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um tímann og vatnið   book

[2022-07-03 Sun]

I've read Um tímann og vatnið (Water and time — A story of our future) by Andri Snær Magnason. The book is a mixture of Magnason's family history, glaciers, and climate change. Through his family stories, Magnason relates human timescales to geological ones and connects everything beautifully to the ongoing climate emergency. If you have read a book on climate change before, you will not find a lot of new information. The strength of this book is its prose, which is well-crafted, rich, and poetic. It did touch my heart. I may read it again after some time.

another end of the world   ideology

[2022-07-02 Sat]

It is about recognizing that we are an extension of the land-metabolism that is the planet, not the other way around, preparing for the end of the world as we know it, and showing up differently so that “another end of the world” becomes possible. — Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures

disturbance ecology   ideology

[2022-07-02 Sat]

Disturbance ecology is the study of disturbances in ecosystems to understand their causes, consequences, and interactions. Disturbances in the ecological context can be fire, insects, pathogens, and climate change impacts.

deep adaptation   ideology

[2022-07-02 Sat]

Deep adaptation is a concept for climate adaptation, put forward in Bendell (2018)—a preprint that did not go through peer review. The main message is that climate change makes societal collapse inevitable. It is therefore necessary to take deep, as in radical, adaptation measures to address it. Bendell (2018) and Carr & Bendell (2019) suggest a framework with four key ingredients: resilience (surviving), relinquishment (letting go), restoration (rediscovering), and reconciliation (making peace). The claims in Bendell (2018) have been both criticised (Nicholas et al., 2020) and supported (Servigne et al., 2020) in the academic community. Bendell (2020) provides a response to the criticisms.

See also: Gesturing Toward Decolonial Futures and The Wretched of the Earth

compress a pdf with ghostscript   tooling

[2022-07-01 Fri]

creates out.pdf, which is usually smaller than the input file.

gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -dSAFER -sDEVICE=pdfwrite \
      -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen -dEmbedAllFonts=true \
      -dSubsetFonts=true -sOutputFile=out.pdf $@