Ireland's data centers are an economic lifeline. But environmentalists say they're wrecking the planet
In the west of Ireland lies a medieval market town, its roots steeped in legend. Beyond the labyrinth of narrow streets of the center are the chimney stacks of housing developments that still puff coal and peat. Past those homes, on the outskirts of Ennis, is an unremarkable but huge plot of land, nestled between a power station and farmland where cattle and sheep graze. This is where a mysterious company has applied to develop a new data center the size of 22 American football fields.
B.C. study links low river flows with lower chinook salmon productivity
News/Canada/British Columbia: A study that links low summertime water flows in a British Columbia river with lower productivity across 22 generations of a struggling salmon population could help guide how rivers are managed to support fish, the authors say.
Slush cannons, ice probes among ideas to extend Rideau Canal skating season
News/Canada/Ottawa: The National Capital Commission wants to find ways to open the Rideau Canal Skateway earlier in the season and will be working with Carleton University to try out some ideas — including something called a "slush cannon."
Roberta Bondar reflects on spaceflight, nature and the cake she almost didn't have
News/Science: On January 22, 1992, Dr. Roberta Bondar blasted off on the space shuttle Discovery, becoming the first Canadian woman in space. Since then, she has become a renowned nature photographer and an inspiration to a new generation of Canadian astronauts.
Twitter is rolling out verified NFT profile pictures
Twitter on Thursday began rolling out a feature that will let some users set NFTs that they own as their profile picture to signal their investment in the emerging digital art space. The move makes Twitter one of the best-known tech platforms so far to launch a feature for the flashy NFT trend.
Doomsday Clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight amid climate change, cybersecurity and pandemic
News/Science: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists revealed their annual Doomsday Clock announcement, leaving the hands of the metaphorical clock the closest to midnight in its 75-year history.
Silverdaisy watershed a step closer to protection, premier says, after company surrenders mining rights
News/Canada/British Columbia: B.C. Premier John Horgan says an ecologically sensitive watershed in the southern Interior is one step closer to protection, thanks to an agreement extinguishing mining claims in the area.
Scientists want Ottawa to scrap carbon capture tax credit
News/Science: More than 400 Canadian climate scientists and other academics are pleading with Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to scrap her plan to create a tax credit for companies that build carbon capture and storage facilities.