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Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

Security News This Week: Apps for Kids Have Been Tracking Their Locations

This week, New Mexico's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Tiny Lab, an app developer behind games like Fun Kid Racing, as well as advertising companies including Google and Twitter, alleging that they violated children’s privacy laws by tracking and sharing data for users under the age of 13.

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Hurricane Florence Threatens to Spread Hog Poop Over North Carolina

Its hog farms are a major part of the state economy, with many of them concentrated in the eastern part of North Carolina, where Hurricane Florence is expected to drop 20 to 30 inches this week.

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

In the Carolinas this means not only homes, schools and towns but ponds of coal ash, Superfund sites, chemical plants — and thousands of industrial hog farms with lagoons filled with pig waste.

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Political and business leaders gathering in San Francisco for a major climate change summit have committed to moving towards what was once a fantastical thought – the demise of the internal combustion engine in cars, trucks and other vehicles.

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

US activists launch climate change initiatives in absence of federal leadership

The America’s Pledge on Climate initiative was set up the same year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Jerry Brown to map “bottom up” US climate action.

North Carolina Chose to Ignore Its Dangerous Sea Levels Years Before Hurricane Florence Hit

North Carolina Chose to Ignore Its Dangerous Sea Levels Years Before Hurricane Florence Hit

“If you compared storm surge heights from the same storm at the same location over several decades, the surge would be higher ― assuming no change in flood defenses ― because of sea level rise,” Sweet said.But in North Carolina, lawmakers chose to ignore the threats.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it

North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels … so passed a law against it

In 2012, the state now in the path of Hurricane Florence reacted to a prediction by its Coastal Resources Commission that sea levels could rise by 39in over the next century by passing a law that banned policies based on such forecasts.

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight

Jerry Brown: Trump's 'gross ignorance' main obstacle in climate change fight Jerry Brown, California’s governor, has accused Donald Trump of “gross ignorance” over climate change as he made his most sweeping actions yet to rid the world’s fifth largest economy of fossil fuels.

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

America’s Spaceport Boom Is Outpacing the Need to Go to Space

From Colorado's shiny new station, located at the Front Range Airport in Adams County, and the 10 other spaceports in the US, private companies hope to launch rockets and spaceplanes that will carry rich astro-tourists and satellites.

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

Not only does California need to make up some of the climate slack created by the Trump administration, but the state is now ahead of its targets, with 29% of electricity last year generated from renewables and over 50% from zero-carbon sources (including nuclear and hydroelectric power).

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

Tsunami warning: Coastal cities at risk of MEGA WAVES sparked by rising sea levels

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future

California’s summer of deadly wildfires and dangerous heatwaves will soon be the new normal if nothing is done to stop climate change, a report released on Monday warns.

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

The bill, which will need to be approved by the state senate and Governor Jerry Brown, will require a complete shift to clean energy such as solar and wind by 2045.

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

NIWA has joined forces with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a joint Special Climate Statement about unusual weather patterns over summer. Special Climate Statement - record warmth in the Tasman Sea, New Zealand and Tasmania (NIWA)

To Heal Wounds, Cells Time-Travel Back to a Fetal State

To Heal Wounds, Cells Time-Travel Back to a Fetal State

Instead, the cells of the damaged tissue turn the clock back all the way to a more fetal state, tapping into the proliferative power that once characterized development — and a program thought to have long gone silent.Atom Bombs and Self-Renewing CellsIn the early 1900s, scientists theorized that the specific blood cell types they’d learned to distinguish from one another under a microscope — red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets — came from a common, more primitive source: a stem cell.

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

Riding With the Diplomatic Couriers Who Deliver America's Secret Mail

We’re on just one of thousands of such trips the service will execute this year as it delivers classified cargo, contained in tamper-proof orange pouches, to 270 US embassies and consulates around the world.The little-known, 100-year-old Diplomatic Courier Service works like your interoffice mail system, but on a planetary scale, with complex protocols and security measures that ensure the reliable transport of sensitive material by land, air, and sea.

A Law Alone Won't Get California to 100 Percent Green Power

A Law Alone Won't Get California to 100 Percent Green Power

Oh, and as Nathanel Johnson points out at Grist, environmentalists and activists have long argued over the distinction between "renewable," which is primarily solar and wind, and "clean," which includes other carbon-neutral-but-still-environmentally-problematic sources of juice like dams and nuclear power.The deeper problem is that merely farming the electrons isn’t enough.

In the line of fire: lessons from a California architect on rebuilding resiliently

In the line of fire: lessons from a California architect on rebuilding resiliently

In Napa Valley, architect Brandon Jorgensen has tackled this question in the aftermath of the Wine Country fires that destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and buildings last October. Using “thoughtful design,” they’re looking for ideas that are more resilient against future fires as well as more socially and environmentally conscious than what was lost.

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Why strengthening land rights strengthens development

Reflecting the importance of secure land ownership to the SDGs’ success, the World Bank Group is now working with developing countries to improve their land-tenure systems and expand the coverage of legally recognized and registered rights.

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

Turns Out Cities Can't Sue Oil Companies for Climate Change

That case had the same outcome, this time from Judge William Alsup of the Northern District1 of California: “Although the scope of plaintiffs’ claims is determined by federal law, there are sound reasons why regulation of the worldwide problem of global warming should be determined by our political branches, not by our judiciary,” he writes.