When Humans Ruled the Earth. [SLV]
An insight into the human machine and it's consumption addiction.
In 1926, Nikolai Vavilov
founded the world's first modern seedbank, and amassed a collection which today contains over 90% unique varieties of plant, contained in no other collection in existence. For his opposition to Lysenkoism
he died in prison, and several of his colleagues famously
starved to death instead of eating their specimens during the Siege of Leningrad. Now the Pavlovsk seedbank
facility has been seized by the Federal Agency for Public Estate Management
, and pending a court ruling will be demolished - contents and all - to build a housing development.
The collection cannot be moved in time because it is a working seedbank of living plants.
June 5th was established in 1972 as World Environment Day
by the United Nations General Assembly. Home
, the movie by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
, which premieres today for the occasion, has some nice aerial visuals. [more inside]
Geoengineering and the New Climate Denialism.
"[S]ometimes the politics around an issue become so twisted that it's necessary to address the politics before we can have a real discussion about the problems and how to solve them. That's the case with geoengineering
. On the 40th anniversary of the NASA's Apollo 8 mission
[caution: weird JFK animation], which answered Stewart Brand's
-inspired question "Why haven't we seen a photograph of the whole Earth yet?"
with an unforgettable image of a seemingly fragile and isolated blue planet
editor Oliver Morton -- author of a new book
on photosynthesis called Eating the Sun
-- disputes the notion that the Earth is fragile and isolated. "The fragility is an illusion," he writes. "The planet Earth is a remarkably robust thing, and this strength flows from its ancient and intimate connection to the cosmos beyond. To see the photo this way does not undermine its environmental relevance -- but it does recast it."
of Americans say global warming is real and poses a threat to humanity. Which is good because if the global temperature raises by 4 degrees
we're all dead. However only 44 percent would be willing to face any financial hardship in the name of a solution.
, by Mary Mattingly
, and Greetings From the Salton Sea
, by Kim Stringfellow
-- two web projects featured in the International Center of Photography's Ecotopia
Happy Earth Day.
We probably need an all-encompassing post. So post your links here. Find local events here
(hint: they're not all taking place today, many are this upcoming weekend). Do something for the future generations.
The Voluntary Human Extinction Movement
"Phasing out the human race by voluntarily ceasing to breed will allow Earth's biosphere to return to good health. Crowded conditions and resource shortages will improve as we become less dense." More inside...
Humans Pushing Planet Earth Beyond Capacity.
Kiss your asses good bye.
I say, good f**kin' riddance.
Will Bush or Gore do anything viable to help the environment?
I can't even believe Bush agreed to submit answers. On the other hand, Al "Earth in the Balance" Gore doesn't have much credibility either.