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Natural Resources and the Environment - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes

Natural Resources and the Environment - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes
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BraveNewClimate My view on climate change Sleep's Surprising Effects on Hunger World Game World Game, sometimes called the World Peace Game, is an educational simulation developed by Buckminster Fuller in 1961 to help create solutions to overpopulation and the uneven distribution of global resources. This alternative to war games uses Fuller's Dymaxion map and requires a group of players to cooperatively solve a set of metaphorical scenarios, thus challenging the dominant nation-state perspective with a more wholistic "total world" view. The idea was to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone",[1] thus increasing the quality of life for all people. History and use[edit] Fuller first publicly proposed the concept as the core curriculum at the (then new) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 1980, the World Game Institute and the World Resources Inventory published the World Energy Data Sheet. In 2001, a for-profit educational company named o.s.

A New Paradigm Will Help Navigate the Anthropocene : Collide-a-Scape As anyone who follows environmental discourse knows, sustainability is more than a popular buzzword. It’s a concept that frames all discussion on climate change, development, and ecological concerns. For example, today’s line-up of sessions at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting includes a panel called, “Getting to Global Ecological Sustainability: Climate and Small-Planet Ethics.” But what if there is no getting to global sustainability, because it’s an impossible goal? It’s an idea that is more compatible with the way the world actually works–not just ecologically, but at a societal level, too. As much as I think this is the way forward, I very much doubt that the “sustainability” frame will go quietly into the night. Unfortunately, the sustainability movement’s politics, not to mention its marketing, have led to a popular misunderstanding: that a perfect, stasis-under-glass equilibrium is achievable.

Climate Data Links « Open Mind I usually (but not always) include links to data on which my posts are based. It occured to me that it would be useful to collect data links in a single location. Therefore this page is a holding area for links to climate data. It’s just starting, so at the moment it’s not nearly complete, and some of the links below are not yet active! Give it time… Surface temperatures: NASA GISS (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)NCDC (National Climate Data Center)HadCRU (Hadley Centre/Climate Research Unit)ECA (European Climate Assessment & Dataset Network)GHCN version 1, especially for data prior to 1880.GSOD, Global Surface Summary of the Day (from NCDC) Satellite-based atmospheric temperature estimates: RSS (Remote Sensing Systems)UAH (University of Alabama at Huntsville)UW-RSS (University of Washington/RSS)UW-UAH (University of Washington/UAH)UMD (University of Maryland) Sea Ice Sea Level Satellite-derived Sea Level from the sea level site of the University of Colorado. Snow Cover Greenhouse Gases

Only In It For The Gold Science - Latest Technology News and Pictures World Game In the 1960's Buckminster Fuller proposed a “great logistics game” and “world peace game” (later shortened to simply, the “World Game”) that was intended to be a tool that would facilitate a comprehensive, anticipatory, design science approach to the problems of the world. The use of “world” in the title obviously refers to Fuller's global perspective and his contention that we now need a systems approach that deals with the world as a whole, and not a piece meal approach that tackles our problems in what he called a “local focus hocus pocus” manner. The entire world is now the relevant unit of analysis, not the city, state or nation. For this reason, World Game programming generally used Fuller's Dymaxion Map for the plotting of resources, trends, and scenarios essential for playing. The logic for the use of the word “game” in the title is even more instructive. It says a lot about Fuller's approach to governance and social problem solving.

About the OECD Our mission The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.We also look at issues that directly affect everyone’s daily life, like how much people pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. Drawing on facts and real-life experience, we recommend policies designed to improve the quality of people's lives.

Discussions about Energy and Our Future Not Spaghetti | but everything else Back when I was a young graduate student our system administrator was a bit of a gamer. We used UNIX: a Digital Equipment VAX running some BSD version, and later SUN workstations - and I pause for a moment in memory of those worthy but now defunct corporations. UNIX at the time came with a bunch of standard command-line-oriented games (and graphical ones later on the SUN's) - which of course the sysadmin was free to delete, but ours didn't. He even installed a new game - Empire (a multi-player "Civilization"-like game) - and started a few games hosted on our computers, soliciting players from around the internet. For a few months Empire, rather than physics, became my passion. Realizing this wasn't personally sustainable, I delved into the C programming language which seemed to be the standard for UNIX (but up to then I'd hardly used - I'd done some Fortran and assembly programming before). So I started reading through the source code of the game.

CNN More than 50 billion of 3M's Post-it notes are sold every yearHit product reached market 12 years after it was invented3M employee, Art Fry realized potential of Post-it Notes in churchOnce the product was released in 1980, it spread "like a virus," he recalls St Paul, Minnesota (CNN) -- It's been described as the solution to a problem nobody realized existed. But that hasn't stopped the humble Post-it Note from becoming a ubiquitous fixture of stationery cupboards worldwide, with manufacturers 3M producing 50 billion each year. The sticky yellow squares did not always look destined to set the office supply world alight. The story of the Post-it -- the self-attaching note that adheres in such a way that it can be removed without causing damage -- begins in 1968. We wanted to develop bigger, stringer, tougher adhesives. Spencer Silver, a chemist for the giant multinational Minnesotan company 3M, was attempting to develop a better adhesive. 'Credit card computer' enhances learning

Earth Has Less Water Than You Think Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter All the water on Earth would fit into a sphere 860 miles (1,385 km) wide. If you were to take all of the water on Earth — all of the fresh water, sea water, ground water, water vapor and water inside our bodies — take all of it and somehow collect it into a single, giant sphere of liquid, how big do you think it would be? According to the U. Feeling a little thirsty? And this takes into consideration all the Earth’s water… even the stuff humans can’t drink or directly access, like salt water, water vapor in the atmosphere and the water locked up in the ice caps. Even though we think of reservoirs, lakes and rivers when we picture Earth’s fresh water supply, in reality most of it is beneath the surface — up to 2 million cubic miles (8.4 million cubic km) of Earth’s available fresh water is underground. Makes one a little less apt to take it for granted. Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink;