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From The New Yorker to Star Wars: How to solve the biggest climate challenges

A special issue from The New Yorker dedicated to climate solutions.


Maybe because today - May 4 - is Star Wars day, when starting to read the article, I recalled the Saga's opening static blue text, within a black sky background full of stars: "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....".


So here it how The New Yorker Editors start:

"Not so long ago, coverage of the climate focussed on small signs that big changes were coming. The trees were blooming a few weeks early. The butterflies had moved north. The sand on the beach was washing away. These stories were necessary but not sufficient; today, we are more likely to report that the trees are burning and the butterflies are dead. When the crisis is in the present tense, as it is now, and the window for halting it is slamming shut, all we can aim for is action."


Then follow 7 articles by different authors:

  1. A Security Camera for the Planet. A new satellite to pinpoint emissions of methane.

  2. The Climate Crisis Gives Sailing Ships a Second Wind. Can a centuries-old technology help to clean cargo vessels emissions up?

  3. India’s Quest to Build the World’s Largest Solar Farms. Could an ultra mega solar park the size of Manhattan be a model for the world—or a cautionary tale?

  4. A Heat Shield for the Most Important Ice on Earth. Should engineers protect Arctic ice by coating it with tiny glass bubbles?

  5. Case for Climate Optimism, and Pragmatism. By an US veteran political strategist.

  6. Order of Operations. The climate crisis is full of interconnected problems, some more connected than others.

  7. The Great Electrician Shortage. Going green. Can we train enough workers before time runs out?


Click at the image below for this digital issue of The New Yorker (for non subscribers, a limited number of free articles is allowed).


To conclude this post from today, Star Wars Day, two other articles - somehow - relating the Saga with Climate Change:


This last article brings interesting speeches by the characters, among them Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi, in "A New Hope"

  • The Ability To Destroy A Planet Is Insignificant Next To The Power Of The Force.”

  • Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It is an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”


May the force be with you. #climatechange




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