Note — Nov 07, 2021

No.195 Asides

  • 😨 🤬 🎥 Scientists get it, lots of citizens get it, The Economist (!) gets it. ‘Leaders?’ Doesn’t really look like it. See what three degrees of global warming looks like. “If global temperatures rise three degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, the results would be catastrophic. It’s an entirely plausible scenario, and this film shows you what it would look like.”
  • 🇧🇹 🇸🇷 🇵🇦 🌳 👏🏼 Forget net-zero: meet the small-nation, carbon-negative club. “A tiny but growing club of “carbon negative” forest countries is emerging, with Suriname - a small rainforest country north of Brazil - already a member and Panama expected to be certified later this year. What they have in common is strong protection of their carbon-absorbing forests alongside increasingly tough measures to hold down climate-changing emissions, including efforts to adopt renewable energy, electrify transport and cut waste.”
  • 🐋 💩 🌳 Whale-based geoengineering! I’m in! Poo from the world’s largest animals have a stunning affect on ocean ecosystems—and even carbon capture. “A million additional whales defecating close to the surface would be like having massive ocean fertilizer machines—absorbing as much carbon as forests covering a continent”
  • 🦤 🤯 Endangered birds experience 'virgin birth,' a first for the species. “Though rare in vertebrates, parthenogenesis occurs in sharks, rays, and lizards. Scientists have also recorded self-fertilization in some captive bird species, such as turkeys, chickens, and Chinese painted quail, usually only when females are housed without access to a male. But this is the first time it’s been recorded in California condors.”
  • 🪵 🏠 🇳🇱 Twenty per cent of new homes in Amsterdam to be constructed from timber. “The city of Amsterdam has mandated that 20 per cent of all new housing projects in the Dutch capital must be constructed with wood or other biobased materials from 2025.”
  • 🇫🇮 🇪🇪 🤔 🤔 “We’re building tunnels not walls” says Angry Birds co-founder behind plan to link Helsinki and Tallinn via undersea tunnel. “All the station areas are being designed to accommodate 50,000 new people moving to the area so we’re adding 200,000 people in the Helsinki/Tallinn metropolitan area, which currently has a population of two million people.”
  • 👾 🤑 🇫🇷 Ubisoft is Making 'Play to Earn' Blockchain Games. “That both Ubisoft’s CEO and CFO both made clear the company’s future would involve the blockchain is certain to be controversial. NFTs, cryptocurrency, and the blockchain are widely associated with scams, environmental damage, and manipulative marketing. While Ubisoft said it was still learning, its heavy investment in Animoca shows the company is well past the point of deciding whether or not to support blockchain endeavors.”