Report: Digital technology has ‘central role to play’ in reaching net zero

Digital technology has a “central role to play” in achieving net zero emissions and tech giants must play their part, a report has said.

mart meters, supercomputers, weather modelling and AI could all help cut carbon emissions by one third in the next 10 years, according to the Royal Society.

It estimates that digital technology contributes between 1.4% and 5.9% to global emissions and recommends that firms be more open about their energy consumption, in particular from data centres.

This pandemic has accelerated the digital transition so now is the time to take stock and ensure the sustainable development of future digital technologies and systemsProfessor Andy Hopper, Royal Society

The net zero transition should be data-led, with governance arrangements in place that enable the safe and rapid use of data to support the achievement of the net zero target, the report explained.

Regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority

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Trump advocate Sidney Powell cites Ron Watkins, a central QAnon figure

Powell has claimed that a diabolical scheme backed by global communists had invisibly shifted votes with help from a mysterious computer algorithm pioneered by the long-dead Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez — a wild story debunked by fact-checkers as a “fantasy parade” and devoid of proof.

No real evidence was included in Watkins’s affidavit, either. But Watkins, who said in the affidavit that he lives in Japan, nevertheless speculated that — based on his recent reading of the Dominion software’s online user guide — it may be “within the realm of possibility” for a biased poll worker to fraudulently switch votes.

Watkins’s affidavit marks one of the first official connections between a notable player in the QAnon conspiracy universe and Trump’s muddled multistate legal campaign, which some of the president’s allies have labeled, in the words of Chris Christie, a “national embarrassment.”

Many similar Trump-QAnon overtures have already played out on

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Australia central bank raises concerns over bourse trading systems

A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock information at the Australian Securities Exchange, operated by ASX Ltd. on March 16, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

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Australia’s central bank voiced concerns on Friday over recent issues with the stock exchange’s trading systems after nearly an entire session was lost earlier this week and as investors faced a number of other operational issues.

The payments system board of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said it would be looking into whether there were underlying issues at those trading systems operated by the ASX Ltd.

“The Board is concerned about the recent operational issues affecting CHESS and ASX’s trading systems,” the RBA’s payments board said in a statement after a meeting on Friday.

The ASX is planning to do away with CHESS, the computer system it uses to manage settlement of transactions, by 2023 and the payments

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Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang streesed in a press conference held by the CPC Central Committee:

S&T self-reliance and self-strengthening promote high-level international cooperation

BEIJING, Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

A report from Science and Technology Daily:

“Hold the core status of innovation in China’s overall modernization drive and adopt S&T self-reliance and self-strengthening as the strategic pillar of national development…”

For the past few days, the new ideas about science and technology (S&T) from The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th Communist Party of China Central Committee (CPCCC) have lightened up quite a few S&T people. Why innovation is emphasized in the current stage? What measures is China to take in order to realize S&T self-reliance and self-strengthening and to promote S&T innovation?

On October 30th, the CPCCC held a press conference regarding the ideas proposed in The Fifth Plenary Session of the 19th CPCCC, Wang Zhigang, General Secretary of the Party Group of Ministry of Science and Technology and

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Predators form an unusual coexistence in the central Chilean Andes

What does the fox say to a puma?
Pumas are the top predators in the study research area in the Chilean Andes. Camera trap photo by Christian Osorio. Credit: Christian Osorio

In the high plains of the central Chilean Andes, an ecosystem consisting of only a few animal species is providing researchers with new insights into how predators coexist in the wild.


“The puma and the culpeo fox are the only top predators on the landscape in the Chilean Andes,” said Professor Marcella Kelly, of the College of Natural Resources and Environment. “And there isn’t a wide range of prey species, in part because the guanacos [closely related to llamas] aren’t typically found in these areas anymore due to over-hunting. With such a simplified ecosystem, we thought we could really nail down how two rival predators interact.”

Kelly worked with Christian Osorio, a doctoral student in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, and researchers from the Pontifical

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At least 13 dead in Central America from Eta as forecasters watch Florida impact

The remnants of what was once Hurricane Eta drenched Central America on Thursday as forecasters tried to determine what the system could bring to Florida early next week.

The disorganized center of Eta, which was a tropical depression on Thursday morning, was over Honduras and moving northwest at 9 mph. The slow movement resulted in heavy rains in Central America. At least 13 deaths were attributed to the storm.

The system is expected to move back over the Caribbean Sea and potentially strengthen into a tropical storm, then move toward Cuba and Florida, according to Spectrum Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

“Forecast confidence is low and there are several reasons why,” she said.

Forecasters will watch to see how well Eta re-organizes over the Caribbean. Kacmarik said models are not in agreement about that, but that forecasters should have a better idea of a future track by Friday or

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Eta drenches Central America

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — The rain-heavy remnants of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala on Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57, and aid organizations warned the flooding and mudslides were creating a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across the region.

The storm that hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert. Forecasters said the now-tropical depression was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

On Thursday afternoon, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said a water-soaked mountainside in the central part of the country had slid down onto the town of San Cristobal Verapaz, burying homes and leaving at least 25 people dead.

Two other slides in Huehuetenango

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Technology sector central to next phase of Ontario’s Action Plan

Budget 2020 is the first step in Ontario’s economic recovery and represents a responsible plan amid COVID-19

Ottawa, ON, Nov. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TECHNATION, Canada’s leading tech industry association, commends the Government of Ontario’s intention to implement policies in support of the technology industry, as noted in today’s Budget speech from Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips. By investing in digital government, rural broadband, and virtual healthcare, TECHNATION believes that Ontario’s government has taken an important step towards economic recovery in the specter of COVID-19.

A number of the tech industry’s recommendations, as we outlined in our Pre-Budget Submission, were addressed in today’s Budget. The Government of Ontario’s commitments include:

  • $680 million to expand and improve broadband and cellular access across the province;

  • $594 million to the hospital sector to stabilize funding and address longstanding operational challenges;

  • $100 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Skills Plan to help more

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Weakened Eta drenches Central America; at least 57 dead

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — The rain-heavy remains of Hurricane Eta flooded homes from Panama to Guatemala on Thursday as the death toll across Central America rose to at least 57. Forecasters said the once-mighty storm, now a tropical depression, was expected to regather and head toward Cuba and possibly the Gulf of Mexico by early next week.

The storm that hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane on Tuesday had become more of a vast tropical rainstorm, but it was advancing so slowly and dumping so much rain that much of Central America remained on high alert.

Governments and aid organizations warned that the flooding and landslides the heavy rain generated had created a slow-moving humanitarian disaster across much of the region.


On Thursday afternoon, Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei said said a water-soaked mountainside in the central part of the country had slid down onto the town of San Cristobal

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UCF project will study smart tech to improve risk communication in central Florida

ORLANDO, Oct. 29, 2020 – University of Central Florida researchers are leading an interdisciplinary project to help communities use artificial intelligence and smart technologies to bounce back from disasters quickly.

The project is funded by a recently announced $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Smart and Connected Communities program.

The three-year project will examine past use of AI and smart technologies for emergency response and risk communication in the Central Florida region and also implement new ones. It will also analyze leveraging community partnerships that exist, such as Seminole Heart, and identify ones that could be developed.

This resilience research is important since the region routinely faces threats from natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes, as well as human-made emergencies and crises.

The study area will cover 78 towns and cities in eight counties — Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter

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