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Daily Archives: September 19, 2022

Global Registry of Fossil Fuels

Global Registry of Fossil Fuel Emissions and Reserves: “The Global Registry is the first open-source database of oil, gas and coal production and reserves globally, expressed in CO2-equivalent. By increasing transparency and accountability around fossil fuel production, the Registry aims to improve understanding of extraction impacts on the remaining carbon budget and ultimately to inform its management by decision makers. Countries around the world are projected to produce more than twice the fossil fuels consistent with 1.5°C by 2030. It is clear that addressing the climate crisis requires managing the supply of fossil fuels, alongside demand-side measures, and that this needs to be done fairly and equitably. The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels is therefore the first the first-ever comprehensive, independent, policy neutral and fully open-source database that demonstrates the scale of CO2 emissions associated with each country’s national reserves and production, thus enabling policy-makers, investors and others to make informed decisions to align fossil fuel production with 1.5°C, and equipping researchers with the data needed to provide timely analysis. The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels is constantly collecting new data. It contains data from 139 fossil fuel producing countries, which amounts to 99% of fossil fuel production aggregated to the national level…”

The history of book bans—and their changing targets—in the U.S.

National Geographic: “From religious texts and anti-slavery novels to modern works removed from school libraries, here’s how the targets of censorship have changed over the years. Mark Twain. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Judy Blume. William Shakespeare. These names share something more than a legacy of classic literature and a place on school curriculums: They’re just some… Continue Reading

AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature Guide

“The patented AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature has been the gold standard to advise people of how weather conditions “feel.” Now, the new AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature Guide empowers people to take full advantage of the exclusive index, detailing its meaning and impact and suggesting clothing to maximize safety and comfort….The RealFeel Temperature is an equation that takes… Continue Reading

Are lawyers’ poor writing skills the reason contracts are so hard to read?

Legal Cheek: “A new study that examines why many contracts are difficult to understand has pinned the blame on lawyers’ use of overly-complex language. The study carried out by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Edinburgh analysed a corpus of contracts that ran up to around 10 million words. The purpose… Continue Reading

Mar-a-Lago: the lax security of Trump’s alternative ‘White House’ – visualized

The Guardian: “The ex-president’s Florida estate has a history of security breaches, from US military plans viewed in front of paying guests to a makeshift ‘situation room.’ Long before FBI agents found highly classified documents close to public areas of Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort that Donald Trump calls home, a number of other eyebrow-raising incidents… Continue Reading

Updating the External Wealth of Nations database to 2021

Brookings: “Editor’s Note: This post updates with year-end 2021 data the External Wealth of Nations database [Excel download], which assembles data on external claims and liabilities of economies around the world. The database is described in more detail in a series of papers (Lane and Milesi-Ferretti 2001, 2007, 2018), and in a companion post. The… Continue Reading

How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends (Or Family, Customers or Communities)

EFF: “Today, we launch “How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends” – a narrated slideshow and essay explaining how Facebook locks in its users, how interoperability can free them, and what it would feel like to use an “interoperable Facebook” of the future, such as the one contemplated by the US ACCESS Act…You can… Continue Reading

The Bioeconomy: A Primer

CRS Report – The Bioeconomy: A Primer, September 19, 2022 – “The term bioeconomy refers to the share of the economy based on products, services, and processes derived from biological resources (e.g., plants and microorganisms). The bioeconomy is crosscutting, encompassing multiple sectors, in whole or in part (e.g., agriculture, textiles, chemicals, and energy). Many predict… Continue Reading

Friday the DOJ submitted its appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Friday September 16, 2022 the DOJ submitted its appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT DONALD J. TRUMP, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Defendant-Appellant. On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida MOTION FOR PARTIAL… Continue Reading