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Those of you who don't vote, why?
  • Hawaii:

    Early voting: Cast your ballot at any voter service center in your county from Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 10.

    Voting at the polls: Hawai‘i votes mostly by mail, but some voter service centers are open on Election Day for walk-in voting and same-day registration.

    Washington:

    In person: You can vote in person starting 18 days before an election and up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Find your voting center by logging into VoteWA.gov or by contacting your county elections office. If you’re already registered, you don’t need to provide an ID.

    On Election Day: You can register to vote in person at your county’s election office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

    Oregon (this one was trickier to find, but actually quite helpful):

    Homeless U.S. Citizens Have a Right to Vote

    Voters must provide a residence address on the voter registration form, but this address may be any definable location in the county that describes their physical location. This could be a shelter, park, motor home, or other identifiable location. The mailing address of a person who is homeless or who resides where mail service is unavailable can be the office of the county clerk. Voters can pick up their ballot at the county elections office.​

    Utah:

    Early in-person voting: Available in all counties for the primary. Check with your county clerk’s office for dates and times.

    Voting at the polls: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring an acceptable ID.

    Colorado:

    Early in-person voting: If you prefer to vote in person, you can visit a voter service and polling center in your county to cast your ballot from Monday, Oct. 21 through Election Day.

    Voting at the polls: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring an acceptable ID, such as a valid Colorado driver’s license or Colorado ID.

  • Does your vote count?
  • As someone from a first past the post country, can you explain how party members are decided in proportional representation? Are you voting for specific individuals or a party? How does it work if there's a party whose platform you support, but perhaps individuals you do not like?

    Is the party's slate of potential representatives pre-decided in order of voter preference in some sort of primary before the election, then they just go down the list in order to fill seats once they know how many seats they get in the general election?

  • Signal downplays encryption key flaw, fixes it after X drama
  • I actually manually hash every letter I receive using a rotating cypher kept in a secure vault. Always rough when the letters include images... Had to invest in a storage unit for the pixel-by-pixel encryption of last year's Christmas cards.

  • Extracting frames from a video with ffmpeg very slow if not using jpeg
  • Honestly I don't know, but it seems to me like extracting every single frame of a video as a lossless PNG is only really something that's necessary if you're trying to archive something or do frame by frame restoration. Either way, it is something that you hopefully aren't doing every day, so why not just let it run overnight & move on?

    Otherwise ask yourself if you can settle with just extracting a single clip/section, or what's actually wrong with lossy jpeg with a low -qscale:v (high quality) - start around 5 and work down until you visually can't see any difference

  • Capturing CO2 With Copper, Scientists Generate 'Green Methane'
  • That's the thing, it doesn't have to happen. It has to catch enough headlines that Shell can say:

    "As part of our environmental commitments we plan to sell only carbon neutral methane by 2040"

    Then they proceed to do nothing in the "hopes" that this becomes cost effective in time, while continuing to invest in natural gas infrastructure, and while we continue to investing in using their "soon to be neutral" fuel.

    Finally, when 2035 or so rolls around they quietly shift the goal posts and we keep on letting them pollute.

    And if you're wondering why this sounds familiar...

    https://www.carbonbrief.org/shell-abandons-2035-emissions-target-and-weakens-2030-goal/

    All getting hyped about CCS or "renewable" "drop-in replacements" for fossil fuels does is further entrench fossil fuel companies as the "center" of our carbon commitments, while they are 100% disincentivized to act.

    Unless this tech is paired with a $1000/tonne carbon tax, its a scapegoat.

  • Las Vegas' dystopia-sphere, powered by 150 Nvidia GPUs and drawing up to 28,000,000 watts, is both a testament to the hubris of humanity and an admittedly impressive technical feat | PC Gamer
  • Just to be clear, renewable energy credits are different than carbon offsets, and easier to guarantee because they're often tied directly to a metered renewable energy source.

    That said, there are still junk RECs on the market, like those tied to energy that was produced up to 2 decades ago that nobody got around to claiming / retiring. Or RECs tied to energy sources that may have happened regardless of the REC sale.

  • Capturing CO2 With Copper, Scientists Generate 'Green Methane'
  • This is great in theory, but all it really does is give us a reason to cling onto a dirty, leaky natural gas grid. Much like CCS, this technology allows fossil fuel producers to continue business as usual under the promise of one day maybe sortof going green, and if this system leaks much more than ~1%, its not actually "carbon neutral" in useful human timescales, because its converting CO2 into something 50-100x more impactful on the climate

  • What would you do if you won 5 Billion GBP? (6.415450 billion USD)
  • Investments, trust funds, paying off debt and my mortgage. Set up enough in investments that I'll always have a million or so in post-tax interest income.

    Conservatively, well call this 5% locked up

    Trust funds and investments for my family so they have money coming in.

    Not sure how big your family is, or how much you want to have them coming in, but well call this +5%

    10% spent

    Remodel my house. +0.1%

    Rent a condo in Wrigleyville during the Cubs season. Rent a condo in Mesa during spring training. +0.01%

    Open a bar or two. +0.1%

    Hire a dietician/personal cook. +0.01%

    Buy a handful of cars, the most extravagant would probably be a Catterham. +0.01%

    Open an automotive shop to restore cars. I know that'll be a loss but it will be a good hobby for something I like to do. +0.1%

    Travel a bunch. Follow the Cubs for a season and go to every game. +0.01%

    Buy dual citizenship somewhere. +0.01%

    Donate to AOCs campaign. +0.1%

    Club 33 membership. +0.01%

    Occasionally take private jets when I fly, but pick up families that are flying coach when I go and bring them along for free. It's no fun being alone. +0.01%

    Do a bunch of the traditional billionaire things like go fishing on a private yacht. +0.1%

    Finally not stress about going out to dinner. +0.001%

    Now were to a whopping 10.571% "spent" with most of it invested in ways that will pay back entirely in your lifetime. What do you do with the other 4.5B?

  • Can humanity address climate change without believing it? Medical history suggests it is possible
  • If it was directly analogous, people would have been denying that sickness happened at all, just like how there are far too many people who don't believe that climate change is happening.

    I don't know that this is necessarily true - I can't speak to everyone, and there's always crazies who take things to the extremes, but most deniers I'm aware of don't deny that the climate is changing, they deny that it's caused by humans, and they doubt the forecasts.

    I think we're, to a certain degree, past the days of bringing a snowball onto the Senate floor to disprove climate change, and into the "humans aren't doing this, the planet just goes through phases" denial, which is to a certain degree similar to people denying germ theory insisting instead it's just demons / God's will.

    People are finally seeing and experiencing the record setting heat waves, polar vorteces, unprecedentedly early Cat 5 hurricanes, and rising sea levels, they just refuse to accept fault, or agree that it's worth sacrificing "the Economy" to try and stop it from getting worse.

  • Microsoft uses carbon-offsetting scheme with no measurable impact
  • Also, what portion of the decayed tree becomes soil. Sure some CO2 is released back out, but the net increase in soil over the tree's life is where the savings are.

    Anaerobic vs aerobic decay is largely about the difference in short-term impacts. Anaerobic decay releases methane which is much more potent than CO2 in the short term, but naturally breaks down into CO2 over a hundred or so years, which is a long time for the generations of humans dealing with climate change, but a blip on the timescales of forests.

  • blooloop.com Top 9 sustainability trends in the attractions industry for 2024

    Read our sustainability trends predictions for 2024. This year, our top trends include eco-tourism, recycling initiatives, and green F&B.

    Top 9 sustainability trends in the attractions industry for 2024
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    www.latimes.com The first big-rig hydrogen fuel station in the U.S. opens in California

    The Port of Oakland is home to the United States' first commercial hydrogen fuel station for big-rig trucks. It's a step on the road to cleaner trucking.

    The first big-rig hydrogen fuel station in the U.S. opens in California
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    www.theguardian.com Killer kitties: cats are eating 2,000 species, including hundreds that are at risk

    The first study to quantify what our felines eat on a global scale finds they have a significant impact on wildlife

    Killer kitties: cats are eating 2,000 species, including hundreds that are at risk
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    grist.org Most Americans want to electrify their homes — if they can keep their gas stoves

    A poll finds less than one-third of Americans want a fully electric home. It jumps to 60 percent if people can continue cooking with gas.

    Most Americans want to electrify their homes — if they can keep their gas stoves
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    thehill.com Nations reach deal on ‘loss and damage’ fund at Dubai climate summit

    The international COP28 climate summit has reached an agreement on the logistics of a loss and damage fund, a mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for the impact of climate change, organizers…

    Nations reach deal on ‘loss and damage’ fund at Dubai climate summit
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    apnews.com Eating less meat would be good for the Earth. Small nudges can change behavior

    One of the thorniest problems of the 21st century is how to get people to eat less meat. A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that most U.S. adults said they eat meat at least several times a week.

    Eating less meat would be good for the Earth. Small nudges can change behavior
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    www.wri.org RELEASE: State of Climate Action Report Finds Progress Lags on Every Measure Except EV Sales

    WASHINGTON (November 14, 2023) – Global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C are failing across the board, with recent progress made on every indicator — except electric passenger car sales — lagging significantly behind the pace and scale that is necessary to address the climate crisis, according to t...

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    grist.org Why can't we just quit cows?

    Eating less beef, cheese, and ice cream would slash emissions. But given the nation's taste for them, science strives to make climate-friendlier cows.

    Why can't we just quit cows?
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    www.commondreams.org Big Ag Pressured FAO Over Role of Meat and Dairy in Climate Crisis, Staffers Say

    "Wherever you go, whatever you do, if it involves revealing anything about the devastating impacts of animal agriculture... you are beaten down for it," said one advocate.

    Big Ag Pressured FAO Over Role of Meat and Dairy in Climate Crisis, Staffers Say
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    Why a carbon tax on investment income could make it less profitable to pollute

    cross-posted from: https://sh.itjust.works/post/3345069

    > Following up on an paper posted earlier this week on disproportionate carbon emissions based on income. This article, by one of the paper's authors, proposes the possibility of imposing carbon tax on investment income as a more equitable means of influencing emissions. > > >Instead of putting the responsibility for cutting emissions on consumers, maybe policies should more directly tie that responsibility to corporate executives, board members, and investors who have the most knowledge and power over their industries. Based on our analysis of the consumption and income benefits produced by greenhouse gas emissions, I believe a shareholder-based carbon tax is worth exploring.

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    Why a carbon tax on investment income could make it less profitable to pollute

    Following up on an paper posted earlier this week on disproportionate carbon emissions based on income. This article, by one of the paper's authors, proposes the possibility of imposing carbon tax on investment income as a more equitable means of influencing emissions.

    >Instead of putting the responsibility for cutting emissions on consumers, maybe policies should more directly tie that responsibility to corporate executives, board members, and investors who have the most knowledge and power over their industries. Based on our analysis of the consumption and income benefits produced by greenhouse gas emissions, I believe a shareholder-based carbon tax is worth exploring.

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    www.commondreams.org Wealthiest 10% of US Households Responsible for 40% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study

    "Without policies such as regulations or taxes on very polluting investments, it's unlikely that wealthy individuals making a lot of money from fossil fuel investments will stop investing in them," says one economist.

    Wealthiest 10% of US Households Responsible for 40% of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Study
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    New California Legislation Would Be a Major Step Forward for Climate Disclosure

    blogs.law.columbia.edu New California Legislation Would Be a Major Step Forward for Climate Disclosure - Climate Law Blog

    This piece previously appeared in the CLS Blue Sky Blog. The Securities and Exchange Commission regulations on climate disclosure, first proposed in March 2022 and likely to be issued in final form in October 2023,[1] have drawn considerable controversy and face an uncertain fate in the inevita...

    New California Legislation Would Be a Major Step Forward for Climate Disclosure - Climate Law Blog
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    www.commondreams.org Analysis Details How Wall Street Underwriting Quietly Funnels Billions Into Fossil Fuels

    "Underwriting is a huge missing piece of net-zero transition plans, allowing big U.S. banks to continue to help fossil fuel companies raise billions of dollars with limited scrutiny," said one campaigner.

    Analysis Details How Wall Street Underwriting Quietly Funnels Billions Into Fossil Fuels
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