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I saw this this news morning, and thought, “The points I have been making about our addiction to technology jump out of news articles like this.” I find these quite frequently, not only about technology, but also about my other cultural bĂȘte noires: out-dated beliefs and norms. That’s to be expected because the news reflects our primary norms and beliefs. It may take you more than an instant to see the folly of creating a flourishing world by continuing to do the crazy things we do. But that’s how cultures work. I will publish more self-contained items like this one from time to time without any of my added prose. If you fail to get my message, you haven’t been reading my stuff. I would love to get more links from you to articles about mistaken applications of positive science to complex systems, both the non-human and human worlds. In this evolving Anthropocene era, the two are inseparable.

This week at Yale Environment 360, science writer Nicola Jones reports on the quest to create “super corals” that can withstand rising ocean temperatures and increasing acidity related to soaring carbon dioxide emissions. As Jones explains, scientists worldwide are employing traditional methods of selective breeding to find heat-resistant corals and then transplant them to vulnerable reefs. Coral “gardening” has been taking place for two decades, but efforts have taken on a new urgency as more coral reefs die from climate-related stress. Will genetically modified corals be next? Read Jones’ report.

The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think. (Gregory Bateson)

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