South America drought: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia suffer climate change – The Washington Post

From the frigid peaks of Patagonia to the tropical wetlands of Brazil, worsening droughts this year are slamming farmers, shutting down ski slopes, upending transit and raising the price of everything from coffee to electricity.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/24/argentina-brazil-south-america-drought/

We Need Software Updates Forever

Consumers have relied on the good graces of device makers to keep our gadget firmware and software secure and up-to-date. Doing so costs the manufacturer some of its profits. As a result, many of them are apt to drop support for old gadgets faster than the gadgets themselves wear out. This corporate stinginess consigns far too many of our devices to the trash heap before they have exhausted their usability. That’s bad for consumers and bad for the planet. It needs to stop.

We have seen a global right-to-repair movement emerge from maker communities and start to influence public policy around such things as the availability of spare parts. I’d argue that there should be a parallel right-to-maintain movement. We should mandate that device manufacturers set aside a portion of the purchase price of a gadget to support ongoing software maintenance, forcing them to budget for a future they’d rather ignore. Or maybe they aren’t ignoring the future so much as trying to manage it by speeding up product obsolescence, because it typically sparks another purchase.
— Read on spectrum.ieee.org/we-need-software-updates-forever

Argo Blockchain Becomes First Climate Positive Cryptocurrency Mining Company and Releases Climate Strategy

LONDON, August 17, 2021–Argo Blockchain plc (LSE:ARB; OTCQX:ARBKF), (“Argo” or the “Company”), a global leader in sustainable blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining, today announced it has become the first publicly traded cryptocurrency mining company to report it has become Climate Positive for Scope 1, 2, and 3 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with all of its respective crypto-related operations. Climate Positive means that the company is addressing its own GHG emissions
— Read on finance.yahoo.com/news/argo-blockchain-becomes-first-climate-130000123.html

Gray whale deaths: How humans and climate change hurt oceans – Los Angeles Times

Gray whales are dying at alarming rates. A Times investigation of their migrations from Mexico to Alaska offers clues to what is causing this marine mystery.
— Read on www.latimes.com/projects/gray-whale-deaths-how-humans-climate-change-hurt-oceans/

Opinion | What Does It Mean for a Whole Nation to Become Uninhabitable? – The New York Times

“It’s changing quite rapidly,” says a hunter in Canada. “And I’m not old at all. I’m 31.”
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/opinion/climate-change.html

Amid Extreme Weather, a Shift Among Republicans on Climate Change – The New York Times

Many Republicans in Congress no longer deny that Earth is heating because of fossil fuel emissions. But they say abandoning oil, gas and coal will harm the economy.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/climate/republicans-climate-change.html

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5 Takeaways From the U.N. Climate Report – The New York Times

The IPCC concluded that the world cannot avoid some devastating impacts of climate change, but that there is still a narrow window to keep the devastation from getting even worse.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/08/09/climate/un-climate-report-takeaways.html

A ‘Code Red for Humanity’ – The New York Times

The climate emergency is here — and it will get worse before it could get better.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/podcasts/the-daily/climate-change-IPCC.html

It’s official: July was Earth’s hottest month on record | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

July 2021 has earned the unenviable distinction as the world’s hottest month ever recorded, according to new global data released today by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. 

“In this case, first place is the worst place to be,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “July is typically the world’s warmest month of the year, but July 2021 outdid itself as the hottest July and month ever recorded. This new record adds to the disturbing and disruptive path that climate change has set for the globe.”
— Read on www.noaa.gov/news/its-official-july-2021-was-earths-hottest-month-on-record

IPCC climate change report: 5 key excerpts from the UN’s findings – The Washington Post

At nearly 4,000 pages, the report from the IPCC is massive. These five lines highlight their findings.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/10/ipcc-report-un-takeaways/