Article: Black Cockatoo Appeal

The link below is to an article that provides a way for ordinary people to assist in preserving the Black Cockatoos of Australia.

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Who’s to blame for climate change?


Global warming is a global problem, but some nations get the lion’s share of the blame. Alexis MadrigalThe Atlantics senior technology editor, takes a look at the damage in the short video above. Animated by Lindsey Testolin, this clip is part of a six-part video series in The User’s Guide to Energy special report.

This story first appeared on The Atlantic as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

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Australia: The Election and the Environment

The link below is to an article that looks at the election in Australia and making the environment an election issue.

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Macau: Ivory Trade Surprise

The link below is to an article reporting on the discovery of chocolate-covered ivory in Macau.

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The Surprisingly Large Energy Footprint of the Digital Economy

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Which uses more electricity: the iPhone in your pocket, or the refrigerator humming in your kitchen? Hard as it might be to believe, the answer is probably the iPhone. As you can read in a post on a new report by Mark Mills — the CEO of the Digital Power Group, a tech- and investment-advisory firm — a medium-size refrigerator that qualifies for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating will use about 322 kW-h a year. The average iPhone, according to Mills’ calculations, uses about 361 kW-h a year once the wireless connections, data usage and battery charging are tallied up. And the iPhone — even the latest iteration — doesn’t even keep your beer cold. (Hat tip to the Breakthrough Institute for noting the report first.)

[UPDATE: You can see the calculations behind the specific iPhone comparison, which was done by Max Luke of the Breakthrough…

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