The Global Economy Ignores Developing Nations at Its Own Peril

The Global Economy Ignores Developing Nations at Its Own Peril

Given the integrated nature of the world economy, the fact that next year emerging economies will still not experience the economic rebound already seen in many developed regions in 2021 means global growth will remain low and slow.

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

Tree Rings Show Modern Cyclones Are the Rainiest in Centuries

A recent study addresses this question by using tree rings to reconstruct hundreds of years of seasonal cyclone precipitation levels.“Often, tree-ring reconstructions show us that the extreme climate we have recorded with instruments (weather stations) over the last 120 years was surpassed back in time,” Maxwell told Ars Technica.

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

Ground-Level Ozone Is a Creeping Threat to Biodiversity

Ozone levels at Sequoia and the adjacent national park, King’s Canyon, are among the highest in the United States, thanks to smog that blows in from the urban areas and farming and industrial activity in the San Joaquin Valley below.

The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

The Long-Lost Tale of an 18th-Century Tsunami, as Told by Trees

They could use them to better understand the aftermath of quakes and tsunamis in this highly populated yet risky zone, and to validate the flooding models that policymakers use to prepare for future disasters.

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

Wildfires Used to Be Helpful. How Did They Get So Hellish?

A wildfire that would once chew through a few dozen acres of underbrush, making way for new plant growth, now burns with extreme ferocity, producing so much heat and smoke that it can generate its own thunderclouds , which light more fires.

Research finds microplastics in fish muscle tissue

Research finds microplastics in fish muscle tissue

“This higher ingestion rate for flounder could be due to microplastics accumulating in marine sediments which makes up more of their diet compared to other species, or it could be because the flounder samples were all obtained from the Waitemata Harbour, which is closer to Auckland as a potential microplastic source,” she said.

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Indoor-Grown Weed Is Spewing Carbon Into the Atmosphere

Based on their calculations, cannabis production results in over 2,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for every kilogram of product (defined as dried flowers), and its legalization has had a measurable effect on Colorado's greenhouse gas output.

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

Email and Slack Have Locked Us in a Productivity Paradox

In 1991, an article in The New York Times quoted an economist who pointed out that although companies continue to spend heavily on technology, “white-collar productivity has stagnated.” He concludes: “No longer are chief executives confident that throwing computers at their office staffs will result in greater efficiency.”.

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

Instead of diving deep into all of the feature films the Mouse House had in the works for 2021, Disney big wigs focused heavily on all the new offerings coming to their streaming service, including some 22 Marvel and Star Wars projects landing there starting next year.

Who Will We Be When This Is All Over?

Who Will We Be When This Is All Over?

The people who may have the toughest recovery are those living through pandemic-related trauma.But some survivors of trauma end up embarking on what Canevello and other psychologists call post-traumatic growth.

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Dead Drift: Adding Salmon Carcasses to Streams

Denny lays the lifeless fish in the stream steps back and watches the dead drift toward a log jam.Fish biologist Lytle Denny plants salmon carcasses.Denny watches flies feed on the dead fish he just planted.

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

The Future of McDonald's Is in the Drive-Thru Lane

That makes the drive-thru—where 70 percent of McDonald’s sales have taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic globally in top markets—existentially important.And the company is even considering a concept store with limited or no in-room dining at all, just a kitchen surrounded by drive-thru lanes and pick-up parking.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

Tesla's Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

That's a lot less than the 27,000 S and X vehicles Tesla sold two years earlier.Tesla plans to introduce a new high-end Model S called the Model S Plaid next year.

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

Don't Misunderstand Earth Day's Successes

In the world’s richest countries, which are the ones where environmentalism has most taken hold, the air, land, and water are all much cleaner than they were 50 years ago.

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

But early data shows that most US broadband providers, and many elsewhere, are standing up to the surge in internet traffic generated by the many people stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Dane Jasper, CEO of the San Francisco area broadband provider Sonic, says the company has seen a traffic increase of around 25 percent.

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years.“In the context of a world trying to shift off of fossil fuels as an energy source, this is where [oil and gas companies] see the growth,” said Steven Feit, a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law, an advocacy group.

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Why Big Data Has Been (Mostly) Good for Music

Following four consecutive years of double-digit growth, total year-end revenues are expected to break the $10 billion mark this year, inching ever closer to the sales numbers the industry hit during the glory days of CDs. Courtesy of SpotifyWith all that money back on the table, record labels are scouting new talent again.

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

What We Know (And Don’t Know) About Cities & Biodiversity

In other words, the food urban dwellers eat turns out to be more important for global biodiversity than the direct environmental impact of the urban areas in which they live.

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

A Remote Tanzanian Village Logs Onto the Internet

Villagers rented smartphones from the company and paid 50 cents per gigabyte for the data they used, just over 1 percent of the average monthly income.

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Technology Will Keep Us From Running Out of Stuff

Even so, I believe we’ll easily meet our challenges and take better care of the people who inhabit the world of the future, without experiencing sustained shortages of food or other important resources.

America’s ‘Green Economy’ Is Now Worth $1.4 Trillion

America’s ‘Green Economy’ Is Now Worth $1.4 Trillion

That’s why Maslin and lead author Lucien Georgeson accumulated their own data on the U.S. green economy, drawing on hundreds of often private databases containing granular, real-world business and transaction statistics.

What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth

The past predictability of the inverted yield curve has led to today’s widespread assumption that the US economy is slowing and will soon dip into recession; market watchers have thus begun to view economic data with an eye toward seeing problems ahead.

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Clearly, planners’ toolboxes need expanding so decisions normally made solely on the basis of housing, jobs, and transportation might now be informed by a more complete picture of the impacts of different patterns of growth on communities as a whole, including their more natural areas.

For a clean and green Pakistan

For a clean and green Pakistan

Provincial environmental entities can also play a key role beyond enforcement and contribute to the development agenda by improving their capacity to: promote green financing, mainstreaming green investments in the public sector; and support the adoption of resource-efficient and clean production measures in polluting sectors.

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Apex Legends Succeeds By Keeping It Simple

Developed by Respawn Entertainment, creators of the Titanfall series, its approach to the mega-popular genre has found a large, eager audience, one that's interested to see what changes and growth the game will have in store as its first season continues.

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the U.S. and more coal burning in China and India.

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Embracing Thunderbolt 3 Will Make Next-Gen USB4 Twice as Fast

Unless you’re a creative-class professional, you almost certainly use your MacBook Pro’s Thunderbolt 3 ports for charging more than for data backup. Once it happens, you’ll know almost exactly what you’re getting when you use that USB-C port or cable.

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses

Lyft’s IPO Filing Shows Ridership Is Surging—So Are Losses Lyft’s ridership has grown dramatically in the last two years, to the point where the company estimates that 9 percent of the US adult population has taken a ride.

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

However, Bhutan needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from hydropower.