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VIII. Earth Earns: An Open Participatory Earthropocene to Astropocene CoCreative Future

C. An Earthropocene Era: Pedia Sapiens Can Choose a Unified, Peaceful, Creative, Ecosphere Future

Hasan, Md. Tarek, et al. An Artificial Intelligence-based Framework to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of Bangladesh. arXiv:2304.11703. Six United International University, Dhaka computer engineers proceed to scope out how leading edge public neural net capabilities can be of practical value as such nations and bioregions struggle to gain a measure of coherent stability.

Sustainable development projects are crucial for viable societies sourced in healthy ecosystems. Artificial intelligence (AI) could have a positive influence across many domains, if respectfully used. In this study, we explore the impact of AI on three pillars of society, environment, and economy, as well as AI case studies from agriculture, smart water management, and more. We present AI-based effective strategies to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developing countries like Bangladesh. The framework that we propose may reduce the negative impact of AI and promote the proactiveness of this technology. (Excerpt)

Haussler, David. Odds for an Enlightened Rather than Barren Future. arXiv:1608.05776. The UC Santa Cruz, Genomics Institute senior bioinformatician expands his innovative thought onto a cosmic scale as an alternative to gloom and doom as planetary and interstellar intelligences may proceed to spread salutary knowledge across the galactic reaches. Thus, while we don’t have answers about the future fate of life, we do have hints, and these hints suggest there may be something extraordinary to come.

We are at a stage in our evolution where we do not yet know if we will ever communicate with intelligent beings that have evolved on other planets, yet we are intelligent and curious enough to wonder about this. We find ourselves wondering about this at the very beginning of a long era in which stellar luminosity warms many planets, and by our best models, continues to provide equally good opportunities for intelligent life to evolve. By simple Bayesian reasoning, if, as we believe, intelligent life forms have the same propensity to evolve later on other planets as we had to evolve on ours, it follows that they will likely not pass through a similar wondering stage in their evolution. This suggests that the future holds some kind of interstellar communication that will serve to inform newly evolved intelligent life forms that they are not alone before they become curious. (Abstract)

Hawken, Paul, et al. Natural Capitalism. Boston: Little Brown, 1999. A prescription for the organic, ecological transformation of production and commerce.

Hester, Randolph. Design for Ecological Democracy. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006. A consummate illustrated volume from a professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Berkeley about practical ways to reinhabit viable communities. We quote from the publisher’s website.

Over the last fifty years, the process of community building has been lost in the process of city building. City and suburban design divides us from others in our communities, destroys natural habitats, and fails to provide a joyful context for our lives. In Design for Ecological Democracy, Randolph Hester proposes a remedy for our urban anomie. He outlines new principles for urban design….showing how we can design cities that are ecologically resilient, that enhance community, and that give us pleasure. Hester argues that it is only by combining the powerful forces of ecology and democracy that the needed revolution in design will take place. Democracy bestows freedom; ecology creates responsible freedom by explaining our interconnectedness with all creatures.

Hester's new design principles are founded on three fundamental issues that integrate democracy and ecology: enabling form, resilient form, and impelling form. Urban design must enable us to be communities rather than zoning-segregated enclaves and to function as informed democracies. A simple bench at a centrally located post office, for example, provides an opportunity for connection and shared experience. Cities must be ecologically resilient rather than ecologically imperiled, adaptable to the surrounding ecology rather than dependent on technological fixes. Resilient form turns increased urban density, for example, into an advantage. And cities should impel us by joy rather than compel us by fear; good cities enrich us rather than limit us.

Hochman, Assaf. et al. Analogous response of temperate terrestrial exoplanets and Earth's climate dynamics to greenhouse gas supplement.. arXiv:2307.01983. As studies of all manner of orbital globes and solar systems proceeds apace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Maryland and Barcelona Supercomputing Center astroscientists can suggest further way to evaluate our home world by comparisons with atmospheric conditions on similar Earth-like candidates.

Humanity is now moving closes to characterizing the atmospheres of myriad rocky exoplanets due to the advent of the JWST. Such abilities to gather a widest array of observations motivate us to view exoplanetary atmospheres as a way to evaluate their relative habitability. In regard, we might learn about the effect that greenhouse gases have on TRAPPIST-1e, an Earth-like exoplanet, and even Earth by analyzing ExoCAM and CMIP6 model simulations. A dynamical systems framework can provide further insights into vertical dynamics. Indeed, we show that adding CO2 increases temporal stability near the surface and decreases stability at low pressures. (Excerpt)

In conclusion, with the commissioning of JWST and extremely large ground based telescopes, there is an expectation that astronomers characterize rocky exoplanets in detail. Exoplanetary atmospheres are incredibly diverse and can vary significantly compared to Earth's atmosphere. This diversity has opened up new research avenues and led to a greater understanding of the atmospheres on other planets and on Earth. (8)

Hoefler, Torsten, et al.. Earth Virtualization Engine.. arXiv:2309.09002.. Twenty environmental scientists from across Europe, the USA and Australia met in July (gewex.org/event/the-berlin-summit) to consider how might such a practical monitor of Earthsphere vital signs actually become possible.

Participants of the Berlin Summit on Earth Virtualization Engines (EVEs) discussed ideas and concepts to improve our ability to cope with climate change. EVEs aim to provide interactive, accessible simulations and data for a wide range of users. They combine high-resolution physics-based models with machine learning techniques to improve the fidelity, efficiency, and interpretability of climate projections. The technical challenges EVE poses go from high-resolution simulations to making Exabyte-level data accessible for all. (Excerpt)

Hoehler, Tori, et al. The Metabolic Rate of the Biosphere and its Components. PNAS. 120/25, 2023. As scientific research now widens its scope and depth to a historic whole scale planetary anatomy and physiology examination and assessment in sickness and health, NASA Ames, Boston University, Harvard, University of Colorado, NASA Goddard and Aarhus University Earth system scientists describe quantified studies from microbial soils to atmospheric weather and everyone in between. See also Measuring the Pulse of our Planet by K. Nealson in PNAS for June 21, 2023. Also Global Human Day.

We assessed the relationship between rates of biological energy utilization and the biomass sustained by that energy utilization, at both the organism and biosphere level. We compiled a dataset comprising >10,000 basal, field, and maximum metabolic rate measurements made on >2,900 individual species, and, in parallel, we quantified rates of energy utilization, on a biomass-normalized basis, by the global biosphere and by its major marine and terrestrial components. The organism-level data, which are dominated by animal species, have a geometric mean among basal metabolic rates of 0.012 W (g C)−1 and an overall range of more than six orders of magnitude..(Abstract excerpt)

Horne, J. and M. McDermott. The Next Green Revolution. Binghampton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002. As opposed to the 1960’s genetics project, a new agriculture ought to be based on the natural principles of organic farming.

Hunt, Dexter, et al. Scenario Archetypes: Converging Rather than Diverging Themes. Sustainability. 4/4, 2012. A 27 member team mostly from the University of Birmingham, UK, assemble and document a comprehensive array of futures from worst to best case, as the Abstract notes. Similar papers in this journal could be “Sustainable Development: A Bird’s Eye View” by Tom Waas, et al, (3/10, 2011) and “Contours of a Resilient Global Future” by Michael Gerst, et al (6/1, 2014) which, with coauthors Paul Raskin and Johan Rockstrom, pursues the “Great Transitions” moment of the Tellus Institute. Surely thoughtful, sincere endeavors to think about and seek solutions at our sustainability singularity, but each effort goes on without any thought or inquiry, as so alien to our culture, to perceive biosphere and personsphere as a natural phenomenon of a greater genesis.

Future scenarios provide challenging, plausible and relevant stories about how the future could unfold. Urban Futures (UF) research has identified a substantial set (>450) of seemingly disparate scenarios published over the period 1997–2011 and within this research, a sub-set of >160 scenarios has been identified (and categorized) based on their narratives according to the structure first proposed by the Global Scenario Group (GSG) in 1997; three world types (Business as Usual, Barbarization, and Great Transitions) and six scenarios, two for each world type (Policy Reform—PR, Market Forces—MF, Breakdown—B, Fortress World—FW, Eco-Communalism—EC and New Sustainability Paradigm—NSP). It is suggested that four of these scenario archetypes (MF, PR, NSP and FW) are sufficiently distinct to facilitate active stakeholder engagement in futures thinking. Moreover they are accompanied by a well-established, internally consistent set of narratives that provide a deeper understanding of the key fundamental drivers (e.g., STEEP—Social, Technological, Economic, Environmental and Political) that could bring about realistic world changes through a push or a pull effect. This is testament to the original concept of the GSG scenarios and their development and refinement over a 16 year period. (Abstract)

Hylander, Kristoffer, et al. Lessons from Ethiopian coffee landscapes for global conservation in a post-wild world.. Communications Biology. 7/714, 2024. This paper by Stockholm University, Addis Ababa University and Leuphana University, Germany environmentalists is a good example of worldwise endeavors to retrospectively apply a whole systems analysis to a biocultural subject area so as to gain a steady sustainability.

The reality for conservation of biodiversity is that all ecosystems are modified by humans in some way. In this paper we use a coffee landscape in Ethiopia as our lens to derive general lessons for a post-wild world. Considering a hierarchy of scales from genes to multi-species interactions and social-ecological system contexts, we focus on the genetic diversity of crop wild relatives, trade-offs between biodiversity and agricultural yields, pest and disease levels, land-use change and restoration, and how to work with stakeholders for sustainable development. The ubiquitous presence of our human-nature immersions needs creative solutions to foster biodiversity conservation across entire landscapes. (Abstract)

Hynes, H. Patricia. Beyond War. Women’s Studies International Forum. 30/4, 2007. A professor of environmental health at Boston University argues that the present “demand side of war,” a global political and economic society driven by obsessive weaponry and conflict, which exacts a harsh toll on children, women and the environment, will persist unless a deliberate change takes place to a peace-based culture. This will not happen until voices are raised by “prophets of peace,” along with real democratic initiatives, to counter our inane glorification and perpetuation of military carnage.

Jin, Zhouying. Global Technological Change: From Hard Technology to Soft Technology. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2011. A translation of the 2nd Chinese edition by the Institute of Quantitative Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, professor published in 2010 by Peking University Press. It can be well summarized by a final diagram on page 352, with a yin/yang outline. To leaven a Western emphasis on hard things only, a complementary Eastern mode as if an immaterial software is needed. With prime values of Harmony, Balance, and Coexistence, “control and conquer” is then paired with “unity of heaven and man,” “material civilization” with “material/spiritual/ecological civilization,” “financial capital” softened as “natural/human- social capital,” and so on. A bicameral East/West and South/North world beckons via a woman’s wisdom, if we could ever gain such vision.

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