Wildfires were always part of a complex system. Climate change—carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases raising the overall temperature of the planet—added to the complexity. The implications of that will play out for millennia.
OAK Media Perspective: It seems the one thing scientists have been wrong about so far is HOW QUICKLY CLIMATE CHANGE is happening. We hear words like “much faster than predicted” and “overwhelmingly rapid” as more is reported from around the globe. Drastic changes in the Arctic Ocean that weren’t EXPECTED UNTIL THE END OF THE CENTURY ARE HAPPENING NOW. Climate change processes are occurring exponentially and it seems we’re already at the point of no return. The consequences of humanity’s destruction of the Earth’s delicate balances are – or will be very soon – rolling right up on all of us.
A region in the Arctic Ocean is undergoing a historic identity crisis.
Previously, simulations had suggested that conditions in the northern Barents Sea will be indistinguishable from the Atlantic by the end of the century. But this study’s findings suggest that the sea’s “Atlantification” is likely to come much sooner, the scientists reported.
It sometimes seems like technology is at odds with the art world — a tension between brain and heart. But plenty of artists, from Da Vinci to Cory Arcangel, have proved that’s not true, and continue to prove it as technology evolves. In Technographica, we explore how contemporary artists are using technology in unusual and unexpected ways.
Project Reefstone takes an even simpler approach. It’s composed of many wavy panels of light fabric that have been laser cut to different sizes to represent the global land-ocean temperature index data collected by NASA over the past 40 years.
Having a stressful day? We got you covered! Sit back, turn the volume up and enjoy a relaxing moment brought to you by ESA and Lufthansa exploring the countries which make up the European Space Agency with images taken by Sentinel-1A, Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-3A, Proba-V and Envisat satellites.
Weapons of Math Destruction
Weapons of Math Destruction has been Longlisted for the National Book Award!
A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric
We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.
But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong.