Jenny Odell: What Earthrise Can Tell Us About Earth Day (Sierra Club)
Earth Day should be a time for thinking about time.
Just as a satellite view shocks us with the strange beauty of our seemingly familiar home, Earth Day has the potential to give us a new temporal perspective. There is no natural basis for a week or a decade, and the endless extractive growth that corporations project has no analogue in nature. Earth's clock is richer than the Western manmade clock, an overlapping set of rhythms in which many scales coexist: not only days and seasons but also tides, flowering events, ecological successions, and geologic accumulations.
I would like Earth Day to be like that: a pause for consideration, a day unlike other days, a time for thinking about time. Some things are visible only from a remove. Let this day be a porthole through which we look out on the vastness of ecological time, laughing in retrospect at our small-minded schedules and wondering how we might think and act in different ones. If we agreed to do that, I wouldn't be surprised if the effects of Earth Day cascaded into all our other days.
Brian Anderson: The South Pacific Drone Zone (Motherboard)
‘Tectonically, this remote region is a patchwork. The Antarctic, Nazca and Pacific plates all converge here. Even better, four of modern history’s unaccountable terra-acoustical blasts have all eked from its depths.’
And now it's all this: Climate bullshit from Forbes
"An article with a ridiculous conspiracy theory propped up by selective and dishonest quoting. Presented to us by a publication that can’t be bothered to do elementary fact checking. This is the face of climate change denial."
Discover Magazine: Bad Astronomy: HOLY FRAK! Moon transits Earth!
"I’ve seen many images of the Earth and Moon together as taken by distant spacecraft, but this, seeing them in motion, really brings home just where we are: a planetary system, an astronomical body, a blue orb hanging in space orbited by a desolate moon