Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

Vollmann seeks to understand how “we could not only sustain, but accelerate the rise of atmospheric carbon levels, all the while expressing confusion, powerlessness and resentment.” Here’s a look at the surprisingly simple technology inside that makes all the difference.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Connected

In the mid 20th century America’s immersion in fantasy accelerated with the arrival of Disneyland and TV which enhanced the unreal and make-believe. Last week BBC Radio 4 broadcast a series of 15 minute podcasts over five days on the topic of Truth.

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Re-Imagining Aluminum Smelting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Aluminum giants Alcoa Corporation and Rio Tinto Aluminum today announced a joint venture to commercialize patented technology that eliminates direct greenhouse gas emissions from the traditional smelting process, a key step in aluminum production. As part of Apple’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products through innovation, the company helped accelerate the development of this technology.

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Several Short Sentences About… Bats

How to Save the World

They can fly up to 60mph, and because of their flexible wings — that are so complex aerodynamics engineers have been unable to adapt them to human travel technologies — they are many times more agile in flight than birds or insects. fruit bat, from wikimedia.

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Risky Business

How to Save the World

So, psychologically, it’s better to downplay its likelihood (which is already occurring, ie 100%) and its impact (catastrophic, even just considering the effects of the destruction of forests, oceans, soils and permafrost, which are already well-advanced and accelerating).

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

So the seeming recent perfection of the processes and technologies of lying are just what has apparently happened, for no reason. T he character that is not me lies in the sun on the warm tropical beach, listening to the roar of the surf.

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From the feed

Chris Corrigan

This vision is the one that would get me on board with using our existing oil and gas resources to manufacture and fund and infrastructure to accelerate this future for my kids. Money and technology are hugely valuable resources: they are certaintly necessary but they are not sufficient.

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