SIMPLY IMAGINING BETTER THINGS ISN’T ENOUGH
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Friend of the blog, and intellectual sparing partner Paul Graham Raven has two interrelated posts out today.  The first: The Unbearable Lightness of Solarpunk  Published by (other friends of the blog) fo.am collective as part of their Hip Deep in the Thick Present series. Paul concludes ‘Unbearable Lightness’ with the following line: Sometimes presented as a corrective to cyberpunk’s dystopian depictions of capital run amok, solarpunk is perhaps better understood as what a cyberpunk future will look like for the lucky ones. The second is a companion post to the fo.am article also p ..read more
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SolarPunk: Rewilding BritainWith a total forest cover of around...
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SolarPunk: Rewilding Britain With a total forest cover of around 13% compared to the European average of 48% as of 2020, the United Kingdom is one of the least densely forested countries in all of Europe. We at Cooked Illustrations thought about making an awareness and action campaign on the Climate and Biodiversity Emergencies, it was imperative that we focused on parts of the story that do not seem to be as widely known. Rewilding Britain is a self-initiated, independent awareness campaign to bring in the general public into conversations around the reintroduction of certain species i ..read more
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Exxon’s models predicting climate change were spot on — 40 years...
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2w ago
Exxon’s models predicting climate change were spot on — 40 years ago A new study finds that Exxon’s projections were as good as any academic’s At the beginning of the 1980s, Exxon’s own scientists had warned that continuing to burn fossil fuels would lead to “catastrophic” and “irreversible” consequences. But starting in 1989, Exxon publicly dismissed its own findings. The company’s leadership cast doubt on the credibility of climate science, deriding models and emphasizing how “uncertainty” made them virtually useless. It’s part of a larger story about how many companies — including Shell ..read more
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Invisible SolarInvisible Solar is a new PV technology that take...
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2w ago
Invisible Solar Invisible Solar is a new PV technology that take on the appearance of any building material. Each Invisible Solar module is more than a photovoltaic panel, it also is an active architectural element with various functionality. Disguising solar panels as ancient Roman tiles in Pompeii “They look exactly like the terracotta tiles used by the Romans, but they produce the electricity that we need to light the frescoes,” says Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Director of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. This solution is part of a more comprehensive strategy to turn costs into savings op ..read more
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"Our lives are caught between climate change, pandemics, wars, market crashes, biodiversity..."
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1M ago
“Our lives are caught between climate change, pandemics, wars, market crashes, biodiversity collapses, and supply chain disruptions. The new normal, it seems, is one where apocalyptic narratives predominate and where precarity is to be expected or even embraced. Many efforts to head off catastrophe, meanwhile, often seem inadequate to the task, embracing status quo politics or hanging their hopes on salvation through technological disruption. What, then, would an anti-catastrophic project that takes our myriad crises seriously but does not fall into the trap of catastrophic thinking look like ..read more
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What if We Cancel the Apocalypse?
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2M ago
What if We Cancel the Apocalypse?: Solarpunk is both pragmatic and utopian. It has to incorporate the latter because that allows us to push the boundaries of what is considered possible. At the same time, being pragmatic is a way of bringing back the reader (or listener) to the present after temporarily escaping into a Solarpunk story. For example, a Solarpunk story set in Gaza in the year 2040 could imagine climate change-related challenges that the Palestinians there would be facing then, and imagine ways of solving them. This would be told in a story in a setting with its own specificity w ..read more
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In France, all large parking lots now have to be covered by solar panels
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2M ago
In France, solar just got a huge boost from new legislation approved through the Senate this week that requires all parking lots with spaces for at least 80 vehicles – both existing and new – be covered by solar panels. Starting July 1, 2023, smaller carparks that have between 80 and 400 spaces will have five years to be in compliance with the new measures. Carparks with more than 400 spaces have a shorter timeline: They will need to comply with the new measures within three years of this date, and at least half of the surface area of the parking lot will need to be covered in solar panels ..read more
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Greece runs entirely on renewables for the first time in its history
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Greece runs entirely on renewables for the first time in its history: plantyhamchuk: “On Friday (7 October), for a period of around five hours, the country was running off entirely renewable power, reaching a record high of 3,106MWh at eight o’clock (GMT).“For the first time in the history of the Greek electricity system, the demand was covered 100% from renewable energy sources,” its IPTO wrote. “With the interconnections implemented by IPTO on land and sea, new electrical capacity is created for even greater RES [renewable energy sources] penetration that will make our energy mix even green ..read more
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So seen by a meme
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4M ago
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Plant Machete by David Bowen This installation enables a live...
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4M ago
Plant Machete by David Bowen  This installation enables a live plant to control a machete. plant machete has a control system that reads and utilizes the electrical noises found in a live philodendron. The system uses an open source micro-controller connected to the plant to read varying resistance signals across the plant’s leaves. Using custom software, these signals are mapped in real-time to the movements of the joints of the industrial robot holding a machete. In this way, the movements of the machete are determined based on input from the plant. Essentially the plant is the ..read more
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