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    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    IIRC this has some interesting info on the amount of food consumed vs edible protein produced

    https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-165-the-fridge-light/clip/15263070-catch-of-the-day

    Oh, I know the reality of this. Cow farts are more interesting though.

    Tried to give the high-level explanation to the 9yo the other day and he couldn't keep a straight face



  • Rosalind Franklin Mars rover nears completion

    The "Rosalind Franklin" Mars rover is in its final stages of construction.
    Engineers at Airbus (UK) are running through the end tasks of assembly and expect to get the six-wheeled vehicle out the door before August is up. Among the last items being attached are the robot's solar panels, and its mast and camera system. Rosalind Franklin is booked to launch from Earth in July next year. When she lands, in 2021, the joint European-Russian mission will search for life. Most likely, this will be evidence of past biology, but it's not inconceivable there are also microbes present on the Red Planet today.



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    Ya now wouldn't that be something. The world goes under not from the trains, planes, automobiles, and factories, but because of cow farts.



  • @notverypunny said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @notverypunny said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    IIRC this has some interesting info on the amount of food consumed vs edible protein produced

    https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-165-the-fridge-light/clip/15263070-catch-of-the-day

    Oh, I know the reality of this. Cow farts are more interesting though.

    Tried to give the high-level explanation to the 9yo the other day and he couldn't keep a straight face

    Then you did your job well. 🙂



  • @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    Exactly. We need to eat more cows so there are less cow farts.



  • @dafyre said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    Exactly. We need to eat more cows so there are less cow farts.

    Or start butchering them younger.



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @dafyre said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @JaredBusch said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

    Switching to a plant-based diet can help fight climate change, UN experts have said.
    A major report on land use and climate change says the West's high consumption of meat and dairy produce is fuelling global warming.
    But scientists and officials stopped short of explicitly calling on everyone to become vegan or vegetarian.
    They said that more people could be fed using less land if individuals cut down on eating meat.
    The document, prepared by 107 scientists for the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), says that if land is used more effectively, it can store more of the carbon emitted by humans.

    Interesting - this is the second time I've seen/heard something like this. I have a friend who became a vegetarian only because of this reasoning - not that he doesn't believe in eating meat.. but because of the environmental impact of raising meat for consumption.

    It is all about the cow farts

    Exactly. We need to eat more cows so there are less cow farts.

    Or start butchering them younger.

    I'm okay with this.



  • Venice bans large cruise ships from historic centre

    Large cruise ships are to be banned from entering Venice's historic centre, the Italian government says.
    Ships weighing more than 1,000 tonnes will be rerouted away from certain waterways from September. The move follows an accident in June in which a ship collided with a dock, injuring five people. But conservationists say the government's plans are insufficient to prevent underwater erosion and pollution in the lagoon city. Starting from next month, some liners will be forced to dock at the Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the city centre, the Financial Times reported. By the end of 2020, a third of all ships will be rerouted.



  • @mlnews that's been coming. Causes so many issues there.



  • UK economy shrinks for the first time since 2012

    The chancellor has told the BBC that he does not expect the UK to slide into recession after data showed the economy shrank by 0.2% between April and June.
    Sajid Javid was speaking after the Office for National Statistics said the economy had contracted for the first time since 2012. The surprise decline came after Brexit stockpiles were unwound and the car industry implemented shutdowns. The pound slid after the data was released, raising fears of a recession. It hit a 31-month low against the dollar at $1.2056. Against the euro, it fell to a new two-year low of €1.0768. Rob Kent-Smith, head of GDP at the ONS, said manufacturing output fell and the construction sector weakened.



  • @mlnews what's actually amazing is that it hasn't been shrinking until now. They are holding on pretty well.



  • US shootings: Trump says 'serious' talks on gun control under way

    US President Donald Trump says "serious discussions" are taking place between congressional leaders on "meaningful" background checks for gun owners following two mass shootings.
    On Twitter, Mr Trump also said he had spoken to the gun lobby group National Rifle Association (NRA) so their views can be "represented and respected". The NRA opposes extensive checks. Democrats want the Senate to be recalled from recess to enact immediate legislation on gun control. Mr Trump - who did not specify which steps he would support - weighed in after days of disagreement on how the US should respond to its latest mass shootings.



  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    US shootings: Trump says 'serious' talks on gun control under way

    US President Donald Trump says "serious discussions" are taking place between congressional leaders on "meaningful" background checks for gun owners following two mass shootings.
    On Twitter, Mr Trump also said he had spoken to the gun lobby group National Rifle Association (NRA) so their views can be "represented and respected". The NRA opposes extensive checks. Democrats want the Senate to be recalled from recess to enact immediate legislation on gun control. Mr Trump - who did not specify which steps he would support - weighed in after days of disagreement on how the US should respond to its latest mass shootings.

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  • Jeffrey Epstein: How conspiracy theories spread after financier's death

    Just hours after the high-profile financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday, unsubstantiated theories about his death began to gain traction online.
    Epstein, who was set to stand trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, killed himself in his jail cell in New York, prison officials said. He was accused of running a "vast network" of underage girls for sex, and pleaded not guilty to the charges last month.The 66-year-old was known to court famous friends and acquaintances. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and the UK's Prince Andrew all had ties to him. Some of his powerful associates have been embroiled in the allegations against him, which has only served to fuel the conspiracy theories and misinformation. Many rumours have centred on what politicians may have known about Epstein's alleged crimes and whether some may have wanted him dead. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest this was the case. And yet, the hashtag #EpsteinMurder trended worldwide on Saturday.



  • Hong Kong protests: Airport cancels flights as thousands occupy

    Hong Kong International Airport cancelled all departures on Monday, as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied and caused disruption.
    Passengers have been told not to travel to the airport, which is one of the world's busiest transport hubs. In a statement, officials blamed "seriously disrupted" operations. Many of those protesting are critical of the actions of police, who on Sunday were filmed firing tear gas and non-lethal ammunition at close range. Some protesters wore bandages over their eyes in response to images of a woman bleeding heavily from her eye on Sunday, having reportedly been shot by a police projectile. In a statement on Monday afternoon, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said they were cancelling all flights that were not yet checked in. More than 160 flights scheduled to leave after 18:00 local time (10:00 GMT) will now not depart.



  • Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing in Arctic?

    Five Russian nuclear engineers who died in a rocket engine explosion have been buried in Sarov, a closed town 373km (232 miles) east of Moscow, where nuclear warheads are made.
    The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details. The test was on an offshore platform in the Arctic, at a naval test range. Russia has been testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile, "Burevestnik". But officials did not specify the system involved in Thursday's disastrous test. The explosion was followed by a 40-minute radiation spike in Severodvinsk, a city 40km (25 miles) east of the Nyonoksa test range, by the White Sea. Severodvinsk officials said radiation in the city reached 2 microsieverts per hour, then fell back to the normal 0.11 microsieverts. Both levels are too small to cause radiation sickness.



  • Trump admin announces rule that could limit legal immigration

    The Trump administration released a regulation Monday that could dramatically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications.
    Paired with last week's enforcement raids on food processing plants in Mississippi, Monday's announcement amounts to a concerted effort by the administration to limit legal immigration and crack down on illegal immigration. The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.



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  • @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

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    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .



  • @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

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    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.

    Why



  • @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @DustinB3403 said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @Obsolesce said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews said in Non-IT News Thread:

    The rule means many green card and visa applicants could be turned down if they have low incomes or little education, and have used benefits such as most forms of Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers, because they'd be deemed more likely to need government assistance in the future. It will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States," said acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli, appearing in the White House briefing room. In doing so, though, it'll likely make it harder for low-income immigrants to come to the US.

    Oh, so the U.S. is going to make it more like how it is in most EU countries. I'm sure everyone is going to freak out about this lol.

    Also this completely misses the point of immigrating to the US. People come to the US to make their riches, they don't immigrate here if they are rich or super well off from wherever they are today. . .

    Right, if you have any money to speak of, coming to the US is a terrible option.

    Why

    Because there are likely countries that will welcome you more, tax you less, charge less for healthcare, etc.



  • Missing Nora Quoirin: Body found in Malaysia search

    A body has been found in the search for a vulnerable 15-year-old girl who went missing while on holiday in Malaysia.
    Nora Quoirin, who has special needs, disappeared from her room at the Dusun resort on 4 August.
    Malaysian police confirmed rescuers had found a body on Tuesday near where Nora was reported missing. Missing persons charity the Lucie Blackman Trust said the body had not been identified but was "likely" to be the teenager, from London. About 350 people had been searching for Nora in dense jungle near the resort. BBC correspondent Howard Johnson said the body of a white female had been found just over a mile (2km) away from the Dusun.



  • Guatemala's new president could give Trump a huge headache on immigration

    Guatemala has a new president-elect -- and Donald Trump should probably pay attention.
    Alejandro Giammattei, who looks to have secured nearly 60% of the vote in Sunday's poll, has been outspoken in his opposition to a migration deal that his predecessor, Jimmy Morales, signed with the United States last month. For Guatemalans, the result will probably be more of the same: another president who promises to combat corruption and bring an economic revival, but struggles or fails to alter the status quo on either, like Morales. And, worse than Morales, Guatemalan president-elect Giammattei must come to power with only 42% of voters bothering to turn up to the polls, and only 59% of them voting for him. Yet the stakes ahead are regional, if not global. More of the same means more of the economic collapse that preceded Giammattei and sent a record number of Guatemalans heading north, seeking a better life in the United States. In the border mountains of Huehuetenango, nearly 3% of the population has reportedly already fled to the US border since late last year. The conditions they were escaping include: climate change devastating crops; drug cartels running entire villages; flights of trafficker cocaine landing in the forest; and gang violence killing regularly.



  • Tanzania governor wants to create a national database for married men in a bid to curb infidelity

    The governor of Tanzania's largest city has announced a plan to create and publish a national database of married men to protect women from "heart breaks."
    Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda said he has received a lot of complaints from women who were abandoned by their lovers after a marriage proposal, and that the planned database will help combat infidelity.
    "I have been receiving complaints from women who have been promised marriage by men, yet the men didn't fulfill the promise. I know women who have been paying bills yet the men walked away ..." Makonda said in native Kiswahili. "If possible we will set up a database in the regional commissioner's office in each region that every man who promises a woman marriage, this should be registered in the database which will allow women to check to see whether the person asking is married ...," Makonda said at a Monday news conference.



  • @mlnews interesting. But not married women?



  • @mlnews sounds like the women of Tanzania need to get better at vetting potential partners and smelling bullshit. "Promise of marriage" don't mean a damn thing, ladies.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.



  • @Dashrender said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @scottalanmiller said in Non-IT News Thread:

    @mlnews interesting. But not married women?

    Apparently men's hearts don't get broken.

    I need to ask some missionary friends of mine about this. They'll be getting back to Tanzania in about a week, lol.


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