33 Things to Do Before Climate Change Ruins Everything | Medium


The tower and the surrounding UNESCO-protected Piazza del Duomo sit at an elevation of barely six feet above current sea level.

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Humans are wiping out species a thousand times faster than nature can create new ones | Quartz


.. nature snuffs out its own creations much more slowly than we’d realized — at a rate of only one species per every 10 million.

Since mankind hit the scene, however, more than 1,000 out of every 10 million species have been dying out each year.

via Humans are wiping out species a thousand times faster than nature can create new ones | Quartz.

These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” | Quartz

The Law Ministry lists about 203 laws that were enacted a 100 years ago. Some of these have been repealed, but many continue to be around complete with mentions of the East India Company and “Her Majesty.

via These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” – Quartz.

These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” | Quartz

The Law Ministry lists about 203 laws that were enacted a 100 years ago. Some of these have been repealed, but many continue to be around complete with mentions of the East India Company and Her Majesty.

via These 8 Indian laws are so old that they still mention “Her majesty” and the “East India Company” | Quartz.

When NSA and FBI call for surveillance takeout, these companies deliver | Ars Technica


Not every Internet provider can handle the demands of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant or law enforcement subpoena for data.

For those companies, Zack Whittaker reports on ZDNet, the answer is to turn to a shadowy class of companies known as “trusted third parties” to do the black bag work of complying with the demands of the feds.

via When NSA and FBI call for surveillance takeout, these companies deliver | Ars Technica.

Army surveillance balloons stationed in Maryland won’t include spy cameras | The Washington Post

The JLENS system — which includes a pair of white, 243-foot-long balloons tethered to the ground — can stay in the air continuously for up to 30 days and is designed to spot missiles from 340 miles.

Its radar systems also can detect objects on the ground or water, including what security experts call “swarming boats,” the kind of small, agile watercraft that, when loaded with explosives, can threaten ships.

via Army surveillance balloons stationed in Maryland won’t include spy cameras – The Washington Post.

Army surveillance balloons stationed in Maryland won’t include spy cameras | The Washington Post

The JLENS system — which includes a pair of white, 243-foot-long balloons tethered to the ground — can stay in the air continuously for up to 30 days and is designed to spot missiles from 340 miles.

Its radar systems also can detect objects on the ground or water, including what security experts call “warming boats,” the kind of small, agile watercraft that, when loaded with explosives, can threaten ships.

via Army surveillance balloons stationed in Maryland won’t include spy cameras – The Washington Post.

Google silent on support for group opposing net neutrality and muni broadband | Ars Technica


“ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) member companies pay annual dues and can sit on task forces where they can propose, debate, and vote on model bills with state legislators.

“Once approved by ALEC, the model legislation is introduced and often passed in statehouses across the country”

via Google silent on support for group opposing net neutrality and muni broadband | Ars Technica.

India’s nuclear deal with Australia is all about geopolitics—and only marginally about nuclear sales | Quartz


The deal with Australia is all about geopolitics and only marginally about nuclear sales.

via India’s nuclear deal with Australia is all about geopolitics—and only marginally about nuclear sales – Quartz.

India’s nuclear deal with Australia is all about geopolitics — and only marginally about nuclear sales | Quartz


The deal with Australia is all about geopolitics and only marginally about nuclear sales.

via India’s nuclear deal with Australia is all about geopolitics — and only marginally about nuclear sales | Quartz.