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Ravel emerges from stealth with privacy-first data tools based on scalable homomorphic encryption – TechCrunch

The world has gotten a lot more serious about privacy and data protection, but in many cases business models that rely on personalization of one kind or another have struggled to keep up. Today, a startup out of Paris called Ravel Technologies is emerging from stealth with an approach it believes could be the missing …

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Solar Parking Lots Are a Win-Win Renewable Energy Solution. Why Aren’t They Everywhere?

If you park in one of several commuter lots on Michigan State University’s campus, you’ll likely score a premium parking spot. That’s because each parking lot is sheltered from the sun, snow and rain by solar panels. They’re mounted above the lot on steel structures tall enough for tailgaters in RVs to park underneath. Besides …

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Colorado River water to California could be crippled by earthquake

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — As drought, global warming and chronic overuse push the Colorado River to perilous new lows, water officials are hoping to prevent an earthquake from severing a critical Depression-era aqueduct that now connects millions of Southern Californians to the shrinking river. Recently, officials from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California celebrated …

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The role climate change plays in 1000 year extreme rain events

Comment on this story Comment Five weeks. Five instances of 1,000-year rain events. If it seems like the weather across the Lower 48 as of late has been bonkers, you’re not imagining things. It’s been a maelstrom of weather extremes, a seesaw fluctuating wildly from significantly dry to record wet conditions. Parts of the United …

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Join us for Call to Earth Day on November 3, 2022

On November 3, 2022, we’re holding the second annual Call to Earth Day. Celebrating a planet worth protecting, we’ll partner with schools, individuals and organizations across the world to raise awareness of environmental issues and to engage with conservation education. Join CNN on November 3 for a special day of coverage on TV, digital and …

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Water companies in England ‘will take 2,000 years to replace pipe network’ | Water

It would take English water companies 2,000 years to replace their pipes at current rates, leaked data reveals. Analysis of Water UK data from 2021 by the Angling Trust has found that on average, water companies replace 0.05% of their pipe networks a year. Southern Water and Severn Trent are the slowest performers, with each …

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Antarctic Glaciers Are Melting Away at the Fastest Rate in 5,500 Years

The Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers have been retreating at an accelerated pace and have already increased global sea levels. A study finds that two major glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) are losing ice at the fastest rate for at least 5,500 years. The huge glaciers that reach deep into the core …

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Up to 1 in 6 US tree species threatened with extinction, study finds

Comment on this story Comment The most endangered tree in the contiguous United States is most likely a battered old oak hidden deep in a Texas mountain range. Its trunk is scarred by a wildfire. Its limbs are weak from a fungal infection. Its habitat is imperiled by climate change. Scientists only realized the species …

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