Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Savanna Fire Management Can Fund Africa’s Protected Areas

Now, a new study demonstrates that fire management on Africa’s savannas can generate enough carbon revenue to fill the funding gap for many protected areas, as well as help restore the rangelands health and meet international climate commitments.

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout

“Google has shown an astounding lack of leadership and commitment to open science, ethics, and diversity in their treatment of the Ethical AI team, specifically Drs. Gebru and Mitchell,” he wrote in his own email to the workshop’s organizers, asking them to pass his decision and comments up to Google’s leadership.

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes €40 million from Germany to help farmers withstand shocks like COVID-19 and extreme climate events

FAO - News Article: FAO welcomes €40 million from Germany to help farmers withstand shocks like COVID-19 and extreme climate events

The funding from Germany's KfW development bank will support FAO's efforts to build the resilience of resource-poor producers, pastoralists and fishers in three of the world's most food insecure countries - the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Yemen, work undertaken in partnership with other UN agencies.

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

“If you inadequately monitor these fisheries resources, successful and sustainable management cannot take place in a timely manner,” says Dr. Richard Ogutu-Ohwayo, who has studied and worked on Africa’s Great Lakes for over 40 years and is currently the Executive Director of AFLANET, the African Lakes Network.

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

Yet Another Year of Venture Capital Being Really White

This fall, after Howard heard from Black founders who were still struggling to raise money, he pulled data from Crunchbase to see what was happening industrywide.Some prominent venture firms set up special funds this year to get more money into the hands of founders from underrepresented groups.

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected.

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Abdalla, who is finishing his PhD at the University of Toronto, has coauthored a paper highlighting the number of top AI researchers—including those who study the ethical challenges raised by the technology—who receive funding from tech companies.

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing

Data Visualization: Zoë Hitzig and Puja OhlhaverIn quadratic funding, the more states that participate in supplying $100 million, the more federal bonus funds their compact receives.Mathematically, this is accomplished by taking the square root of each state contribution as a first step.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

12 March 2020, Havana/Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved a $119 million disbursement for a FAO co-designed project to boost the resilience to climate change of vulnerable rural communities in Cuba.

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like.I mean, Trump pushed out the admiral on the National Security Council, who was the only person at that level who's responsible for pandemic defense.

Tubeworm discovery in Hauraki Gulf cause for celebration

Tubeworm discovery in Hauraki Gulf cause for celebration

Scientists mapping the Hauraki Gulf seafloor have discovered huge colonies of tubeworms up to 1.5 metres high and collectively covering hundreds of metres providing vital habitats for plants and animals.

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Bezos’ Earth Fund Should Invest in These Green Technologies

Yet if you were to construct a giant solar farm in space and beam that energy to Earth, the power of the sun would be available around the clock.If Bezos spent just 1 percent of the Earth Fund to develop space-based solar power, it would effectively double the available funding in the US.

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric Delivery Vans, Tesla Stock, and Other Car News

Electric delivery vans just might be the best way to use EVs, and British newcomer Arrival announced this week that, a) it exists and b) it’s obtained some $111 million in funding, courtesy of Hyundai and Kia. And we took a look at cities and real estate developers trying to capitalize off the growth of speedy delivery by getting creative with urban distribution centers.

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

When the Transportation Revolution Hit the Real World

And that was 2015—just the halfway point of the decade in which the software-loving tech industry charged into the physical world of transportation.Nissan targeted 2020 for the market debut of its self-driving car.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves programmes to fight climate change in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves programmes to fight climate change in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal

13 November, Songdo, Republic of Korea - The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) today approved $161 million in funding to support climate resilient projects in Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Nepal benefitting 1.5 million people.

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

When Donna Kinville, the city clerk in South Burlington, Vermont, was approached by a startup that wanted to put the city’s land records on a blockchain, she was willing to listen.

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.“Currently, there’s this huge gap in genetic information,” says Abasi Ene-Obong, who studied cancer biology at the University of London before founding 54gene in January.

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

The Cost of Rising Seas: More Than $400 Billion (and Lots of Angst)

In Boston, where many neighborhoods have been built and recently expanded in low-lying areas, an estimated $2.4 billion will be needed over the next several decades to protect the city from flooding, one study says.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

This Case Could Change How the SEC Regulates Cryptocurrencies

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.On Tuesday, the SEC rang the bell for the first round of the fight, filing a civil complaint alleging that Kik’s ICO was an illegal sale of securities.

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

Kickstarter Celebrates 10 Years of Funding Your Crazy Ideas

To cover the travel and material expenses for such a project, they turned to the internet, where they found a few dozen strangers willing to fund their little scheme thanks to a brand-new platform called Kickstarter.

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

Expanding Protected Areas Is Not Always the Best Investment

A new paper shows that managing existing protected areas to a better standard is often a smarter investment of new funds than purchasing additional land. Given limited funding for conservation, countries are often faced with a choice: spend money on creating new protected areas, or allocating that money to better manage existing protected areas.

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

“IFC has been issuing green bonds since 2010, and we helped propel the growth of the market in 2013 with two $1-billion benchmark issuances that were the largest at the time,” said Flora Chao, Global Head of Funding, IFC Treasury.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Trump's Border Wall Lawsuit Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup

What Really Happened: A little over a week ago, just as President Trump was signing a spending bill that would keep the government open, he declared a national emergency to fund his border wall.

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

Recovery: New Chance to Save Land and Water

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) quickly became America’s main tool for protecting and restoring historic sites, like battlefields, and for providing matching grants to states for urban and suburban recreation facilities, like ballfields.

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.

Fossil fuel divestment funds rise to $6tn

Fossil fuel divestment funds rise to $6tn

Insurance companies lead the sell-off of coal, oil and gas stocks over climate change and financial fears – oil majors now cite divestment as a risk to them

Great Barrier Reef Foundation chief scientist: science will lie at the heart of our decisions

Great Barrier Reef Foundation chief scientist: science will lie at the heart of our decisions

In this way, the GBR Foundation has filled a critical gap in funding researchers who are working at the interface of science, climate change, and reef management.