Showing posts with label Climate Change. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Climate Change. Show all posts

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Rapid Reforesting With Drones

Rapid reforesting with drones is only one of many good options. The traditional method of getting people out there in large nubmers can be great for raising consciousness. Mass action can have other positive fallouts.

Drones can survery large tracts of land at a rapid clip. They can access slopes that might be hard or at least dangerous for humans.

The pods might have the seed and the nutrients. But the young trees also need some water. They might get eaten. But then those issues are also there if you plant the trees slowly.

DroneSeed uses swarms of drones to reseed forests after devastating wildfires “We’re a one-stop shop for reforestation,” said Grant Canary, CEO of DroneSeed. ...... Since the start of this year, 32,247 wildfires have burned over 3.3 million acres in the United States. .

Seed Plant Drone for Reforestation

End-to-End 3D Drone Mapping Software

Autonomous seed-shooting drones can plant 40,000 trees a day That's 25 times faster, at 80 percent the cost of conventional means.
This seed-firing drone can plant 40,000 trees a day The objective is to sow the seeds for 100 million trees by 2024

How this Aussie start-up is using drones to replant the world
Arbor Day: These drones can plant trees faster than we can In a bid to restore forests and fight climate change, Canadian startup Flash Forest aims to plant 1 billion trees by 2028, using drones and aerial mapping.

How to think creatively on command
AI's Next Big Takeover: Audiobooks
Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I. Meme-makers and misinformation peddlers are embracing artificial intelligence tools to create convincing fake videos on the cheap.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Crypto And Climate Change

Those of us who believe in the science of climate change think of this as something existential. A few degrees of warming and earth becomes uninhabitable. There is chaos. If the monsoon were to leave South Asia, what would happen? Climate change could do that. It is an unthinkable scenario.

I have argued for years inequality is similarly existential. And the solution there is crypto. We need the Blockchain to empower individuals everywhere, to democratize money, to narrow the inequality and make it manageable.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Climate Crisis: Another Perspective

Why Apocalyptic Claims About Climate Change Are Wrong Few have underscored the threat more than student climate activist Greta Thunberg and Green New Deal sponsor Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The latter said, “The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change.” Says Thunberg in her new book, “Around 2030 we will be in a position to set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will lead to the end of our civilization as we know it.” ........... no credible scientific body has ever said climate change threatens the collapse of civilization much less the extinction of the human species ......... It’s not like climate doesn’t matter. It’s that climate change is outweighed by other factors. Earlier this year, researchers found that climate “has affected organized armed conflict within countries. However, other drivers, such as low socioeconomic development and low capabilities of the state, are judged to be substantially more influential.”............... but it’s also true that economic development has made us less vulnerable, which is why there was

a 99.7% decline in the death toll from natural disasters since its peak in 1931.

.......... In 1931, 3.7 million people died from natural disasters. In 2018, just 11,000 did. And that decline occurred over a period when the global population quadrupled. ........ IPCC estimates sea level could rise two feet (0.6 meters) by 2100. Does that sound apocalyptic or even “unmanageable”? ......... Consider that one-third of the Netherlands is below sea level, and some areas are seven meters below sea level. You might object that the Netherlands is rich while Bangladesh is poor. But

the Netherlands adapted to living below sea level 400 years ago.

............ Humans today produce enough food for 10 billion people, or 25% more than we need ........ The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) forecasts crop yields increasing 30% by 2050. And the poorest parts of the world, like sub-Saharan Africa, are expected to see increases of 80 to 90%. ............ Wheat yields increased 100 to 300% around the world since the 1960s, while a study of 30 models found that yields would decline by 6% for every one degree Celsius increase in temperature............. Rates of future yield growth depend far more on whether poor nations get access to tractors, irrigation, and fertilizer than on climate change, says FAO.......... By 2100, IPCC projects the global economy will be 300 to 500% larger than it is today. Both IPCC and the Nobel-winning Yale economist, William Nordhaus, predict that warming of 2.5°C and 4°C would reduce gross domestic product (GDP) by 2% and 5% over that same period............. Climate change may threaten one million species globally and half of all mammals, reptiles, and amphibians in diverse places like the Albertine Rift in central Africa, home to the endangered mountain gorilla.......... Of the 10 variables that influence fire, “none were as significant… as the anthropogenic variables,” such as building homes near, and managing fires and wood fuel growth within, forests......... “If you want to minimize carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 2070 you might want to accelerate the burning of coal in India today,” MIT climate scientist Kerry Emanuel said. ......... “It doesn’t sound like it makes sense. Coal is terrible for carbon. But it’s by burning a lot of coal that they make themselves wealthier, and by making themselves wealthier they have fewer children, and you don’t have as many people burning carbon, you might be better off in 2070.” .........

the extreme rhetoric is making political agreement on climate change harder.

....... “We shouldn’t be forced to choose between lifting people out of poverty and doing something for the climate.” ....... Happily, there is a plenty of middle ground between climate apocalypse and climate denial.

Environmental Progress: Founder President

Monday, March 03, 2014

Internet Of Things And Climate Change

Image representing Dropbox as depicted in Crun...
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How the “Internet of Things” Will Become as Mainstream as Dropbox

Only something at the scale of the Internet Of Things will allow for humanity to have an intelligent relationship with the environment. Right now we are collectively flying blind. But when most elements of the biosphere will connect with us and when an average person will have a pretty rich understanding of what is going on and how enormous it all is, that will pave way for some smart action. Political will can thus be created.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Sandy Was Global Warming

Wild fires in Greece a few years ago was global warming acting out. Sandy hitting NYC last year was global warming making itself felt. Global warming is a costly proposition. It is cheaper to keep the earth in a good shape.

Dear Mr. President: Time to Deal with Climate Change
Whether you can develop a practical and sustainable strategy to address climate change—specifically, to begin lowering carbon dioxide emissions—will define the success of your new term as president. ..... the potential for global warming over the next decades threatens consequences so dire that they could overwhelm any progress you make toward other long-term economic, social, and political goals. .... will require innovative new technologies and overhauls of the world’s energy, agricultural, and transportation infrastructure. .... The $90 billion in your 2009 stimulus bill for energy projects and research breathed new life into the search for cleaner sources of energy ... transforming our energy infrastructure would take decades .... much of the energy spending in the stimulus bill, suggested one, resembled “pork-barrel politics” to satisfy the immediate need for jobs ..... reduce carbon dioxide emissions and begin stabilizing our climate. ..... the real reason to transform our energy system is to avoid the most catastrophic effects of global warming. ...... we can no longer wait without risking dramatic upheavals in global security and the health and welfare of hundreds of millions of the world’s inhabitants. ..... global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record 31.6 metric gigatons in 2011. .... It is quite possible that if this is not done over the next four years, it will be too late.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012


Dramatic changes in weather - like the impending Frankenstorm - is there for all to see. Climate change is real, people. I am in the school of all of the above. Let's do many things to combat climate change.

This can't be the only way, but it can be one of many ways.

Geoengineering Could Be Essential to Reducing the Risk of Climate Change
Geoengineering—using technology to purposefully change the climate—is the only option for reducing the risk of climate change from greenhouse-gas emissions in the next few decades .... effective methods of geoengineering are so cheap and easy that just about any country could do it .... it is already too late to avoid climate changes by reducing carbon emissions alone .... “If you want to, say, really stop the loss of Arctic sea ice or stop heat-stress crop losses over the next few decades, geoengineering is pretty much the only thing you can do” ..... shade the earth by injecting sulfate particles into the upper atmosphere ..... Though some critics have worried that geoengineering would alter monsoon patterns that are key to agriculture in India, Keith says moderate geoengineering could actually boost crop productivity there by 20 percent, in part by reducing temperatures. ..... would cost about a billion dollars a year and require about 100 aircraft. That’s cheap enough for most countries to pull off on their own. ..... He would introduce small clouds of sulfate and water vapor into the stratosphere using balloons ..... Even if geoengineering is employed, reducing emissions will still be important. Sulfate injection does nothing to address the ocean acidification associated with increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. And if emissions continue to grow, ever-increasing amounts of sulfate will be needed.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's Climate Change, Stupid

A few years back random fires were getting started all over Greece. The authorities went ahead and arrested the known arsonists.

It was climate change.

This past winter in NYC was unusually warm. That was climate change. This summer in NYC was unusually hot. That was climate change.

This thing is for real.

Is Climate Change to Blame for the Current U.S. Drought?
In large parts of the Midwest, the drought has reached the worst classification possible, a D4 drought that could bring "exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses" and "water emergencies" due to shortages in reservoirs, streams, and wells ....... the drought will worsen. ..... we're seeing, not only here in the U.S., but across the globe, events that we've never before witnessed in our instrumental record, and it's quite apparent there's a human contribution ..... You actually see more precipitation in the mid and high latitudes like Canada and the northern U.S. border, less precipitation in the southwestern U.S. and along the subtropics. You're seeing a whole shift in the atmospheric circulation system
The time to act was yesterday.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Blueprint For The 21st Century

English: The emblem of the American Recovery a...Image via Wikipedia(1) Wireless, Gigabit Broadband For Seven Billion People

This needed to be the primary focus of the stimulus bill in 2009. Instead a bunch of money got poured into 20th century artifacts like roads and bridges. I don't think this will take more than 100 billion. At most. That is a small price tag if you ask me. Considering how central it is to everything else that needs to get done.

You do this and far fewer people are trying to come into America, into Europe. Educational and economic opportunities would go everywhere.

And it will pay for itself. First you build it, then you operate it, then you go ad supported, and then you sell it off, and end up making money on the whole thing. I am talking satellites, I am talking dark fiber. Do whatever it takes. The goal should be that no matter where you are on the planet, on land or water, we got you covered.

This infrastructure is key to every big problem we face today, starting with global finance. People who are trying to "fix" things are literally flying blind. They don't have the data with which to build a new global financial architecture, the only way out of the current mess.

This infrastructure is needed to fight climate change. You build this infrastructure and nothing can stop the total spread of democracy. All demon regimes wither away.

(2) Seven Billion People Checking In

All airports, all bus terminals, all train stations should have this. All public places. You announce your presence to a mega database. It could be retina stuff. Alongside build a huge database for fingerprints as well. And you do these two things to get rid of the sick immigration laws that exist in every country.

If you live in a city, you should be able to vote in that city. That should be the global law.

(3) Erosion Of The Nation State

This is inevitable.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The New York Times Agrees

Image representing New York Times as depicted ...Image via CrunchBaseMy blog post on August 26: Barackface: This Is About Global Warming
Global warming is a recent phenomenon. New weather patterns are emerging. More frequent severe weather conditions are being experienced.
The New York Times on August 27: Seeing Irene as Harbinger of a Change in Climate
The scale of Hurricane Irene, which could cause more extensive damage along the Eastern Seaboard than any storm in decades, is reviving an old question: are hurricanes getting worse because of human-induced climate change?

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Friday, March 25, 2011

The Institutions Of Globalization Will Be Built On The Internet

This is the internet century. This is the globalization century. At first I thought in terms of the UN, since it was the only global body. Then I thought in terms of the US, the oldest democracy, the richest country, the biggest power. And I have thought in terms of the internet all along. But as the internet's capacity has grown, I have thought primarily of the internet more and more.

This is the internet century. The internet is the new country. It is not America no more. America has become Europe. America is an old country.

For the biggest problems, the grandest challenges, it is the power of the internet that has to be unleashed. That internet does not operate in a vacuum. It permeates the old institutions like ether.

So when I say the institutions of globalization will be built on the internet I am making plenty of room for old institutions meshing with the internet. You open the windows and let the air come in.

But the biggest problems remain unsolved. Poverty is nowhere close to being cured. Sex slavery is not even much talked about. Climate change is apace. The biggest challenges have proven way bigger than the existing institutions. New institutions will have to be created. And those institutions will get created primarily on the internet. There is room for many on internet only institutions. Big institutions.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Physically Aware Internet

Pete Hartwell: Mashable: How a Physically Aware Internet Will Change the World: the first “Internet” looked nothing like it does today. .... we still haven’t even scratched the surface. .... connecting computers to sensors so that valuable new information can be created automatically without human data entry ..... sensors tackling our world’s largest issues: safety, security and sustainability. ..... A network of biochemical sensors can understand where and how food is being produced and stored by “smelling” it. ...... our computers are blind, deaf and numb to the world around us. We need to give them senses. ..... With billions, perhaps even trillions of sensors, we can begin to understand not just how the world is behaving, but how we are affecting it..... sensor networks are one of the principal ways we can use technology to address some of our most pressing global challenges like disease, pollution and climate change. ...... CeNSE, which stands for “Central Nervous System of the Earth” .... this is all coming sooner than you may think
To Natural User Interface

This is about moving from the internet of computers and the internet of human beings to the internet of things. This includes capturing real time data from not only objects but plants and other animals as well.

This is the tool that the climate change challenge has been waiting for. We need to know what's going on. And that we is not a royal we, it is a collective we. Anybody with internet access should be able to get a detailed view of the harm being done to the earth's ecosystem. That will elevate the consciousness level of humanity, and multitudes of people will demand the right things be done, and the democratic system will deliver.

The idea of having to sit in front of a computer to access the internet has been given a slap by the smartphone, but even the smartphone makes for a weird Homo Sapien, the one that is ogling at the small screen at all uncomfortable hours.

The internet is going to liberate itself from the screen and go everywhere.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blog Carnival: Global Poverty

Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize, 2006Image via Wikipedia

July: Netizen Blog Carnival Month
  1. Blog Carnival: Internet For The Billions
  2. Blog Carnival: Wimax
  3. Blog Carnival: Cheap Laptops
  4. Blog Carnival: Microfinance
  5. Blog Carnival: Venture Capital
  6. Blog Carnival: Google
  7. Blog Carnival: Google (2)
  8. Blog Carnival: Bill Gates, Chrome OS
  9. Blog Carnival: Google Wave
  10. Blog Carnival: Android
  11. Blog Carnival: Entrepreneurship
Global Poverty

The Brooks Blog: Thom Brooks on "Punishing States That Cause ... Blog » Fighting Global Warming and Poverty
Only local business can end global poverty
Global poverty: lobbying politicians this autumn | ToUChstone blog ...
Barack Obama's African priority (Global Poverty Act) | My Take
Official Google Australia Blog: Global Poverty Project Visits ...
The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order
G8 Risks Derailing Global Progress on Poverty | (U.S.)
Tax Research UK » End Global Poverty – people say to Christian Aid
Global Call to Action Against Poverty: Sarkozy | Ads of the World ...

Defeating Global Poverty: Small, local banks are better | Twine
Carbon Offsetting May Be Means of Fighting Global Poverty ...
Defeating Global Poverty: Small, local banks are better
Seize the chance to end global poverty, says charity :: Inspire ...
Middle Class Privilege and the Realities of Global Poverty
Falling family planning funding threatens global poverty fight ...
Pope Benedict promotes global poverty | The Skepticrats
JICA's CDM Forestation Project in Vietnam to Alleviate Global ...
The Global Poverty Project: Building Change Efficacy
The Fight Against Global Poverty and Inequality: The World Bank's ...

Carbon Offsetting May Fight Global Poverty

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Our Global Education: Poverty Trumps Genetic Predisposition to Asthma
Microcredit Summit Campaign Secretariat Blog: Muhammad Yunus ...
The Love Revolution
“Be One in a million” – Join Catholics Confront Global Poverty ...
Global Call to Action Against Poverty : Sarkozy | images ...
Global Study on Child Poverty and Disparities: Visual Identity for ...
Andrew Goodall: Global poverty – DFID white paper on country-by ...
G8 Risks Derailing Global Progress on Poverty
Fighting climate change the key to ending poverty Opinion Articles ...

Grameen Foundation news releases | Grameen Foundation : Resource ... | Willem Buiter's Maverecon | Does poverty give a country ...
Humanitarian Texts » Blog Archive » £8m boost for local projects ...
George Soros: Government Interventionist and Global Socialist ...
Just Focus » Blog Archive » Global Poverty Project
Fight global inequality, poverty and disease, celebrities urge G8 ...
SustainabiliTank: Ban Ki-moon, UNSG, is in Beijing for the ... , a Grameen Foundation initiative to spread ...
Global poverty: the human-rights dimension | open Democracy News ...

On peak oil, climate change, thinking global and acting local ...
Reducing Global Poverty: Panel Discussion
gadgets for good: DIY technology can curb global warming and ...
Muhammad Yunus On Ending Global Poverty | SocialEarth: Video
Kerlikowske Finds Ideology : Rolling Stone : National Affairs Daily
in a garden... somewhere: Thomas Pogge (on our culpability for ...
Social Media: Giving A Face to Poverty, A Voice to Hope « NYWICI ...
New Estimates of Global Poverty: Video | Building Capacity to ...
Poverty China | Beijing Beggar - Stock Footage at $89
Labour's Climate Policy Forcing Millions Into Energy Poverty ...

Global Poverty: Human Rights Dimension / ISN
Global Poverty Reassessed | Building Capacity to Reduce Poverty
Global Poverty Project | SJ around the Bay
The CRS Advocate July/August 2009
Global Poverty, Immigration and What Works
Bachus Spends Billions on Global Poverty Act
Global poverty, ethics and human rights : the role of multilateral ...
How Australians Buying Fair Trade Benefits the Poor in Developing ...
Foreign Policy In Focus | G20 and Global Poverty
Christian Aid Poverty Over - been there, done that, got the T ...

Bread for the World-New Mexico: Something's Brewing in the Senate ...
ERG, MDGs and Global Poverty In the News
Ending Global Poverty
Rahim and Amyn Mawani's initiative to help end global poverty ...
Bear Creek Ledger » Obama's Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) is Back ...
The latest news on Health Care, F-22 Stopped, Student Loans, Prof ...
Scoop: Global Poverty Project launches in New Zealand
Swap Til You Drop: The Global Poverty Project - you are invited!
Poverty: The elephant in the room | Build it Kenny, and they will ...

theroadto: (New clip) Global Poverty & World Poverty | World ...
Pants to Poverty : Blog : GLOBAL PANTS AMNESTY!
Rising Food Prices, Poverty, and the Doha Round - Carnegie ...
MCC: CEO Blog » Blog Archive » The right resources to fight global ...
Global Poverty Project: Canadian Launch
RGE - Didn't We Try that in 1938? Why Technical Poverty Fixes Fall ...
Gore Wants UN Global Governance
Obama's Global Poverty Bill is Back - Blog - OpenCongress
Global Poverty Project: Gold Coast

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