Ethereum’s Holesky Testnet Fails To Launch, in Rare Tech Misstep for the Blockchain
by Margaux Nijkerk | Coindesk

Photo by Kanchanara on Unsplash

Ethereum developers failed to get their new test network, Holesky, started on Friday, marring a technological milestone that was supposed to serve as a celebration of the first anniversary of last year’s historic “Merge” upgrade.

While some validators were able to manually start the test network, there was a misconfiguration in one of the genesis files of the network, according to Ethereum core developers.

As a result, Ethereum core developers decided to postpone the launch for about two weeks, giving them time to regroup.

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How Can We Encourage More Women to Work in Immersive Technology?
by Abby Morley | AR Insider

The field of immersive technology is rapidly evolving, and it has become increasingly important for women to be part of this industry. However, women are still underrepresented in this field, and there is a need to encourage more women to pursue careers in immersive technology. This article will explore some of the ways in which we can encourage more women to work in immersive technology.

One of the main reasons why women are underrepresented in immersive technology is the lack of role models. Women need to see other women succeeding in this field to be encouraged to pursue careers in immersive technology.

Therefore, it is important to showcase successful women in immersive technology and highlight their achievements. This will not only inspire other women but also provide them with the necessary guidance and support to succeed in this field.

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Beyond ‘Carbon Neutral:’ Refining Corporate Carbon-Credit Claims
by GEORGE FAVALORO | Sustainable Brands

Photo by Marcin Jozwiak on Unsplash

With the explosive growth of the voluntary carbon market came concerns around carbon-reduction claims lacking clarity or being misleading. Several refined claims frameworks have emerged to bridge these gaps.

Historically, companies relied on carbon credits to bolster claims of Carbon and Climate Neutrality; using these credits to "offset" their carbon footprints — whether for products, buildings or entire operations. While this strategy had a significant global impact, motivating numerous businesses towards climate action over the past two decades, concerns arose about its shortcomings. Specifically, the worry was that companies might be prioritizing the purchase of offsets over authentic emission reductions. To address this, the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) advocated for businesses to first reduce their emissions in alignment with a 1.5°C-aligned reduction pathway and then using carbon credits to achieve what the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) calls Beyond Value Chain Mitigation (i.e., mitigating emissions beyond their own footprint).

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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Accelerated Ice Breakup in Hudson Bay

Image Credit: NASA/Wanmei Liang; NOAA

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NOAA-20 satellite captured this image of fragmented ice in Hudson Bay on June 28, 2023. The sea ice typically melts away between June and August, and the bay begins to freeze over again in late October or November.

The ebb and flow of ice and its distribution play a vital role in the lives of many animals, especially polar bears. When there is ice in the bay, polar bears head out to hunt for ringed seals and other prey. When the ice melts, the bears retreat to shore, where they fast or feed on whatever bits of food they can find until the ice returns.

Warm weather in early June 2023 accelerated Hudson Bay’s ice breakup, according to data from the Canadian Ice Service. This left much of the bay with less ice than usual by the end of the month, especially in the western and central parts of the bay.

Image Credit: NASA/Wanmei Liang; NOAA

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023
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