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Planting trees in the desert
Posted: 12 July 2017 1 Comment

Seven years ago, we published a MindBullet about how low-tech solutions to reforestation could alter the size of deserts. Now a Dutch engineer is putting that idea into practice.

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How to Plant a Tree in the Desert
12 July 2017
A Dutch engineer has developed a cheap and easy way to restore vegetation to barren landscapes, and a for-profit business to go with it.
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Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...
Global photosynthesis is on the rise
Posted: 6 April 2017

It seems that our recent MindBullet was quite correct in speculating that plant growth - photosynthesis - was increasing with climate change. A new study proves it.

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Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise
6 April 2017
Plant photosynthesis was stable for hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but grew rapidly in the 20th century, according to new research ...
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Climate change is making the world greener
Dateline: 11 August 2028
Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's ...
Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017

One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...

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Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
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Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...

WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?

Published on: 23 March 2017 1 Comment

Climate change is making the world greener

Dateline: 11 August 2028

Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's warming caused by carbon emissions, natural release of methane gasses, dimming caused by polluting aerosols, or just the cosmic cycle of the solar system, the fact is the climate has changed. The change has been quite dramatic in some regions, while barely noticeable in others; but the climate continues to change, despite the best efforts of activists ...

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Taxing food and water, and air
Posted: 8 November 2016

A few years ago, we published a MindBullet which suggested that the climate control freaks, I mean bureaucrats, would eventually tax us for the very air we breathe. While that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the idea is not so far fetched. Water is already taxed in the form of VAT on your council bill, and bottled water is taxed three times over, which is probably a good thing.

Now comes an idea to ...

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Food Tax Could Tackle Climate Change and Save Half a Million Lives: Study - NDTV Food
8 November 2016
Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save half a million lives, a ...
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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
Sweden swings to green
Posted: 22 September 2015

"The government will increase support for solar, wind, energy storage, smart grids and clean transport. Investment in photovoltaics will rise nearly eightfold to 390 million kronor per year between 2017 and 2019, with a plan to spend a total of 1.4 billion kronor."

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Sweden Boosts Renewables to Become First Fossil-Fuel-Free Nation
22 September 2015
Sweden said it’s targeting to become one of the first nations in the world to be free of fossil fuels and that it will invest 4.5 billion kronor ($546 ...
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Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting ...
They will charge us for breathing next
Posted: 7 September 2015

Told you so. We'll soon be paying for air - some of us anyway!

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Everyone in the US and Australia owes $12,000 in CO2 emissions
7 September 2015
If we view above-average carbon emissions as a cost to the planet, then people in rich nations have "borrowed" large sums from the poor since 1990
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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
Food crops and forests of the future
Posted: 26 September 2014

Seven years ago we published a MindBullet that suggested the use of fungi to dramatically encourage reforestation. We speculated that this might be achieved through open innovation on Facebook. In an uncannily similar real world event, young girls living in Ireland have won the Google Science Fair with the invention of a method to increase crop yields with beneficial bacteria. Imagine the ...

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Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for ...

CHINA BUYS ALL OF INGUSHETIA FROM RUSSIA FOR FARMING

Published on: 17 October 2013

China's drive to acquire more farmland has resulted in their boldest deal yet

Dateline: 10 October 2017

Faced with ever increasing demand for more 'meat and potatoes' food stocks, China has been aggressively acquiring arable land in Africa, Argentina and the Ukraine. Now Russia has sold the entire Republic of Ingushetia to China for an undisclosed sum. China has made substantial agricultural investments elsewhere, buying up 250,000 hectares to grow soya bean and corn in Argentina, soya bean plantations in Brazil, and purchasing 3 million hectares of farmland in Ukraine for wheat and pigs. Ingushetia ...

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Worried about global cooling
Posted: 10 July 2013

In the future, almost anything is possible. This look into the end of the century is reminiscent of several MindBullets we have published over the years.

Whatever happens, I'm fairly sure that people won't be concerned about global warming in 2099. They will have other crises to deal with! ...

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2099: Headlines Warn of Global Cooling
10 July 2013
Howard Nathan was reading his hologram news “paper” at breakfast (funny how archaisms survive, he thought—there hadn’t been paper newspapers for well over ...
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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
EU still around in 2023?
Posted: 30 May 2013 1 Comment

I wonder if the EU will even be around in 2023?
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European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of lower than expected global warming has been a brief respite, but carbon concentrations have continued to rise alarmingly. "It's clear that carbon taxes and emissions trading have not worked," says Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade. "The ...

TAKE A DEEP BREATH, YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING FOR AIR

Published on: 30 May 2013 5 Comments

European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax

Dateline: 28 April 2023

The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of lower than expected global warming has been a brief respite, but carbon concentrations have continued to rise alarmingly. "It's clear that carbon taxes and emissions trading have not worked," says Executive Director Jacqueline McGlade. "The time has come for real action, touching every human in Europe, so that every breath we take is meaningful." It ...

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Collaboration on grand ideas
Posted: 4 March 2013

The great thing about ARPA-E (which is the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy in the US) is the way it creates a platform for collaboration. A place where ideas can spark off other ideas and maybe come up with something radically innovative, that works.

Maybe this idea is crazy: Grow reflective plants that will combat global warming by reflecting light back into space. But maybe that ...

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Cool the Planet by Engineering Plants to Reflect Sunlight
4 March 2013
Announcing this year’s so-crazy-it-might-work award from the ARPA-E Summit.
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Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
The guide to green products
Posted: 22 November 2011

Ha! And another scenario we thought about in 2006 has materialised. The MindBullet linked to this post contains the following paragraph in its timeline analysis:

"Sony Ericsson launches the GreenScan service in conjunction with the Swedish government. Simply snapping a picture of any product's bar code with your camera phone and sending it to +46GREEN will send back that product's rating on ...

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Want to know if a product is virtuous? There’s an app for that
22 November 2011
Now GoodGuide has created a new “purchase analyser” app designed to inform consumers not just about the values embedded in products, but also about whether ...
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Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting ...
Carbon as a resource, out of thin air
Posted: 25 February 2011

Now we're talking! Imagine a scenario like this:

Huge carbon dioxide plants, sucking carbon out of the atmosphere, regurgitating it on demand for industry and bioculture. Just think of the benefits, for everyone. A potential Black Swan that could completely change the world as we know it.

The next step would be to figure out a way of converting carbon dioxide and water vapour into methanol, and ...

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Green Machine: Sucking carbon dioxide out of the air
25 February 2011
Air capture, in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere, has been touted as a potentially promising way to tackle climate change. That's ...
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Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
Or just print it!
Posted: 14 March 2010

In Pisa, Italy, mad genius Enrico Dini is building sandcastles on the moon. His giant 3-D printer is the first of its kind with the potential to print whole buildings, and it makes them out of solid rock, cutting down a thousand-year-long process into a few minutes. It uses sand, but someday it'll use moon ...

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Housing shortage set to be eradicated by 'treehouses'
Dateline: 14 June 2019
Using new technology developed by DuPont scientists you can now grow your own home in three weeks. The starter pack comes complete with a DNA blueprint for the house design, and is activated by modest amounts of electricity and plenty of water. The fully grown 'treehouse' has solid walls, transparent windows, as well as plumbing and electrical wiring made from cellulose. Essentially organic ...
New solar fuel machine
Posted: 10 January 2011

Is it possible that this development might herald a new way of turning sunlight into fuel? Although it does not use nanotech as such, it could provide clues for future breakthroughs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12051167 ...

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Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, sustainable future. Facing the 21st century's greatest threat, we have risen to the challenge, and made our world more habitable for generations to come. But not by destroying natural structures and building artificial surroundings. The very ...
Weather modification
Posted: 21 October 2009

Via @thomasfrey on Twitter:
Moscow Mayor promises a winter without snow http://bit.ly/4slDiO weather modification is ramping up ...

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MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, sustainable future. Facing the 21st century's greatest threat, we have risen to the challenge, and made our world more habitable for generations to come. But not by destroying natural structures and building artificial surroundings. The very ...
Water
Posted: 16 May 2007 1 Comment

There is a direct relationship between plant growth and water. To turn a desert around you'd also need water, so I'm wondering where this would come from or how it could be moved over a long distance inland? The concept of mist/fog harvesting nets could be applied to the fungus (see http://www.springerlink.com/content/w1w2004511816024/) but I am not sure this would help further inland. Maybe ...

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Hydroscopic fungus turns deserts into bushland and forests
Dateline: 14 March 2017
The simple application of a fungal cocktail to arid soils in Southern Africa has enabled small shrubs and trees to take root where no plants have grown for over 50 years. The fungi live in a symbiotic relationship with plant roots and attract the necessary nutrients and moisture towards the roots. As the detritus from these scrubby plants decays and adds to the organic content of the ...
UK supermarkets looking for greenbucks!
Posted: 15 August 2006 1 Comment

SUPERMARKETS BATTLE FOR HEARTS AND MINDS OF GREEN SHOPPERS:
From methane-powered lorries to "sun tubes" reflecting natural daylight into stores, the big four - Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons - have opened a new "green" front in the battle for dominance of Britain's £90bn supermarket sector.
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article1219255.ece
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Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting production processes to the East was backfiring on their ideals. At the same time the EU dropped the unworkable carbon tax - carbon credit scheme in favor of direct support for green industries. The shift has caught some manufacturers by ...

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