Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details

Last week, JetBlue announced it will offset its 15 billion to 17 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon credits and pumping cleaner-burning aviation fuel into planes landing at San Francisco International Airport.

Killing ‘Dead-End’ Jobs Blocks Career Opportunity

Killing ‘Dead-End’ Jobs Blocks Career Opportunity

For large-scale dining operations, the company promises that its robot will allow for a significant reduction in the labor required to clean plates and bowls—which still is most of the work for those who do dishes.

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 Paradox of the Incredible Shrinking Comic-Con Expansion

The Paradox of the Incredible Shrinking Comic-Con Expansion

They're the ones who have seen SDCC go from comics convention to infrastructure-overwhelming pop-culture pilgrimage, the ones who can't help but feel a little territorial about the movie and TV fans flooding the city.

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.

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Resilience in water – Of Tanzania, groundwater, and gingersnaps

Instead, it emphasized locally relevant ways for farmers to access, use , and manage water resources in ways which provide more stable revenue streams from sustainable agricultural production. This more diverse set of water sources mobilizes farmer and community-level investment in irrigation equipment and power sources that enhance productivity.

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

Figure 2: Community Emissions Profile for Cotonou, Benin (Source: EDGE Cities) Some recommendations include the promotion of solar rooftops, public transportation, green building standards for new construction, energy performance labels for existing buildings, improved solid waste and waste water treatment, and vehicle electrification.

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

National meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) are responsible for helping people understand, predict and warn of weather- and water-related hazards such as storms, floods, and hurricanes.

To Compete With Google, OpenAI Seeks Investors–and Profits

To Compete With Google, OpenAI Seeks Investors–and Profits

“In order to build AGI you need to have billions of dollars of investment” in computing resources, says Ilya Sutskever, initially OpenAI’s research director, but now chief scientist of the new for-profit, OpenAI LP.

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week

Digging Into Self-Driving Data and More Car News This Week This week, the California DMV released the disengagement reports every self-driving developer testing in state must file to the DMV.

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

New York and Amazon Played a Zero-Sum Game—And Everyone Lost

Its decision to terminate its planned expansion in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City will be bad for New York City, bad for Amazon, and not so great for a national economic system that will need all of the investment and innovation it can get in the years ahead.

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

Cities Grow Skeptical of the Promises of Big Tech

“You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment.” That’s a problem for the village of Mount Pleasant and Racine County, which agreed to give Foxconn $764 million in incentives and more than 3,000 acres of land in exchange for the promise of factory jobs.

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

This transition can contribute to sustainable economic growth that generates welfare, while limiting harmful impacts on the environment and hence future generations.” Ángel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD (from Preface, Flachenecker & Rentschler, 2018 ) The need for more resource efficient and circular economies High and volatile resource prices, uncertain supply prospects, rising demand, and environmental impacts – various factors are putting increasing pressure on policy makers, researchers, firms, and investors to explore pathways towards sustainable and efficient resource management.

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex-'Hearthstone' Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game

Ex- Hearthstone Designers Are Working on a New Marvel Game Second Dinner, a studio made up of designers who worked on Blizzard's popular card-based title, will set its debut game in a different (but still well-known) universe of giant, powerful beings.

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big Tobacco

Juul Sheds Its Anti-Smoking Cred and Embraces Big TobaccoJames Monsees, right, and Adam Bowen, founders of e-cigarette manufacturer Juul.Axel Heimken/Getty ImagesJuul’s deal to accept a big investment from the maker of Marlboro cigarettes will snuff out its chance to take the high road with critics, but it will buy the embattled e-cigarette company time and credibility with regulators.Juul said on Thursday it had accepted a $12.8 billion cash investment from Altria, one of the nation’s largest cigarette makers, for a 35 percent stake that values the three-year-old startup at $38 billion, according to Wells Fargo.It’s tempting to see the financial tie to big tobacco as Juul selling out.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

GM's President Is Leaving Detroit to Run Its Robo-Car Biz

That’ll be a continuous and ongoing investment.” New hires, he says, are still mostly engineers, and will be “for the foreseeable future.”Still, it’s time to think about the next phase of the business, one that benefits from a different sort of leadership, and Ammann has played a central role in GM’s revival over the past decade.

As New York and London mayors, we call on all cities to divest from fossil fuels | Bill de Blasio and Sadiq Khan

As New York and London mayors, we call on all cities to divest from fossil fuels | Bill de Blasio and Sadiq Khan

And that, together, our cities – New York, London and many others around the world – can send a clear message to the fossil fuel industry: change your ways now and join us in tackling climate change.

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses.