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Retiree Builds Off-Grid Tower House in the Andes

Wendy Green spent most of her life in suburban New Jersey spending long days as a yoga teacher, so when she turned 50, she sold her house and used the proceeds . . .

Natural Building Blog by Kelly Hart on 19 Nov 2023

Don Walsh: The man who made the deepest ever dive

The remarkable story of Captain Don Walsh and his 11km journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. . . .

BBC News - Science BBC News - Science & Environment by ? on 19 Nov 2023

Can Forest Gardens Contain the Sahara?

Video by Permaculture expert Andrew Millison of Oregon State University. He profiles the work of Trees for the Future, a organization devoted to ecological . . .

Climate Denial Crock of the Week by greenman3610 on 19 Nov 2023

Music Break: Doja Cat – Paint the Town Red

Crazy choice of a sample from “Walk on By”, the Burt Bacharach song famously done by Dionne Warwick. If you want kind of a jarring juxtaposition . . .

Climate Denial Crock of the Week by greenman3610 on 19 Nov 2023

America's glaciers are disappearing

NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Professor Andrew Fountain from Portland State University about melting glaciers in the American West. America's . . .

EnviroLink Network by EnviroLink Editor on 19 Nov 2023

A disappearing island: 'The water is destroying us, one house at a time'

The island of Nyangai off the coast of Sierra Leone is on the frontline of climate change. More frequent and intense weather has eroded Nyangai to a nubbin. . . .

EnviroLink Network by Tommy Trenchard on 19 Nov 2023

Don Walsh: The man who made the deepest ever dive

Published34 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharing Image source, Sue Flood By Rebecca MorelleScience Editor, BBC News Ocean explorer . . .

EnviroLink Network by By Rebecca Morelle on 19 Nov 2023

The doomsday vaults storing seeds, data and DNA to protect our future

Around the world, highly secure chambers are being built to preserve everything we need to withstand any number of worst-case scenarios. Are we allowed to go . . .

Environment | The Guardian by dwood on 19 Nov 2023

Suck carbon from the air? US facility launches novel climate solution

Direct air capture is a reality in California with plant that pledges not to take investments from oil and gas. Inside a vast new warehouse in the California . . .

Environment | The Guardian by Gammon in Los Angeles on 19 Nov 2023

‘Hell de Janeiro’: scorching heat highlights Brazil’s glaring inequality

It felt like 58.5C in Rio on Tuesday – and the soaring, indeed dangerous, temperatures are hitting the poorest hardest. The start of summer in the southern . . .

Environment | The Guardian by Malleret in Rio de Janeiro on 19 Nov 2023

Pumped Storage Hydro Could be Key to the Clean Energy Transition. But Where Will the Water Come From?

ELY, Nevada—The smell of piñon pine filled the air as the Ghost Train of Old Ely rolled to a stop between the Duck Creek Range and another railway. Two peaks of . . .

Clean Energy – The Angry Army by angryarmy on 19 Nov 2023

Q&A: The Hopes—and Challenges—for Blue and Green Hydrogen

From our collaborating partner “Living on Earth,” public radio’s environmental news magazine, an interview by managing producer Jenni Doering with reporter . . .

Clean Energy – The Angry Army by angryarmy on 19 Nov 2023

In San Antonio, Solar Parking, Rooftops, and Hoops

Texas Public Radio: The San Antonio City Council on Thursday approved the largest of its kind municipal solar project. The nearly $31 million project will . . .

Climate Denial Crock of the Week by greenman3610 on 18 Nov 2023

About the blog scan program.

The blog scanning computer program, used to produce output here, was developed by iBerry and is based on 'The Collector' . Links and some initial text from new blog posts are published on a single page, normally every day around 17.00 UTC. To restrict output length without completely losing posts, some posts dated more than 2 days old, appear in a compressed form with clickable titles but no initial text. A total of 7 days new output is immediately available in the same format on single pages. Earlier output is progressively archived.

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Thoughts for Tomorrow

Artificial Intelligence and Real Stupidity.

AI's ability to analyze and detect complex patterns in massive data sources is expected to bring new tools for the good of humanity. Examples applied to climate change and environmental issues include efficient monitoring of indicators such as CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, changes in the mass of glaciers, rising sea levels, methane emissions and deforestation. Activities such as the design of energy-efficient buildings and the efficient use of renewable energy can also benefit.

All well and good but apart from its huge demands for energy, careless development of AI could be disastrous. AI is already used to generate videos that create realistic but fake images of celebrities falsely advertising products. There may be worse to come. For example, how, if at all, should AI bring persons, 'back from the dead'? Seeing a realistic Elvis in new performances could be harmless enough entertainment but what if future developments make realistic face-to-face interactions with an apparently real Elvis possible? Also, the ability to create as many new episodes as you like of your favorite television programs is evidently a fascinating possibility for the future.

But fascination can be dangerous if large numbers of individuals become obsessed and isolated in unreal worlds of their own making and are also at the mercy of those seeking to broadcast disinformation about climate and political issues in ways that AI could make more and more convincing. Isn't isolation from reality the very opposite of what's needed to face the climate emergency? No easy answers but free and unregulated Artificial Intelligence is Real Stupidity!


More Thoughts for Tomorrow.

Farmers, Labor, Speaking up in Support of Solar

Michigan has adopted one of the most aggressive clean energy standards in the country. Success will depend on siting reform, which under the new bills gives . . .

Climate Denial Crock of the Week by greenman3610 on 18 Nov 2023

The World is Not on Track for Climate Goals

We kinda knew this. Washington Post: Among the many dramatic ways society must transform to limit the worst effects of climate change, the world is only moving . . .

Climate Denial Crock of the Week by greenman3610 on 18 Nov 2023

Hammocks, dawn raids and court dates: the fight to save a London tree

Protesters trying to save a tree in Stroud Green that the council wants to axe say it’s a battle that should concern us all. On a warm midsummer evening in . . .

Environment | The Guardian by ? on 18 Nov 2023

Stay or go? Offered a future away from home, Tuvalu’s people face a painful choice

Australia’s visa offer to residents of the Pacific island nation in the face of the climate crisis stokes mixed emotions. For many years, residents of Tuvalu . . .

Environment | The Guardian by rinivasan on 18 Nov 2023

Solar power to the people: California program brings clean energy to Oakland

Once only accessible to the well-off, solar power is making inroads to low-income households thanks to federal and state programs. Joseph Wang and his wife have . . .

Environment | The Guardian by g in Oakland on 18 Nov 2023

Nearby Residents and Environmentalists Criticize New Dominion Natural Gas Power Plant As a ‘Slap In the Face’

Over the course of three hours on Thursday evening, the beige-paneled walls of the SpringHill Suites Hotel in Chester, Virginia played host to a . . .

Clean Energy – The Angry Army by angryarmy on 18 Nov 2023

Some Older Posts

Record heat disproportionately hurts communities of color. Unprecedented climate justice federal funding could help - Yale Climate Connections by Tammie Visintainer on 16 Nov 2023

Mexican Entrepreneur Makes Homes Out of Seaweed - Natural Building Blog by Kelly Hart on 16 Nov 2023

Advent Calendar ‘24 Good Deeds’ enabled new collaborations in Uganda - Fairventures Worldwide by Laura Rothgang on 15 Nov 2023

Why an ‘exact date’ weather forecast headline isn’t what it seems - Official blog of the Met Office news team by Met Office Press Office on 15 Nov 2023

Connecting Climate Justice and Social Justice - Indigenous Climate Hub by IndigenousClimateHub on 15 Nov 2023

Iceland volcano: Peninsula faces 'decades' of instability - BBC News - Science BBC News - Science & Environment by ? on 16 Nov 2023

‘La Acción de Cumplimiento’ as a Legal Mechanism to Implement Colombian Climate Change Laws - Climate Law Blog by Natalia Urzola and Juan Sebastián Castellanos on 12 Nov 2023

As Washington state considers linking carbon market with California-Quebec, this cost-containment tool ensures that its program continues to run smoothly - Climate 411 by Caroline Jones on 15 Nov 2023

Trying Times and the Approaching Judgements: Part 2 - ClimateChangeFork by climatechangefork on 14 Nov 2023

Jury finds women who broke HSBC windows ‘not guilty’ - Extinction Rebellion UK by Extinction Rebellion on 16 Nov 2023

China and the US, the world’s biggest polluters, strike a climate deal - Climate Energy - Grist by Chuck Squatriglia on 15 Nov 2023

She’s on a Mission to Plumb the Secrets of New York’s Disappearing Wetlands - State of the Planet by Kevin Krajick on 16 Nov 2023

New data reveals new ‘Brexit benefit’ farming policy is only rewarding wealthier cereal farms - Inside track by Lydia Collas on 16 Nov 2023

Ocean Literacy: A Gateway to Sustainable Management of the Ocean - REVOLVE by raul on 16 Nov 2023

Old House, New Tricks: 15 Ways to Make an Aging Home More Sustainable - Happy Eco News by Artemis on 16 Nov 2023

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #46 2023 - Skeptical Science New Research for Week #46 2023 by ? on 16 Nov 2023

Simple Explanation of Carbon Technology: A Critical Climate Tech - Change Oracle by Richard Matthews on 15 Nov 2023

FoodTech Advances Can Feed the World Despite Climate Change - Blue and Green Tomorrow by Charlie Farr on 15 Nov 2023

People drive EVs less than gas-powered cars, and that’s a problem - Anthropocene by Prachi Patel on 16 Nov 2023

5 Vibrant Plants That Thrive in Shade and Cloudy Climates - EcoWatch by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes on 16 Nov 2023

Texas Violated the Law with Lax Emissions Limits, Federal Court Rules - Clean Energy – The Angry Army by angryarmy on 16 Nov 2023