Wendy Koch at National Geographic wrote recently about how NASA satellites are showing China’s efforts to meet their pledge to the UN to cut carbon emissions, by comparing images of China’s Gobi Desert comparing how much land was covered by solar panels in 2012 and in 2015—the covered surface tripled in just three years.
Meanwhile, Switzerland is busy planning to fill the sky with postal delivery drones, reports the Guardian.
And a fabulous little video (see below) at the Guardian explains just how much global warming is affected by the production and consumption of meat and animal products. In a word, meat eating contributes more to global warming than cars, planes, and many other factors all added together.
Do you have to be a vegan to help fix climate change?
In happier "extraction landscape" news, "Dutch solar road makes enough energy to power household": according to aljazeera.com, a trial road surface that generates electricity in Amsterdam has turned out to be more effective than hoped for. See full story here.
This is an "extraction landscape" of a different kind to the ones I've been talking about in The Humanist Anthropocene, which mainly relate directly to mining the Earth in the early modern period and today. Flying over Arizona, close to Phoenix, I snapped this image of (huge) solar panels extracting energy from the sun in the middle of the dry desert. (Full size)
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