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.

America's First Solar City

  • Apr. 14th, 2009 at 5:12 PM
I thought this was pretty cool: a former NFL linebacker is building the first solar city in Florida.

The housing collapse be damned, Kitson & Partners announces it will build a planned city near Fort Meyers with 19,500 homes, offices, retail shops, and light industry. Its electricity will come from the world’s largest solar voltaic power plant, a $300 million, 75-megawatt plant to be built on-site by Florida Power & Light. That’s nearly twice as large as the current largest plant in Germany, says Time magazine.

The planned city—Babcock Ranch—will include a smart grid to let residents monitor and adjust their energy consumptions. More than half of its 17,000 acres will be permanently protected as greenways and open space, according to the Miami Herald.