Sustainability Blog - The Grid
Lightning puts the fear of god in people, always has. Zeus throws bolts like footballs. Thor conjures it up with his hammer. People make it likelier with all their carbon dioxide pollution.
"I'm in the shadow of a cliff," said the robot to the world.
Which cliff? Scientists are scrambling to find out. Philae is lost.
With great pollution comes great responsibility. China has begun to acknowledge it. The U.S. is raising a glass in support -- even as it battles its own political identity crisis over how, or if, to fight climate change.
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Wednesday what amounts to the third-most-significant climate change agreement* in the 25-year history of diplomacy on the topic. (Yes, that's an asterisk.) They agreed on new goals to rein in pollution and on new partnerships that may help achieve them. The U.S. will shoot for a reduction in greenhouse gas pollution up to 28 percent below its 2005 levels, by 2025. China, in a breakthrough, said its pollution levels will peak by about 2030. Details are fuzzy.
We think we may have just discovered an alien life-form, in the European Space Agency's mission control room.
(It even has a lanyard.)
Comet-Chasing Spacecraft Lands Probe After 10 Year Flight
Here's What the Comet Looks Like Next to a Stadium
Good afternoon! Here are today's top reads:
- Pot in New York: $100 ticket. No charges. No record. No nothing (Bloomberg)
- Republicans vow to fight E.P.A. and approve Keystone pipeline (NY Times)
- From rainforest to your cupboard: the real story of palm oil (Guardian)
- Robot brains catch humans in 25 years, then speed right on by (Bloomberg)
- Protected areas get short shrift (Scientific American)
- Drought is taking California back to the wild, wild West (National Journal)
- 10 ways the world will get worse in 2015 (Fast Company)
- Underwater 'storms' may hold key to melting Antarctic ice (LA Times)
- Why companies should shelter in SASB's safe harbor (GreenBiz)
- We’ve landed Arrowhead Stadium on the surface of a comet (Bloomberg)
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Humans just scored an interplanetary field goal. A really long one.
A few minutes after 10:30 a.m. New York time, a spacecraft named Philae ended a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey to touch a comet. "We are sitting on the surface, and Philae is talking to us," Stephan Ulamec, the lander's project manager, said to cheers at the European Space Agency's operations center in Darmstadt, Germany.
Pot isn’t legal in New York. After this week, it might as well be.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton told officers to stop arresting people carrying small amounts of pot. Instead, first-time offenders will get a court summons (basically a ticket; $100 for the first, $200 for the second) and walk away.
We’ve been wrong about these robots before.
Soon after modern computers evolved in the 1940s, futurists started predicting that in just a few decades machines would be as smart as humans. Every year, the prediction seems to get pushed back another year. The consensus now is that it’s going to happen in ... you guessed it, just a few more decades.