The Climate Change Lifestyle: Experts Identify 3 Personal Habits That Could Help Save the Planet

Documents Reveal Palantir's Role in Deportations ; Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies ; and More Picks

Climate change, lifestyle
The author writes, “Eat less meat. Ride a bike. Watch your energy bill. If you’re wondering how to reduce your personal impact on climate change, a U.K. government advisory group has a guidebook for you, buried in a sprawling report released Thursday on how the country can achieve ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That fresh target meets the requirements of the Paris Agreement, which commits member countries to set their ‘highest possible ambition’ to keep global temperatures from rising by 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and ideally below 1.5 degrees, to prevent the worst effects of climate change.” Photo credit: Montgomery County Planning Commission / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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California Janitors May Get Labor Law Protections in Wake of Federal Court Decision (Chris)

From the LA Times: “The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the California Supreme Court’s landmark 2018 Dynamex decision, which makes it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors, applies retroactively to a class-action case against cleaning giant Jan-Pro.”

Documents Reveal Palantir Software Is Used for Ice Deportations (Chris)

The author writes, “A close read of recently released ICE documents reveals that Palantir has been far more involved with the detention and deportation functions than previously implied.”

Premium Liquor Flows at Mar-a-Lago — On Taxpayers’ Dime (Reader Steve)

From ProPublica: “A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.”

Twitter Can’t Ban Racism Because They’d Have to Ban Republicans, Too (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “The difficulty of banning white nationalist hate rhetoric from Twitter stems directly from the fact that it would be politically divisive and therefore problematic for the company.”

How a Parasitic Fungus Turns Ants Into Zombies (Mili)

The author writes, “The Ophiocordyceps unilateralis fungus has just one goal: self-propagation and dispersal. Researchers think the fungus, found in tropical forests, infects a foraging ant through spores that attach and penetrate the exoskeleton and slowly takes over its behavior.”

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