in Kanpur found that 66 percent had no toilets. Lacking facilities, they shit in the open or in waterways."
pol  cities  eco  med 
september 2011 by warrenellis
The Dynamic Earth: Backup Amazon (in case the other one breaks?)
The whole thing makes me mad, but now when you search "Amazon River" on the Googles, you're going to be faced with a bullshit story about a "second River", without any attempt by any of the "journalists" to point out that, well, you know, water might be moving underground and all, but it sure as shit ain't a river, and it certainly ain't on the goddamn scale of the, you know, ACTUAL RIVER sittin' up there on the surface.  My prediction: you will never hear about this work again, because future work is going to DRASTICALLY reduce the actual discharge estimates from the groundwater.
eco  geo 
august 2011 by warrenellis
Scientists find underground river beneath Amazon
Brazilian scientists have discovered an underground river some 4,000 meters (13,000) feet deep, which flows from west to east like the country's famous waterway.
eco  geo 
august 2011 by warrenellis
With Shuttle Launches Over, Cleanup of Launch Zone Chemicals Will Take Decades and Millions of Dollars | Popular Science
Plumes of chemicals will cost $96 million to clean up in the next 30 years, including $6 million this year.
space  eco 
august 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Food prices 'will double by 2030', Oxfam warns
"The prices of staple foods will more than double in 20 years unless world leaders take action to reform the global food system, Oxfam has warned."
eco  dooooom  money 
may 2011 by warrenellis
BBC News - Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy
"Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged."
eco  pol 
may 2011 by warrenellis
Could black trees blossom in a world with two suns?
"Jack O'Malley-James of the University of St Andrews has studied what plants might be like on an Earth-like planet with two or three suns and found that they may appear black or grey.  He will be presenting results at the RAS National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno on Tuesday 19th April"
space  eco  possibly+too+much+time+on+hands 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Atomic Deserts: A Survey of the World's Radioactive No-Go Zones - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
"Everyone knows about Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and, now, Fukushima. But what about Semipalatinsk, Palomares and Kyshtym? The world is full of nuclear disaster zones.."
history  eco  zones 
april 2011 by warrenellis
Common nanoparticles found to be highly toxic to Arctic ecosystem
"Queen's researchers have discovered that nanoparticles, which are now present in everything from socks to salad dressing and suntan lotion, may have irreparably damaging effects on soil systems and the environment."
nano  eco 
april 2011 by warrenellis
House Group Proposes Shifting Earth Science Funds to Manned Spaceflight | SpaceNews.com
"A group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives is proposing to shift funds from NASA’s climate-change research coffers to the agency’s manned spaceflight program, an effort they say could preserve what they described as the agency’s core mission even as the new GOP-controlled House seeks to make good on vows to roll back federal discretionary spending this year"
space  eco  pol 
february 2011 by warrenellis
New reactor paves the way for efficiently producing fuel from sunlight
"Using a common metal most famously found in self-cleaning ovens, Sossina Haile hopes to change our energy future. The metal is cerium oxide—or ceria—and it is the centerpiece of a promising new technology developed by Haile and her colleagues that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels."
sci  tech  eco  energy 
january 2011 by warrenellis
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