- “How Old Cell Phones Are Spying On Illegal Loggers” • Through his non-profit Rainforest Connection, Topher White puts old Android smartphones in recycled plastic boxes fitted with extra microphones, battery packs, and solar panels. The devices, fastened to trees high up in the canopy, automatically alert rangers when they hear loggers. [CNN]
- “Nine climate tipping points now ‘active,’ warn scientists” • More than half of the climate tipping points identified a decade ago are now “active,” leading scientists have warned. Three of them, collapse of ice sheets in Greenland, West Antarctica, and part of East Antarctica, would commit the world to around ten meters of irreversible sea-level rise. [Science Daily]
- “Machine Learning Rapidly Improves Waste Sorting To Environmental And Economic Benefit” • AMP Robotics, based in Colorado is putting robots and machine learning, to work sorting trash to find recyclable materials. Where automated sorting machines have been failing, especially with the highest value waste, AMP is succeeding. [CleanTechnica]
- “It’s Time To Ditch Your Gas Car! Greater LA Region Targets 80% EV Market Share By 2028” • The Greater Los Angeles Region, home to almost half of all Californians, is aiming to meet pollution and carbon emission goals by targeting 80% EV market share by 2028. The goal is for 30% of the private vehicle fleet of around 15 million vehicles to be EVs. [CleanTechnica]
- “In Trump-Friendly Florida And Elsewhere, GOP Pressured Over Climate Change Inaction” • Since taking office in January, Florida’s Republican governor has appointed a science officer, established a climate change czar, and pledged to spend billions of dollars to restore the Everglades and combat pollution. Other GOP politicians are also getting active. [The Japan Times]
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