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Razer Sneki Snek uses cuteness to save trees: The origin and what’s next

Razer Sneki Snek uses cuteness to save trees: The origin and what’s next

This might be the first time you've heard of Razer's own Sneki Snek. It's a logo, it's a branding mark, it's a character. It's a very cute little creature. Sneki Snek first appeared at RazerCon in October of 2020, after which Razer met their goal to "save" 100,000 trees within two months. They did this by selling Sneki Snek merchandise.

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US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

US rejoins Paris Agreement as climate change risk has never been clearer

The US has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement, with President Biden bringing America back into the collective of countries and states attempting to curtail rising global temperatures and the impact of climate change. The US initially joined the Agreement in 2016, but withdrew under the previous Administration.

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Bill Gates says ditch cows for synthetic beef

Bill Gates says ditch cows for synthetic beef

It's no secret that cattle -- the kind raised for beef and milk products -- are bad for the environment. Various efforts have been introduced to address this problem, including encouraging the public to eat less beef, potential feed changes to reduce emissions, and more. In a recent interview, Bill Gates took things one step farther by calling on wealthy countries to switch entirely to synthetic beef.

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NOAA has some seriously cheesy Valentine’s Day cards for you

NOAA has some seriously cheesy Valentine’s Day cards for you

Are you tired of the ordinary, boring, and otherwise saccharine-sweet Valentine's Day cards you can pick up at the store? If so, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has some cheesy satellite-themed Valentine's Day cards for you to tweet, email, or hand-deliver to your favorite people.

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Study shows COVID-19 quarantine lowered pollution, raised global temp

Study shows COVID-19 quarantine lowered pollution, raised global temp

This week the folks at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) published a study on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent global lockdown. "Pollution cools the planet, so it makes sense that pollution reductions would warm the planet, said NCAR scientist Andrew Gettelman.

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Pepsi teams with Beyond Meat – here’s why

Pepsi teams with Beyond Meat – here’s why

Today PepsiCo and Beyond Meat teamed up to announce a newly created entity "The PLANeT Partnership, LLC (TPP)." Financial terms of this partnership were not disclosed, and all "joint venture operations" will be managed by the newly created entity. But what in the world would Pepsi want to do working with Beyond Meat?

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Galaxy Upcycling at Home turns old phones into smart home devices

Galaxy Upcycling at Home turns old phones into smart home devices

Smartphone makers are starting to advertise their strategies in reducing their environmental footprint, but many of those often involve changes to packaging. The latest example is the controversial removal of the charger from iPhone 12 boxes, something that Samsung first ridiculed but then will reportedly copy. Electronic waste, however, comes in different forms and one of the biggest is actually the number of smartphones being thrown out. At CES 2021, Samsung revealed a new aspect of its Upcycling program that will give unused Galaxy phones a new lease on life at home.

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Kilauea volcano erupts in three places, new lava lake formed

Kilauea volcano erupts in three places, new lava lake formed

Lava appeared after the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) announced detection of a a magnitude-4.4 earthquake located beneath Kīlauea Volcano's south flank. This event was officially detected on Sunday, December 20 at 10:36 PM HST. A lava lake grew overnight at tremendous speed, and plenty of video and photos were recorded as liquid fire spewed forth from the depths.

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Google lays out plastic-free packaging goal for 2025

Google lays out plastic-free packaging goal for 2025

Apple's decision to exclude a charger in the iPhone 12 box has unsurprisingly sparked some controversy but it also ignited discussions around sustainability in the mobile world. True to its image as being a trendsetter, there are already speculations that other manufacturers like Samsung will eventually follow suit despite statements to the contrary. Google is conveniently skirting around that question and is instead focusing on its efforts to completely banish plastic from its products by 2025, at least as far as their packaging is concerned.

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This is why Google’s new Chromecast is unexpectedly colorful

This is why Google’s new Chromecast is unexpectedly colorful

The new Chromecast is Google's most powerful media dongle and finally addresses the issue of the missing remote, but all I could think about when I first saw it was... why did they make it in three different colors? On sale from today, the $49.99 streaming adapter can be had in Snow, Sunrise, and Sky, which seems a weird decision when you consider you'll probably only get to enjoy those finishes for a couple of minutes before you plug it in behind the TV.

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LEGO phasing out plastic bags

LEGO phasing out plastic bags

Inside every non-basic LEGO brick set you'll find a series of plastic bags with numbers printed on their sides. You'll get a set of 3 or more, each with a set of LEGO pieces that correspond with the set's instructions booklet. In an effort to promote sustainability and assist in the preservation of all life on Earth, LEGO will begin phasing out this system of waste over the next several years.

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Climate researchers warn “hothouse” changes will send Earth temps soaring

Climate researchers warn “hothouse” changes will send Earth temps soaring

A high-fidelity record of variations in our planet's temperatures was created and revealed this week, spanning a cool 66 million years into the past. This timeline is the most complete record of its kind, showing global mean temperatures of our planet, showing four significantly different states. These states were named Hothouse, Warmhouse, Coolhouse, and Icehouse.

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