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SNS Subscriber Edition Volume 16, Issue 4 Week of January 28, 2013



Special Letter:

Graphene and Global Warming:

Hope and "Right Action"

in the Time of Peak Everything




In This Issue




Special Letter:

Graphene and

Global Warming


What Is the Problem? or, The Legacy of Bubbles

We Are a Bubble

Bursting the Bubble of Denial

The Role of Graphene


Graphene's Potential

A Cause for Hope

and "Right Action"

About the Author


Upcoming SNS Events

& Media Links


In Other House News...


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Publisher's Note: It is often said that the average human being literally lacks the ability to comprehend second-order rates of change: straight lines, OK but increasing increases, no. That's too bad, as this is the shape of most human-caused problems. Worse, this shape, representing self-reinforcing problems, gets out of control much faster than do straight-line problems, often ending up in a veritable black hole from which there is no chance of solution.


Another issue most people face in understanding complex problems is quite direct: the solutions are also complex. And, it seems, most people are not very good at understanding, or supporting, solutions that have more than one moving part. 


This is exactly the case for solving the problem of Global Warming. Energy-based solutions alone (e.g., reduce coal burning, when possible) won't do it. We know from past work by the CTO Design Challenge results at FiRe that even a single set of answers isn't enough: there will need to be a set of transition ("good enough") solutions put into practice immediately, followed by a second set of solutions that are better yet. 


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