Environment

Swipe Left to read all Environment Articles

Environment

Bitcoin’s falling prices have triggered a significant drop in the blockchain’s energy consumption, according to new estimates. Low prices make mining less profitable for energy-hungry cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. After taking a nosedive in June, the price of Bitcoin has stayed so low that it’s forcing the blockchain’s massive electricity use to similarly dip. Over the past couple weeks, Bitcoin’s energy consumption has dropped by more than a third,

Read All Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

This site lets you listen to nature sounds from all over the world

Earth.fm is a non-profit portal of nature sounds recorded by individuals in various locations around the world. The sounds are accumulated through different contributors, some nature recordists, and are tied to different non-profits. For people who love discovering new sounds, there’s an intriguing new site that collects soundscapes from around the world. The site, Earth.fm, bills itself as “Like Spotify, but for natural soundscapes.” You can listen to bird species in

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Tesla partners with California utility on virtual power plant

Tesla and California utility PG&E announced a new program that will pay eligible Powerwall owners to send electricity to the grid to prevent blackouts in an emergency. Tesla and California utility PG&E launched a new program that will pay eligible Powerwall owners to send extra electricity to the grid when it’s vulnerable to blackouts. Working together, the Powerwalls create a “virtual power plant” that

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

How CRISPR rice could help tackle climate change

Using gene-editing technology CRISPR, a group of researchers aims to develop crops that can help in the fight against climate change. The effort to engineer rice and soil that’s better at trapping carbon just got backing from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Can gene-editing technology CRISPR create new crops that help fight climate change as they grow? That’s what a group of researchers hopes to do with $11 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The funding will go toward efforts to

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Everest’s base camp is melting

Nepal has plans to move the Everest base camp down to a lower altitude. The glacier it sits on is rapidly thinning and destabilizing, so the camp is less safe. Nepal is moving the Everest base camp off of the melting Khumbu glacier, the BBC reported. Research shows that the Khumbu glacier is rapidly thinning as a result of the changing climate. “We see increased rock falls and movement of melt-water on

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Either a bird went on vacation or scientists need a tourist to return their equipment

Researchers are asking for help retrieving a lost bird tracker. A tourist likely picked up the GPS device on the beach and brought it home with them from Orkney, Scotland, to London, England. The hunt is on for a bird tracking device that, instead of logging the bird’s movements, is likely tracking the travels of an unwitting tourist. Researchers are asking for the public’s help to retrieve the tracker so that it can be used to study

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Fairphone’s phone subscription gets cheaper the longer you look after you phone

Sustainable smartphone manufacturer Fairphone has announced Fairphone Easy, a new subscription service that includes a Fairphone 4 and free repairs, for as little as €21 a month. It’s exclusive to the Netherlands for now. Sustainable smartphone manufacturer Fairphone has announced a new subscription service that offers its latest phone, the Fairphone 4, for as little as €21 a month. Fairphone Easy is only available for customers in the company’s home market of

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Meet the unique group of polar bears living with less sea ice

A newly identified group of polar bears surprised researchers with how they’ve found a way to live with less sea ice. The group shows how some bears are coping with climate change. Researchers have identified a special group of polar bears described in a paper published today in the journal Science. The bears might have found a unique sort of refuge from the effects of climate change in Southeast Greenland, the authors write,

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

US Army deploys its first floating solar array

The Department of Defense installed its first floating solar power plant at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Floatovoltaics are starting to make waves in the US. Floating solar had a moment in the spotlight over the weekend when the US Army unveiled a new solar plant sitting atop the Big Muddy Lake at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. It’s the first floating solar array deployed by the Department of Defense,

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News

Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

Read Full Article Posted By : Gadget Game News