Near the outset of my time as a correspondent for The New York Times in China in the early 2000s, during one of my regular conversations with my research assistants, I had an idea for a story that I thought was promising. Beijing was just then cracking down on both video game parlors and internet access, with authorities saying that age limits needed to be imposed and real-name identification required in order to do many things online.
At the time, the state used pornography as the rationale for the moves, arguing that online smut would poison the minds of the youth if strict controls were not placed on internet use. Surely, I told my staff, all of them Chinese nationals, this is just political cover in order to justify encroaching on online freedoms more generally. But they did not agree. How could anyone defend pornography, one of them objected? Although I thought I had made it obvious, that was not my intention.
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Ever buy a piece of digital content—a cool outfit or “skin” in a video game, a movie through a video-streaming service, a musical album via an audio-streaming site—and later realize that if you stop paying your monthly subscription fee, you effectively lose access to that content? You might even wonder: Did you ever really possess that digital thingamajig in the first place?
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While other companies faced layoffs and revenue losses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, not only did Nasdaq survive, it thrived. Now a $33 billion company, the 50-year-old Nasdaq made its way onto the Fortune 500 list for the first time this year. Embracing technology and its role in future investments made the difference, and Nasdaq will play an even greater part in shaping markets for the next 20 years, said CEO Adena Friedman at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit on Tuesday.
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Demand for fossil fuels will peak by 2025 if countries meet their climate pledges, according to the latest World Energy Outlook 2021 from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
However, this year’s 386-page outlook – calling itself a “guidebook” for the upcoming COP26 climate summit – highlights the gaps between the policies already in place, the ambition set out in countries’ climate pledges and the significant additional efforts needed to keep global warming below 1.5C.
These gaps can be closed over the “crucial” decade to 2030, the IEA says, with a “massive” push for wind, solar and other low-carbon electricity; a “relentless” focus on energy efficiency; a “broad drive” to cut methane from fossil-fuel operations; and a “big boost” to clean-energy innovation.
Source: Fossil fuel use ‘will peak by 2025’ if countries meet climate pledges, says IEA – Carbon Brief