In a recent interview, McCormick said she learned that many city officials believe the key to getting everybody on board to battle climate change is to avoid uttering the words “climate change.” It’s “a poisonous term to use,” one said.
On the nose!
I’m a fan of the intersection of the tech world and “climate change”. Here’s a review from tech powerhouse The Verge on ❤️Leonardo diCaprio’s❤️ “Before the Flood”. Although the film sounds like the usual “gloomy” side of climate change, it’s nice to see the coverage by technology media. Tech Crunch announces a “enivornmental hackathon” yesterday, The Verge today. Leo getting involved is great too! Am gonna see about watching this.
2 big wins from this month:
– I’ve been accepted as a Fellow at Manylabs, an open science skunkworks funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Moore co-founded Intel and coined Moore’s Law). Thanks to all of you who talked the app over with me and helped me get it together! The application pushed me to make a “project” out of this, so now there’s a plan (here’s my application). So what does all this mean? The big value is recognition — a “thumbs up” from Manylabs and the Moore Foundation that this idea is worth pursuing. In addition Manylabs offers a desk to work and a venue to host events– 15 others and I are now part of the “Climate Change + Tech” Meetup in SF, check it out here: http://www.meetup.com/Climate-Change-plus-tech/ Thanks to Dan for help designing it and marketing it. This is a great way to meet more people in the space and learn about the big factors shaping the industry.
Detect, Analyze, Attribute: 3 types of climate change research studies. Detect and analyze is about gathering data ie temperature, sea level, to answer the question “is the earth heating up?”. Attribution studies are about figuring out the cause, “why?”, is the changing climate because of a hotter sun, zombies, or carbon dioxide from human causes?Sustainable, Sequester, Adapt: this is where the action is — Sustainable is tech to speed the transition from the fossil fuels era to the sustainable era (for example, Telsa or Solar City), Sequester is about sucking CO2 out of the environment, and Adapt is about building seawalls, raising up housesI’ve included 2 sketches that helped my understanding, thanks to Matt Inouye for the suggestion on drawing it out.
Book: Sustainability Without the Hot Air, all the details behind what our future “Sustainable Era” will look like. Thanks to Bill for the recommendation!: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0954452933/tag=davidmackayca-20 (or free legal PDF on http://withouthotair.com)Project: Marin Carbon Project, incredible tech to pull atmospheric carbon deep into the soil/clay where it is effectively removed from the carbon cycle for millenia. Using cow pastures and compost, which could generate $$ for farmers through carbon credits. Shova organized this SF Zero Waste Youth event I went to, and MCP was the keynote http://www.marincarbonproject.org