Microsoft Pats Itself on Back For Some Pretty Weak Climate Pledges

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced some major updates to its sustainability commitments. The company said it would double its internal price on carbon emissions, meaning it will charge itself more for its emissions from operations, buildings, and data centres, and join a group advocating for a national carbon tax and dividend in the US. These are nice steps for sure (and who doesn’t a love a little Earth Day-timed climate action?) but they’re also wholly inadequate and come at a time when Microsoft is helping companies fuelling the very rise in carbon emissions that’s driving climate change. Read More >>

Scientists Are Gearing Up to Drill Some of the Oldest Ice on the Planet

By trapping bubbles of atmosphere as it freezes, ice imprisons the climate secrets of Earth’s past. The trick is knowing how to find, and then recover, this buried treasure beneath miles of thick ice sheets in the first place. Read More >>

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In Live Address Delivered 400 Feet Underwater, Seychelles President Calls on Humanity to Protect the Oceans

Some speeches happen at podiums. Others are better held in submersibles. Yes, underwater. Read More >>

3,500 Amazon Employees Challenge Jeff Bezos to Take Real Action on Climate Change

In the latest in a string of protests from inside major tech firms, thousands of Amazon employees have signed their names to an open letter calling on their employer to do more to combat its carbon emissions and to end its relationships with oil and gas giants. Read More >>

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Extinction Rebellion Protesters Kick Off a Week of Global Climate Action by Shutting Down London

Protesting climate change and treating it like it’s an emergency isn’t just for children. Today, thousands of protesters around the world took to the streets as part of a wave of coordinated action led by climate activism organisation Extinction Rebellion. The most visible protests took place in London, shutting down traffic around the city. Read More >>

Amazon Is Aggressively Pursuing Big Oil as It Stalls Out on Clean Energy

In 2014, Amazon announced that it would power its rapidly expanding fleet of data centres with 100 per cent renewable energy. Apple, Facebook, and Google made similar pledges two years before that, and pressure from consumers and environmental groups drove Amazon to follow suit. For the next two years, the tech giant made admirable strides toward achieving its goal, bankrolling large solar plants and wind farms. Then, it stopped. Read More >>

6,000 Amazon Employees, Including a VP and Directors, Now Call on Jeff Bezos to Stop Automating Oil Extraction

On Monday, a group of Amazon employees began circulating an open letter that calls on CEO Jeff Bezos and the board of directors to adopt a companywide plan to address climate change. By Wednesday, over 3,500 Amazoners had signed on. By Friday, that number had surpassed 6,000 – meaning a number equivalent to about 1/10th of the company’s entire corporate workforce had publicly added their names. And those names are still rolling in. Read More >>

China Considers Ban on Cryptocurrency Mining Because It’s a Stupid Waste of Energy

Regulators in China are considering a ban on cryptocurrency mining as an “undesirable” economic activity, according to a government document released Monday. Read More >>

The People Demand Climate Change Labelling on Products

Research carried out on behalf of the Carbon Trust has found that we'd all appreciate being told if our purchases are particularly good or bad for the environment, hence the above concept labelling that may tell us if people have had meetings about a thing to decide upon its environmental credentials. Read More >>

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How Technology and Climate Change Are Transforming America’s Wildest Dog Sled Race

The Iditarod is at a crossroads. The near-thousand-mile sled dog race through the US state of Alaska is bound as much by tradition as by the rigging between dog-sledders, or mushers, and their dog teams, who must lead each other through some of North America’s wildest land. It’s the sort of tradition one would expect to fade into legend, as new generations melt, alongside the snow, into burgeoning cities, satellite TV, and new, bare ground for lawns. Read More >>

Bitcoin Surges 15 Per Cent Overnight Because Nobody Learned Their Lesson After the Last Crash

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency in the world, jumped to a four-month high overnight, briefly breaching $5,000 on the Bitstamp exchange. Bitcoin is up roughly 15 per cent on the day and traders are excited because it really seems like nobody learned their lesson during the last cryptocurrency bubble. Read More >>

Climate Change Drove Neanderthals to Cannibalism, New Research Suggests

Neanderthals are famous for having lived through the last major ice age, yet for a period of around 14,000 years they had to endure the effects of a naturally occurring global warming cycle. Struggling to adapt to the changing conditions, the Neanderthals turned to cannibalism in desperation, according to a provocative and timely new study. Read More >>

Labour Party Declares National Climate Emergency in Likely Political First

UK politics is more than a seemingly endless Brexit slog. On Thursday, for instance, the Labour Party declared a climate emergency. It likely marks the first major party declaring a climate emergency at the national level anywhere in the world, in yet another sign that climate politics are rapidly shifting. Read More >>

Southern African Countries Face Disease Outbreaks, Mental Health Crisis in Wake of Cyclone Idai

More than a week has passed since Cyclone Idai tore through the coast of southeastern Africa, dealing a devastating blow to the region. The cyclone has killed more than 750 among the three countries impacted, reports the Associated Press. And it’s left the major city of Beira in ruins. Read More >>

California’s 2018 Was the Worst Ever Recorded for Wildfires

California’s 2018 is officially the worst year for wildfires in recorded state history, the Los Angeles Times reported earlier this month, citing the US National Interagency Coordination Center’s year-end statistical analysis. The 1.8 million acres of California land that burned last year was more than any other American state in 2018, and it far surpassed 2017's tally of 1.3 million acres in California. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean confirmed to the Times that the wildfires were unprecedented. Read More >>