Environmental Critique: Archived

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Christine Skolnik

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Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options

ANDREW S. YANG, PARTS-PER-MILLION (PLANETARY ASPIRATIONS), 2020 SILK-SCREEN PRINTING, PAPER, AIR

Virtual Event: Thurs., October 22,

6:30–7:30 pm CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Sponsored by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation .

Just 415 carbon dioxide molecules per one million air molecules are driving global warming, impacting our health and safety. In Illinois, vehicular exhaust is the single-biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Learn about new research into the effects of a greater shift toward electric vehicles in the Chicago area and about local climate-friendly transportation initiatives. Gain a perspective on the outsized role of carbon dioxide in our changing climate by hearing about new artwork visualizing this invisible threat in our air.

Melody Geraci,
Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance

Daniel Horton,
Lead Researcher, Climate Change Research Group, Northwestern University, and Third Coast Disrupted scientist

Andrew S. Yang,
Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Third Coast Disrupted artist

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24 Hours of Reality

Reposted from The Climate Reality Project.

We’re kicking off 24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future [today] at 4 PM ET, and we’re so excited! Presentations will take place around the globe in 85 countries as part of a worldwide conversation on how the climate crisis, COVID-19, and racial injustice shape our planet and this historic moment. 

We need you to join the conversation. RSVP today to join a public presentation*. 

You’ll learn about the science of climate change and the solutions in our hands now. And you’ll leave knowing not just what the climate crisis means for you, but how to talk about what’s happening with your friends and family. 

For everyone who attends and confirms their participation, Climate Reality and One Tree Planted will plant a tree to help reduce greenhouse gases and fight rising temperatures. 
    
RSVP TODAY 
Even as we’re all continuing to do our part to fight for racial justice and stop the spread of this virus, there’s still plenty you can do to advocate for a better, healthier, more just and sustainable tomorrow.We hope you can join us to see where we stand and where we can go together.– Your friends at Climate Reality* To attend a Countdown to the Future presentation, you’ll first need to create a public account on Climate Reality’s Reality Hub. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be able to log in at any time and request either a public or private presentation. On the main Countdown to the Future page, you can identify any public presentations already scheduled in your area.

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Experts: How do diets need to change to meet climate targets?

Reposted from CarbonBrief, September 16, 2020.

The food system is a major contributor to climate change and, without significant shifts in global diets, it is unlikely the world will achieve its targets under the Paris Agreement.

It is also a highly complex global system, which makes the task of determining precisely how people’s diets need to change difficult.

Aside from general principles, such as cutting meat and dairy consumption, other issues that need addressing include differences in food production emissions around the world and avoiding food waste.

As part of our week-long series examining food and climate change, Carbon Brief has asked a range of scientists, policy experts and other stakeholders about the role dietary changes will play in limiting global warming.

Read more here.

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Getting Around Carbon: New Looks at Transportation Options

ANDREW S. YANG, PARTS-PER-MILLION (PLANETARY ASPIRATIONS), 2020 SILK-SCREEN PRINTING, PAPER, AIR

Virtual Event: Thurs., October 22,

6:30–7:30 pm CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Sponsored by the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation .

Just 415 carbon dioxide molecules per one million air molecules are driving global warming, impacting our health and safety. In Illinois, vehicular exhaust is the single-biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Learn about new research into the effects of a greater shift toward electric vehicles in the Chicago area and about local climate-friendly transportation initiatives. Gain a perspective on the outsized role of carbon dioxide in our changing climate by hearing about new artwork visualizing this invisible threat in our air.

Melody Geraci,
Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance

Daniel Horton,
Lead Researcher, Climate Change Research Group, Northwestern University, and Third Coast Disrupted scientist

Andrew S. Yang,
Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Third Coast Disrupted artist

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Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies

Reposted form GTM

The 5 Most Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies Left Standing

Low-carbon grids need longer-duration storage, but few technologies have succeeded at scale. Here’s the current roster of best bets.

JULIAN SPECTOR MARCH 31, 2020

Stacked blocks: the way forward for energy storage? (Credit: Energy Vault/Binh Nguyen/GTM)

Stacked blocks: the way forward for energy storage?
(Credit: Energy Vault/Binh Nguyen/GTM)

Rarely has such a crucial enterprise for the future of human civilization led to such little commercial success.

Long-duration energy storage holds great potential for a world in which wind and solar power dominate new power plant additions and gradually overtake other sources of electricity. Wind and solar only produce at certain times, so they need a complementary technology to help fill the gaps. And the lithium-ion batteries that supply 99 percent of new storage capacity today get very expensive if you try to stretch them out over many hours.

The problem is, no clear winner has emerged to play that long-duration role. Here at Greentech Media, we’ve spent years covering the contenders, which range from quixotic defiers of the laws of physics to understated, scientifically minded strivers. The makeup of this roster has fluctuated to the rhythm of bankruptcies and new investments.

Plenty of options technically “work.” The question is, do they work with an acceptable price point and development cycle, and can the businesses providing them stay afloat long enough to actually prove that? That last step has been hard for companies to fulfill, insofar as in previous years there were practically no places to actually sell this stuff.

That’s finally starting to change, thanks to two connected trends. First, wind and solar are now competing very effectively for capacity additions in the U.S. and other developed countries. The proliferation of these resources creates its own push for long-duration storage in places with high concentrations of wind and solar farms. A particularly appealing early market is in remote or island grids, where renewables-plus-storage already outcompete imported diesel fuel on price.

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Artists + Scientists on Climate

Reposted from Third Coast Disrupted

CS Note: See various online events below exhibit information and general description. Past events are recorded and available for viewing.

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Third Coast Disrupted: 

Artists + Scientists on Climate

September 8 – October 30, 2020

Glass Curtain Gallery – Columbia College Chicago

1104 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor, Chicago

Gallery Hours: Mon–Fri, 9 am – 5 pm

Gallery capacity is 10 visitors. Masks are required.

An exhibition of newly commissioned artworks culminating a yearlong conversation between artists and scientists centered on climate change impacts and solutions in the Chicago region.

Through science-inspired sculpture, painting, collage and more, the artworks examine local impacts — happening here and now — ranging from extreme heat to flooding to habitat loss, and more. They also shine light on local solutions underway, like “cool roofs,” nature-based approaches to slowing stormwater, and backyard habitat restoration. Some imagine future possibilities.   

Third Coast Disrupted is based on the notion that art can connect and engage with people on an emotional level. It can pique curiosity, be unexpected, tactile, interactive, evocative, and memorable. It can slow people down, inspire them to reflect, move them to talk to each other — and spur them to act. 

Meet the curatorial team.

Meet the artists and scientists.

This program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, with additional support from Keith Giles and Christine Skolnik; OpenlandsThe Nature Conservancy; Clare Butterfield and Edward Maldonado; Patrick and Laura Clark; Debra Shore; Greenleaf Advisors, LLC; The Fogelson Family Foundation; and the Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum. 

It was created through a collaboration between Columbia College ChicagoDePaul University’s Institute for Nature and Culture, and Terracom.

Third Coast Disrupted is part of Chicago Water Week.

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Katharine Hayhoe: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts & Solutions

Wed., September 16th, 7 – 8 pm CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Climate change isn’t just a problem for polar bears or future generations any more — it’s affecting us here and now in the Chicago area. Temperatures are rising, rainfall patterns are shifting, and extreme precipitation and heat events are becoming more frequent. 

The choices we make today will profoundly impact our future: the faster we cut our carbon emissions, the less adaptation will be needed, and the more suffering we can avert. 

In such a politically charged environment, are we still able to act on climate? Join climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe as she untangles the complex science connecting our choices to future impacts and highlights actions underway today to combat this critical issue.

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The Art of Communicating Climate: 

A Conversation

Thurs., September 17, 8 – 9 am CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Sponsored by Openlands.

If we want action on climate change, we need to talk about it. We need the issue to be in the public eye. But how? The topic can be overwhelming and contentious. What strategies work? What role does data play? What is the range of engagement tools? What does success look like? Join two climate scientists using different yet complementary approaches to engagement.

Katharine Hayhoe, 

Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University

Mika Tosca,

Climate Scientist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Christine Esposito,

Project Director & Lead Curator, Third Coast Disrupted, and Founder, Terracom – Moderator

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Water, Water Everywhere: 

First-Person Flooding, Impact & Action

Thurs., October 1, 6:30–7:30 pm CDT

Free – Online Register here.

More frequent intense rainstorms and flooding are among the devastating and costly impacts of the Chicago region’s changing climate. Like other effects, they hit communities of color hardest. Learn of the health concerns, from a personal and public health perspective, and hear about the local public-private partnerships and government efforts that provide relief and increase resilience.

Elena Grossman, 

Program Director, BRACE-Illinois, 

and Third Coast Disrupted scientist

N. Masani Landfair, 

Third Coast Disrupted Artist

Daniella Pereira,

Vice President of Community Conservation, Openlands

Debra Shore, 

Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

This program is part of Chicago Water Week.

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Avian Effects: 

Climate Change and Birds

Thurs., October 8, 6:30–7:30 pm CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Climate change gets migratory birds coming and going, literally. Millions of them travel through the Chicago area each spring and fall to and from their breeding grounds. Changes due to climate change here and elsewhere impact their breeding success and very survival. A host of local efforts that are improving conditions for birds in the face of climate change. Learn how you can help and have fun in the process.  

Forrest Cortes,

Director of Community Engagement, 

The Nature Conservancy in Illinois 

Peggy Macnamara,

Artist/Professor/Author, 

Field Museum and School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Doug Stotz,

Senior Conservation Ecologist, 

Keller Science Action Center, Field Museum

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Getting Around Carbon: 

New Looks at Transportation Options

Thurs., October 22, 6:30–7:30 pm CDT

Free – Online. Register here.

Sponsored by the Illinois Science & Energy 

Innovation Foundation.

Just 415 carbon dioxide molecules per one million air molecules are driving global warming, impacting our health and safety. In Illinois, vehicular exhaust is the single-biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Learn about new research into the effects of a greater shift toward electric vehicles in the Chicago area and about local climate-friendly transportation initiatives. Gain a perspective on the outsized role of carbon dioxide in our changing climate by hearing about new artwork visualizing this invisible threat in our air.

Melody Geraci,

Deputy Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance

Daniel Horton,

Lead Researcher, Climate Change Research Group, Northwestern University, 

and Third Coast Disrupted scientist

Andrew S. Yang,

Associate Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Third Coast Disrupted artist

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1978 Exxon Memo on Greenhouse Effect

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Learn more about at the long history of oil-industry disinformation at Drilled:

“Drilled is one of the few narrative podcasts about climate change. In 2018 when journalist Amy Westervelt was covering multiple climate lawsuits, she had the idea to put the story of climate change, and climate denial, into a true-crime framework. Season 1 (November 2018) focused on the climate research conducted by oil companies and when and how they shifted from studying the problem to denying it. Season 2 (April 2019) followed a community of crab fishermen as they became the first industry to sue Big Oil. Season 3 (January 2020) chronicles the 100-year history of fossil fuel P.R. campaigns and ties them to the propaganda we still see today. At least four more seasons are planned for 2020 and 2021. What began as a limited-run 8-part series has become the most-listened to podcast on climate change and, as of January 21, 2020, a multi-platform climate accountability reporting project that keeps industry honest on climate via investigative reporting across web, newsletters, and podcasts. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!”

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Supernature 1

By Timothy Grieve-Carlson, excerpt reposted from Paracultures.

[ . . . ] Ecology and evolutionary biology have a long history of admitting the deep weirdness in the world of their study. J. B. S. Haldane, the British-Indian scientist and science popularizer, summarized this tendency nicely in his 1927 essay “Possible Worlds,” in which he writes: “Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” It’s an often misattributed quote (I first read it attributed to Einstein), misattributed so often, I think, for its deep impact. H.P. Lovecraft repeatedly tried to express such a thought in tentacles and wings, but Haldane spells it out much more clearly: this world is so weird that just thinking about it blows a hole through the mind that would know its weirdness. [ . . . ]

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SLSA 2020 Deadline Extended, Virtual Option

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
16-18 October, 2020

Welcome to the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, hosted by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

The SLSA 2020 theme will be “Energy,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. 

Conference Chair: Irina Aristarkhova
Exhibition Co-Curators: Srimoyee Mitra and Amanda McDonald Crowley
Keynote: Lisa Nakamura
Keynote: Raqs Media Collective (Co-founders of The Sarai Programme at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies)
Partners: Digital Studies InstituteComparative LiteratureEnglish Language and Literature, and  Center for South Asian Studies

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines: https://easychair.org/cfp/slsa-2020

Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsa20200

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2020

While submissions are strongly encouraged by June 1, 2020, we realize that the disruptions caused by COVID-19 may make this deadline challenging for many. As such, we will continue to consider submissions on a rolling basis until August 1, or until the conference schedule is fully populated. Our review process will provide participants with notification within a month of submission.

In light of COVID-19 disruptions, the 2020 SLSA conference will provide a “blended experience” style conference and member poster exhibition, with opportunities for both on-site and virtual participation. So, if you’d like to be part of SLSA2020 and cannot make it to Ann Arbor for various reasons, we will work to accommodate you to present virtually and be part of our community with your blended presence.

Go to SLSA Conference site here.

Image credit: University of Michigan, 7/14/18, 2018 Campus Aerial photos during summer: Central Campus, Burton Tower, North Quad, Rackham, Ingalls Mall, Diag, Hatcher, UGLY, State Street, Alumni Center, Washtenaw Ave.

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