Tree Debt Revisited

Another perhaps more straightforward way to look at tree debt is to consider the following: what population of trees do I need to personally plant and sustain to equal my carbon emissions? Thinking of it this way tries to equalize two rates: the rate of emissions on one hand and the rate of absorption by … Continue Reading

Trees, 2013

About a year ago I wrote about Tree Debt, the idea that we might measure our carbon emissions in terms of the number of trees that we’d need to plant to consume an equivalent amount of carbon from the atmosphere. After a few calculations, I arrived at a rough rule of thumb that those who … Continue Reading

The Decline of Falsifiability

Recently there has been much discussion and debate on the revelations of government surveillance programs. While I think the specifics of those revelations, and the debate around them, are interesting in themselves, I think the manner in which the debate is happening points to a deeper issue that our society is facing that I haven’t … Continue Reading

Go Directly to Defeatism, Do Not Stop at Responses

About a year ago I mentioned that it seemed likely that in the next few years we’d see a transition from climate denial to climate defeatism or worse climate engineering: I imagine that a number of those who previously denied that climate change was a problem will quickly shift to “it’s too late to do … Continue Reading

Geoengineering vs. Terraforming

After listening to this recent Radio Ecoshock episode on geoengineering, which covered the unsurprising and yet still horrifying plans afoot to attempt to mask climate change through increasingly desperate means, I realized that the very distinction between geoengineering and terraforming I had been looking for was right there in front of me: in the words … Continue Reading

Principles of Terraforming

A few months back I started exploring the idea of terraforming. In this post I’d like to consider two important questions about it. First, what is terraforming, anyway? And second, why should we do it? Oddly enough, it seems to me that the second question is easier to answer than the first because even with … Continue Reading

Tree Debt

Lately I’ve been listening to some talks on climate change, such as this one by Prof. Kevin Anderson, and the news, not surprisingly, keeps getting worse. Anderson discusses many factors that have generally been ignored in official reports that claim to chart a course forward on the climate, including: a) a limit of 2C of … Continue Reading

There’s No Emergency Room for a Planet

The metaphors in that statement really hit home for me: most of us living in wealthy nations know, somewhere deep-down, that if something bad happens to us that there’ll be something and/or someone to take care of us—not just a long-term safety net, though there’s that to a greater or lesser extent in various nations, … Continue Reading