I’ve been reading James Lovelock’s Novacene – The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence, which argues that a new age is beginning in which new beings will emerge from artificial intelligence.
The 102-year-old author and scientist has previously spoken out around climate change and argues passionately for the changes we should be making, such as to stop relying on fossil fuels. He previously wrote Gaia, which tells us how earth functions as one self-regulating organism.
What an influential and inspirational person – never mind still writing into his 100th year – as he was the first scientist to detect CFCS in the atmosphere. James also studied chemistry at the University of Manchester, before moving to the US to work for NASA.
The National Trust has been granted planning permission to turn a disused viaduct in Castlefield in Manchester city centre into an urban garden, similar to New York’s High Line.
What a fantastic idea to bring the work of the National Trust to a younger, more urban audience, as well as bringing some much needed greenery into the industrial cityscape.
What do you think of the plans?
What a fungi
I also read this brilliant article about a project that will map underground fungi networks across the globe. Not huge amounts are known about fungi networks, but we do know that they absorb and store carbon dioxide.