- Published on Saturday, 22 November 2014 09:51
The International Center For Earth Simulation (ICES) And The Ecosequestration Trust (TEST) Join Forces To Boost Global Resilience
- Published on Saturday, 08 November 2014 17:23
All around the world impacts of changing climate are being felt in a multitude of ways from droughts to tidal surges. The failure of policymakers to take action in the preceding decades and the current policy gridlock means that humanity has little choice but to move to the next stage of action: Resilience!
We are now restricted to what we can do to mitigate against severe climate change impacts. The mega-trends are indicating that we have a range of conditions that will threaten lives around the world in ways that we are not used to. These include water shortages, threats to agriculture, rising tides that inundate coastal cities, and so on. The impacts have begun and we are now moving into what Dr James Hansen called “The Storms of Our Grandchildren”, only the grandparents are still very much with us. How bad things get and how much we can stand against the extremes in climate, will be largely due to what action we take to make our human systems as resilient as possible.
This is why the collaboration between ICES and TEST is so important. We have to accelerate the gathering, the processing, and the dissemination of knowledge that is needed in all regions of the world where livelihoods, lives and habitats are threatened. What is becoming clear is that we are all in this together. The challenges ahead are of a proportion that make us all stakeholders in determining the future quality of human life on this planet.
This film has been produced to promote the collaboration between two organisations: one that is focused on ground-level activity and responses to the environment, the other on the technical gathering, unifying and processing of data from as many sources that are available. The results of this work will be made available in the development of the www.resilience.io platform.
- Published on Monday, 03 November 2014 21:53
Cli-Fi meets Crime Thriller in a noir-esque London
‘Greenies’ is set in 2030, in a London that has been engulfed by a tidal surge claiming thousands of lives, leaving a population still functioning but burdened by psychological trauma.
Hanson’s tale is complex and often dark but strangely only subtly different to how we might view ourselves now. One criticism is that it lacks the imaginings of breakthrough technologies; the “game changers” that could transform society. But then, this tale gives us a business as usual, dystopian extrapolation of human misfortune. We can visualise the the deniers who restrict the assimilation of knowledge, protecting the mainstream cult of consumerism and consumption, contrasted against another group who are overwrought with ecological anxiety, desperate to crack the veneer of one reality, and replace it with the harsh facts of another. If this is at all representative of where we are in 2030, then it is fair to say we have bequeathed dystopia on the next generation, and the journey of our own intelligent species, over the bell curve of Earth system understanding, will have gone retrograde.
The story itself is a noir crime thriller; a gripping page turner, set in a London with limited light, beset by dark memories, restricted happiness and so many schemes going on that it might just be plausible. Much of it will be familiar to Londoner’s, or others, who have frequented this city, but there is a cold, relentless trauma following the flood, that pervades the characters motives and keeps the reader embedded within the tale.
I couldn’t help empathising with the characters, hoping they don’t make certain choices and then being guiltily pleased when they do. It also provides good insight into a psychological world that is familiar, even today in a much milder (and hopefully less threatening) form. The author, Andrew Hanson, has worked for Greenpeace and for Friend’s of the Earth, so perhaps there are some real world templates that his manifestations are based on?
'Greenies', by Andrew Hanson
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Review by Nick Breeze
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