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.

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

Tree Tapping Isn’t Just for Maples

It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce a single gallon of syrup from sugar maples.Various types of maples, boxelder, walnut, sycamore, birch, and a few additional tree species have all been tapped for syrup making.

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

The TurboGrafx-16 Mini's Launch Is Delayed Due to Covid-19

For Microsoft's and Sony's console launches to face serious trouble, the impact of the coronavirus on production facilities would have to last through June, Pachter said.

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

Family Farms Try to Raise a New Cash Cow: Solar Power

So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath, between, and around rows of photovoltaic panels.In the United States, less than 5 megawatts’ worth of solar arrays have crops planted beneath them, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL.

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

While soaring prices of the core material in lithium-ion batteries sparked a mining rush in Australia, Argentina and Chile and—which between them provided 91 percent of supply in 2017, says Harper—a slump in demand caused by a weak automotive market and a reduction in grants for buying such cars in China has slowed the pace of mining and processing plant construction.

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack

Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing, driving machines based on Acura street cars, enjoyed a mood lacking in the frantic energy typical of previous decades in racing.

Tesla Reports Strong Results, but Challenges Loom Ahead

Tesla Reports Strong Results, but Challenges Loom Ahead

Earlier this month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared on stage in Shanghai to celebrate the opening of Tesla’s new 9.3 million-square-foot factory there, and the start of production for the Model 3 , the company's affordable sedan, in Asia.

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.

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

To finally fit together these elusive sections of the genome, Somasekar Seshagiri, a geneticist and president of the SciGenom Research Foundation in Bangalore, and his collaborators used a combination of older sequencing methods with new ones that read out very long stretches of DNA .

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

Tesla Cybertruck: Elon Musk's Pickup Truck Has Arrived

And while that might not be a day-to-day use case for many prospective buyers, it’s very handy if you’re showing off the prowess of your latest all-electric model for the first time at a glitzy event in Los Angeles, as Tesla (and SpaceX ) CEO Elon Musk did Thursday night.

The Messy Legal Fight to Bring Celebrities Back From the Dead

The Messy Legal Fight to Bring Celebrities Back From the Dead

Mark Roesler started CMG Worldwide in 1982 after finding that deceased celebrities had no one to represent them post-mortem.Roesler carved out a niche in representing the estates of dead stars, and the families of these celebrities began approaching CMG looking for representation.

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

Scientists Take Baby Steps Toward Extraterrestrial Babies

The study was limited—the sperm was in microgravity for less than 9 seconds, for example—but it suggested that reduced gravity has negligible effects on the health of frozen sperm.“We are at the frontier of knowledge about human reproduction in space,” says Antoni Perez-Poch, an engineer at Polytechnic University of Catalonia and a coauthor on the paper.

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Elon Musk on Friday afternoon revealed details of the latest version of Tesla’s Solar Glass Roof, announcing that installations have begun and should ramp up in the coming weeks.

Tesla Turns a Profit—and Builds a Chinese Factory Very Fast

Tesla Turns a Profit—and Builds a Chinese Factory Very Fast

CEO Elon Musk said the company was still on track to sell 360,000 vehicles by the end of the year, which would see Tesla grind out a record 105,000 cars in 2019’s last three months.

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

To Go Green, the Energy Industry Goes Open Source

TenneT recently built its own data collection and analysis platform atop open source components because, Bakker says, the company couldn't find a traditional commercial software product that met its needs.

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Now It’s a Snap to Donate Your Old Lego Bricks

Today, the Danish company announced Replay, a partnership venture with two nonprofits that will attempt to redistribute donated Lego pieces to classrooms and kids in need.The biggest challenge in the process, says Give Back Box founder Monika Wiela, will be sorting and cleaning all the pieces.

Everything Amazon Announced Today, From Speakers to Glasses

Everything Amazon Announced Today, From Speakers to Glasses

Amazon’s Echo Buds are the first native hands-free Alexa headphones—an important distinction, because there are already headphones on the market with Alexa inside.Echo Frames are Amazon’s new Alexa-enabled smart glasses that let you talk to Alexa without having to whip out your phone.

Enter the Capitalocene: How Climate Change Will Ruin Capitalism

Enter the Capitalocene: How Climate Change Will Ruin Capitalism

WIRED sat down with Moore to talk about what got us into this mess, why capitalism won’t survive it, and what a brighter future might actually look like.WIRED: Is capitalism compatible at all with any movement on climate change.

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

Bugatti's Chiron Clocks 305 MPH Thanks to Top Notch Tires

BugattiBugatti’s new champion is a pre-production prototype of a special edition of the $3 million Chiron , which in its base form is electronically limited to 261 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in under three seconds.

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

BP Exits Alaska After 60 Years in $5.6 Billion Hilcorp Sale

The deal includes BP’s operating stake in Prudhoe Bay, the largest-producing oilfield in U.S. history, as well as all its Alaskan pipelines, London-based BP said Tuesday in a statement.

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.

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

“Once the industry scales up, renewable hydrogen could be produced from wind or solar power for the same price as natural gas in most of Europe and Asia,” Kobad Bhavnagri, BNEF’s head of special projects, said in the report on Wednesday.

Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies

Alt-Meat Trounces Animal Meat's Massive Inefficiencies

Compare this years-long lead time with that for plant-based or clean meat , where a manufacturing facility can have finished product rolling off the line in hours or days.

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Tour the Factory Where Bentley Handcrafts Its Luxury Rides

Though the Crewe factory employs just one robot —a rather disappointing rig that applies adhesive to windshields—it has automated sleds shuffling assemblies down the line, high-tech analytical gear for developing new materials, and several computerized leather cutters that map out all the bits and pieces for seats, steering wheels, and door panels that they can extract from a single hide, leaving just wispy remnants to go into the recycling.

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Tesla Delivers More Cars—and More Losses

Wednesday, the company said it had delivered 95,356 vehicles in the second quarter of 2019, beating its own record of 90,966, from the end of 2018.

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford Will Make an Electric F-150 Pickup, but Won't Say When

Ford’s prototype all-electric F-150 (built into the current model’s body), towed its 1.3-million-pound payload for 1,000 feet, and will likely enter production in the next few years.

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

Little Plastic 'Nurdles' Are Flooding Beaches and Waterways

They want Formosa to pay $184 million in penalties, the maximum allowed by the Clean Water Act. For more than three years, Diane Wilson and two other local volunteers have collected more than 2,400 samples of nurdles and pellet powder discharged illegally by Formosa’s 2,500-acre Port Lavaca facility.

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

The Roli Lumi (you know, because “illumination”) is a multicolored, light-up keyboard aimed at musical novices eager to learn to play the piano. Eventually, the goal is to get to playing songs without the guiding lights at all.“We wanted to build a seamless on-ramp to music making,” Lamb says.

Netflix Is Making a Magic: The Gathering Animated Series

Netflix Is Making a Magic: The Gathering Animated Series

The new Magic: The Gathering animated series will focus on the Planeswalkers. Up this week: Netflix is working on an animated version of Magic: The Gathering , J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot might have a new home soon, and Robert Downey Jr. wants to save the planet.