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@big_chip Environment-related RSS:
climatechangenews.com/
carbonbrief.org/
among others, but those are nice to keep yourself up-to-date with CC on the NatSci side

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Enemies of the State? How governments and businesses silence land and environmental defenders @Global_Witness@twitter.com globalwitness.org/en/campaigns

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Once upon a time I rode the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. A glorious ride that showed some of Vietnam maybe not seen. It takes 30 hours but you meet the most wonderful people. The beauty of the ride. The solitude sometimes. Wondrous. Trains rule.

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RT @lawmaster@twitter.com

Just so we are clear, Libra is:
- not decentralized
- not censorship resistant
- not guaranteed to work technologically
- not guaranteed to be cleared by regulators
- not clear in regards to tax implications

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1140953009448525824

we have shaped our landscapes and our lives for the private car, and now we need to adapt the infrastructure to stop using it.

theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

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I Shouldn’t Have to Publish This in The New York Times - The way we regulated social media platforms didn’t end harassment, extremism or disinformation. It only gave them more power and made the problem worse by @doctorow@twitter.com nytimes.com/2019/06/24/opinion

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@feld @thegibson @vertigo @freakazoid True. It is a hot topic in research right now: air pollution has been masking the warming. Cities that have cleaned their air (e.g. Pasadena) experienced strong, fast warming. A study shows that if we stop all air pollution right now, and the associated emissions of climate forcers, we're bound to a 1.7C instant warming!

@feld @thegibson @vertigo @freakazoid
The masking will make the heating more intense when it happens. Not sure it is good news.

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The code that powers our lives has a hidden environmental toll - A startling new paper reveals the massive carbon footprint of machine learning cc @joana_moll@twitter.com fastcompany.com/90360528/the-c

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On the technical difficulties of having a fully renewable production mix.
Portugal gov had a similar idea about decade ago: store energy by pumping up water when wind energy is in surplus and use the hydropower when wind is not enough.
I wonder where all those plans go.
How to scale this principle up to million users without spoiling riverine ecosystems?
Distributing the production to a large number of small systems?
dw.com/en/spanish-island-gener

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The episode of Inside Story on Al Jazeera English that I was on yesterday is now ready to watch: quite happy I was able to turn what was meant to be a humdrum review of Snapchat’s recent financial loses and a superficial look into the lack of innovation in mainstream technology into a critique of surveillance capitalism with mention of decentralisation and alternatives like Mastodon.

aljazeera.com/programmes/insid

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This is a photo of a crashed kiosk advertising the menu and offers at a popular Norwegian pizza restaurant chain. It shows that the kiosk was running facial recognition and basic sentiment analysis on the people looking at it.

Based on the number of people who sent me this on Twitter, it’s clear that people care and are unhappy with corporate surveillance.

The worst bit? Compared to what Google and Facebook do daily and at scale, this is a toy.

mastodon.ar.al/media/OFTGkS78V

Listening to The Strokes... after 10 years! 😐

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