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🚀 Should we fix Earth before we go to space?
"We need space to fix problems on Earth," I said at an interesting conference recently, Insure the Climate – Can Space Contribute? (I mentioned it here in the newsletter, it was great meeting some of you there!)
It was organized by the Fuglesang Space Center, where Christer Persson and Sofie Marin are two leading forces (both Warp Premium Supporters). The Minister for Space Affairs, Mats Persson, and the President of Rotary International, Gordon R. McInally, gave opening speeches.
The conference was created around an idea from astronaut and professor Christer Fuglesang (Premium Supporter) and the economics professor John Hassler, about climate insurance.
What do we do if the climate transition is too slow, or if the current climate models are wrong and the temperature suddenly increases faster than expected? Then we need insurance: Shade the sun a bit, through a space parasol.
We have written about the idea before, and it was exciting to see how it has evolved and been refined over the past years.
The angry optimist about space and climate change
In my talk, I demonstrated how we can use space technology to solve problems on Earth. One example is Allen Coral Atlas. With satellite imagery and AI, the health of coral reefs around the planet is monitored. Over 230,000 coral reefs are now being watched almost in real time.
Thank you for the opportunity to both listen and speak at an interesting conference!
(If you want to book me, read more here.)
The Angry Optimist
Pst! Don't forget to read and share the summary of all optimistic news from October.
🦾 The end is near – again (don't regulate AI based on yet another tech panic)
The Y2K scare cost billions of dollars. Anti-GMO campaigns are hurting children with vitamin A deficiency. Fearmongering and excessive caution have severe consequences. We must avoid making the same errors with AI.
🕰️ Counting the Minutes and Seconds to a Sci-Fi Future
We should create a Genesis Clock, to counter the Doomsday Clock, and count the minutes and seconds we have until dawn, writes The Conservative Futurist, James Pethokoukis.
💡 Hopescrolling: 31 optimistic news in October
💉 13% decline in child deaths thanks to malaria vaccine. 💰 Americans are getting wealthier, especially the poor. 🌱 Rhubarbs key to recycling electric car batteries. 🐔 CRISPR-engineered chickens resistant to flu. 🧠 New AI enables real-time brain tumor diagnosis during surgery.
💡 Fact-based optimistic news of the week
👵 Dementia has started to decline
Dementia was linked to aging, scientists thought. So as we live longer, dementia will rise. But that is not the case. In the richer parts of the world, dementia has started to decline.
☢️ Rolls-Royce plans new nuclear power in Sweden - could be SMR at Marviken
For several decades, Rolls-Royce has been constructing small nuclear reactors, which are found on British nuclear submarines, among other places. Now, they plan to start building small modular reactors on land as well, and some of these may be placed in Marviken, Sweden.
☂️ An astronaut proposes a climate insurance: A space parasol
A space parasol to reduce the influx from the sun, as a plan B, in case plan A doesn't work.
🦋 England's rivers increase in invertebrate diversity – highest in 30 years
There has been a significant rise in river invertebrate biodiversity since 1989. The positive trend was observed across all river types and regions.
🧬 AlphaFold's goes beyond protein – will speed up drug discovery
AI AlphaFold expands beyond proteins to various biomolecule structures. This opens new horizons in drug discovery and disease understanding.
🚀 Talk by the Angry Optimist: Space helps us solve climate change
Warp News Editor-in-Chief, Mathias Sundin aka The Angry Optimist, gave a talk on climate change and space, at the Insure the Climate conference and refuted the claim that we "must fix the Earth before we go to space."
✈️ Investment in unique green aviation fuel: "This is the death of flight shame"
Swedish Biofuel is looking to start production of a unique green aviation fuel, with the goal of selling it worldwide.
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