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Daily Archives: August 16, 2023

Extreme Temperature Diary

Guy on Climate [Meteorologist Guy Walton]: Extreme Temperature Diary – Wednesday August 16th, 2023/Main Topic: “The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme, or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to Main Topic: Earth Officially Sees Its Hottest Month on Record by a Wide Margin or record Main Topic: Just Five Oil Giants Set to Blow an Eighth of the World’s Carbon Budget by 2050 as ETs (not extraterrestrials).

  • As most of my readers and followers know, I’ve been naming U.S. heatwaves for big oil companies this year. Today we will emphasize why oil companies need to be skewered through a Common Dreams article by Jake Johnson. These companies should be bending over backwards or proverbially following all over themselves to use their resources to transition to green renewables, working with automobile companies to make transportation via electric vehicles work such that it is affordable for everyone.

Just five fossil fuel giants—BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, and TotalEnergies—are set to use nearly an eighth of the world’s dwindling carbon budget by 2050 as they continue to increase oil and gas production, driving up planet-warming emissions that are fueling catastrophic extreme weather worldwide. According to an analysis released Tuesday by Global Witness, those five corporations are forecast to produce oil and gas that—when burned—will emit roughly 47 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide.“This is equivalent to almost one-eighth of the remaining global carbon budget for staying below 1.5°C,” the group noted, referring to the warming target set by the Paris climate accord.Scientists have estimated that rich nations must completely cut off oil and gas production by 2034 to give the world a 50% chance of limiting warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century.”

The 9 Best Alternatives to ChatGPT

MakeUseOf: “Since its public launch in November 2022, ChatGPT, the mesmerizing AI chatbot by OpenAI, has grown in popularity like wildfire. Social media feeds are filled with incredible things people do with the chatbot. Jobseekers, programmers, high school teachers, content creators, and professionals in almost every field are finding good uses for the tool. However,… Continue Reading

EWG’s 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

“Nearly 75 percent of non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful pesticides, EWG’s 2023 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ finds. In this year’s guide, blueberries and green beans join our Dirty Dozen™ list of the 12 fruits and vegetables sampled that have the highest traces of pesticides. Any exposure… Continue Reading

Use of AI Is Seeping Into Academic Journals and It’s Proving Difficult to Detect

Wired: “The rapid rise of generative AI has stoked anxieties across disciplines. High school teachers and college professors are worried about the potential for cheating. News organizations have been caught with shoddy articles penned by AI. And now, peer-reviewed academic journals are grappling with submissions in which the authors may have used generative AI to… Continue Reading

Notes for a New Legal Research Pedagogy

Mignanelli, Nicholas, Notes for a New Legal Research Pedagogy (July 7, 2023). 43 North Illinois University Law Review (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: “Do societal power structures shape the organization of legal information? Do they embed biases in legal research tools? If so, how can the insights of critical legal theory assist us in contending… Continue Reading

Learn as you search and browse using generative AI

Google Blog: “Today, we’re sharing a few more upgrades to SGE to help you better learn and make sense of information on the web: whether it’s deepening your understanding of complicated concepts, boosting your coding skills or tracking down details within a complex topic. See definitions within AI-generated responses – When you’re researching something new,… Continue Reading

Proposed Rule – Artificial Intelligence in Campaign Ads

Federal Election Commission – The Commission announces its receipt of a Petition for Rulemaking filed by Public Citizen. The Petition asks the Commission to amend its regulation on fraudulent misrepresentation of campaign authority to make clear that the related statutory prohibition applies to deliberately deceptive Artificial Intelligence campaign ads… The Petition asserts that generative Artificial… Continue Reading