A New Gas-Guzzling Postal Fleet Could Be Halted by Lawsuits

A New Gas-Guzzling Postal Fleet Could Be Halted by Lawsuits

“Once this purchase goes through, we’ll be stuck with more than 100,000 new gas-guzzling vehicles on neighborhood streets, serving homes across our state and across the country, for the next 30 years,” Bonta said.

Hotspot Watch 31 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 31 March 2022

In the North Island, soil moisture levels were generally normal or above normal, for the time of year, with the exception of the Hauraki Plains in Waikato, the Kaipara District in Northland, and around New Plymouth in Taranaki.

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

New national rainfall record surpasses 56-year-old record

NIWA meteorologists say the 103 mm of rain from 4am-5am recorded at Maungatapere near Whangārei on Monday 21 March is a new national hourly rainfall record for a low elevation station.

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 24 March 2022

As of 22 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are located in Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2022

This resulted in moderate to large soil moisture decreases across nearly the entire North Island, with the exception of parts of Gisborne and northern Hawke’s Bay. The driest soils across the North Island, when compared to normal for this time of the year, are found across much of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, interior Bay of Plenty, and East Cape, while the wettest soils for this time of the year are found in Kāpiti Coast and Wairarapa.

Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil

Coal Threatens a Comeback as the EU Pulls Away From Russian Oil

A spokesperson for the UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy told WIRED the government is exploring a range of options, including extending the operation of coal-fired power stations that are due to close in September.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2022

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located in parts of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, coastal Otago, and much of Southland.

Hotspot Watch 4 March 2022

Hotspot Watch 4 March 2022

As of 2 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that dry or very dry conditions are now located across much of western Northland, Auckland, northwest Waikato, Southland and the pockets of the coastal fringe of Clutha.

Pandemic Lockdowns Did Cut Air Pollution—but With a Catch

Pandemic Lockdowns Did Cut Air Pollution—but With a Catch

Gupta studies air pollution in India, and like many other scientists, he’s been studying how the lockdowns have decreased emissions above urban areas.In Santiago, Chile, researchers studied urban air pollution during those same three months and compared them to the same period during the previous three years.

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

Hotspot Watch 26 March 2021

As of 24 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that widespread dry to very dry conditions are in place across most of the central and eastern North Island, northeastern South Island, as well as parts of Otago and Southland.

CES Liveblog: Smart Home, Workout Tech, and So Many TVs

CES Liveblog: Smart Home, Workout Tech, and So Many TVs

It showed two concept devices at CES: a somewhat normal-looking phone with an AMOLED screen that can be rolled out vertically to increase the screen size (up to 6.7 inches), and a cylindrical tube you can open up like a papyrus scroll to view a 17-inch OLED rollable display.

These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021

These Are the 17 Must-Watch TV Shows of 2021

There’s hope 2021 won’t involve quite so many hours of isolation, but that doesn’t mean there still won’t be TV worth watching, especially as new streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+ continue to beef up their catalogs.

How Do You Make Movies in a Pandemic? Ask Horror Directors

How Do You Make Movies in a Pandemic? Ask Horror Directors

“It just felt like nobody was realizing that everybody was having this same realization, that you can make something on a computer screen, or at least make projects on it a little faster during this time,” he says.

Taylor Swift's 'Folklore': The Risk and Rewards of a Pandemic Album

Taylor Swift's 'Folklore': The Risk and Rewards of a Pandemic Album

Yes, this morning Swift (presumably) picked up her iPhone, cracked her knuckles, and gave the people what they want—nay, need—announcing on Instagram and that her eighth studio album, Folklore, would be available at midnight Eastern.

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

I put out a call on Twitter for qualified volunteers who wanted to use their extra time to tackle a myriad of research questions at the intersection of computing and Covid-19 epidemiology.And just like that, the Covid-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network was born.

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

When a reviewer sees cause for concern in a photo, they include the details in a regular report sent to building managers that summarizes recent social distancing violations in their facility.

The Last, Lonely Walks Through New York City

The Last, Lonely Walks Through New York City

One March evening, photographer Natan Dvir stood in the middle of an empty Fifth Avenue in New York City, fighting back tears.One of Dvir’s favorite photographs from the series was taken outside Grand Central Terminal, where a lonely hot dog cart stood vigil despite the ongoing disaster.

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

Before Covid-19 hit the Bay Area, photojournalist Justin Sullivan could upload a raw file to Getty Images in a few seconds.WIRED is providing free access to stories about public health and how to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic .More From WIRED on Covid-19.

Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs

Covid-19 Is Pulling the Plug on Clean Energy Jobs

The first thing Solar States did was distribute masks and gloves to workers, company founder Micah Gold-Markel told Grist.Solar States’ 30 laid-off employees are among more than 106,000 clean energy workers who lost their jobs in March, according to a new analysis released last Wednesday.

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

The Influencer Economy Hurtles Toward Its First Recession

Like many influencers, she tags her clothes and beauty products on LikeToKnowIt, a platform that connects her followers to the online retailers where they can shop her lifestyle.Affiliate commissions give influencers like Elyce a way to suggest products more organically than, say, writing #sponsored captions for something they wouldn’t actually use.

A Lot of People Don't Even Know They Should Stay Home

A Lot of People Don't Even Know They Should Stay Home

We’ve asked more than 100,000 people across all 50 states a simple question: Do you live in an area that is currently under a stay-at-home order due to the pandemic.

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google Reveals Location Data to Help the Coronavirus Response

Google is revealing anonymized location data on the movements of people in 131 countries as a guide for public health officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

How to Get Your Data-Cap Fees Waived During the Pandemic

AT&T announced a data-cap fee waiver on Sunday, saying, "As of March 13, and for the next 60 days, we will waive domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice, or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.".

Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Once Covid-19 cases linked to the event started to emerge, the government scrambled to find all the attendees, but got the numbers wrong—first saying that only 5,000 people at the gathering were Malaysia residents, then updating the figure to 10,000 and then 14,500.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

The Hushed Spectacle of Soccer Matches in Empty Stadiums

The Hushed Spectacle of Soccer Matches in Empty Stadiums

But before pulling the plug, some soccer leagues tried to salvage their seasons by playing games in empty stadiums, much like the talk shows that began filming without live audiences.After an initial period of playing in empty stadiums, the Bundesliga season has now been indefinitely postponed.

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 11 March 2020

As of 8 March, the New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) map below shows that all of the upper North Island is experiencing severe meteorological drought, along with East Cape and interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in many other locations.

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 6, starting at 10.15am at which scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington will outline the initial findings of the annual end-of-summer snowline survey taking place on March 5.

That Global Ban on Huawei? Not So Much Anymore

That Global Ban on Huawei? Not So Much Anymore

And though the UK committee rejected a ban on Huawei equipment, carriers already exclude the company's gear from "core" parts of wireless networks.