PARIS: Harmful carbon emissions from energy rose in 2017 for the first time in three years, the International Energy Agency said Thursday (Mar 22), proof that the world’s efforts to fight climate change are falling short.

Strong economic growth pushed global energy demand up by 2.1 per cent last …
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Date/time: 22nd March 2018, 18:00

The top firms in California’s Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world’s first national technology ambassador said.Chosen to fill what his country’s foreign ministry has dubbed the first “techplomacy” posting on the U.S. West Coast, Denmark’s Casper Klynge will be tasked with building direct ties between his country and the likes of Facebook, Apple and Alphabet’s Google.”We are to continue doing traditional diplomacy with countries and organizations, but we also have to start looking into what relation you can have with these big tech companies,” Klynge told Reuters in an interview.The aim was to help Denmark understand the impact of rapid changes in digital technology while promoting the country’s interests and values – setting up a channel of communication that would also benefit the companies.

Source: Silicon Valley giants outrank many nations, says first ‘techplomat’ | Reuters

Brian Harper is not happy with the state of my house. As he pulls up the corner of my bathroom carpet, he cries out when he sees what is beneath: a section of missing floorboard. On a tablet showing live thermal image video, the resulting cold patch is dark violet. Harper is assessing the energy efficiency of my home. And apparently, it is sub-par.Cutting the energy we use in our homes is vital if societies are going to reduce global emissions from fossil fuels. Technological advances in renewable sources will help, but they still are unlikely to provide all the answers. Which explains why Harper, who helped develop early thermal imaging tech for the military almost 50 years ago, is poking about behind the lavatory of my semi-detached Victorian home in Bristol. His reaction to my missing floorboard and seeing the heat loss on screen underscores the potential connections between my chilly, poorly insulated room and our large gas bills.

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