The University of Pennsylvania has jumped on to a project that would protect vital climate data from President Donald Trump’s administration, which has threatened to limit the discussion of combating climate change. The project, launched on Twitter by meteorologist and podcaster Eric Holthaus, has successfully preserved thousands of climate datasets before the Trump administration deleted them.
Holthaus predicts across-the-board budget cuts in the realm of climate science throughout multiple parts of the government. He mentions NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy as organizations that may suffer as a result. He suggests those employed at these agencies will face dilemmas that will inhibit the ability to preserve datasets.
The climate datasets scattered throughout the United States federal government are the basis for research and projects conducted by scientists all over the world. Many of the datasets were stored only in U.S. government servers, which has suddenly put the data at risk of being lost entirely due to the Trump administration’s stance on global warming. Climate scientists and other climate research authorities have begun prioritizing datasets that need to be protected for future research. There has been a strong mobilization in the young intellectual community to push the data protection cause forward.
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Giphy recently released a collection of GIFs with sign language expert Robert DeMayo to reach out to the non-deaf community, who often don’t engage with the 13 percent of Americans who suffer from hearing loss. These GIFs, which are usually produced for entertainment value and devoid of practical purpose, now act out more than 2,000 words in American Sign Language.
A recent study showed up to 50 percent of the currently suitable land for coffee growing may no longer be suitable for the crop after 2050, the same year predictions show that demand for coffee will have doubled from today. Illy, an Italian coffee roaster and one of the biggest global coffee roasting companies, works directly with coffee producing nations to fulfill their sustainability centered mission. (via Fast Company)