Owning the Weather

Posted by on August 29th, 2010

“What if we could have altered the track of Katrina?”


Owning the Weather” is a documentary about geo-engineering by Robert Greene. It’s about whether or not we should engineer the weather and the different impacts that this has. And not only because we can, but also because actually we are already doing so.

Words and video via Next Nature.

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seed bombs – delivering life from above

Posted by on May 24th, 2009

From Inhabitat:

seeds bombs

Doomsday devices they are not – these seed-sowing plant bombs are one design team’s weapon of choice in the fight against global desertification. Consisting of a biodegradable shell loaded with a potent payload of plant capsules and nutrient-rich artificial soil, Seedbombs are designed to be dropped out of planes to help slow the spread of desert regions that are growing due to deforestation and other man-made causes.

seedbomb payload

Snow in Red Rocks

Posted by on December 17th, 2008

It is snowing in and around Las Vegas. Crazy.

snow in red rocks

photo by one43

Snow in NO

Posted by on December 11th, 2008

Snow in NO

From Times-Picayune, via Constant Siege.

Designer solutions for temporary housing

Posted by on November 28th, 2008

In these days of Heavy Weather, as “the world becomes uninsurable” (and other Bruce Sterling quotes) people are losing their homes for a wide variety of reasons.

Which makes Treehugger’s excellent round-up of temporary/portable housing solutions excellent reading.

The Pump & Jump is my favourite of those listed.

pump n jump

Not only would they be perfect for festivals, but they would make for far more civilized temporary autonomous zones in general.

If we are increasingly going to be forced into tent cities, we must try and make the best of it.

via MAKE

Hurricane Control

Posted by on October 20th, 2008

New Scientist has an article about a group of Israeli scientists who propose to seed hurricanes with smoke in order to lower their wind speeds, which in turn would lower their destructive force.

Hurricanes derive their immense power from warm waters on the surface of the sea. As the water evaporates, it rises into the hurricane and eventually condenses and falls as rain, releasing its latent heat energy as it does so – a process known as “heat cycling”.

Daniel Rosenfeld and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem say injecting smoke into the lower parts of a hurricane causes water vapour to condense at a lower altitude than usual, and form droplets that are too small to fall as rain.

Instead these are swept into higher and more peripheral regions of the storm, eventually reaching a point where they freeze. This provides an injection of energy on the edges of the storm that destabilises its destructive centre and causes a lowering of windspeeds.

Process is untested yet, but the computer models show promise. And in case you are wondering just how many smoke particles it would take to seed one hurricane, the answer is only about 10 cargo aircraft planes.