Everyone on Earth needs to see this video. OK, maybe not in Tanzania, but… everyone in the industrialised world, anyway — city planners, environmentalists, politicians, architects and students of all ages.
It’s called Design: e-[squared] and the segment I saw had to do with Mayor Daley of Chicago who, in a stroke of political genius, has embarked on making his city the greenest on the planet. It’s a beautiful, inspiring piece of work, narrated by Brad Pitt, who, with this work, joins Angelina Jolie, Bono and George Clooney, putting celebrity in the service of worthy causes.
This is the best news I’ve heard since learning that Big Oil is quietly buying up hydrogen technology.
On the other hand, there’s this little item:
Climate change boosting wildfires, study finds
July 11, 2006
and World Science staff
An increasingly hot climate seems to have amplified forest wildfire activity in the western United States over the last 35 years, researchers say.
Anthony Westerling and colleagues at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif. compiled a database of large forest wildfires in the region for the period from 1970 to 2003.
They compared those data with corresponding measurements of climate, land-surface conditions and hydrology, or water distribution.
They found that wildfire activity increased suddenly in the mid-1980s, with large fires becoming more frequent, fires becoming longer, and the wildfire season also becoming longer.
The findings appear in the July 7 issue of the research journal Science.
Of course, the real fun begins as the cycle accelerates toward universal annihilation:
More fires –> less vegitation –> more CO(2) –>
more global warming –> more fires –> more CO(2) –>
polar meltdown –> glub, glub.
Whereas, if only the powers that be had listened to me, years ago, we might now be well on our way toward establishing an aquatic equivalent of the electrical grid and the internet, doing with water what we already do with power and information.
Think of it: Reservoirs, waterways and wetlands would do double-duty, helping the environment while also providing income from tourists, boaters, hunters and fishermen. My favorite part of this proposal has to do with flooding vast portions of states like Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas — before Nature beats us to it, i.e. — regions of no earthly use as is and no doubt in need of an influx of capital.
All I ask is 1% of all revenues thus accrued for having thought up this (admittedly brilliant) idea.