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Daily Archives: May 10, 2018

These 20 Water-Stressed Countries Have the Most Solar and Wind Potential

World Resources Institute: “Most power generation consumes water, whether to cool steam in thermoelectric plants or power turbines for hydropower. And the global demand for both water and electricity will continue to increase substantially in the coming decades. Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems. Power generation from solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind is clean and requires zero or little water use. These renewable forms of energy can help countries meet their increased demand for electricity without adding carbon emissions or consuming water. This could be particularly beneficial in countries where growing populations, farms and industries are already competing for scant water supplies. For example, a recent WRI analysis shows that India could reduce its water consumption intensity by more than 25 percent just by achieving its renewable energy targets. Leveraging WRI’s Resource Watch, a new global data platform, we overlaid map-based data sets to identify countries that are water-stressed and have high solar and wind energy potential. These countries are places where solar PV and wind technologies are more likely to be financially attractive and provide water savings that would benefit the public greatly…”

10 tips for verifying viral social media videos

Poynter – Danile Funke: “Of all types of misinformation, video is among the hardest to fact-check. First, it isn’t easily searchable like text and photos are. You can’t paste or upload a video on Facebook or Google to see if it’s true or even trending.  Second, there’s currently no way to see which videos are going… Continue Reading

Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit – Took 17 years to settle

It Took 17 Years: Freelancers Receive $9 Million in Copyright Suit – “The Authors Guild filed the suit — along with the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Writers Union and 21 freelance writers named as class representatives — in 2001 after publishers licensed articles by freelancersto the electronic database Lexis/Nexis and other… Continue Reading

Declining share of Americans would find it very hard to give up TV

“An estimated 96.5% of U.S. households have a television. Yet only about a third of Americans say it would be “very hard” to give up their TV – substantially lower than the share of U.S. adults who say the same thing about their cellphone or the internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted… Continue Reading

New Report Examines Trends in Female Incarceration

“The number of women in prison is nearly eight times higher than in 1980. In addition to the 213,722 women incarcerated in jails and prisons, one million women are under community supervision, according to a data analysis released today by The Sentencing Project. Incarcerated Women and Girls, 1980-2016 examines trends in female incarceration and finds areas… Continue Reading

Rep. Schiff releases thousands of Russia linked Facebook ads used during 2016 election

News release: “Today, Rep. Adam Schiff, the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement after releasing Kremlin-linked Facebook advertisements used during the 2016 election by the Internet Research Agency: “Last year, the bipartisan leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation made a commitment to the American people… Continue Reading

Number of Foreign College Students Staying and Working in U.S. After Graduation Surges

Federal training program sees 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields from 2008 to 2016: “Between 2004 and 2016, nearly 1.5 million foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities obtained authorization to remain and work in the U.S. through the federal government’s Optional Practical Training program (OPT). More than half (53%)… Continue Reading

Metro’s Office of Inspector General Evaluation of Rhode Island Avenue – Brentwood Station Incidents

Washington Post – “In dozens of cases, Metro crews copied and pasted language from prior years’ structural inspection reports for the Rhode Island Avenue station and skipped inspections of hard-to-reach and low-visibility areas, culminating in a steel beam and concrete chunks falling from the ceiling on two consecutive days in 2016, Metro’s Office of the… Continue Reading

How Trump is reshaping the courts

Axios – “President Trump has already appointed a record-breaking number of federal judges, but his judicial legacy is even bigger than that: More than half of those judges replaced Democratic appointees, The Senate has confirmed 17 Trump nominees for federal district courts, most of whom replaced Democratic appointees. Trump has also filled 16 vacancies on… Continue Reading