Daily Archives: August 16, 2022

Lithium Supply Bottlenecks Risk Future of EVs | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ

Aug 15, 2022

Lithium is a key component to the batteries in electric vehicles. But the part of the world with the largest known lithium deposits is stifling production of the mineral at a time when demand for it is growing.

WSJ South America reporter Ryan Dube joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what is causing the bottlenecks and how they could affect the global EV market.

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The Apple-Facebook Partnership: How Secret Talks Fell Apart | Tech News Briefing Podcast | WSJ

Aug 16, 2022

Apple and Facebook are at war over privacy and data-collection policies. But before their feud heated up, the tech giants engaged in secret discussions about a possible revenue-sharing partnership.

WSJ reporter Salvador Rodriguez joins host Zoe Thomas to discuss what the conversations were about and how the two ended up at odds with each other.

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Mayor’s Garden Contest 2022

Aug 16, 2022

The Mayor’s Garden Contest is an annual citywide celebration of urban gardening. On a lovely afternoon in the Public Garden, Mayor Wu joins the Parks and Recreation department in the recognizing the gardeners who have helped beautify Boston’s neighborhoods.

China to roll out new incentives for couples to have more babies amid birth rate drop

Aug 16, 2022

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The Chinese government issued a new set of guidelines on August 16, 2022, to fast-track the implementation of a robust support system meant to encourage more couples to have children. The system offers perks such as preferential housing for couples with more than one child and improved maternity leave policies. China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, and now allows couples to have up to 3 children. In 2021, the country’s national birth rate hit a record low of 7.52 births for every 1,000 people.

Related story: 50-year extension to one-child law https://www.scmp.com/article/247756/5…

Gardeners turning waste into fertilisers in the Gambia – BBC News

Aug 16, 2022

In the Gambia, like in most other parts of Africa, the cost of fertiliser is high.

The government is able to provide a small subsidy, but the costs can be prohibitive for small scale farmers.

It means that Gambians are coming up with innovative solutions, one such collective is based in Bakau, a town west of Gambia’s capital city of Banjul.

The Bakau women famers are turning organic waste into fertiliser, providing cheaper alternatives while cleaning the environment.


Inside the abandoned buildings under Lake Mead

Nov 5, 2015

In the 1930s engineers designed the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas, taming the Colorado River and giving a reliable water supply for California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Without that water, the Phoenix of today would not exist.

When the work was finished, many of the plants used to make and mix the concrete needed to build the dam were partially dismantled, abandoned, and flooded by what is now Lake Mead.

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Las Vegas ‘water police’ patrol for violations

May 12, 2022

Water levels in Lake Mead, which supplies Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico, are now at an all time low and those responsible for water management in nearby Las Vegas are ticketing residents who willingly waste the precious resource.

What a drought has uncovered about Lake Powell

May 12, 2022

Environmentalists have long cursed the day Glen Canyon was dammed and the Lake Powell reservoir was formed by flooding the landscape behind it. Thanks to alarmingly low water levels and a two-decade-long drought, that landscape now seems to be returning to its natural state not seen for more than half a century. Ben Tracy reports.

Great Salt Lake dry-up causing dangerous climate ripple effect, ecologists say l ABCNL

Jul 18, 2022

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth reports on Utah’s Great Salt Lake drying up and slowly shrinking, causing concern for wildlife, the people of Salt Lake City and the air quality.

Climate Expert On Extreme Heat: ‘We’re Not Going To Be Able To Find Solutions’

Jul 19, 2022

Climate scientist Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, writer-at-large at The Bulwark Tim Miller, NBC News Correspondent Emilie Ikeda and NBC Foreign Correspondent Meagan Fitzgerald join Chris Jansing to discuss the climate change-induced, record-breaking heatwave engulfing Europe. “We need to mitigate against worst case warming scenarios because at some point we’re not going to be able to find solutions to this runaway heat and to the many impacts of climate change that are ripple effects from this temperature warming,” says Dr. Chakraborty. “So let’s actually proactively prepare and adapt to this new temperature point from which we can anticipate continued and increased hot days around the world. And let’s prevent real worst case scenarios from coming into reality.”