Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password

Today’s News: Read the Mueller Report; Change Your Instagram Password. It turns out Attorney general William Barr's original summary of the Mueller report left out some pretty important details. Last month, Facebook revealed they had accidentally saved millions of Facebook passwords in a way that allowed company employees to see them.

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

New York’s Aggressive Climate Law Takes Aim at Skyscrapers

Most of New York's carbon emissions come from the heating and cooling of large buildings. On Thursday, the New York City Council voted into law a sweeping set of rules to fight climate change , a metropolis-scaled version of a Green New Deal.

Audi's New Electric Car Factory Goes Green

Audi's New Electric Car Factory Goes Green

Which is why Audi is touting advances in its new E-Tron electric SUV facility in Brussels, Belgium: the first factory churning out premium, high-volume electric vehicles to be certified as carbon-neutral by the European Commission.

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Volkswagen Says It’s Responsible for 2% of Global CO2 Emissions

Michael Jost, Volkswagen's chief strategist, told German business weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche, that the Volkswagen group alone is responsible for around 2% of global carbon emissions -- roughly the same amount as Germany.

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

So here’s even worse news: The Arctic contains much of the world’s permafrost, which holds what the report calls a “sleeping giant” made of greenhouse gases.

As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically

As the World Warms, Clouds Could Disappear—Catastrophically

This is one of several lines of evidence, Bretherton said, “that would favor the range of predictions that’s 3 to 5 degrees, not the 2- to 3-degree range.” Schneider’s new simulation with Kaul and Pressel improved on Bretherton’s earlier work primarily by connecting what happens in a small patch of stratocumulus cloud to a simple model of the rest of Earth’s climate.

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping

Etsy Crafts a Plan for Carbon-Neutral Online Shopping Getty Images Tomorrow, all the carbon emissions spewed into the atmosphere from US ecommerce deliveries—some 55,000 metric tons of CO 2 , by one estimate, from trucks and planes shipping packages across the country—will be neutralized.

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Why finance ministers may hold the keys to climate action

Because finance ministers can pursue a wide variety of fiscal policy reforms that can reduce emissions in a cost-effective and systemic way, this group of policymakers can become the linchpin of climate action.

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

Seeing the Forest for Its Carbon Storage

In Maine, a large Nature Conservancy property along the Upper St. John River is now demonstrating another way to diversify revenue streams on private forestland: storing carbon.

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Tesla Profits, a Polar Vortex, and More This Week in Car News

Plus: Lyft sues to halt a driver minimum wage law in NYC, LA Metro experiments with ride-hail, and we connect the dots between carbon fiber production and flying taxis.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change

Google and Facebook Backed an Event Denying Climate Change

But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day Organic matter sits in open-air tanks where microbes feed on it and release CO2 as a byproduct.

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

“But we could use aquaculture to replace some of those water filtration benefits, and at the same time grow food.” In places where excess nutrients are a problem, like the Chesapeake Bay, shellfish aquaculture could even help offset the negative environmental impacts of other industries.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the past year, separate teams of researchers have dug up, pulverized and laser-blasted pieces of rock that may contain life dating to 3.7, 3.95 and maybe even 4.28 billion years ago.

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Tackling climate change in the poorest countries

Recognizing the urgent need for more action, the World Bank Group announced new and ambitious targets for our climate work with developing countries at COP24, this month’s global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

Overcoming a Climate Change Fallacy

According to a recent study published in Nature Climate Change by Conservancy scientists and partners from Florida International University, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and others, healthy wetlands (think wetlands covered with plants) are net sinks for greenhouse gases in the U.S. That means, on the whole, the country’s coastal wetlands remove more greenhouse gases – especially CO2 – than they release.

The Bizarre and Disturbing Life of Sea Cucumbers

The Bizarre and Disturbing Life of Sea Cucumbers

All species of sea cucumber breathe by dilating their anal sphincter to suck water into their rectum, where specialized structures called respiratory trees — butt lungs —  extract oxygen molecules from the water. Several species of parasitic pearlfish actually live inside sea cucumber bums.

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

An Energy Evolution: From Delicious to Dirty to Almost Free

Still, it's energy from food.Burning StuffLet's say you want to heat up some water. Is it possible to use energy from food to heat the water? Changing the nucleus is what happens in a nuclear reaction.OK, so take an atom like Uranium-235.

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

That’s going to require every nation to make changes, as well as individual cities, states and businesses.“It will require things that are more aggressive, like shutting down existing power plants and by 2030, we probably need to reduce global coal power production by 70 or 80 percent,” says Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.Hultman, who worked on climate issues in the Obama White House, says the solutions may be politically impossible for now.

How Google Keeps Its Power-Hungry Operations Carbon Neutral

How Google Keeps Its Power-Hungry Operations Carbon Neutral

Google achieves this three ways, according to its most recent Environmental Report: by reducing its demand, by buying renewables to offset its use of non-renewable energy, and with other offsets, like capturing methane gas from animal waste.Data centers are a large source of emissions, and emissions from Google’s data centers and internet infrastructure are estimated to account for 40 percent of the internet’s carbon footprint.

The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

“Over the last 20 years of doing this, we’ve gotten better at thinking about the economic costs,” says John Furlow, a development and aid expert at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society and an author of NCA4.

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

Stop Worrying About Buying Carbon Offsets for Your Flights

You can also use the cash to invest in wind farms, or contribute to international aid projects with environmental benefits, like distributing clean-burning cooking stoves in India.Good marketers of offsets will disclose what they’re funding, and how they calculate the emissions saved.

5 New Nonlethal Weapons the Defense Department Is Developing

5 New Nonlethal Weapons the Defense Department Is Developing

The US Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate, along with a host of private arms companies, has spent decades testing everything from long-range wireless Taser bullets to sonic guns that can disable a car engine from 150 feet away.

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

The WIRED Guide to Climate Change

To keep the climate livable, we may need to prepare for a new era of geoengineering.How this Global Climate Shift Got StartedIf we want to go all the way back to the beginning, we could take you to the Industrial Revolution—the point after which climate scientists start to see a global shift in temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Midterm Election Voters Shot Down a Carbon Tax, But It'll Rise Again

Initiative 1631 was technically a fee, not a tax; It would’ve charged many emitters $15 per metric ton of carbon, increasing every year until emissions declined—and the money would pay for green infrastructure like clean power generation, environmental remediation, and projects in communities most affected by pollution.

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Shell, Total Are Big Oil Standouts as Investors Can Track Carbon

Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA are the only companies among the 10 biggest oil and gas producers in the world which disclose how their carbon emissions will decline over time, according to the first analysis of its kind by managers overseeing more than $9 trillion of funds.

To Curb Climate Change, Tax Carbon—Then Give Americans the Money

To Curb Climate Change, Tax Carbon—Then Give Americans the Money

A carbon dividends program overcomes both obstacles and can provide the vast majority of Americans with a new measure of economic security.Economists agree that the most cost-effective climate solution is to put a price on carbon emissions, which could yield hundreds of billions of dollars per year in new revenue.

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential

But Oldham says Carbon Engineering has gotten the price down to $100 per ton, in part by co-opting technologies in its facility from other industries like water treatment.The problem is it’s hard to make money while trying to pull carbon from the air and sequester it back underground where it belongs.

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