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Chantal Bilodeau: Dear Earth, I Love You

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TIME TO SAY THANK YOU 

The following text  has been written on the occasion of Earth Day 2020 - 50th anniversary, by Chantal Bilodeau - a renown playwright and translator, a pioneer in the sphere of eco theater, called one of "trailblazers who are changing the climate conversation" .

"(Dear Earth) Thank you for putting up with our excesses and our temper tantrums, our greed and our indifference, our honest mistakes and our willful ignorance. You patiently endure our petty in-fighting, our endless politicking, and our deflections. No matter how disruptive our actions are, you continue to hold us in your embrace with great compassion. When the future is so uncertain, your calm and steadiness are comforting." - Chantal BIlodeau


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Oliver Kellhammer: Neo-Eocene or How Trees from the Eocene Can Fight Climate Change

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BACK TO THE FUTURE...

We will not talk about the emblematic movie by Robert Zemeckis. And we will not talk about science fiction. Or maybe we will... Kind of. For what the environmental artist Oliver Kellhammer and  the botanist Rupert Sheldrake are trying to do may sound to you like a science-fiction. Well, it is science, for sure. But it is definitely not fiction. It is something real. A real escape plan. Or at least part of if.  An escape plan for turning back the time... iand fighting climate change.

"There is broad scientific consensus that we are well into a period of rapidly escalating, human-induced climate change, - says Oliver Kellhammer. - But how high will temperatures go? Some models predict that global temperatures could increase by as much as 5 degrees C. The last time this happened was during the Eocene Thermal Maximum, some 55 million years ago. This was long before our own species came along, so it is unclear how we will be able to adapt to the coming extremes. Back in those days, palms and alligators flourished as far north as what is now Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. Much of British Columbia was covered in a warm temperate forest, far more biologically diverse than what exists here today... But if global warming threatens to bring back the Eocene's temperatures, why not reintroduce the Eocene's trees? Many of our existing forests have already suffered substantially under the newer, hotter conditions..."

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A Vision for the Post-Pandemic City. Because Tomorrow Starts Today...

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THE WORLD IS CHANGING. SO IS ARCHITECTURE...

A provocative and different approach by O2 Design Atelier towards the big question what the cities of tomorrow will look like, what our life will look like... For Covid-19 changed everything - the way we work, the way we rest, the way we live. It changed our priorities and our perceptions. It changed the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Covid-19 changed our needs and our demands, including the places which we inhabit. Thus, inevitably, it started changing our architecture... 

Have a look at this innovative and interesting concept. It has so much to tell! See the ideas that stand behind it. Look at the problems, pointed out, and at the suggestions, made for their solutions. Then share your thoughts with us. Share your thoughts with the community. Let's find the path that will help us build the cities of tomorrow. Together. 


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University Rankings - What do we need to know?

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What are the University rankings?

Universities often need to prove they are the best match for you - the student, faculty member, donor, etc. The easiest way to compare and take a decision is through the university rankings. Taking easily measurable criteria, the rankings create easy to read and understand tables. Rankings are being prepared by different institutions, magazines, websites and governments. Global rankings are the most popular and are considered the most important, but many local or regional rankings exist.

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China is Reaching for the Moon

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Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

The Chinese Lunar Exploration program has the brave goal to bring astronauts to the moon in the 2030s and eventually to build an outpost near the lunar south pole. The program includes 4 phases: 1. Reaching lunar orbit - already done by Change'1 in 2007 and Chang'e 2 in 2010. 2. Unmanned landing and driving on the moon surface - done by Chang'e 3 in 2013 and Chang'e 4 in 2019. 3. Collecting samples and sending them to the Earth - this is the task of the current Chang'e 5 and the future Change'6 missions. 4. Building a robotic research station near the Moon's south pole.


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