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Space Tourism, Climate Change and the Need for Sustainable Space Exploration

Will space tourism be a major climate change propellant? A new study reported in Nature finds that the impacts of a commercial space industry could be serious, even catastrophic: [E]missions from 1,000 private rocket launches a year would persist high in the stratosphere, potentially altering global atmospheric circulation and distributions of ozone. The simulations show that the changes to Earth's climate could increase polar surface temperatures by 1 °C, and reduce polar sea ice by...

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Bruce Sterling, Bright Green Futures and Black Swans

Worldchanging Ally #1, Bruce Sterling, is interviewed over at Fortykey books, and says a lot of interesting things: Rhys: You are well-known as an advocate of technology as the optimum solution to future environmental crisis, primarily through ultra-efficient design. I believe that this approach is called ‘Bright Green Environmentalism’ as opposed to the ‘light’ and ‘dark’ green variants, which place stress on individual consumer responsibility and government programs. Were you...

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Stealing the Future, The Ethics of Dust, and Networked Sprawl

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 The Rights of Future Generations Alex examines the rights of future generations and wonders in what courts those rights might be defended, and how... 2009 Manifesta: Caring for Fungi and Pollution Regine Debatty reviews two artistic architectural works at the Manifesta biennale that both explore waste residue... 2005 Smart Sprawl Jamais Cascio reflects on Walter Siembab's idea of "Smart Sprawl," a networked approach to...

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Bioluminescence, China's Green Beat, and Human Changing

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 The Bioluminescent Metropolis Geoff Manaugh explores the idea of cultivating bioluminescent organisms for use in future architectural ornament and city planning... 2008 Reader Report: China's Green Beat Jamie Henn reflects on China's sustainable future now that the 'green' Olympics have ended... 2005 Retro: Human Changing Three excellent books about the transformation of what it means to be human came out in the past...

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The Future of Suburbs, Biomass Charcoal, and Clean Energy

Looking back one, two, and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 The Ruins of the Unsustainable: Searching For Answers to the Suburbs A classic Worldchanging piece by Julia Levitt, in which she ponders Bruce Sterling and the future of suburbs... 2008 Biomass Charcoal in Eastern DRC Ethan Zuckerman looks at efforts designed to end the developing world's dependency on charcoal... 2005 Joel Makower: Clean Energy -- It's Not About the Environment Joel Makower asks "Why aren't you buying...

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A Proposed Geoethics

Looking back five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2005 Terraforming Earth, Part III: Geoethical Principles Jamais Cascio proposes a definition of geoethics as well as its core principles.... Other recent "look backs": July 21 July 22 July 23

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Heat Waves and Energy Crunches: the Future is Now

Two stories I came across yesterday struck me as particularly indicative of the gulf between the speed at which global change is unfolding and our perceptions of the urgency of the issues. There's often a presumption that we have decades to change (so change can begin gradually) and decades more before we have to worry about impacts. The evidence, though, increasingly points to a much shorter horizon for action and adaptation. The first story reports on a big Stanford study which combined...

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A Crusade of Open Sharing and Going Organic in China

Looking back two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2008 The Outquisition Alex Steffen recounts a conversation he had with Cory Doctorow in which they mused on the idea of an "Outquisition" - a crusade of open sharing of tools and ideas... 2005 Going Organic in China Jamais Cascio reports that Chinese agriculture is one of the most heavily-dependent upon chemical fertilizers in the world, but this is starting to change... Other recent "look backs": July 7 July 8 July 9

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A Vision of Pioneer City 2030 and the Growth of Residential Wind Turbines

Looking back one and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Pioneer City 2030: What the Energy System of the Future Looks Like Patrick Mazza writes that the energy systems of the future are being founded now, and to support their synergistic growth and realize their promise we need visions of the future that inspire the development of long-term strategies. The following description of Pioneer City is offered to inspire such vision and strategies... 2005 Micro-Wind for the Home The...

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Planetary Boundaries, a Successful Top-Down Policy, and the Concept of Inclusive Wealth

Looking back one, two and five years ago today on Worldchanging: 2009 Planetary Boundaries and the New Generation Gap A classic piece by Alex Steffen, in which he explores the growing urgency for real action that responds to our planetary boundaries... 2008 China Watch: Plastic Bag Ban Trumps Market and Consumer Efforts Yingling Liu reports on the success of China's recent plastic bag ban, which has been immediately accepted by consumers. In a country where billions of plastic bags are used...

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