Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

How Airports Are Protecting Themselves Against Rising Seas

It will also be the centerpiece of SFO’s plan to protect itself from the steady rise of San Francisco Bay. Since the 1980s, SFO has installed a variety of features to protect itself from the risk of flood associated with rising waters, including berms, concrete walls, and the kind of sheet piling construction projects use to keep water out of building sites.

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

The Female Founders Disrupting the Vagina Economy

Again, the array of products on the market was making people having a perfectly normal experiences feel like icky outliers."We were hearing that people wanted a fully reusable product but were getting stuck on the difficulty of removing the cup," Wang says.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.

New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

Two reports released today by NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge reveal new information about how many New Zealanders, how many buildings and how much infrastructure could be affected by extreme river and coastal flooding from storms and sea-level rise.

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

EQC, GNS Science and NIWA have joined forces to further develop world-leading natural hazards risk modelling for New Zealand. Mr Morgan said the new partnership will broaden use of RiskScape to include more government, council and infrastructure company users, enabling more people to get a better understanding of the potential costs of natural hazards.

Hack Brief: A Card-Skimming Hacker Group Hit 17K Domains—and Counting

Hack Brief: A Card-Skimming Hacker Group Hit 17K Domains—and Counting

A new report from threat detection firm RiskIQ details how Magecart hackers have found a way to scan Amazon S3 buckets—cloud repositories that hold data and and other backend necessities for sites and companies—for any that are misconfigured to allow anyone with an Amazon Web Services account to not just read their contents, but write to them, implementing whatever changes they want.

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Health Brands Hims and Hers Flout Facebook’s Rules on Drug Ads

Such ads violate Facebook policies that prohibit promoting the sale or use of prescription drugs or suggesting that users have a specific condition. A Facebook spokesperson said that three Hims ads identified by WIRED violated Facebook’s policies by specifically referencing prescription drugs.

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News

Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone, Apple Recalls MacBook Batteries, and More News. Iran shot down an American drone, Apple recalled a lot of MacBooks that were at risk of catching fire, and Avengers: EndGame is being rereleased.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

How a Group of Students Built and Launched a Rocket to Space

A group of undergraduates from the University of Southern California became the first students ever to launch a rocket into space, as WIRED reported last week . but at that point we knew that the rocket had worked and had stayed intact and was still transmitting data.

Space Photos of the Week: Bumper-Car Galactica

Space Photos of the Week: Bumper-Car Galactica

Imagine traveling through the universe in your space pod, and stumbling on what looks like a massive galactic light bulb. This glowing beauty NGC 3384 isn’t like most galaxies, with a mix of mature stars and new stars, but is filled with nearly dead stars.

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

“The ongoing outbreaks in close-knit communities and increased global measles activity is putting the US at risk for losing its elimination status.”. Losing elimination status not only puts the US at risk for other infectious diseases, it jeopardizes the country’s role as a global leader in public health.

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

Cities under climatic siege: #InclusionMatters

We just released a short policy note on what social inclusion means for city residence, while focusing on urban floods. READ MORE: Download: What Does Social Inclusion Mean for a Resilient City?

Collective Fishing Agreements Benefit Both Groundfish and Fishermen

Collective Fishing Agreements Benefit Both Groundfish and Fishermen

Fishermen from Morro Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Fort Bragg formed an initial working group with TNC to explore the formation of a cooperative agreement aimed at reducing bycatch of overfished species and providing benefits to fishermen members, like reduced financial risk and uncertainty.

Companies Can Predict Climate Catastrophes for You—as a Service

Companies Can Predict Climate Catastrophes for You—as a Service

Jupiter explicitly incorporates climate change into its models for catastrophe risk, both proprietary and public, and then offers that knowledge to the kind of people who might lose money when the floods, fires, storms, and heat waves really kick in.

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

Harnessing creativity for change: The art of resilience

In an era of increasing natural hazards and climate change, art can also communicate the future risks we face. Last year, on the sidelines of FOSS4G and Understanding Risk Tanzania, a mural challenge brought together young Tanzanian artists to communicate visually about risk and resilience.

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

To help reduce these impacts, modernized weather – or “hydromet” – services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

Inside an Effort to Use Data-Crunching to Reduce Preterm Births

Inside an Effort to Use Data-Crunching to Reduce Preterm Births

In Kentucky, Passport Health, a nonprofit Medicaid insurer, is testing an unlikely hypothesis: Whether artificial intelligence can make sense of the cacophony of risk factors and direct expecting mothers into more personalized care.

Fighting climate change with capital markets

Fighting climate change with capital markets

As a structured finance specialist in the World Bank Treasury, I work on a trading floor and talk to banks, investors, and development partners daily, so together we can find cost-effective and sustainable solutions to address climate change.

23andMe’s New Diabetes Test Has Experts Asking Who It’s For

23andMe’s New Diabetes Test Has Experts Asking Who It’s For

Jorg Greuel/Getty Images On Sunday, the DNA testing company 23andMe revealed a new genetic analysis that it says will tell its customers if they have an elevated risk of developing the most common, and preventable, form of diabetes.

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

What if We Could Use Nature to Prevent Disasters?

Such solutions include widening of natural flood plains, protecting and expanding wetlands, restoring oyster and coral reefs and investing in urban green spaces that reduce run-off.

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New 'Make it Rain' Strategy

“If you have good enough data and good enough sensing technologies, such as the seismometer network in California or the hurricane-hardened WeatherFlow anemometer stations on the East Coast, you can get that data and very quickly work out whether someone should be getting paid,” says Samuel Jay Gibson, of the Capital and Resilience Solutions Group at the catastrophe risk modeling firm RMS.

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

Google and Microsoft Warn That AI May Do Dumb Things

The warning appeared for the first time in the “Risk Factors” segment of Alphabet’s latest annual report, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission the following day: “ New products and services, including those that incorporate or utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning, can raise new or exacerbate existing ethical, technological, legal, and other challenges, which may negatively affect our brands and demand for our products and services and adversely affect our revenues and operating results.

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

They could design disaster-resilience strategies with support from international financial institutions (IFIs), multilateral development banks, donors, and climate funds, increase efforts to restore fiscal sustainability to create room for resilience-building, while incorporating upfront costs and long-term benefits of resilience investments in macro-fiscal frameworks.

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

Can Lettuce Survive Climate Change?

A week into the new year, federal investigators announced that the latest outbreak of foodborne illness, from romaine lettuce, seemed to be over : There hadn’t been any cases of illness caused by a dangerous variety of E.

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Supposedly "Fair" Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination

Thus began the contentious career of the notion of “actuarial fairness,” an idea that would spread in time far beyond the insurance industry into policing and paroling, education, and eventually AI, igniting fierce debates along the way over the push by our increasingly market-oriented society to define fairness in statistical and individualistic terms rather than relying on the morals and community standards used historically.

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet

Smash Barriers to Bike-Sharing With Closca’s Telescoping Helmet In folded form, the Closca helmet is about half of its expanded size, and svelte enough to slide inside a backpack, messenger bag, or large purse.

Scientists Journey Into the Dark Side of Cannabis

Scientists Journey Into the Dark Side of Cannabis

“An important similarity that all addictive substances tend to have is a propensity to reinforce their own use,” says Danovitch.Cannabis, like alcohol or opioids, can lead to both physical dependency (and the accompanying withdrawal symptoms) and addiction.