The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a nearly 20 million-acre large national treasure. It’s the largest piece of untouched land in the U.S., home to polar bears, Porcupine caribou, and migratory birds. But it won’t be pristine for much longer if President Donald Trump has his way. His administration released a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) Thursday laying out its plan to open up 1.6 million acres of the refuge to oil and gas drilling. This part of the refuge, known as the coastal plain, sits on the North Slope of Alaska along the Beaufort Sea. It’s an expanse of land where the Porcupine caribou come to deliver their calves in the summer and where polar bears den during the winter. The public knew this EIS was coming, as the administration has been clear about its plan to begin selling leases on the coastal plain come 2019. Environmental activists and Alaska Natives who oppose the proposal also figured the EIS would be unsatisfactory, arguing that … [Read more...] about Trump Is One Step Closer to Opening America’s Largest Wildlife Refuge to Oil and Gas
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Giz Asks In this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts. Surveying the whole scope of human history vis-à-vis food, a couple of themes emerge. One is that humans like their food to taste good. Another is that they like it to not kill them. These two qualities often cohere in the same foodstuff—apples, for instance, taste great, and are not to my knowledge toxic—but inevitably the tastes-good/won’t-kill-you ratio’s sometimes less than ideal. For some foods, this is a selling point—fugu, say, the poisonous fish you need a certificate to properly prepare. For others, lethality’s just an unfortunate byproduct—as with the alloy in early tin cans, which sometimes gave people lead poisoning. For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of food historians and anthropologists to nominate their candidates for the all-time most dangerous food. There was one … [Read more...] about What’s the Most Dangerous Food of All Time?
On one side is a slate of international petroleum giants dominated by BP, Phillips 66 and Andeavor, which was previously known as Tesoro. That trio alone has contributed more than $25 million of the opposition’s nearly $30 million war chest — the largest amount ever raised for an initiative in the Evergreen State. On the other is a coalition led by environmental organizations and individual supporters, dozens of whom have ties to the technology industry, from ultra-rich CEOs and entrepreneurs to rank-and-file software engineers from companies such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Tableau, Expedia and the gaming company Valve. Many of the largest personal donations for I-1631 come from the tech sector, including $1 million from Microsoft’s Bill Gates, as well as Craig McKibben, co-founder of the software company WRQ, and his wife, Sarah Merner. Tableau co-founder and technical advisor Chris Stolte contributed $500,000. Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist and early Amazon … [Read more...] about Climate change initiative’s surprising showdown pits tech leaders against oil and gas industry
The idea of the world ending is a classic plot line in science fiction blockbusters. And in reality, there are several weird and wonderful theories circulating about the demise of our planet - along with us. Many of these theories are based on fairly sound science, including Earth getting swallowed by the sun and a catastrophic asteroid collision. But others are slightly wackier, including the second coming of Jesus Christ, and a collision with a disproved planet, called Planet X. Here we look at some of these theories, and whether any of them are at risk of coming true. Asteroid collision Over the years, the Earth has been subject to a number of impacts by comets and asteroids - although big hits are thankfully rare. For example, the last catastrophic impact happened 65 million years ago, when an asteroid crashed to Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs. But, should a large asteroid hit the Earth again, it could spell disaster for our planet. To prepare for such an event, NASA constantly … [Read more...] about Weird and wonderful theories of how the world will end
Developing Story Bird, LimeBike and Spin deployed their respective electric scooter programs in San Francisco last month without receiving explicit permission from the city. The city has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency since late February to develop a permitting program. Lime, Bird and Spin have to temporarily remove scooters from SF The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has officially made available its permit application for electric scooters to operate in the city as part of a one-year pilot program. Part of that means companies like Bird, Lime and Spin will need to at least temporarily remove their scooters from city sidewalks while their applications are being processed. Lime, Bird and Spin — all of which deployed their scooters in March without permission from the city — have until June 7 to submit their applications. At that time, the SFMTA will review all the applications and aim to let companies know if they … [Read more...] about The electric scooter saga in San Francisco