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Worth considering.

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The Green Knight [userpic]

Radio 4's 'Nature' programme this week - it just finished, but is available on 'listen again' for the next seven days and repeated Tuesday morning 11am - was titled 'Unearthing Buried Rivers.'

In teh programme, several climate change issues were touched, as well as potential solutions - among them networking habitats to allow fragile species to react to pressure created by climate change.


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While the icon refers to a practical solution - solar panels for energy generation that also save costly energy transport - this post touches on a different one.

Education appears to be the cure for so so many ills. People who understand causes and effects can make better decisions about which long-term effects they are willing to put up with; and people who understand that there are many ways of reaching the same goal find it easier to choose the one with the smallest environmental footprint.

Disclaimer: I haven't used this software and I don't know whether it will still run on a current computer. It was recently reccommended in passing, I am not affiliated with this company, nor do I know anything more beyond what I read on their webpage, but by the sound of it, the 'Garden with Insight' simulator allows to explore a variety of factors.

By the sound of it - and again, I only approach this from the webpage http://www.kurtz-fernhout.com/help100/00000523.htm it is a simulation built on scientific models, and this is where it becomes interesting.

Computer models can short-circuit the learning process by showing cause and effect more intensely, and in much shorter time. You might have to poinson your garden for ten years or more to come to the conclusion that you are doing something wrong; a model can help you come to the same conclusion within a few hours.

This model - and ones like it - could be a valuable teaching tool; long may they live.

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I would like to focus on two main areas - as if they weren't broad enough - the challenges arising from climate change, and potential solutions. The icon pair I'll mostly use reflects that. This one is presumably (I didn't take the picture) of the sahel zone: you can see the sand creep into the grassland on the left.

What I will contribute to this community are snapshots rather than in-depth essays; time constraints and the nature of this medium suggest that will be the best way forward.

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There's nothing to see right now. As in, absolutely nothing. In the beginning was only darkness, and an idea. It is an idea in the state of growth, and over the next week, I shall produce some initial content, strategies, icons, and, and, and.

For now, I shall simply post the paragraph I put in the community user info:

I want this community to be a place where climate change issues can be discussed - causes, effects, solutions. No tip too small or trivial - if everybody on the planet switches off unwanted lights, it *will* make a difference.

The ground rules are:

- If you don't believe humanity contributes to climate change, go and find another forum
- we're not all doomed. This place is for finding solutions, not bewailing the fate of the planet. Much less that of Mother Earth.
- even if antropogenic contributions were small or negligible in comparison to what we would get anyway, cleaning up our act (and air, and water, and soil) is a good thing anyway
- No advertising, where 'advertising' is defined as 'buy this product, it's kewel'. Discussion of energy-efficient heating, transport, cooling, or other technologies is allowed (and even encouraged), brand names and URLs will be tolerated, *but only* if the post is related to a discussion. Appropriateness will be determined by a very simple formula: if the amount of quoted material (advertising speak from promotional material) outweighs the amount of new content, it will be considered to be inappropriate for this forum.

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