How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

How Early Warning Systems Help Us Deal With Extreme Weather

Early warning systems can alert local communities on things like approaching hurricanes, cyclones, or landslides due to extreme rainfall, where getting ahead of incidents by even a few hours can make all the difference, says Tye. They can also provide knowledge of slower onset events, such as an upcoming drought several months away.

Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

Bright Spots in the Global Coral Reef Catastrophe

In 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change reported that 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming would cause global coral reefs to decline by 70 to 90 percent (warming currently stands at 1.2 Celsius).

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

A Water Crisis Reveals You Can't Recycle in the Arctic

“Most of the communities don't have the facilities to do proper plastic recycling,” says Susanna Fuller, vice president of operations and projects for Oceans North, an environmental organization that earlier this year published a groundbreaking report examining waste in Arctic Canada.

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

NASA Is Preparing for the Ravages of Climate Change

The agency’s newly released report highlights five areas of focus, including planning for climate risks as new missions move forward, adapting infrastructure as much as possible, and ensuring access to space, which could be disrupted if, say, a flooded road delayed the delivery of rocket fuel to a launchpad.

Actions You Can Take to Tackle Climate Change

Actions You Can Take to Tackle Climate Change

In our world of omnipresent crises and the continuing barrage of dire news about climate change, it often feels easier to just go about our days, hoping and praying that some smart scientist somewhere will figure out a way to deal with it in time.

FAO - News Article: Food security and water security go hand-in-hand

FAO - News Article: Food security and water security go hand-in-hand

The Director-General spoke at a high-level launch of the report "2021 State of Climate Services: Water" led by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) featuring inputs from FAO experts.

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

Extreme Heat Could Also Mean Power and Water Shortages

The sparse rainfall and low water levels are one reason that state officials in June built a $10 million emergency project—the size of San Francisco’s Transamerica Pyramid laid on its side—to keep ocean saltwater from surging into the delta.

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

Content Creators are Re-Creating Homelessness in The Sims

The challenge, which goes by the moniker of the “homeless” or “rags-to-riches” challenge, sees players dress their Sims characters so that they appear homeless and then set out to acquire 5,000 Simoleons—enough in-game currency to build a modest multiroom house—without any shelter or a job, according to the challenge’s community page.

A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

A Third of Shark and Ray Species May Face Extinction

The health of “entire ocean ecosystems” and food security is in jeopardy, said Dulvy, a former co-chair of the shark specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The number of species of sharks, rays, and chimaeras, known together as chondrichthyan fishes, facing “a global extinction crisis” has more than doubled in less than a decade, according to the paper published September 6 in the journal Current Biology.

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Technology companies are required by US law to report any CSAM they find online to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US nonprofit child-safety organization, but Apple has historically lagged behind its competitors.

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

The UN Climate Report: All Is Not Well—but All Is Not Lost

That’s a significant update from a previous IPCC report that predicted that the planet would hit the 1.5 milestone at around the year 2040, says Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and the director of climate and energy at the Breakthrough Institute, who wasn’t involved in the report.

If You Want to Tackle Climate Change, Start With Methane

If You Want to Tackle Climate Change, Start With Methane

“Cutting methane emissions is the single fastest, most effective way there is to slow the rate of warming right now,” agreed Ilissa Ocko, senior climate scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

Russia May Have Found a New Way to Censor the Internet

“Contrary to blocking, where access to the content is blocked, throttling aims to degrade the quality of service, making it nearly impossible for users to distinguish imposed/intentional throttling from nuanced reasons such as high server load or a network congestion,” researchers with Censored Planet, a censorship measurement platform that collects data in more than 200 countries, wrote in a report.

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

An early draft of the report, seen by WIRED, says that increased usage of end-to-end encryption would protect adults’ privacy at the expense of children’s safety, and that any strategy adopted by technology companies to mitigate the effect of end-to-end encryption will “almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content.”.

FAO - News Article: Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge

FAO - News Article: Disasters take heavy toll on agri-food systems as new threats emerge

Thus, between 2008 and 2018, the impacts of disasters cost the agricultural sectors of developing country economies over $108 billion in damaged or lost crop and livestock production.Over 34 percent of crop and livestock production loss in LDCs and LMICs is traced to drought, costing the sector $37 billion overall.

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

Foreign Meddling Flooded the 2020 Election—but Not by Hackers

"Trump advances so many lies already, so much disinformation, so many claims, that it's very difficult to shift things such that Biden would have to respond to it," Watts says.

The Dire Possibility of Cyberattacks on Weapons Systems

The Dire Possibility of Cyberattacks on Weapons Systems

Technical details of the report are not available to the public, but what we can see allows us to reasonably conclude that serious cybersecurity vulnerabilities exist in weapons systems, including those that would let the potential adversary take control over a system.

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

Twitch's First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

That can include anything from 11-year-olds going live playing Minecraft—exposing them to potential predators —to now-banned gaming celebrity Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm streaming from a public bathroom at E3.In its new transparency report Twitch acknowledges this difficulty and for the first time offers specific details about how well it moderates its platform.

The Untold History of America’s Zero-Day Market

The Untold History of America’s Zero-Day Market

And so I reported out this market the only way I knew how, scratching at what was public and working my way in from there—until I found a zero-day dealer who would relay the industry’s untold history.

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

We Need a Global Outbreak Investigation Team—Now

The most significant detail the group added was its apparent dismissal of the controversial laboratory release hypothesis , which Ben Embarek called “extremely unlikely.” The declaration was a boost to Beijing’s version of events, which has peddled unsubstantiated claims that SARS-CoV-2 could have originated outside of China, and kicked off a new round of geopolitical bickering over who should shoulder the blame for Covid-19 becoming a global pandemic.

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Record

“I don’t think there’s much going to happen that will change that, barring a massive volcano,” says Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, which released the atmospheric data along with NOAA.

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

Uber Faces a Fine for Refusing to Give Details on Assaults

"The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and contact information of sexual assault survivors without their consent," Uber said in a statement on Monday.

The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube’s Radicalization Trap

The Christchurch Shooter and YouTube’s Radicalization Trap

According to the report, released last night, the terrorist regularly watched extremist content online and donated to organizations like the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist site, and Stefan Molyneux’s far-right Freedomain Radio.

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

4 December 2020, Rome - Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating polluted sites and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, FAO said today in its first ever report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity ".

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Did a Security Researcher Guess Trump’s Twitter Password?

Earlier this week, Dutch security researcher Victor Gevers told De Volkskrant that he had recently accessed Donald Trump's Twitter account simply by guessing the password: maga2020!A few days later, he says, he saw that Trump's Twitter account had added two-factor authentication, freezing him out.

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

The iPhone 12 Ships Without a Charger. Will It Curb E-Waste?

That number will continue to spike up to 74 million metric tons by 2030, almost double the amount recorded in 2014.E-waste, which includes batteries, appliances, phones, screens, and cables, might seem like junk at the end of its lifecycle to the people tossing it out, but those items contain traces of valuable components like iron, copper, and gold.

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

FAO - News Article: FAO, WMO and partners call for early warning and early action to avoid disasters

13 October 2020, Geneva/Rome - As extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency, intensity and severity, particularly due to climate change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its partners have warned that early warning systems, followed by early action, are critical to prevent disasters and save lives.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Maybe it wasn’t the corrupting nature of tech that made these companies break bad, but the fact that their dizzying growth drew them into the power trip that characterizes the unrestrained, Hobbesian way we do business in America.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.