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'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change

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A rendering of Earth's Black Box.

The structure will house storage drives, powered by solar panels, that continuously download information from the Internet.

Credit: Earth's Black Box

Australia is building "Earth's Black Box," a steel structure containing a real-time archive of climate change news and research, in the state of Tasmania.

An algorithm will collect information including Earth 500, a dataset of 500 metrics related to the planet and humanity's health, along with contextual content about climate change, like news headlines and political speeches.

The structure will encase solar-powered storage drives continuously downloading information from the Internet, to preserve a record of "every step we take toward this catastrophe," and provide "an unbiased account" of how humanity caused the crisis of climate change.

The facility is scheduled for completion next year, and once activated, the databank will be accessible online

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