University of the Arctic: PAME Launches Arctic Shipping Database

University of The Arctic: PAME Launches Arctic Shipping Database. “The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) launched a comprehensive Arctic shipping activity database on February 7, 2019. The launch is a significant milestone in PAME’s work to improve knowledge of historical Arctic ship traffic activity and various factors that affect such activity, such as sea ice extent, meteorological and oceanographic conditions, and international regulations. The database will allow authorized users to analyze vessel traffic patterns, fuel use, and air emissions, among other economic and environmental conditions.”

Ars Technica: State legislation could accidentally mess up science education

Ars Technica: State legislation could accidentally mess up science education. “…this year, three states have seen measures introduced that could interfere with science education, but only accidentally. In a bid to keep ‘controversial issues’ out of the classroom, the bills would call for teachers not to advocate on any topics that have appeared in the platform of a state political party. In the US, that would include evolution and climate change.”

Mother Jones: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial

Mother Jones: Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Sponsored a Conference That Promoted Climate Change Denial. “All three tech companies were sponsors of LibertyCon, the annual convention of the libertarian group Students for Liberty, which took place in Washington, DC. Google was a platinum sponsor, ponying up $25,000, and Facebook and Microsoft each contributed $10,000 as gold sponsors. The donations put the tech companies in the top tier of the event’s backers. But the donations also put the firms in company with some of the event’s other sponsors, which included three groups known for their work attacking climate change science and trying to undermine efforts to reduce carbon emissions.”

ScienceBlog: Research Reveals Strategies For Combating Science Misinformation

ScienceBlog: Research Reveals Strategies For Combating Science Misinformation. “Just as the scientific community was reaching a consensus on the dangerous reality of climate change, the partisan divide on climate change began to widen, a new study finds. That might seem like a paradox, but it’s also no coincidence, according to Justin Farrell, a professor of sociology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). It was around this time that an organized network, funded by organizations with a lot to lose in a transition to a low-carbon economy, started to coalesce around the goal of undercutting the legitimacy of climate science, Farrell said.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Savvy Use of Data, Technology Tells the Planet’s Story

Carnegie Mellon University: Savvy Use of Data, Technology Tells the Planet’s Story. “The story of EarthTime begins on Mars. EarthTime today is a technological platform that helps people comprehend massive amounts of data about our planet and come to grips with our biggest global challenges. But 15 years ago, people just wanted to see what the Red Planet looked like.”

Pacific Standard: Rising Sea Levels Are A Threat To World Heritage Sites

Pacific Standard: Rising Sea Levels Are A Threat To World Heritage Sites. “New research finds that rising sea levels due to climate change will put dozens of World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean region at increased risk of flooding and erosion—threats many of the sites are already facing.”

New York Times: What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change

New York Times: What We Can Learn About Online Privacy From Climate Change. “Deleting accounts and giving up on offending services can be good moves. But let’s be realistic: They’re small measures when you consider the big picture, that the gears of the online world are greased with our data. And there is no sign of that changing anytime soon. After all, if it’s not one tech giant with all of your data, it’ll probably be another, right? So what’s the point of even trying to switch? If being overwhelmed by the scale of the problem feels familiar, it should. It’s a lot like climate change.”