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Five Things the Movie Her Got Wrong, and a Bit Right

by Michael Khoo, climate disinformation program directorOriginally posted on Tech Policy Press OpenAI CEO Sam Altman tweeted the movie title Her earlier this month in advance of the launch of his company’s GPT-4.o chatbot. One of the voices available for the audio version of the conversational system was Sky, a chatbot that sounded a…
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Are Your Internet Habits Killing the Planet?

by Arielle Samuelson, HEATED journalistOriginally posted on HEATED. Header image courtesy of Netflix. This weekend I binged Bridgerton, Netflix’s raunchy, Regency-ish romcom. Along with 45 million other people, I tuned in to find out if incisive, socially-awkward gossip columnist Penelope Featherington could win the heart of her lovable, pirate cosplaying…
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Tree-hugging, dam-fighting green legend dies at 80

Originally posted in E&E Brent Blackwelder, a longtime environmentalist and self-avowed “tree hugger” who prodded politicians for decades, has died. He was 80. The environmental institution was a founder of American Rivers and chair of the League of Conservation Voters’ board of directors. He founded the Environmental Policy Center and…
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A Preacher’s Son, Mathematician, Philosopher, Advocacy Father and Renaissance Man: A Tribute to Dr. Brent Blackwelder, President Emeritus at Friends of the Earth

Thanksgiving Day, 2023, our planet lost one of her great champions. Terry, Matthew and Laura lost a husband and father. I lost my mentor and advocacy father: Dr. Brent Blackwelder. Earth Day in 1970 was a life-changing moment for Brent. Brent, a preacher’s son, a mathematician and philosopher, was moved…
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Artificial Intelligence: The Next Climate Wildfire?

by Michael Khoo, climate disinformation program managerOriginally posted in The Messenger Generally, we think nothing of filling a prescription, test-driving a new car, or taking a flight — because we know the companies that made those products had to prove they were safe. Yet, new technology like artificial intelligence (AI)…
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60,000 activists tell JPMorgan Chase: Denounce, divest and defund Formosa Plastics’ toxic and racist petrochemical complex  

Plastic pollution poses a major threat to the health of our oceans, waterways and communities. Unsurprisingly, the same fossil fuel companies driving our global climate crisis are also expanding harmful petrochemical production throughout the United States, turning their own toxic waste into products they can profit off of. These facilities…
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