The Toxic Bubble of Technical Debt Threatening America | The Atlantic

‘…A kind of toxic debt is embedded in much of the infrastructure that America built during the 20th century. For decades, corporate executives, as well as city, county, state, and federal officials, not to mention voters, have decided against doing the routine maintenance and deeper upgrades to ensure that electrical systems, roads, bridges, dams, and other infrastructure can function properly under a range of conditions. Kicking the can down the road like this is often seen as the profit-maximizing or politically expedient option. But it’s really borrowing against the future, without putting that debt on the books.’

 

Source: The Toxic Bubble of Technical Debt Threatening America | The Atlantic

The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change | The Guardian

‘While climate skeptics and deniers often accuse scientists of exaggerating the threats associated with the climate crisis, the available evidence suggests the opposite. By and large, scientists have either been right in their assessments, or have been unduly conservative. We noticed a clear pattern of underestimation of certain key climate indicators, and therefore underestimation of the threat of climate disruption. ‘

Source: The real reason some scientists downplay the risks of climate change | The Guardian

Exxon Is On Trial, Accused Of Misleading Investors About Risks Of Climate Change | NPR

‘In only the second climate change trial in the U.S., Exxon Mobil goes to court Tuesday accused of defrauding shareholders and the public. New York’s attorney general brought the suit, which alleges that the oil giant misrepresented how carbon regulation would affect the company’s financial outlook.’

Source: Exxon Is On Trial, Accused Of Misleading Investors About Risks Of Climate Change | NPR

Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests | Phys.org

‘(Phys.org) —A new study undertaken by a diverse group of scientists in Sweden has found that contrary to popular belief, most of the carbon that is sequestered in northern boreal forests comes about due to fungi that live on and in tree roots, rather than via dead needles, moss and leaf matter. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their findings after taking soil samples from 30 islands in two lakes in northern Sweden.’

Source:  Study finds fungi, not plant matter, responsible for most carbon sequestration in northern forests | Phys.org

Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands | The New York Times

‘WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s plan to ease protections for an iconic bird that makes its home on millions of acres of oil and gas-rich sagebrush lands, dealing a blow to government efforts to allow more drilling, mining and logging in the west.’

Source: Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands | The New York Times

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