Investors voted on 12 of the proposals Wednesday, and while they all failed to get a majority vote, they highlight issues that some shareholders believe could jeopardize Amazon’s business for years to come.The proposals, which would have been nonbinding if passed, sought changes from Amazon on a range of issues, from sexual harassment to hate speech.Two concerned the company’s controversial facial recognition technology.Perhaps the most notable proposal, which addressed climate change and the company’s environmental impact, came from Amazon’s own employees.“It’s really hard to be motivated when you feel like you’re contributing to a problem instead of addressing it,” Rebecca Sheppard, a senior product manager at Amazon and one of the letter’s signatories, said before Wednesday.In all, shareholder groups originally submitted 14 proposals to be voted on at the 2019 meeting—the most sent to any corporation this year, according to Alliance Advisors.
Allergy season is in full swing.Scientists agree that the quantity and spread of allergens like pollen are exacerbated by climate change.Spring brings fresh blooms and warmer weather, but those seasonal changes also herald the start of allergy season for about 40 million Americans.Read More: Allergies really are getting worse — it's not just youAccording to the Union of Concerned Scientists, carbon dioxide (one of the greenhouse gases human activity emits that traps heat on the planet) increases plant growth rate.Additionally, rising temperatures — caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels — make pollen-producing plants' growing seasons longer.
Amazon shareholders have voted down proposals meant to curb sales of the company’s controversial facial recognition tool and to limit its carbon output.The proposals, which were driven by shareholding activists and employees, were nonbinding, but represented a moment of defiance against Amazon.The company’s Rekognition tool, which is sold to law enforcement, has been criticized on civil liberties grounds, and employees have said the company could be doing more to fight climate change.Two Rekognition proposals would have asked Amazon to cease sales to government agencies and to complete a review of the tool’s civil liberties implications.Amazon went to the Securities Exchange Commission in an attempt to stop the proposals from coming to a vote, but the agency allowed them to continue.The measures had received support from groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, which pressed the shareholders to adopt the facial recognition proposals.
Amazon didn't livestream it or allow any cameras inside, but there was still a lot of media interest, thanks to a number of controversial shareholder proposals around matters like climate change — all 11 proposals were voted down, as it almost always the case.The meeting attracted a lot of protesters, who criticized the company for its treatment of workers and environmental issues.Amazon is a controversial company: wildly successful for investors, beloved by consumers for its retail businesses and by big enterprises for its market-leading cloud platform.These include: how it treats its warehouse workers (it uses systems that automatically pick people to fire, complete with paperwork); how it pressures its delivery drivers including contractors; pay practices and working conditions of the pilot contractors who deliver its packages; its choice to employ non-union security worker contractors (a decision frowned upon by Rev.It is renegotiating its contract with a company called Security Industry Specialists, which employs hundreds of contractor as security guards for Amazon.This proposal was put forward by Catholic nuns, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood.
Osaka, Japan - A team at Osaka University has invented a new process for creating high-precision sensing devices that respond to the presence of hydrogen gas.By carefully controlling the deposition of metallic nanoparticles on a silicon surface, the researchers were able to create a sensor that can detect low levels of hydrogen on the basis of changes in electrical current.This research may have important benefits as part of a switch to hydrogen-based fuels, which could power the zero-emission cars of the future and help fight anthropogenic climate change.Eventually, a completely connected path is formed, and electrons can flow with much less resistance.In this way, even a tiny change in hydrogen concentration can lead to a massive increase in current, so the devices can be made very sensitive.A significant challenge the Osaka researchers had to overcome was precisely controlling the gaps between islands to deposit in the first place.
Through research by a political scientist at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), there is potential to see diplomacy between nations improve through the use of Twitter."I contend that this ensuing Twiplomacy, if committed to the dissemination and exchange of reason and arguments, holds the potential to improve global public deliberation and contribute to a more legitimate form of global governance by the United Nations," said Hofferberth.The UN was founded in 1945 and is currently made up of 193 Member States.The international organization provides a forum for governments to find areas of agreement on common issues such as security, climate change, human rights, sustainable development, terrorism and health emergencies to solve problems together.The organization joined Twitter in March of 2008 and currently has 11 million followers.The paper describes how Hofferberth determined key agencies and individuals within the UN Twittersphere (who is tweeting) and collected tweets during the opening weeks of the 73rd UN Session last year that began on September 18 and ended on October 5, 2018.
Or the fact that some islands in the world can only exist for a decade or so before being submerged by global warming, but they still exist half a century later.While global warming may be a threat, are we getting fake survival warnings to prepare ourselves when there is still time?All major issues concerning individual nations like the 2016 Presidential election in US and the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom or those issues that are of concern to the whole world like the issue of global warming and climate change are threatened by fake news which can lead to catastrophic results.The fake news phenomenon has been aided by the rapid expansion of the digital medium and its capacity to deliver any message across the globe at lightening fast speed.It leads to a situation where such fake news can't be checked, verified or challenged before it is made available worldwide.Scientists grapple with fake news.Scientists studying climate change are grappling with this phenomenon of fake news which is able to sow the seeds of confusion in the minds of both the general public whose support is necessary to implement changes to save the environment as well as the decision makers who have the responsibility of making decisions which even if painful are necessary to stop further environmental damage.In such a scenario it is necessary that scientists step up their efforts for wider dissemination of correct and factual data so that people become more science literate and can appreciate facts as they are and are not swayed by misinformation campaigns and deliberately leaked fake news.World bodies like the United Nations believes that the 2030 sustainable development goals can be met only if scientific literature and discoveries get a wider audience.The misinformation campaigns and deliberately leaked fake news and controversies have led to a situation where polls both in the US and UK show that even though a large majority of scientists agree to the fact that climate change phenomenon of the modern era is largely fueled by human activities, the general populace is not aware of such unanimity on the issue while many believe that it is still an unsettled issue.
If climate change is allowed to continue at its current rate, the world may face a 6.5ft rise in ocean levels by the year 2100.The warning comes from nearly two dozen ice sheet experts who were quizzed on plausible sea level rise (SLR) based on anticipated ice sheet melting under global temperature increase projections.Such a drastic ocean level increase would be catastrophic for many coastal cities around the world.The new figure is a structured expert judgement (SEJ) formed by a team of scientists who spoke with 22 ice sheet experts.Based on plausible future sea level rises provided by these experts, the team led by the University of Bristol determined there is a ‘small but meaningful probability’ that sea levels could rise by 2 meters / 6.5 feet by the year 2100.That extreme sea level rise is estimated under the high global temperature increase scenario, meaning the extreme end of projections based on an unchecked climate change reality.
Ocean levels are rising due to climate change and the long-held view is that sea levels would rise nearly three feet by the year 2100.Instead, sea levels could rise more than double that amount if global temperatures rise more than expected.If sea levels were to rise by more than two meters (6.5 feet) that the study's authors believe is possible, an event they said "lies within the 90 percent uncertainty bounds," the devastation could be catastrophic.A rise in temperatures by 5 degrees Celsius would cause significant declines in ice levels in Greenland, as well as Antarctica.At the 2 degree Celsius level, Greenland would be the major concern in contributing to the rise in sea levels.NEW YORK CITY COULD SEE 'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME' FLOODS EVERY YEAR 5 YEARS
Climate change will shape every aspect of human life – often in complex ways.Take the question of deciding how many children to have, for example.A new analysis suggests that climate change could increase fertility rates in tropical countries, in turn magnifying the impacts of climate change on those countries and widening the gap between wealthy and poorer nations.In the study, researchers built a model that combined standard economic theory with data on how climate change is likely to affect different sectors of the economy.Climate change is widely held to affect agriculture more than other sectors of the economy simply because weather conditions affect crop yields.They found that if high carbon emissions continue, climate change will severely curtail agricultural productivity.
The issue of bee population decline may be a cute cause célèbre in some corners, but it is a severe problem that demands consistent attention.According to research, honeybees perform 80% of pollination and 70% of the top human food crops—which supply about 90% of the planet’s nutrition—are pollinated by bees.The pervasive use of pesticides and climate change are two factors in this devastating loss of the world’s ecosystem.McDonald’s, with close to 38,000 locations in over 100 countries, certainly has an impact on global food supply and likely a vested interest in ensuring that bees can keep doing their work for this reason.To that end, Sweden’s franchisees are experimenting with beehives on top of some restaurants in the country.Celebrating World Bee Day and part of the brand’s sustainability efforts in Sweden, McHive is precisely what you think it is: a beehive that is a diminutive replica of a McDonald’s store.
That's the concept behind pressure group Rewilding Britain, which says we should come up with a strategy to cover as much as a quarter of the country in trees to offset climate change and ensure we can still fly to warmer places on aeroplanes without feeling too much guilt at drinking a £2.75 Diet Coke as we punch holes in the sky.This would help reach any governmental "net zero" efforts of the future the group says, and could be achieved by switching farming subsidies away from agriculture and animal rearing and directing the money into encouraging the planting of trees instead.Simples, as someone might say to erroneously make it appear they are in touch with the youth.Salt marshes, peat bogs, lakes, heathland and grasslands would also get special treatment and see their owners paid good money for just leaving them alone and not squeezing more cows onto them or draining them out to build the sort of shit houses you see from trains on, with the bold ambition of pulling "millions of tonnes of carbon" out of the atmosphere by letting nature off the leash and restoring native woodlands.RB's rebecca Wrigley said: "Rewilding cannot solve climate change on its own but it could play a pivotal role.What we are calling for is more public debate around how our countryside is managed into the future and how we balance sustainable farming with ensuring local people can make a viable living."
But as with a homicide investigation, geologists also have to consider natural causes.A new study led by the University of Oxford’s Karsten Haustein takes a look at the influence of natural causes on the temperatures of the last century.While natural variability inherent to the climate system was thought to play a role in some features of our temperature record, the new results suggest that the record is dominated by external forces—though some of those are natural, too.That ’70s myth—did climate science really call for a “coming ice age?”It’s well-established that human activities are the dominant cause of recent climate change.Why, for example, did global temperatures drop for a time after World War II before resuming their upward ascent in the late 1970s?
Increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to improve climate change seems paradoxical, but Stanford researchers argue that new tech and the promise of bottom line profits could coax big industry into getting greener.A new study proposes a more pragmatic approach to greenhouse gases, along with a financial lure to maximize compliance.That’s a far more potent greenhouse gas.What the Stanford-led project suggests, therefore, is a trade-off.Convert methane into carbon dioxide, it’s theorized, and while the latter would increase, the overall net impact would be a benefit to the climate.It could be applied like a methane-soaking sponge, the Stanford team suggests.
Electric water heaters have often exceeded the energy consumption in domestic activities such as lighting, refrigeration, and cooking.Lowering pollution from direct utilisation of fossil fuels in residential buildings, which includes burning fuel oil, propane, and natural gas in water heaters and furnaces, is crucial for controlling adverse climate change and hazardous pollution level.The NRDC has laid out a strategy for slashing the carbon emissions in the U.S. by 80% before the year 2050, a fraction that according to scientists is necessary to be reduced for preventing worst conditions of global warming.Get More Information at Professional: Three Main Strategies for Achieving Deep Cuts in EmissionsAdoption of a usually overlooked yet critical strategy for reducing carbon pollution - “decarbonising” direct energy utilisation in buildings – is imperative, and must be pursued more aggressively to counter excessive depletion of fossil fuels and rising pollution levels.Better insulated buildings integrated with highly efficient equipment is crucial for achieving goals set by the NRDC.Second one is the shift from water heating equipment using fossil fuels to highly efficient electric alternatives such as the heat pumps running on clean electricity produced from renewable resources.The last one is cleaning up remaining fuels yet being utilised in buildings by substituting them with renewable fuels, such as sustainably produced biogas from landfills, farms, or wastewater treatment plants; and synthetic gas created through electrolysation of water by renewable electricity, and converting resulting hydrogen further to methane.A Key Strategy is Adoption of Efficient ElectrificationNRDC’s aim is that by 2050, almost every other house in the commercial and residential buildings of the U.S. must be using electric water- and space-heating appliances.This transition is expected to occur if the existing buildings are upgraded, with current appliances in households being replaced by a highly efficient electric model.
The government is under pressure to serve up a mandatory plant-based protein meal at least once a week to students on the advice of Soil Association – a charity focused on changing the "future of food and farming".Meat should be taken off the table because "we need to reduce meat consumption to halt climate change," says the group, citing reports by both the UK Climate Change Committee and the EAT Lancet Commission.According to the body, the School Food Standards currently recommends an optional weekly meat-free day, and the few schools that are participating are apparently offering typically unhealthy options like pasta or pizza."The Soil Association is calling for [a mandatory meat-free day] to be accepted and a mandatory plant-based protein day each week implemented to make menus more climate friendly while also tackling poor diets and obesity by increasing fibre intake," reads the website."The updated School Food Standards should require that all schools serve a plant-based protein day each week.The current, non-compulsory advice for a meat-free day is too weak," says Rob Percival, the Soil Association's head of policy for food and health.
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Radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear weapons tests could be leaking into the Pacific Ocean.According to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a concrete dome that was built on Runit Island in the late 1970s to contain waste from massive atomic bomb tests conducted after World War II could be leaking toxic sludge into the sea."The Pacific was victimized in the past as we all know," Guterres said, according to AFP, referring to nuclear explosions carried out by the United States and France in the region.The island nation was where 67 American nuclear weapons tests were conducted, which included the 1954 "Bravo" hydrogen bomb, the most powerful ever detonated by the U.S. and about 1,000 times bigger than the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.In the Marshall Islands, many residents were forced to leave their land and thousands of others were exposed to radioactive fallout."I've just been with the president of the Marshall Islands [Hilda Heine], who is very worried because there is a risk of leaking of radioactive materials that are contained in a kind of coffin in the area," Guterres, who is touring the South Pacific to raise awareness about climate change, told AFP.
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the commencement speech at Tulane University on Saturday, during which he encouraged students to listen to others and remain open to seeing the world in a different way.Cook encouraged students to pay attention to "what we owe one another" and touched on the importance of addressing climate change.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Since being named CEO of Apple in 2011, Tim Cook has made it a point to ensure that Apple leaves its mark on the world in ways that stretch far beyond the company's business practices.When addressing graduates at Tulane University on Saturday, Cook encouraged students to similarly tackle big-picture problems and consider "what we owe" to one another."In a world where we obsessively document our own lives, most of us don't pay nearly enough attention to what we owe one another," Cook said.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, not to be confused with the personal computing brand from which it split in 2015, said today that it acquired Cray, an iconic maker of supercomputers with a rich history in the computing industry.Cray, which was founded in 1972 by “the father of supercomputing,” Seymour Cray, is currently contracted to build two of the world’s fastest supercomputers for two US Department of Energy Labs: the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory.Both systems, one called Frontier being built in partnership with AMD and one called Aurora with Intel, are promised to bring so-called “exascale” performance, with raw performance power of the excess of 1.5 exfaflops, or a quintillion calculations per second.Such exascale supercomputer systems do not yet exist, and it makes sense HPE would want its own stake in upcoming “exascale opportunities,” for which the company says there is a growing market of primarily government contracts, currently estimated at $4 billion over the next half-decade.Currently, IBM is the maker of the world’s two fastest supercomputers, Summit and Sierra.“Only by processing and analyzing this data will we be able to unlock the answers to critical challenges across medicine, climate change, space and more.