Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

With more than half the world now able to access the internet, according to the United Nations, there is a growing need undersea cables that literally keep the world connected, The New York Times explains.  Nearly 750,000 miles of cable is strung across the oceans all around the globe, and these cables have to withstand heavy currents, rock slides, earthquakes and interference from fishing trawlers for a lifespan of up to 25 years. 

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Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Brazilian Government Plans Mining on Native Lands

Acting without the consent of the indigenous people of the Amazon, who have a guaranteed right to their land under the Brazilian constitution, the country’s new Minister of Mining and Energy announced a plan to permit mining companies to conduct operations on previously protected indigenous lands. 

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One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

One Cool Thing: Plug-In Trucks Are On The Way

Trucks are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S. but they have been completely absent from the plug-in electric vehicles market so far, but that is about to change.  There are five pickup truck models vying to be the first one to hit the showroom.  The most anticipated and likely first one out of the blocks […]

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Etsy becomes first online retailer to offset shipping emissions

Etsy becomes first online retailer to offset shipping emissions

E-commerce accounted for nearly 14% of all retail sales in America in 2018 (as well as $520 billion in sales) and the vast majority of Americans have purchased items from the internet. However aside from online retail’s huge packaging problem, most retailers haven’t addressed the carbon emissions associated with shipping their items. That’s why e-marketplace […]

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High tech corporations make clean energy play

High tech corporations make clean energy play

Last week, two major trends made news in energy.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Amazon are hoping to expand the market for home energy efficiency products like smart energy devices and internet-connected devices like Amazon’s Alexa that are used to manage energy demand by incentivizing consumers to use less electricity during peak hours, and also collect information about individual energy use.

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Brazil’s Amazon Protected Areas Now At Risk

Brazil’s Amazon Protected Areas Now At Risk

Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro, who is ultra-conservative and ran on a promise of deregulation similar to President Trump’s, has moved the administration of Brazil’s extensive protected areas in the Amazon from the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs to the Agriculture Ministry.  This “paves” the way for new and increased development in the Amazon and the loss of a major global carbon sink.

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