The data centers that support the Internet use a huge amount of energy.
Antonio Lopez's insight:
It's a good sign that this issue is rising to the surface. From the article:
At one point in our interview, Gary Cook commented that “the Internet is the single biggest thing we’re going to build as a species. This is something if we build it the right way, with the right sources of energy, could really help power our transition to renewables. If we build it the wrong way, it could actually exacerbate the problem.” While it might be a little hyperbolic to declare the Internet as civilization’s greatest achievement (I’m personally a fan of vaccinations), there’s no shortage of VCs and CEOs who believe and evangelize that position. But embracing such a grandiose statement about the network also means taking a radical responsibility for it and recognizing that how we build the future frankly determines whether we have a future at all.
"Satellite images are helping humanity better understand our changing world. It's never been easier to access recent pictures of the changing face of our planet captured by NASA and a growing constellation of satellites from public and private companies. The challenge is that there's still a knowledge gap about how to put that photography to use, from fighting wildfires with the next generation of satellites to tracking deforestation in Indonesia."
"Google is one of the latest mega-corporations to commit to the principles of a circular economy—one that keeps "technical nutrients" like plastic and silicon out of the landfill, and trims out wasted water, energy, food, and land."
Most of us think we are immune to the effects of advertising, and media messages in general. But in fact, media exerts a powerful influence on how we think about our food and farming system. Join Food Sleuth Radio host and Registered Dietitian, Melinda Hemmelgarn, for her interview with Robert McChesney, Ph.D., Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and co-founder ofFree Press . McChesney will discuss advertising (commercial propaganda), money and politics as they influence our food and farming choices. The need for independent media and media literacy has never been greater.
A new take on Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" is calling out consumer goods giant Unilever for exposing residents of Kodaikanal, India, to toxic mercury contamination. In her version of the song, Indian rapper
Forests are the lungs of the earth and our greatest ally in fighting climate change. They absorb carbon and turn atmospheric CO2, water and sunlight into wood while producing the oxygen we breathe. But instead of returning the favor, we cut them down. It’s estimated that roughly 15% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions today are the result of deforestation and forest degradation. That’s comparable to the total annual CO2 emissions of China, or the emissions of the entire global transportation sector — all the world’s planes, ships, trucks, and automobiles combined.
Protecting forests and restoring those that have been degraded are among the easiest options we have for slowing climate change. It doesn’t require any new technological breakthrough — it simply requires each of us to join in. We all impact climate change, but now we can each be part of a broader solution.
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In a joint venture with SunPower, Apple is building two new 20 megawatt solar farms. Construction has already begun and 2 MW of solar capacity are already sending power to the grid. "The technology combines single-axis tracking technology with rows of parabolic mirrors, reflecting light onto high efficiency SunPower Maxeon cells, which are the world's most efficient commercially available mass-produced solar cells. Completion of the projects is expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. [...] The projects are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem."
Antonio Lopez's insight:
Looks like a great step. I keep thinking, what's the hitch? Maybe there isn't one.
"World leaders arriving at the U.N. summit on climate change in Paris on Monday are being greeted by more than 600 pieces of street art denouncing corporate sponsorship of the event.
Among the pieces, set up like billboards across the city by the art collective Brandalism, is a fake advertisement for Volkswagen that says, "We're sorry that we got caught," reminding onlookers of the car company's recent emissions scandal.... 80 artists from 19 countries installed street art across the city this weekend."
"A week after the Associated Press changed its official style on how to describe people who do not accept climate change science, its attempt to clarify the issue has resulted in little clarity. There is little agreement among climate reporters on if and how they would follow the new recommendation, and whether it will make any difference."
2 minutes | Retracing rare earth elements, which are widely used in high end electronics and green technologies, to their origins. The film, developed with photographer Toby Smith, documents their voyage from...
9x9 is an online film festival. You don’t need to book tickets or drive to a cinema screen to be a part of this film festival. These films can be watched from anywhere in the world.
Antonio Lopez's insight:
"The Source Project is about using media to engage people in some of the many issues we need to embrace. Story telling from people who are driven by nothing more than a compassion moves us away from the traditional confrontational format, which does little more than foster an overwhelming sense of helplessness. The Rules is all for spreading radical ideas into a mainstream. Especially when they come from a community of people seeking to look beyond the surface to bring about deep-rooted change. So we are proud to present nine short films by the Source Project as the 9×9 online film festival. Common Dreams, Occupy, TruthOut, Gaia Foundation, Other98%, Share The World’s Resources, and Global Justice Now have also joined this initiative."
"So what should we call this crisis? What is an accurate frame that imparts the emotional impact of what we are presently doing to the planet, its inhabitants, and to all future generations?
After much thought and linguistic research, I want to suggest that we start today referring to this crisis as Climate Mayhem. It is simple, to the point, and accurate on all counts. Nobody can say they are in favor of mayhem, right?
"According to my go-to dictionary, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, mayhem involves "the infliction of violent injury upon a person or thing; wanton destruction" or "a state of violent disorder or riotous confusion; havoc." It is rooted in the word for "maiming." Vast oceanic graveyards and clear-cut rain forests sounds like maiming the planet to me. The word "wanton," in turn, means "immoral … maliciously cruel; merciless … freely extravagant" and "excessive." That all rings true as well. And just speaking emotionally, mayhem is a word that has always sent chills up my spine - as does a world without elephants, tigers, rhinos, polar bears, orangutans …
"As an ecopsychologist, I view the Earth as a living organism - a being, not a thing. As an ethical Buddhist who appreciates both science and karma, I am painfully aware of the 40-year time-lag between the actions we are taking today and the effects they will have on our mother, Earth. Pope Francis is spot-on in framing Climate Mayhem as a moral crisis. It is a crisis of both spirit and psyche. In wreaking havoc on the planet, we are pathologically acting out in ways that promise our own demise."
Antonio Lopez's insight:
An important aspect of solving the climate crisis is language and framing. This excellent article explains why.
"Bit rot is a colloquial term used in the computerized information systems environment to indicate the gradually decaying of data stored on storage medias or software over the duration of time. In this case, the concept is transposed from a virtual reality, made of bit and software, to a material one, made of real people, things and places. This reality is the research subject of the BITROT Project. Through photographic documentation, the project follows the international movements of the e-waste, providing evidence of illegal commerce and disposal and tells the stories of those who are involved, but also underlines green and sustainable alternatives that in many countries have already been adopted.” Giorgio Griziotti and Gianluca Giannelli
Antonio Lopez's insight:
An intriguing photography project by Valentino Bellini designed to address our lack of awareness about the devastating impact of e-waste. A nice blend of activism, art, environmentalism and education.
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