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Global Warming

image of earth being warmed by the sun through a magnifying glassScientists all over the world agree that humans are the cause of global warming and that it could have catastrophic effects. It is important for all countries to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to limit the future effects of global warming.

As a society, we must break our dependency on fuels that cause pollution by supporting clean, renewable energy sources. Each of us can slow global warming by reducing our carbon footprint and the pollution we produce as individuals every day.

Global warming

The Rainforests

Rainforests are forests where more than 100 inches of rain fall each year so they are always green and full of life. More than half of the world’s plant and animal species live in rainforests.

suspension bridge in the rainforestRainforest Alliance

The Road to Recover

The Tropical Rain Forest

The Living Rainforest

The future of tropical forests

Tropical Rainforest Coalition

Save The Rainforest, Inc.

Rainforest Portal

Rainforest Information Centre

Passport to the Rainforest

The Doomsday Vault

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or the Doomsday Vault as the media have dubbed it, is a shining example of people looking towards the future, considering what could happen, then preparing for the worst case scenario.

Arctic Seed Vault

weather control satellite shooting laser at eye of large hurricane


Controlling the Weather

New satellites, computers and high tech measuring equipment are helping scientists and researchers learn more about the weather patterns of the earth. By mid century you can expect more accurate weather predictions and eventually, controlling the weather itself. 

Weather Control

Vertical Farming


verticle farm concept drawing

A vertical farm, 20 stories high and the size of a city block, would have the capacity to grow enough organic vegetables to supply a whole town.  There are plenty of positives. 24/7 crop production, no crop failures from  droughts, floods or pests.

The problem? The estimated cost of developing and maintaining such large scale urban agriculture, with its massive escalator with greenery on all sidesartificial lighting and hydroponic systems, puts the price of vertical farm produced tomatoes at around $7(USD) each.

Obstacles to vertical farming could be overcome by technology. Vertical farms may be a good application for metamaterials, the new stuff scientists are creating that can bend light. Advances in solar cell technology, lighting, fiber optics, building materials and biotechnology could also make vertical farms more viable.

Vertical farms appear to be a practical solution to the growing demand for food and farmland.

floating clear globe with farm inside

Image from PlantagonBlog.com

More information on vertical farming:

The Vertical Farm

Large Scale Urban Agriculture

Could vertical farming be the future?

Food, Fuel and Farming: the Sky's the Limit

Agriculture In The Urban Landscape

Wikipedia

Sky Farm Proposed for Downtown Toronto

Migrating Floating Gardens

Vertical farming in the big Apple

Bosco Verticale: the world's first vertical forest

Good CARMA

CARMA reveals the carbon emissions of more than 50,000 power plants and 4,000 power companies in every country on Earth.

Carbon Monitoring for Action

Our Future Water Supply

In the future, global warming and increased population could cause water shortages. Even today, there are millions of people that do not have access to clean water. Can technology provide the world with fresh, abundant water?

World Water Council

The pending scramble for water

The eco machine that can magic water out of thin air

Video - Stephen Colbert puts inventor Dean Kamen's vapor compression distiller to the test.

Future of Earth Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Earth Future Articles
Title Source Date
Watch Earth's Forests Disappear Before Your Very Eyes Take Part 11/13
The Ogallala aquifer -- Sustainability: Water NSF 09/13
Messing with nature? Geoengineering and green thought The Guardian 08/13
Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035 National Geographic Society 02/13
Cotton with special coating collects water from fogs in desert TU/e 01/13
Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse Simon Fraser University 06/12
Fog harvesting for water Mit News 04/11
Scientists say dolphins should be treated as non-human persons The Times 01/11
Global extinction crisis looms The Washington Post 10/10
Shaping the future of the High Plains’ water supply Michigan State University 10/10
The Future of Food Forbes 09/10
Water map shows billions at risk of water insecurity BBC 09/10
Future Food For Cities KurzweilAI.net 09/10
Providing Low-cost Clean Water for a Billion People KurzweilAI.net 09/10
Silver-nanowire filters provide clean water for the developing world Stanford University 08/10
Scientists say Earth's helium reserves will run out within 25 years Mail 08/10
Worlds needs to double food supply Stock and Land 08/10
Water shortage: Grim future for Indian cities rediff 06/10
Eerie Red Glow Traces Ocean Plant Health NASA 05/09
Disastrous 'eco crunch' threatens planet New Scientist 10/08
Human-Caused Climate Change NASA 05/08
Erasable Paper Greentech Media 05/08

 

Future of Earth Video and Audio
Title Description
Observing the Living Oceans from Space LOC
Story of Bottled Water Story of Stuff

 

Earth Future Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
A Census of Marine Life University of Rhode Island
Biodiversity Observation Network Group On Earth Observations
NestWatch Volunteers help scientists understand birds and changing habitats
Center for a Livable Future Johns Hopkins University
Climate Reality Project Take action on the climate crisis
Envirolink Environmental Resources
The Future of Food and Farming Foresight report (PDF)
Global Climate Change NASA's Eyes on Earth
Global Footprint Network To enable a sustainable future
Human Footprint National Geographic
In The Air EPA
IPCC The Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change
PATH Global health and well-being through technology
PlanetSave Environmentally-focused blogs
Science On a Sphere Room sized, planetary display system
See-The-Sea Marine education and environmental awareness
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Water News National Geographic Society
Worldwatch Institute For an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs
WWF World Wildlife Fund
World Wide Views Everyday citizens in future global policymaking

 

References
Article Sources
Arctic Seed Vault Global Crop Diversity Trust
NordGen
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