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Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore on a bold new plan for a green and resilient future

Changing Planet<p>This week, the City of Sydney agreed on ambitious new targets for 50 per cent of electricity used in the local area to come from renewable energy by 2030, and for net zero emissions by 2050. We have already committed to our long-term vision, Sustainable Sydney 2030, a program to take …

Australia

This Decade’s Most Important Climate Solution

Changing Planet<p>A researcher studies the trunk of a Kapok tree in the region of Santa Catalina, north of Cartagena, in northwest Colombia. Photo © Bridget Besaw<p>By Justin Adams, Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature Conservancy<p>“A geo-engineering solution, but without any of the risk.” …

Climate

More ocean acidification, less coral?

Wildlife<p>Co-authored by Erica Cirino<p>Scientists have known for about 15 years that ocean acidification has made it more difficult for hard corals and shelled marine organisms to survive. To grow, hard corals as well as clams, oysters, and others pull calcium and carbonate molecules out of the water …

Climate Change

Notes from Elephant Country (Mushara Elephant Project)

Changing Planet<p>There’s a baby boom in Elephant Country. And while some happily greet the new additions to the family with a pig pile (photograph above) and a wallow (below), others appear to have trouble making room and are resistant to sharing mom’s side (below).<p>Sometimes mom has to intervene with …

Ornithology

Financing the green revolution in cities – supporting C40 cities to overcome the finance barrier

Changing Planet<p><i>By James Alexander, Head of C40 Finance and Economic Development Initiative</i><p>Across the world, mayors of C40 member cities are developing their visions for a low carbon future. Yet they frequently report, as revealed in C40’s Unlocking Climate Action in Megacities report, that a lack …

Smart Cities

Why cooperation, sharing and co-creating are key to solving climate crisis

Changing Planet<p><i>By Morten Kabell, Mayor of Technical and Environmental Affairs of Copenhagen</i><p>Cooperation. Including our citizens. Getting the companies on board. These are all ways that we – that I – have talked about partnerships and cooperation in the past. Yet there has always been a tiny bit of …

Smart Cities

How NASA Is Steering New Horizons Toward a Tiny Space Rock in the Kuiper Belt

As Pluto disappears into New Horizons' rear view mirror, the little space probe that could is veering towards its next target in the Kuiper belt. …

Solar System

Lab-Grown Meat Is Coming to Win Over All You Haters

The meat industry is famously horrible. Conscious animals contribute to climate change and pollute water—increasingly with antibiotic-resistant …

Agriculture

Samsung's New 4K Set Is a Throwback Beauty Like No Other

Today’s television sets are wonderful to look at, even when they're off. But unless you live in a space station, they may look out of place in your …

Gear & Gadgets

Microsoft hopes 1080p Netflix makes Edge your next browser

As Microsoft continues to nudge folks into trying its new Edge browser on Windows 10, its latest tease is the promise of better looking, more efficient video streaming. Just like Apple's Safari browser on OS X, it turns out that on Windows only Microsoft's browsers stream HTML5 Netflix in 1080p, …

Regulators Pave Way for Speedy Next-Generation 5G Networks

U.S. regulators on Thursday paved the way for a lightning-fast next generation of wireless services in a move that made the United States the first country to set aside an ample amount of airwaves for so-called 5G wireless applications and networks.<p>In an act that could have far-reaching effects for …

Nintendo's Classic Mini costs £50 in the UK

As if <i>Pok</i>é<i>mon Go</i> wasn't playing havoc with our nostalgia receptors already, Nintendo yesterday announced the Classic Mini: A palm-sized Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) clone complete with 30 preinstalled 8-bit titles. We know this future Christmas hit launches November 11th, but UK pricing …

Retrogaming

100 Must-Read Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels By Female Authors

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

Natural Fluctuations Responsible, in Part, for Antarctica Ice Growth

Changing Planet<p>Natural fluctuations specifically related to the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) are responsible for the increased growth of Antarctic sea ice, according to a new study in the journal <i>Nature Geoscience</i>. A negative shift in the IPO has caused cooler-than-average sea surface …

Climate Change

Iconic Video Game Characters Reimagined On Pulp Novel Covers

Iconic video game characters are now an integral part of pop culture, and even non-gamers can identify some of them by their name and their distinct …

Sony Playstation 4 Neo Will Be Priced At $400

Supposedly, Sony will require that all games released from October 2016 forward offer support for both console versions out of the box, and that …

PlayStation

Nintendo’s Latest Patent Reveals What Might Be A New Handheld Device

Nintendo may very well be working on two separate handheld devices according to a patent released at the tail of June. According to Tech Insider, Twitter user ZhugeEX did a little digging and discovered the concepts for what seem to be two different devices from the company. Clearly there’s no …

Gear & Gadgets

Tesla is experiencing its first major identity crisis

But Tesla has never experienced a true <i>identity</i> crisis.<p>It is now.<p>The question for Elon Musk and his team to ask isn't, "Will we make it?" but rather, "What are we all about?"<p>Driving this identity crisis is the recent news that a driver was killed in May when his Tesla Model S running the Autopilot …

Woman playing Pokemon Go finds dead body

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Pokemon Go, the new Nintendo augmented reality game, was intended to send players out into the real world.<p>How much reality, though, might gamers find? And how augmented might that reality be?<p>Shayla Wiggins, …

Pokémon

YouTube’s online TV service could launch over the next year with ABC, CBS, and ESPN included

The monthly subscription is said to include a basic bundle of key channels, with YouTube offering additional packages for other add-on channels. Deals have yet to be finalized, but ABC, CBS, and ESPN are “firmly expected” to be included. <i>Bloomberg</i> previously reported that Google is also in …

Hackers Are Spreading Malware Through Pokémon GO

Nintendo’s new Pokémon GO augmented reality game has quickly proven to be a cultural phenomenon, juicing the company’s stock. But it is only …

Microsoft's Minecraft mod for training your own AI is ready to go

In March, Microsoft revealed that it was using the open-world game Minecraft to train AI agents to learn how to do things like climbing a hill.<p>The company also promised to make it available to the public so they could work on their own artificial intelligence projects and research, and it’s finally …

Artificial Intelligence

Virgin Galactic poised to start its new spaceship's test flights

Virgin Galactic is ready to put its SpaceShipTwo replacement through a series of test fights, and according to <i>Bloomberg</i>, it will begin sometime in August. The private space corporation launched Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity in February to replace SpaceShipTwo, which crashed into the Mojave Desert …

Space Travel

Director of UN SDSN Jeffrey Sachs: We need “long-term plans” to tackle climate change

Changing Planet<p>Earlier this month, 700 leaders from around the world convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future of climate action at the Climate Action 2016 Summit. Global thought leaders – including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and …

Climate

Traffickers Busted in Indonesia, Whale Sharks Released Back to the Wild

Changing Planet<p><i><br>Kasumba Island, Indonesia</i><p>Indonesian government agencies, supported by the Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU) of the Wildlife Conservation Society, this week confiscated two illegally caught whale sharks from a major supplier of large marine megafauna to the international wildlife trade.<p>The …

Financing Sustainable Global Cities of the Future

Changing Planet<p><i>By Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw, Poland</i> <i><br>This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.</i><p>Today I am speaking at the Chicago Forum on Global Cities on a panel called Financing the Global City, where fellow panelists and I will discuss various approaches to financing …

Sustainability

The new Xbox One: Everything we know about Microsoft's next game console(s)

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will introduce the world to a host of exciting new video games this week. But what about video game hardware? We've heard that the Nintendo NX and Sony's PlayStation Neo won't make it to this year's expo.<p>Microsoft, however, might be the exception to the …

Virtual Reality

Elon Musk: We're Probably Living in a Video Game

Given how much time Elon Musk spends trying to save the world, it’s almost surprising that he thinks we’re all just living in someone’s video game …

Singularity

Surprise! Watch Dogs 2 has finally been confirmed by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has waved the white flag, and decided to confirm Watch Dogs 2 well ahead of its E3 reveal

What Happens to Harambe's Gorilla Troop Now That He's Gone? It's Complicated

Before that toddler fell, before Harambe was killed, before the outrage erupted, Harambe was a young gorilla on his way to meet some ladies. In …

Gorillas