Archive for August, 2008
Some of the initial sketches for the mask, which is the only concrete product that i will have so far. In the first sketch, I realised that the design looked too modern and don’t really give the sense of future with first impression. So I decided to do some research on how the future might be headed to and I came across the term biomimicry, which is the new science of learning from the natural world and implementing it in our lives. Also, I read that nanotechnology is one of the cleanest and green way of creating things and with all the investments and promising possibilities with it, the future will embrace it. Taking the two technology in mind, I thought that the future would look somemore more organic and complex in shapes.
I’ve decided to keep this blog going not just for my project but also my personal “green” blog in the future so get ready to see more green here in the future.
I have decided on the title of my project, which would be 450 parts per million. Parts per million is the commonly used term to describe the concentration unit of CO2 in the atmosphere. Here’s the abstract of my project proposal.
According to the scientists at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii, the CO2 levels in the atmosphere now stand at 387 parts per million. The speed of the rising CO2 levels are ever increasing and if this rate goes on, in 50 years time the level would be increased to 450 parts per million, which is the point where the world starts transforming into an ice free one.
In this project, I am taking a speculative stance of imagining the future world which has passed this benchmark of 450 parts per million and has now witnessed the full effect of the Climate Change. Various scenarios would be imagined and for each scenario, I would create a product or kit for which humans would need in the proposed environments.
A very comprehensive report on various impacts of the climate change compiled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Lots of information and images.
CLIMATE WARMING IN THE ANTARCTIC; 5-Degree Rise Over the Last Half Century Is Recorded at Little America ICE IS FOUND THICKER Director of U. S. Program Says Sheet Drops 10,000 Feet in Many Areas
By WALTER SULLIVAN
May 31, 1958, Saturday
I got curious about how early did scientists and politicians first knew about possible climate changes caused by industrialisation and it was quite shocking to find out that they knew about it as early as 1958. This New York Times article reported about the rise in temperature at antarctic of up to 5 degrees. They knew about it but why has there been nothing done until the Ozone hole appeared in 1985?
Global Warming, the mass extinctions of the past and what they can tell us about our future
I read this briefly in the National Library today and I thought that it was really interesting with lots of facts and alarming perspective on past extinctions and how global warming has to do with it. Here are some facts that I found in this book.
Start of industrial revolution - 280ppm
current level of CO2 concentration - 384ppm
Rate of increasing levels yearly
1.54ppm / year 1960 – 2008
0.2ppm / year 1860 - 1960
Mass Extinctions ( units in million years ago )
- Late Devonian - 360
- Permian - 253 - 247
- Triassic - 205 - 199
- Toarcian - 190
- Cretaceous - 144
These periods experienced mass extinctions in the past and at least 90% of these periods has got to do with High CO2 levels and global warming, only that those were caused by natural conditions whereas the increase in CO2 levels currently are man caused.
Ecopolis A floating city that’s designed for 50,000 refuges affected by the rise in ocean level. If nothing is done to slow or stop this process, we can definitely expect a world of floating cities in the future, much like waterworld. The very first step we can take is to stop using plastic bags in major shopping centers, it’s all for the good for our earth. My five cents worth.