15 Oct '11, 2pm

Technology is one path toward sustainability - a case for modernization via @Orion_Magazine

Technology is one path toward sustainability - a case for modernization via @Orion_Magazine

A case for modernization as the road to salvation by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus Published in the September/October 2011 issue of Orion magazine Illustration: Thom Lang / Corbis SOMETIME AROUND 2014, Italy will complete construction of seventy-eight mobile floodgates aimed at protecting Venice’s three inlets from the rising tides of the Adriatic Sea. The massive doors—twenty meters by thirty meters, and five meters thick—will, most of the time, lie flat on the sandy seabed between the lagoon and the sea. But when a high tide is predicted, the doors will empty themselves of water and fill with compressed air, rising up on hinges to keep the Adriatic out of the city. Three locks will allow ships to move in and out of the lagoon while the gates are up. Nowhere else in the world have humans so constantly had to create and re-create their infrastructure in response t...

Full article: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/6...

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