What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

What Trump’s Executive Order on AI Is Missing

As the CEO of an artificial intelligence research institute , I am calling on him to include a special visa program for AI students and experts to help us win this race for the sake of both economic vitality and national security.

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

“In short, Russia would need to do two things: Ensure that the content Russians seek to access is actually located somewhere in the country, and ensure that routing and exchanges could all occur domestically,” says Nicole Starosielski a professor at New York University and author of The Undersea Network .

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

The Green New Deal's Trains and EVs Won't Work for Everyone

And indeed, the resolution’s transportation recommendations are sweeping: that the country invest seriously in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, in “clean, affordable, and accessible” public transit, and in so much high-speed rail that air travel is no longer necessary.

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

Right chart - WDI Cabo Verde’s poverty reduction achievements are grounded in political stability and strong institutions as well as an open economy that has been driven by exponential growth of the tourism sector exploiting the country’s natural beauty.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week

Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week A new analysis estimates American cities will only be able to keep up with electric vehicle charging demand if they have to build 20 percent more chargers every year between now and 2025.

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing Went Down in China and No One Will Say Why

Bing is now available again in the country, but it remains unclear if the outage was caused by technical issues or if the Chinese government intentionally blocked the search engine, if only temporarily.

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

Bracing for climate change – a matter of survival for the Maldives

The Bank has been working with the Maldives to increase the use of renewables and has invested in a $16 million solar power project on the islands of Male and Hulhumale in the Greater Malé region.

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania

“Every town had an industrial center, and people were moved all over the country to these areas to work in the mines and factories,” says photographer Ioana Cîrlig , who grew up in the Romanian capital of Bucharest in the 1990s after the fall of Communism.

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

5. Preserving and managing the environment Photo Credit: World Bank In 1993, the World Bank supported the Government of Maldives to develop a National Environment Action Plan with the aim of helping Maldivians maintain and improve the environment of the country, and to manage the natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

Investigating the Illegal Sea Turtle Trade

“But it’s illegal to sell turtles, take their eggs, or to kill a female that is nesting on the beach.” Those restrictions are put in place to protect sea turtles from overharvesting, as most species have experienced catastrophic population declines in the last few decades.

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

How WhatsApp Fuels Fake News and Violence in India

New research shows that WhatsApp usage can exacerbate groupthink, sometimes mobilizing groups into acts of violence.Starting last spring, the platform began being linked to incidents of mob killings, most of which fit a similar pattern: People deemed to be “outsiders” were targeted by large mobs accusing them of being child kidnappers after rumors to be on the lookout circulated on WhatsApp. Some of these false rumors appeared in the form of highly convincing doctored bulletins from local police; others used the photos from Syria and manipulated videos.Killings occurred in May and June, but the high death toll in the Dhule incident marked a tipping point for the government.

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A Government Climate Study Contradicts the President

A new government report—1,600 pages, two and a half years of work, hundreds of authors, 13 participating agencies—warns that by the end of the century, unchecked climate change could cause tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of billions of dollars in losses and damage.

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)HotlittlepotatoThe price of bitcoin dropped another 10 percent Tuesday, extending a decline that has sent the virtual currency down 33 percent in the past month and 46 percent in the past year.Boom and bust cycles are par for the course for bitcoin.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 31 October 2018

An area of low pressure south of the country will bring a threat for heavy rain to the West Coast on Friday evening and Saturday with rainfall of 50-100 mm possible.

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

Today, the US boasts more firearms than residents.Canada, for its part, may have a lot of guns as well, as the chart below shows, but its citizens don't often die from gunfire; the country ranks 72nd in the world for deaths from firearms.

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Romania: good policies and institutions can limit the impact of natural disasters

Building resilience to climate change and natural disasters is a long journey that calls for good policies, effective coordination at different levels of government and across sectors, and mobilization of significant financial resources.To limit the consequences of natural disasters, countries around the world adopt policies to reduce private asset losses.

News Article: Green Climate Fund approves $127 million project for El Salvador's Dry Corridor

19 October 2018, Santiago de Chile/Rome - The Green Climate Fund today approved RECLIMA, a $127.7 million FAO-designed project that aims to improve the climate resilience of farming systems in El Salvador's Dry Corridor while benefitting  225,000 people, 20,000 of whom belong to indigenous communities.

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

The green growth crossroads: changing course to fight climate change in Lao PDR

Green growth means reducing dangerous air and water pollution that harm human health, ensuring sustainable expansion of the power sector, managing river basins, making agriculture and infrastructure more resilient, and better protecting natural heritage, including Lao PDR’s rich and globally important wildlife.

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Morrison and the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, are currently fixated on conjuring up a short-term fix they can offer voters before the election – a noticeable reduction in power prices – never mind the obvious point that having a medium term roadmap would help deliver your short-term objective.

Super Typhoon Nears Philippines With 170 M.P.H. Winds

Super Typhoon Nears Philippines With 170 M.P.H. Winds

Still, government officials, hoping to avoid anything like that storm’s devastation, pleaded with vulnerable residents to move to shelters, fearing drenching rains and devastating mudslides along the island’s mountainous coastlines.Luzon is the Philippines’ largest and most populous island, but the northern tip, where the typhoon was expected to pass, is largely agricultural and is known as the country’s breadbasket.

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Typhoon Mangkhut Live Updates: Philippines Braces for the Worst

Thousands of people were being evacuated from their homes in the Philippines on Friday, as Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a colossal storm more than 550 miles wide with maximum sustained wind speeds of 173 miles per hour, howled its way across the Pacific.Mangkhut’s eye is on course to hit in the early hours Saturday on the northern island of Luzon, the country’s rice and corn growing heartland, where more than four million people are at risk.The storm, gusting at speeds equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane, passed the American territory of Guam on Thursday, knocking out 80 percent of the island’s electricity and downing trees and power lines.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, warning that countries are retreating from a promise made nearly three years ago to save the planet from the most catastrophic effects of climate change, on Monday scolded world leaders and called on them to “break the paralysis” on reining in greenhouse gas emissions.“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment,” he said at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

The communique made it clear that it was only “leaders of forum island countries” – a term that a forum spokesperson confirmed denoted all forum member countries other than Australia and New Zealand – who called on the US to return to the Paris agreement on climate change.

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Specifically, we think it’s time for politics to shift away from an obsession with economic growth and a culture of work that sees people slaving away at jobs that offer little material or emotional reward.

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts

UK weather: Scorching temperatures to burn Britain ANNUALLY, warn experts THE UK heatwave which has seen temperatures exceed 35 degrees celsius in some parts of the country could soon become annual catastrophe, according to researchers.

Last glacier standing in Venezuela – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Last glacier standing in Venezuela – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey and topographic data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). In 1910, glaciers spanned an area of at least 10 square kilometers (4 square miles) in the mountainous region of northwestern Venezuela.

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

Speaking at the Lowy Institute, just days before the beginning of the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, the Samoan prime minister seemed to take a swipe at Australia’s commitment to minimising the impact of climate change, which he called the “single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and wellbeing peoples of the Pacific”.

The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

The Swedish 15-year-old who's cutting class to fight the climate crisis

Following Sweden’s hottest summer ever, Greta Thunberg decided to go on school strike at the parliament to get politicians to act Greta Thunberg leads a school strike and sits outside of the Swedish Parliament, in an effort to force politicians to act on climate change.

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