At least 400 species of birds could become endangered within the next 50 years as a result of global warming and changes in land use, a new study finds. Climate change and the destruction of habitats through deforestation and the conversion of grassland to cropland have already pushed many species to extinction, and the process will only accelerate over the next century, the authors of the study said. The extinction count grows much higher at the turn of the next century, they said. “We found in our study that under certain assumptions by the year 2100, 950 to 1,800 bird species may be imperiled or even driven to extinction by climate change and habitat destruction,” said lead author Walter Jetz of the University of California, Davis. “Most of these species are currently not recognized as imperiled.” These estimates were made by combining projections of future global warming, agricultural expansion and human population growth from the Millennium Ecosystem … [Read more...] about Study: Hundreds of Bird Species Endangered by 2050
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President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda faces major setbacks in Congress, as Democrats debate the timing and level of spending for his second budget reconciliation spending bill. The House Budget committee will not mark up Biden’s $3.5 trillion proposal this week, according Punchbowl News, which means it will not be ready in time for to pass the House in unison with the president’s bipartisan infrastructure package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) promised Democrat moderates she would hold a vote on the bipartisan package by September 27, even as the more leftist wing of the party has threatened to withhold their votes for that package without the $3.5 trillion package passing at the same time. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that Joe Biden and the Democrat-led Congress should take a “strategic pause” from the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion "infrastructure" Leftist Trojan Horse scheme. https://t.co/RLBl5HCFtl — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 20, 2021 Senate … [Read more...] about Joe Biden’s Multi-Trillion Dollar Domestic Agenda Faces Major Setbacks as Pivots to U.N.
The dirty secret of the computing and networking world is that most of its pollution comes not from the electricity used to run the devices, but from the energy and materials used to produce the chips that make it all possible. In a typical laptop like a MacBook Air, manufacturing represents 74 percent of the device’s lifetime carbon emissions, including shipping, use, and disposal. Of that, about half is from integrated circuits, according to a recent study led by researchers at Harvard. Researchers have found similar trends throughout the industry. “Chip manufacturing, as opposed to hardware use and energy consumption, accounts for most of the carbon output attributable to hardware systems,” the study’s authors said. Further Reading TSMC bumps spending up 50% to meet increased demand That footprint may wane in the coming years, though, as TSMC announced last week that it would flatten its emissions growth by 2025 and reach net-zero carbon by 2050. That’ll be a tall … [Read more...] about World’s largest chip foundry TSMC sets 2050 deadline to go carbon neutral
Urban birds are regular tough guys compared to their country cousins. The avian urbanites adapt to changing environments and noisy, crowded habitats, a new study shows. Birds that hang out on stoops and city streetlights have to deal with a set of challenges that feathered friends in more natural landscapes never encounter. "The urban habitat is usually more severe than the habitats these birds historically occupied," said study team member John Wingfield of the University of Washington. "Urban habitats aren't easy, so the birds have to have developed coping mechanisms." To find out which kinds of birds thrive in city environments, the researchers sent out questionnaires to ornithologists, biologists and birdwatchers all over the world that asked them to list the 10 most common native breeding birds found in their cities. The responses named 217 urban bird species from 73 of the world's largest cities and 247 rural species. (Rural species were defined as those … [Read more...] about Cities Breed the Toughest Birds
It would be easy to adopt a fatalistic attitude in the wake of the IPCC’s report into climate change, that the changes necessary are too big for any individual or enterprise to tackle. But the lesson that should be learned is that while the crisis is dire, we can and should make every effort to limit our effects on the environment. This includes hosting. We think of cloud computing as emission-less. Everything happens out of sight. But it actually isn't emission-less at all. Cloud computing now contributes to 2% of global CO2 emissions. That might seem small, but another way to think about it is that for every 50 tonnes of CO2 emissions, one of those is from online hosting. We've compiled a list of the best green hosting providers These are the best small business web hosting services Also check out our roundup of the best managed web hosting But there are reasons to embrace green hosting that go beyond just saving the planet. One simple way to … [Read more...] about Why we need green hosting and higher density services now more than ever