Links for 29th January 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Warren Ellis » PAPERNET: Some Incoherent Thoughts

    "It’s not like a fax machine, where some bastard buys your number and there’s a sheaf of junk hanging out of the thing in the morning. It’s roll-your-own one-sheet POD. And it’s also subscription-based POD, if you know someone who semi-regularly does interesting things with a sheet of paper and decides to share. They’re either sending directly to your letterbox-email, or you’re on an announcement-only mailing list (or Google Group). Or, as I say, as simple as me pressing Print so they’re spat out for me to take to the pub, or on a train journey. And if they’re not especially personal, I can just leave the buggers on the table or the seat when I’m done with them, too." Warren Ellis.

    Tagged with: designpaperartdistributionprintingartefactsculture

  2. The Nuclear Test

    "Two points. One, if someone won’t recognize nuclear risk, then they probably won’t recognize AI/nano risk either, so convincing them of such is hopeless. Two, the lives of the wealthy and powerful people of the world (a few of which I know read this blog) are put at direct risk by these possibilities, and most of them are smart enough to recognize it, but they still don’t do a thing. This bodes ill for the plausibility of gaining support for global risk mitigation in general."

    Tagged with: nuclearexistentialthreatriskwarannihilation

  3. New Geoengineering Study, Part II

    "Of all of the proposals, air capture seems to be closest to a winner here, but the costs (and technology) remains a bit unclear, and will take some time to get up and running in any event. That delay will mean pressure to use one of the shortwave approaches, too. My guess is that stratospheric sulphate injection will be cheaper at the outset than the cloud albedo manipulation with seawater, but the latter seems likely to have fewer potential risks; we'll likely try both, but probably transition solely to cloud manipulation (at least until molecular nanofabrication allows us to do space-based shielding). The various minor proposals — reforestation, urban rooftop albedo, and the like — certainly won't hurt to do, and every little bit helps, but alone are massively insufficient." Jamais cascio.

    Tagged with: climatechangegeoengineeringefficacysolutionscomparison

  4. Dumping iron in the ocean may not fix the climate

    "A new study confirms that iron-enriched waters do, as hoped, encourage more carbon to be stored on the ocean floor. But the efficiency of artificial iron fertilisation could be as much as 50 times lower than previous estimates."

    Tagged with: climatechangegeoengineeringironoceanplankton

  5. Scientists Rank Global Cooling Hacks

    "Many global cooling approaches have been floated. The broad range of the proposals — from injecting the upper atmosphere with sun-blocking particles to creating plankton blooms by feeding them extra iron to burying carbon-filled "biochar" in soil — has made comparing them very difficult. The new study provides the first useful comparisons of a wide variety of geoengineering ideas.

    The study did not calculate the costs or environmental impacts of any of the techniques, but for most of the climate hacks, they could be large. For those reasons, the authors of the paper recommend reducing the amount of our emissions, not just banking on geoengineering to bail us out."

    Tagged with: scienceenvironmentclimatechangeglobalwarminggeoengineeringalbedosolutions

  6. Study: too late to turn back the clock on climate change

    ""They surveyed over 10,000 earth scientists, with a very short survey containing two key questions: "have mean global temperatures risen compared to pre-1800s levels, and has human activity been a significant factor in changing mean global temperatures?" More than 3,000 replied, and the results show that there is far more consensus among researchers than the sceptics would like you to believe. 90 percent agreed that yes, global temperatures have risen, and 82 percent agreed that the cause was man-made."" The denial squad will of course claim that all 7,000 non-respondents were evidently convinced otherwise. *sigh* A week of f*cking grim climate news, and no mistake.

    Tagged with: climateenvironmentresearchscienceconsensussurvey

  7. Should lynx, beavers and wolves be reintroduced to the British countryside?

    "Behind the reintroduction and the re-wilding agenda there is an important shift going on in the conservation world. "Traditional conservation has potentially seen its day," Carver claims. "The old guard was focused on sites and species, and managed reserves for one species, not the whole landscape. There's a reason for rarity. If we lose a few species, does it really matter if they're common in other locations? The new paradigm in conservation is about habitats, landscapes and whole ecosystems."" Better late than never, I guess.

    Tagged with: ukconservationenvironmentbiodiversityanimals

  8. whspr! | Get Emails Without Revealing Your Email Address

    "When you create a whspr! URL, your email address remains hidden to those who send you messages. When someone sends you a message, he or she must provide an email address where they can be reached." Looks like it could be handy.

    Tagged with: emailprivacyaddressanonymouscontactformutility

  9. abandonedplaces: Jets!

    Does what it says on the tin; pictures of decaying Soviet fighter jets from somewhere in the Ukraine. Scary to think what you might find just laying around in the former USSR…

    Tagged with: Ukrainemilitaryaircraftabandonedpicturesphotosjetfighterdecay

  10. Ask the Editor – The Dreaded Semicolon

    Where to use 'em, where not to use 'em. Handy.

    Tagged with: writinggrammarpunctuationsemicolon

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