Tag: climate-change

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crookedtimber.org > Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò
What’s In Our Way?
3 may. 2021 - In 2019, Cyclone Idai generated the fastest wind speeds ever recorded on the African continent. Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe were all affected – the Mozambican city of Beira was levelled, and hundreds of thousands of people in the region were displaced. Many died from the heavy rains before the hurricane landed, many more died from the hurricane itself, and still more from the cholera outbreak in the wake of the first two calamities: a month after the storm, over a thousand lives had been confirmed lost. A year after the crisis, over 40,000 Zimbabweans and nearly 100,000 Mozambicans were still living in makeshift shelters, and nearly ten million in the region were still in need of food aid.
 · climate-change · inequality

crookedtimber.org > Jessica Green
Can the World’s Bankers Really Save the Climate?
6 may. 2021 - The Ministry for the Future (TMFTF) should be lauded for reimagining global climate governance. It recognizes what many climate scholars do not: climate change is in large measure, a problem of extreme wealth and wealth inequality. Thus, addressing the climate crisis requires discussing “potential alternatives to the global neoliberal order” (155). Moreover, the Ministry is keenly aware of the shrinking window for action. Addressing climate change is a race against time, rather than a “tragedy of the commons.” Thus, we should be less worried about getting everyone to participate in international agreements, and more worried about acting quickly, since delay will make climate problems harder to solve, and could result in irreversible changes. What follows from these two premises is nothing less than a wholesale reimagining of the global economy, as enacted through coordinated efforts by the world’s biggest central banks. However, the Ministry’s proposed technocratic solutions overlook the messiness of domestic politics, and the huge challenge of constraining powerful anti-climate interests.
 · banking · blockchain · carbon-pricing · climate-change · cryptocurrencies · inequality

crookedtimber.org > Kim Stanley Robinson
14 may. 2021 - When I attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop in 1975, our first teacher Samuel R. Delany gave us some advice: don’t respond to critics. It never does any good. Don’t even write reviews. It was good advice, and I’ve followed it ever since. But here I am. Did I make a mistake? Maybe so. On the other hand, I’ve published a lot of non-fiction in recent years. What was I saying in those pieces? Couldn’t I respond like that? Maybe so. Quite a bit of my non-fiction consists of appreciations of other writers, like this one of Gene Wolfe. These were expressions of love. And I’ve answered lots of interview questions. These were like conversations. There’s no harm in love or conversation. So I’m going to try this: I’ll happily express my appreciation for all the generous giving of time and thought that I see in the responses below; and I’ll do my best to answer any questions they ask. If there are complaints about my book (and there are), I’ll stick to my long-time practice, and hold my tongue.
 · climate-change

crookedtimber.org > Maria Farrell
What is Ours is Only Ours to Give
4 may. 2021 - Kim Stanley Robinson’s books are how I think about the future. I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re how I manage to think about it at all. They provide much of the temporal and political context in which I do my work, which is to say, they educate me and let me know I’m not alone. Future uses of data and networks are a tiny part of The Ministry for the Future (TMFTF), just as tech policy only counts, now, insofar as it serves our species-wide effort to survive and perhaps flourish. TMFTF does some thinking on how network and information technology – specifically, social media and blockchain – can do the genuinely liberatory work they’ve long been hailed as making possible. I’ve worked in tech policy since the late nineties and will talk mostly in this piece about ways that might work sooner and better to get us to a desirable tech future, and one that gets less in the way of dealing with climate crisis. (I use ‘climate crisis’ as shorthand for the cluster of anthropogenic extinction events described in TMFTF.)
 · ai-ethics · amazon · artificial-intelligence · big-tech · blockchain · china · climate-change · commons · data-commons · data-portability · facebook · feminism · google · interoperability · misogyny · open-standards · social-graph · social-media · solutionism · surveillance-capitalism

www.ftm.nl > Reijer Passchier and Sebastiaan Brommersma
‘Het Nederlandse staatsbestel is niet klaar voor verdere digitalisering’
16 may. 2021 - Digitalisering van de overheid zet de verhoudingen in de rechtsstaat onder druk. Door complexe technologie en scheefgroei in de distributie van digitale middelen kunnen de rechter en het parlement de uitvoerende macht steeds slechter controleren. Het delicate evenwicht van de trias politica raakt zo verder verstoord, waarschuwt Reijer Passchier van de Universiteit Leiden.
 · anti-power · artificial-intelligence · climate-change · institutions · machine-learning · power · rule-of-law · syri · techno-optimism · technology · transparency · trias-politica

hassmccook.medium.com > Hass McCook
Comparing Bitcoin’s Environmental Impact…
22 apr. 2021 - Bitcoin’s energy consumption and environmental impact is something that is commented on very regularly, but ultimately, is something that is rarely understood. The majority of arguments stem from comparisons of Bitcoin to particular nation states, or some other apples to oranges comparison. Critics can’t even separate “energy use” from “electricity use”.
 · bitcoin · climate-change · sustainability

The Ministry for the Future seminar
3 may. 2021 - Over the next ten days, we’re running a seminar on Kim Stanley Robinson’s recent novel about climate change and how our political and economic system might have to change to stop it, The Ministry for the Future. We’re happy to be able to do this – it’s an important book. Since it came out, it’s had an enormously enthusiastic reception (see e.g. Barack Obama and Ezra Klein). What we want to do in this seminar is not to celebrate it further (although it certainly deserves celebration) but to help it do its work in the world. So we’ve asked a number of people to respond to the book, by arguing it through and, as needs be, arguing with it. We’ve also published a reply by Stan.
 · climate-change · not-read

networkcultures.org > Silvia Dal Dosso
Cats, Frogs and Cryptoartists: What if Auteur .jpgs Become a Luxury Good
11 mar. 2021 - When in July 2013 I met Andreas Schildbach, the first developer to write the Bitcoin Wallet for mobile, one Bitcoin was worth around 80 euros. We were sitting at a table in a bar, the Room 77, which had recently hit the headlines because the owner, Joerg Platzer, had been interviewed by the BBC for the insane act of accepting Bitcoin as a form of direct payment. Still not satisfied, Joerg had managed to convince many shops on the street, Graefestraße, to do the same, and for this reason the area was dubbed by the few nerds who knew about it and by the owners of those same shops, Bitcoin Kiez. While I was interviewing Andreas (for a documentary I was shooting), around us a bunch of developers and crypto anarchists were chatting and drinking, but Andreas was so focused on his story and I was consequently so busy trying to understand what he was saying that the voices around us had disappeared.
 · 4chan · art · blockchain · climate-change · copyright · crypto-art · decentralization · digital-art · memes · nft-s

www.groene.nl > Casper Thomas
John Rawls besefte dat wie het spel niet eerlijk vindt op den duur niet meer mee wil doen
3 mar. 2021 - John Rawls leerde de wereld hoe rechtvaardigheid in elkaar steekt. Vijftig jaar na het verschijnen van zijn hoofdwerk A Theory of Justice is zijn ideaal van een samenleving die door iedereen als eerlijk wordt ervaren opnieuw bijzonder relevant.
 · climate-change · freedom · human-rights · inequality · john-rawls · justice · liberalism · meritocratic-thinking · property · white-supremacy

decorrespondent.nl > Rutger Bregman
Ja, het is allemaal de schuld van Shell, KLM en ‘het systeem’. Maar zullen we het nu eens over jou hebben?
27 oct. 2020 - Een beter milieu begint niet bij jezelf: in de afgelopen tijd raakte dat motto in de mode in progressieve kringen. De wereld veranderen doe je niet door elkaar vlieg- of vleesschaamte aan te praten, zegt men dan. Maar wat stellen idealen eigenlijk voor als ze geen offers vergen?
 · climate-change · shame · solar-energy · veganism · vegetarianism

www.nybooks.com > Bill McKibben
130 Degrees
20 aug. 2020 - The upheaval caused by Covid-19 is a harbinger of global warming. Because humans have fundamentally altered the physical workings of planet Earth, this is going to be a century of crises, many of them more dangerous than what we’re living through now. The main question is whether we’ll be able to hold the rise in temperature to a point where we can, at great expense and suffering, deal with those crises coherently, or whether they will overwhelm the coping abilities of our civilization.
 · climate-change · covid-19