Amid drought, Taiwan plans more water curbs for chip hub Hsinchu | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will step up water usage curbs from June 1 for the major chip making hub of Hsinchu in a battle on islandwide drought, should there be no significant rain by month-end, the government said on Wednesday.
— Read on whbl.com/2021/05/19/amid-drought-taiwan-plans-more-water-curbs-for-chip-hub-hsinchu/

Google Earth Unveils Stunning, Colossal Time-Lapse View Of The Entire Planet – DesignTAXI.com

Google Earth’s new time-lapse feature was created using millions of satellite images from 1984 to 2020.
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Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate

In dense tropical forests in Sierra Leone, scientists have rediscovered a coffee species not seen in the wild in decades — a plant they say may help secure the future of this valuable commodity that has been imperilled by climate change.

The researchers said on Monday that the species, Coffea stenophylla, possesses greater tolerance for higher temperatures than the Arabica coffee, which makes up 56 per cent of global production, and the robusta coffee that makes up 43 per cent. The researchers found stenophylla coffee also had a superior flavour, similar to Arabica.

Scientists rediscover lost coffee species suited to a warmer climate
— Read on www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5995940

Crypto Rebels | WIRED

It’s the FBIs, NSAs, and Equifaxes of the world versus a swelling movement of Cypherpunks, civil libertarians, and millionaire hackers. At stake: Whether privacy will exist in the 21st century.
— Read on www.wired.com/1993/02/crypto-rebels/

A New Threat to New York’s Clean Energy Goals: Bitcoin Mining – New York Focus

A Finger Lakes power plant plans to ramp up Bitcoin mining. Environmentalists warn dozens of fossil-fueled plants could follow.
— Read on www.nysfocus.com/2021/04/13/new-york-bitcoin-mining-threat/

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/earth-land-ecosystems-ecology-intact-species

Scientists reveal the 6 places on Earth where we can restore animal life

Scientists have devised a new way of looking at habitat loss on Earth, finding that 97 percent of Earth’s land area may no longer be ecologically intact.
— Read on www.inverse.com/science/3-percent-of-earth-ecologically-intact

Indigenous land-use reduced catastrophic wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau | @theU

1,000 years ago, Indigenous people practiced cultural burning, which reduced the risk for large-scale wildfire activity in mountain environments—even during periods of drought more extreme and prolonged than today.
— Read on attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/wildfires-on-fish-lake-plateau/

Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? – Gastro Obscura

Can ‘Banana Buffers’ Save California From Wildfires? – Gastro Obscura
— Read on www.atlasobscura.com/articles/bananas-california-fires