Earth 2100

  • Jun. 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 AM
Did anyone else watch ABC's Earth 2100 last night?

As someone who's been concerned about climate change and peak oil (which I was surprised was covered so minimally) for years, I can't say I learned much but I hope it was eye-opening for other people. I missed the first 20 minutes or so and showed up somewhere around 2030 and the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, which I think, frankly, we may already be too late to prevent.

Trailer for the documentary )

For those who did find it more eye-opening, I thought you might be interested in some links relating to the topic.

Transition Towns
Transition United States and the Transition US Social Network
Future Scenarios
Post Carbon Institute
Wildlands Network

Please feel free to discuss Earth 2100 in comments, or share other organizations you know of that are working towards building a more sustainable future.

Future Scenarios

  • Apr. 29th, 2009 at 12:41 PM
I just stumbled across an interesting website (also a book, apparently) called Future Scenarios that focuses on the interplay between peak oil and climate change and how they is likely to affect the environment and the human race.

The author, David Holmgren, offers four possible scenarios for the future:

1. Brown Tech (slow oil decline, fast climate change)
2. Green Tech (slow oil decline, slow climate change)
3. Earth Steward (fast oil decline, slow climate change)
4. Lifeboats (fast oil decline, fast climate change)

The site focuses more on speculation than on activism and problem solving designed to actively work towards one or another scenario, but I thought it was very interesting and thoughtfully done.
The Environmental Protection Agency concluded Friday that greenhouse gases linked to climate change "endanger public health and welfare," setting the stage for regulating them under federal clean air laws.

The EPA action marks the first step toward imposing limits on pollution linked to climate change, which would mean tighter rules for cars and power plants. Agency officials cautioned such regulations are expected to be part of a lengthy process and not issued anytime soon.


Have I mentioned how much of a relief it is to have an administration that actually pays attention to science? \o/