MachineMachine /stream - tagged with earth https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[‘Everything is not going to be okay’: How to live with constant reminders that the Earth is in trouble]]> https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/everything-is-not-going-to-be-okay-how-to-live-with-constant-reminders-that-the-earth-is-in-trouble/2019/01/24/9dd9d6e6-1e53-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html

What does it mean to be alive right now? Right now. Right this second, right this epoch, as mankind alters the Earth beyond recognition.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:00 -0800 https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/everything-is-not-going-to-be-okay-how-to-live-with-constant-reminders-that-the-earth-is-in-trouble/2019/01/24/9dd9d6e6-1e53-11e9-8b59-0a28f2191131_story.html
<![CDATA[We Should Never Have Called It Earth | The On Being Project]]> https://onbeing.org/blog/kate-marvel-we-should-never-have-called-it-earth/

We should never have called it Earth. Three quarters of the planet’s surface is saltwater, and most of it does not lap at tranquil beaches for our amusement. The ocean is deep; things are lost at sea.

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:35:45 -0700 https://onbeing.org/blog/kate-marvel-we-should-never-have-called-it-earth/
<![CDATA[The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/style/axiom-space-travel.html

Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:35 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/style/axiom-space-travel.html
<![CDATA[Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From? | The New Republic]]> https://newrepublic.com/article/148190/know-healing-crystals-come-from

After three record-breaking hurricanes hammered America last year, the influential spiritual healer Heather Askinosie wrote a blog post for the Earth.

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Sun, 13 May 2018 06:17:17 -0700 https://newrepublic.com/article/148190/know-healing-crystals-come-from
<![CDATA[Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it | Claire L Evans | Opinion | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/20/climate-change-science-fiction

Star Trek was one way of dealing with the social anxieties of the 1960s. Since sci-fi mirrors the present, ecological collapse requires a new dystopian fiction Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world.

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Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:30 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/20/climate-change-science-fiction
<![CDATA[The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites (survivopedia.com, doomandbloom.net, prepforshtf.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:46 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been
<![CDATA[A Grand New Theory of Life's Evolution on Earth - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/a-grand-unified-theory-for-life-on-earth/525648/

A series of energy revolutions—some natural, some technological—built upon one another to give us our rich, diverse biosphere.

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Sat, 20 May 2017 06:35:11 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/a-grand-unified-theory-for-life-on-earth/525648/
<![CDATA[Global Hoarding? Human-made Junk Now Outweighs Humans Themselves, Scientists Say | The Tyee]]> https://thetyee.ca/News/2016/12/08/Human-Made-Junk/

Human-engineered structures and gadgets from cities to cellphones now represent an enormous mass weight of nearly 30 trillion tonnes on the planet, or vastly more than the world’s forests or life in the oceans.

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Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:38:20 -0800 https://thetyee.ca/News/2016/12/08/Human-Made-Junk/
<![CDATA[Atomic bombs and oil addiction herald Earth’s new epoch: The Anthropocene | Science | AAAS]]> http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/atomic-bombs-and-oil-addiction-herald-earth-s-new-epoch-anthropocene

Just after World War II, when the atomic bombs fell and our thirst for coal and oil became a full-blown addiction, Earth entered the Anthropocene, a new geologic time when humanity’s environmental reach left a mark in sediments worldwide.

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Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:14:16 -0700 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/atomic-bombs-and-oil-addiction-herald-earth-s-new-epoch-anthropocene
<![CDATA[Does climate change make it immoral to have kids? | Dave Bry | Opinion | The Guardian]]> http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/02/does-climate-change-make-it-immoral-to-have-kids

Bringing children into a disintegrating environment used to be a theoretical fear. Now it’s a very real one The decision whether or not to have a child is one of the bigger ones a person will make in life – often the biggest.

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:54 -0700 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/02/does-climate-change-make-it-immoral-to-have-kids
<![CDATA[All of the Reasons Scientists Are Certain We Are Now Living in the Anthropocene | Motherboard]]> http://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-of-the-reasons-scientists-are-certain-we-are-now-living-in-the-anthropecene

“Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth.” So begins one of the more depressing scientific papers I’ve ever read.

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Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:52 -0700 http://motherboard.vice.com/read/all-of-the-reasons-scientists-are-certain-we-are-now-living-in-the-anthropecene
<![CDATA[A few seconds closer to Midnight?]]> http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/156598

Today The Doomsday Clock will have its time recalibrated. In 2015 the scientists set the hands to 23.57 - "due to climate change, the modernization of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, and the problem of nuclear waste." Is the apocalypse closer or further away? Watch the result live at 13.30 EST. There's really only one way it can go.

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Tue, 26 Jan 2016 06:31:30 -0800 http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/156598
<![CDATA[The Essence of Peopling]]> http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2015/04/08/the-essence-of-peopling/

Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm. Nouns for human beings – “people” or “person” – conjure in the mind a snapshot of the surface appearance of humans. Using nouns like “people” subtly encourages thinking about people as frozen in time, doing nothing in particular.

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Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:16:55 -0800 http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2015/04/08/the-essence-of-peopling/
<![CDATA[Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say]]> http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/07/human-impact-has-pushed-earth-into-the-anthropocene-scientists-say

There is now compelling evidence to show that humanity’s impact on the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and wildlife has pushed the world into a new geological epoch, according to a group of scientists.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2016 09:09:44 -0800 http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/07/human-impact-has-pushed-earth-into-the-anthropocene-scientists-say
<![CDATA[Plastic Age: How it's reshaping rocks, oceans and life | New Scientist]]> https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530060-200-plastic-age-how-its-reshaping-rocks-oceans-and-life/

The ultimate fate of waste plastic is hazy – but we know future geologists will find traces of a fleeting era written in the stones. Welcome to the Plasticene ONE million years from now, geologists exploring our planet's concrete-coated crust will uncover strange signs of civilisations past.

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Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:12:06 -0700 https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22530060-200-plastic-age-how-its-reshaping-rocks-oceans-and-life/
<![CDATA[The Dark Mountain Manifesto: A Brief Review | Post-futurum]]> http://postfuturum.com/2015/07/31/the-dark-mountain-manifesto-a-brief-review/

“The machine is stuttering and the engineers are in panic. They are wondering if perhaps they do not understand it as well as they imagined. They are wondering whether they are controlling it at all or whether, perhaps, it is controlling them.”

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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:12 -0700 http://postfuturum.com/2015/07/31/the-dark-mountain-manifesto-a-brief-review/
<![CDATA[Anthropocene: On the Substance of a New Idea]]> http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/07/anthropocene-substance-new-idea/

In February 2000, Paul J. Crutzen erupted at a scientific conference in Mexico. Five years previously, the Dutch-born atmospheric chemist had been awarded the Nobel Prize for being one of the first to recognize and investigate the dangers to the protective layer around Earth.

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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:51:59 -0700 http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/07/anthropocene-substance-new-idea/
<![CDATA[I. Welcome to the Anthropocene!]]> http://blog.fotomuseum.ch/2015/05/i-welcome-to-the-anthropocene/

“In a single lifetime we have grown into a phenomenal global force. We move more sediment and rock annually than all natural processes such as erosion and rivers. We manage three quarters of all land outside the ice sheets.

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Sun, 19 Jul 2015 05:57:57 -0700 http://blog.fotomuseum.ch/2015/05/i-welcome-to-the-anthropocene/
<![CDATA[Why don't we just terraform Earth? — Hopes&Fears; — flow "Science"]]> http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/science/213981-terraform-earth

McKay's research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. McKay is currently involved in planning future Mars missions and has authored a number of studies on terraforming Mars as well as geo-engineering Earth.

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Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:40:44 -0700 http://www.hopesandfears.com/hopes/future/science/213981-terraform-earth
<![CDATA[We are not edging up to a mass extinction – Stewart Brand – Aeon]]> http://aeon.co/magazine/science/why-extinction-is-not-the-problem/

The way the public hears about conservation issues is nearly always in the mode of ‘[Beloved Animal] Threatened With Extinction’. That makes for electrifying headlines, but it misdirects concern. The loss of whole species is not the leading problem in conservation.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:26:44 -0700 http://aeon.co/magazine/science/why-extinction-is-not-the-problem/