FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers fight the impact of climate change

8 October 2020, Rome - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has welcomed a $3 million contribution from Germany and Sweden to help farmers in the world's most vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change and to build sustainability.

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In an Odd Twist, Cleaner Air in China May Mean a Warmer Earth

In fact, China’s push to continue cleaning up its air in the future could warm the entire northern hemisphere by 0.1 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, making it even tougher to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 1.5 Celsius degree (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming limit that scientists say is necessary to avoid severe weather disruptions, increased rainfall, sea level rise, droughts, and other disastrous climate change effects by the year 2100.

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

FAO - News Article: Google and FAO launch new Big Data tool for all

Earth Map has also been designed to empower and provide integrative synergies with the federated FAO's Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform , a more comprehensive tool to provide Members, their partners and donors with the means to identify and execute highly-targeted rural development initiatives with multiple goals ranging from climate adaptation and mitigation to socio-economic resilience.

FAO - News Article: FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition

FAO - News Article: FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition

18 September 2020, Rome/New York - FAO unveiled today its new Green Cities Initiative and Action Plan to help transform agri-food systems, end hunger and improve nutrition in and around the cities in a post COVID-19 era.

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

Apple Accidentally Approved Malware to Run on MacOS

Wardle notified Apple about the rogue software on August 28 and the company revoked the Shlayer notarization certificates that same day, neutering the malware anywhere that it was installed and for future downloads.

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech

Open source is a technology development and distribution methodology, where the codebase and all development—from setting a roadmap to building new features, fixing bugs, and writing documentation—is done in public.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

21 August 2020, Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has helped an African country obtain a grant from the international entity.

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

What’s This? A Bipartisan Plan for AI and National Security

Although Capitol Hill is increasingly divided, the bipartisan duo claim to see an emerging consensus that China poses a serious threat and that supporting US tech development is a vital remedy.“American leadership and advanced technology has been critical to our success since World War II, and we are in a race with the government of China,” Hurd says.

FAO - News Article: FAO partners with the Adaptation Fund to help vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change

FAO - News Article: FAO partners with the Adaptation Fund to help vulnerable countries fight the impact of climate change

"It well aligns with the efforts of the Organization to enhance the resilience of rural communities in times of changing environmental conditions, degrading ecosystems, and increasing water scarcity," Mansur said.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels ‘Master’ and ‘Slave’

Microsoft’s GitHub , a popular software development platform with 50 million users, will replace the word “master” as the default branch name for new repositories, a spokesperson says.

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

The Last of Us Part II and Its Crisis-Strewn Path to Release

It's crunch time in the offices of Naughty Dog, the storied videogame developer in Santa Monica, California.Back in the early stages of playtesting, Naughty Dog was troubleshooting the rough infrastructure of the game: how its world holds up, what people felt drawn to, where they got lost.

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested.As these methods take off in the coming years, we will be able to test all trillions of possible solutions to each health problem very quickly.

A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19

A Creator of the Ebola Vaccine Has Hope for Slowing Covid-19

The difference this time is, because Covid-19 is affecting so many countries, you see a lot more sense of urgency to develop countermeasures—vaccines, treatments, better supportive care like ventilators.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The videogame designers behind celebrated titles like Crypt of the Necrodancer, Hollow Knight, and Super Meat Boy all got their start noodling around with Flash, Fulp says.

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

FAO - News Article: First comprehensive portal to track international capacity development support for forest monitoring

27 January 2020, Rome - The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) today launched a portal - the first such comprehensive platform - to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action.

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Once they set Spot’s path by joysticking it around so it can remember the route, then they can let Spot autonomously roam the site, doing the work of a human who’d have to wander around doing the same.

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

So since 2013, Paris has been developing “logistics hotels”—smaller mixed-use developments used for delivery logistics, located in residential neighborhoods instead of the industrial urban fringe.Because logistics facilities usually bring in lower rents than other sorts of urban real estate, the mixed-use development gives Sogaris other revenue.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Hausheer / TNC In the dry zones of Myanmar, degraded natural areas can be restored if communities believe that a low-cost investment now (for instance, a ‘leave the land alone for three-years’ strategy) would pay off in the medium term.

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence would be established by the Group of Seven leading western economies and play a role in “addressing some of the ethical concerns we will face in this area.” It was to be modeled on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which helped establish consensus on the world’s climate crisis and recommends possible responses.

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

There is a need for innovation not only in science but also in policies, in how we do business and the way we think, said the FAO chief at the opening of SDG 2 - Linking Technological Innovation and Climate Change Actions for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty event on Thursday, on the margins of COP25.

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

11 December, Madrid - The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative today announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to accelerate climate change action in developing countries' agricultural and land use sectors.

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

“Development happened so fast that they haven’t really had a chance to keep up with it the way other societies have,” says Peter Bogaczewicz a Canadian architect and photographer who has lived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh for the past five years.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

One of X’s most exciting in-the-works bets couples AI with agricultural production—it’s making a goofy little blue plant buggy that roams fields, using data and machine learning to evaluate specific crops and help farmers manage their growth.

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future is co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Bridge Collaborative—a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Duke University.

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

This time, we've got TV, reality and otherwise, publisher disputes, and Magic: the Gathering.The Creators of Several Sherlock Holmes Games Are Having Serious Publisher Troubles.A new mystery for fans of the old detective: Where have all the Sherlock Holmes games gone?

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO’s leader points to the need to turn food systems into accelerators of the SDGs. 25 September, 2019, New York - Food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyusaid today.

Hard Times for Hardware?

Hard Times for Hardware?

In the coming year, hardware developers will start to see an even bigger desire for responsible labor practices, design for product end-of-life, sustainable material use, and transparency throughout their supply chain.