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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-12-14 08:10
Subject: [links] Links salad will be received in Graceland
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Europa: Tides of Life?Centauri Dreams with some worldbuilding what am.

1/5 of Coral Reefs Lost Due to Acid-Filled Oceans — Nothing to see here, citizens. Just more liberal fear mongering. You weren't using those coral reefs anyway, were you? (Thanks to lt260.)

Jellyfish gone wild


?otD: Who done it?

Body movement: 100 minute urban walk (with some serious hill work)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

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User: selfavowedgeek
Date: 2008-12-14 16:31 (UTC)
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?otD: Who done it?

AotD: Butler. Candlestick. Kitchen.
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User: yourbob
Date: 2008-12-14 19:25 (UTC)
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Octavia. Park. Alton.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-12-14 18:12 (UTC)
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Yow. I have that original edition version of Ecotopia from Banyan Tree Books. It's got water stains on it, and I think I bought it used from the first incarnation of Smith Family Bookstore in Eugene, in 1977 when I was taking some sort of ecology class at the U of O. I also own Ecotopia Emerging, where Callenbach goes back to write about the events that led to the formation of Ecotopia (rather fascinating reading in light of current politics, if something happens with this snow we're accumulating--1 1/2 inches on my back patio--I may reread it just to develop some ideas).

I also own but haven't read Callenbach's newest book--heard him speak at Country Fair several years ago and it was rather edifying.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-12-14 18:13 (UTC)
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Adding on to my post--I still think that Eugene is a better manifestation of Ecotopia than Portland is. Just not as known to the hipousise as PDX.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-12-14 20:48 (UTC)
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Heliopora is a variety of coral that thrives under these conditions.

Rather than a calcium carbonate skeleton, they use iron. There are fossilized reefs from previous periods of global warming where this variety was dominant. I'm wondering if there's any research being done to see if heliopora is expanding its range.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-12-14 21:53 (UTC)
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Why is the plural of reef "reefs" and not "reeves?"

(insert joke about Keanu Reeves here)
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-12-14 23:57 (UTC)
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insert joke about Keanu Reeves

But you've already mentioned him. Why be redundant?
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User: kzmiller
Date: 2008-12-15 01:20 (UTC)
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The U.S. could shift to nuclear power, since such a large percentage of our carbon emissions are from power generation ... but there's quite a bit of opposition to that. Maybe some better technology will evolve in conjunction with lower individual usage of power.

China is a tougher problem. China's carbon emissions are enormous, even bigger than our own hugely consumptive nation, and they're under-motivated, to say the least, to change. They still have a lot of people with very low quality of life who would be helped by more power generation, rather than less, so it seems doubtful that they'll consume less energy. If it were up to the U.S. to solve the crisis, I'd be fairly optimistic, especially with the changes coming up. The developing world and China? Not so much optimism there.
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