Tag: Climate Change

We need to address streaming’s massive carbon footprint

While many of our lives increasingly play out publicly online, very few of us think about the massive environmental impact of all the data coursing through our devices. The issue goes much deeper than browsing, email, and social media. According to a new report released by Netflix, the platform’s “global energy consumption increased by 84% […]

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NASA Reveals Shocking Ice Cap Melt in Antarctica After Record Heat

Two weeks ago, the temperature in Antarctica topped 18.3°C (64.9°F), making it the hottest weather on record for the icy southern continent. NASA has now released dramatic new images of the extensive ice melt caused by the recent heatwave, which ran from February 5 to 13. Captured by NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite, the before-and-after snapshots […]

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The Coronavirus’s Lesson for Climate Change

This week, analysis from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air estimated that government-directed quarantines and other restrictions due to the current coronavirus outbreak have temporarily reduced China’s greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter. China is currently the world’s largest emitter, even though the carbon footprints of most Chinese residents remain minuscule compared […]

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Jeff Bezos’ $10B Earth Fund Can’t Undo Amazon’s Damage

On Monday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed on Instagram a $10 billion “Earth Fund” aimed at fighting climate change. As Amazon employees immediately pointed out, it’s not nearly enough to undo all the environmental harms that the tech giant enacts. “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” Bezos wrote on Instagram. “I want […]

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to battle climate change

(Reuters) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will commit $10 billion to fund scientists, activists, nonprofits and other groups fighting to protect the environment and counter the effects of climate change, he said on Monday. Cutting emissions will be challenging for Amazon. The e-commerce company delivers 10 billion items a year, has a massive transportation and […]

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The Wet’suwet’en Take Another Anti-Pipeline Struggle Mainstream

Last week, Via Rail, one of Canada’s major train operators, canceled most rides across Canada after Canadian National Rail, the company that owns most of the tracks Via’s trains run on, shut down its eastern network. The rail lines had become a target of protests against the TC Energy-backed Coastal GasLink Pipeline, a 416-mile natural […]

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This Is Why the GOP Can’t Have Nice Climate Plans

California Representative Kevin McCarthy just can’t catch a break. Parts of his district were on fire last year, and—thanks partially to those blazes—climate change is a top concern for voters in his state, which has passed some of the most ambitious emissions reductions measures in the nation. Yet fossil fuel interests have been some of McCarthy’s […]

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The Challenge of Sustainable Chocolate

The long black pruning poles looked cumbersome. But the farmers moved quickly, swarming over the small plot of land and hoisting the poles up to slice through cacao branches with ease. On the bottom end of the pole was a small gasoline engine; on the top, a chainsaw. Buzzing sounds mixed with the humming of […]

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What Wall Street Really Means When It Talks About “Climate Risk”

In Kim Stanley Robinson’s recent climate change novel, New York 2140, New York City has been devastated by rising seas: The Atlantic Ocean has inundated Brooklyn and Queens, and lower Manhattan now lies in the shallows at high tide. Downtown real estate has become physically unstable and economically volatile. But as new construction technologies stabilize […]

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The EU Says It Cares About Climate Change. Ireland Could Test That.

Ireland’s left-leaning nationalist party Sinn Féin won a historic upset this past weekend, taking the highest vote share in the country’s general election and effectively breaking a century of centrist and right-wing two-party rule by Fine Gael and Fianna Fái. The race was dominated by issues of dwindling public investment, healthcare and housing. But as […]

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How Ditching the Iowa Caucus Could Remake the Biofuels Debate

In the wake of Iowa’s caucus vote-counting disaster, political staffers and pollsters alike are reconsidering the state’s “first in the nation to vote” status. The quaint caucuses and infamous fry-forward state fair could disappear were Iowa were to be dethroned. But so too could one of Iowa’s largest industries, which has managed to carve out […]

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IEEE calls for standards to combat climate change and protect kids in the age of AI

The IEEE Standards Association has released a report calling for engineers to consider the impact their work will have on climate change, children, and society. It’s a push towards “utilizing emerging technologies in a way that prioritizes people and planet over power and profits.” The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is one of […]

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If Bloomberg Really Cared About Climate Change, He Wouldn’t Be Running

Climate-friendly billionaires are a bit of a paradox. Their multi-home, private-jet lifestyles spew prodigious amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Even those who donate massively to environmental causes tend to be doing more to warm the earth than your average meat-eating car-driver subsisting below the poverty line. There are two such paradoxical beings in […]

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What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa

Since the idea of a wide-reaching plan to stimulate the economy, combat inequality, and curb climate change entered the national spotlight in 2018, Fox News and the Republican Party have suggested it might be at odds with rural America. Conservative pundits have cited its association with a democratic socialist from New York City, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, […]

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The DeanBeat: Will cloud gaming make climate change worse?

Sometimes I like to think about long-term problems. Since the Australian wildfires have put the issue of climate change my mind, I’m wondering whether our visions for great things in technology and gaming, such as cloud gaming or the Metaverse, will make the problem worse. At the moment, cloud gaming is probably not producing enough […]

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‘It’s getting worse’: Virginia Beach’s plan to mitigate sea level rise

Please enable Javascript to watch this video VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The sea level in Virginia Beach is rising faster than it can be controlled. The challenge now is adapting to the changing landscape. Engineers have been working on solutions for about five years, and on Thursday night they presented a draft of their final […]

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Selling the Green New Deal to Texas Unions

Texas’s 10th Congressional District stretches, improbably, from the outer fringes of the Houston metro area to suburbs West of Austin. After sending Democrats to Congress for over 100 years, it has voted Republican Representative Michael McCaul in every election since its 2005 redistricting. Two years ago, Mike Siegel—a civil rights lawyer and labor activist running […]

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Amazon Employees Just Staged the Biggest Act of Tech Defiance So Far

Hundreds of Amazon employees have openly violated the company’s communications policy by publicly criticizing their employer, in what is arguably the largest act of collective disobedience yet by white collar workers at a major tech company. On Monday, more than 30 Amazon employees, identified by their names, appeared in a video speaking out against the […]

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Beyond the Growth Gospel

The history of modern economic planning doubles as a resort travelogue. In 1947, the forefathers of neoliberalism launched their world-conquering project at the Hôtel Du Parc on Mont Pèlerin in the Swiss Alps. Global economic consensus has remained synonymous with jet-setting hospitality in the decades since. From Davos to Doha, today’s brave new market masters […]

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