MachineMachine /stream - tagged with environment https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Hooray! The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has Become a Thriving Ecosystem, Scientists Say]]> https://futurism.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch-ecosystem-climate-pollution

As elite distance swimmer Ben Lecomte approached the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, he started finding more and more of something unexpected — a lot of life.

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Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:18 -0700 https://futurism.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch-ecosystem-climate-pollution
<![CDATA[Experts to World: We’re Doomed]]> https://www.vice.com/en/article/93bxxv/experts-to-world-were-doomed

A dangerous mix of increasing international conflict, global climate change, and a lack of governmental efforts to fix either could be leading the world to an era of unprecedented destruction.

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Fri, 03 Jun 2022 01:52:02 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en/article/93bxxv/experts-to-world-were-doomed
<![CDATA[The Staggering Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud | The MIT Press Reader]]> https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/the-staggering-ecological-impacts-of-computation-and-the-cloud/

Anthropologist Steven Gonzalez Monserrate draws on five years of research and ethnographic fieldwork in server farms to illustrate some of the diverse environmental impacts of data storage. The Cloud is not only material, but is also an ecological force.

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Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:17 -0800 https://thereader.mitpress.mit.edu/the-staggering-ecological-impacts-of-computation-and-the-cloud/
<![CDATA[Elvia Wilk on ecosystemic fiction - Artforum International]]> https://www.artforum.com/books/elvia-wilk-on-ecosystemic-fiction-84860

IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF QUARANTINE, my apartment became my personal ecosystem. The idiosyncrasies of daily life in isolation—the peculiar sleep hours, the midnight meals on the fire escape, the evening Scrabble ritual—felt entirely specific.

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Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:14 -0800 https://www.artforum.com/books/elvia-wilk-on-ecosystemic-fiction-84860
<![CDATA[Anna L. Tsing on Creating ‘Wonder in the Midst of Dread’]]> https://artreview.com/anna-l-tsing-on-creating-wonder-in-the-midst-of-dread/?s=09

Through her writings and the collaborative curatorial platform Feral Atlas, the anthropologist is offering new ways of imagining – and representing – our relationship to nature

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Mon, 31 Jan 2022 01:51:17 -0800 https://artreview.com/anna-l-tsing-on-creating-wonder-in-the-midst-of-dread/?s=09
<![CDATA[Mining the Planet to Death: The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies - DER SPIEGEL]]> https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/mining-the-planet-to-death-the-dirty-truth-about-clean-technologies-a-696d7adf-35db-4844-80be-dbd1ab698fa3

The poor South is being exploited so that the rich North can transition to environmental sustainability. Entire swaths of land are being destroyed to secure the resources needed to produce wind turbines and solar cells. Are there alternatives? There’s a dirty secret hidden in every wind turbine.

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Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:24 -0800 https://www.spiegel.de/international/world/mining-the-planet-to-death-the-dirty-truth-about-clean-technologies-a-696d7adf-35db-4844-80be-dbd1ab698fa3
<![CDATA[Opinion | Can Geoegineering Fix Climate Change? - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/opinion/climate-change-geoengineering.html

Dr. Keith is a professor of applied physics and of public policy at Harvard, where he led the development of the university’s solar engineering research program.

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Mon, 04 Oct 2021 07:51:17 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/01/opinion/climate-change-geoengineering.html
<![CDATA[Resource scarcity not a doomsday scenario]]> https://www.nzz.ch/english/resource-scarcity-not-a-doomsday-scenario-ld.1632832

At the moment, there is an abundance of scarcity. Companies complain that there are shortages of semiconductors, lumber, steel, plastics, chemicals, and other inputs and raw materials. The pandemic disrupted many international supply chains.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:43 -0700 https://www.nzz.ch/english/resource-scarcity-not-a-doomsday-scenario-ld.1632832
<![CDATA[How to Live in a Climate ‘Permanent Emergency’]]> https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/how-to-live-in-a-climate-permanent-emergency.html

The phrase Jay Inslee used was “permanent emergency.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:40 -0700 https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/07/how-to-live-in-a-climate-permanent-emergency.html
<![CDATA[All the right words on climate have already been said » Nieman Journalism Lab]]> https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/06/all-the-right-words-on-climate-have-already-been-said/

Sometime last week, an editor who semi-ghosted me on an article I wrote several months ago texted me saying she wanted to talk. I didn’t want to talk to her because my mild annoyance had faded to almost nothing and the idea of hearing an apology felt wearying.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:39 -0700 https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/06/all-the-right-words-on-climate-have-already-been-said/
<![CDATA[Media Fields Journal - Lithium Landscapes]]> http://mediafieldsjournal.org/lithium-landscapes/

Figure 1. Satellite image of the Salar de Atacama. (Source and copyright: USGS) From space, the lithium fields of the Salar de Atacama in Chile appear like a multi-colored mosaic or plots of agricultural lands arranged in grids.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:23 -0700 http://mediafieldsjournal.org/lithium-landscapes/
<![CDATA[Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene. | Psychoterratica]]> https://glennaalbrecht.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/exiting-the-anthropocene-and-entering-the-symbiocene/

It has been proposed that humans are now living within a period of the Earth’s history appropriately named ‘The Anthropocene’ (Crutzen and Stoermer 2000).

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Tue, 22 Jun 2021 21:55:14 -0700 https://glennaalbrecht.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/exiting-the-anthropocene-and-entering-the-symbiocene/
<![CDATA[Garfield phones beach mystery finally solved after 35 years - BBC News]]> https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47732553

image copyrightClaire Simonin‎ / Ar ViltansouA French coastal community has finally cracked the mystery behind the Garfield telephones that have plagued its picturesque beaches for decades.

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:56:00 -0700 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47732553
<![CDATA[The Climate Crisis Is Worse Than You Can Imagine. Here’s What Happens If You Try. — ProPublica]]> https://www.propublica.org/article/the-climate-crisis-is-worse-than-you-can-imagine-heres-what-happens-if-you-try?token=ZU9bIdak9Yj9jHy1Dq0FAhifc0-AgZUO ]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2021 23:55:28 -0800 https://www.propublica.org/article/the-climate-crisis-is-worse-than-you-can-imagine-heres-what-happens-if-you-try?token=ZU9bIdak9Yj9jHy1Dq0FAhifc0-AgZUO <![CDATA[Organisms are not passive recipients of evolutionary forces | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces

Humans are shaping the evolutionary future of life on Earth.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:20 -0800 https://aeon.co/essays/organisms-are-not-passive-recipients-of-evolutionary-forces
<![CDATA[Terraforming the Earth, Redesigning the World | CCCB LAB]]> http://lab.cccb.org/en/terraforming-the-earth-redesigning-the-world/

The term terraforming refers to the transformation of the ecosystems of other planets or satellites to enable them to support Earth-like life.

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Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:49 -0800 http://lab.cccb.org/en/terraforming-the-earth-redesigning-the-world/
<![CDATA[Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography (2016) and The Future is Asian (2019). Michael Ferrari is managing partner at Atlas Research Innovations and a senior fellow at the Wharton School.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:50 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/
<![CDATA[Springtime Everywhere — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/springtime-everywhere/

“If you look at Google Earth, it’s springtime everywhere,” explains Gopal Shah, Google Earth’s product manager, in a YouTube interview. In a TED talk he boasts that Google Earth is “cloud-free,” since the clouds and their shadows are edited out.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:13:04 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/springtime-everywhere/
<![CDATA[Why Are Octopuses So Smart? - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/

A small shark spots its prey—a meaty, seemingly defenseless octopus. The shark ambushes, and then, in one of the most astonishing sequences in the series Blue Planet II, the octopus escapes. First, it shoves one of its arms into the predator’s vulnerable gills.

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Thu, 08 Oct 2020 23:13:01 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/07/why-did-octopuses-become-smart/593155/
<![CDATA[Revolutionary archaeology reveals the deepest possible Anthropocene | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene

Humanity’s transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture is one of the most important developments in human and Earth history. Human societies, plant and animal populations, the makeup of the atmosphere, even the Earth’s surface – all were irreversibly transformed.

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Fri, 02 Oct 2020 06:13:20 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/revolutionary-archaeology-reveals-the-deepest-possible-anthropocene