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Ecological Calculations


L. Rhodes
  1. There are many legitimate concerns when it comes to artificial intelligence but here's one that's both urgent and readily quantifiable: the carbon footprint of all that computation. Medium

  2. Nils Gilman warns that far right politicos may soon embrace the climate crisis as a flail with which to drive the same old fascistic policies — what he calls "avocado politics": green on the outside, but brownshirt at the core.

Just as watermelon politics repackaged the political wish list of the left on the basis of the environmental crisis, so avocado politics reiterates the policy agenda of the far right, but now justified on the basis of the environmental crisis. Far from forcing the right to embrace the left’s prescriptions for anthropogenic global warming, our climate crisis may provide a powerful new set of justifications for the far-right policy program. Berggruen Institute

  1. A common argument for protecting wild species is that our own survival is bound up with theirs, but ecologist Carl Safina argues that the more grounded position is that we ought to protect them because it's the moral thing to do.

How could saving this or that endangered species, that is following those whose oblivion brought fast food and sneakers, be a matter of — of all things — saving ourselves? Telling people that “we” need jaguars to “protect ourselves?” That’s a hard sell. We don’t need them. Yale Environment 360