Warming to Affect Water availability for Hydropower, Public Water Supply in Wales

8/4/21 Water security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Wales could face public water supply challenges and lower hydro power generation potential in the future according to new research. The findings of a recently published study conducted by Bangor University researchers, as part of the ERDF funded Dŵr Uisce project, shows that water availability in Wales will

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Warming to Affect Water availability for Hydropower, Public Water Supply in Wales

8/4/21 Water security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Wales could face public water supply challenges and lower hydro power generation potential in the future according to new research. The findings of a recently published study conducted by Bangor University researchers, as part of the ERDF funded Dŵr Uisce project, shows that water availability in Wales will

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Ransomware Could Lead to War | Ransomware Attacks Hit Record | Whole Towns Are Targeted, and more

8/3/21 Our picks: Ransomware Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  “It’s Quite Feasible to Start a War”: Just How Dangerous Are Ransomware Hackers?  (Sirin Kale, Guardian) Secretive gangs are hacking the computers of governments, firms, even hospitals, and demanding huge sums. But if we pay these ransoms, are we creating a ticking time bomb? read more

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Beginning of the Age of Bioterrorism | DHS Air Cargo Security | Last Days of Osama Bin Laden, and more

8/3/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Evidence Suggests Russia’s SVR Is Still Using ‘WellMess’ Malware, Despite U.S. Warnings  (Tim Starks, Cyberscoop) President Joe Biden urging Vladimir Putin to crack down on cyberattacks coming from within Russian borders doesn’t seem to have convinced the Kremlin to give it up just yet. read more

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Nukes vs. Cyberattacks? | Coexisting with Dictators | Missing the Point about Cuba

8/2/21 Our picks: The BIG PICTURE Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  1. The U.S. Says It Can Answer Cyberattacks with Nuclear Weapons. That’s Lunacy.Recent months saw ever-more-brazen cyberattacks by Russian ransom gangs on American companies: Kaseya (which serves about 1,500 companies); Colonial Pipeline (which supplies nearly half the diesel, gasoline and other fuels used on the

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Crowdsourcing Disaster Response | 3 Degrees of Global Warming Plausible & Disastrous | Bad Nord Stream Deal, and more

7/28/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  White House Asks CISA, NIST to Set Cybersecurity Performance Goals for Critical Infrastructure Operators  (Miriam Baksh, Defense One) The initiative will not result in mandatory measures for the private sector, but the administration hopes to signal its commitment to cybersecurity and maybe get a little help from Congress

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Call me a Traitor | Next Heat Dome | Mysterious Colorado Drone

7/26/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Next Heat Dome to Build Across Lower 48, Aggravating Drought, Fires  (Andrew Freedman, Axious) A significant and far-reaching heat wave is poised to build across much of the continental U.S. during the next few weeks, and it could be the most expansive in the country so far during

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Vienna: Havana Syndrome Hot Spot | Better Disease Forecasts | Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World, and more

7/19/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enormous Scale of Destruction Is Revealed as Water Subsides after Historic Western Europe Flooding  (Ivana Kottasová, CNN) At least 189 people are dead and hundreds more remain missing after catastrophic flooding hit large swaths of western Europe, with tens of thousands unable to return to their homes and

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Exploring Hydrogen Storage

7/18/21 Election security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, in partnership with...

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Biden’s New China Doctrine | Countering China’s Belt and Road | China’s “Lying Flat” Movement, and more

7/16/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  China Buys Friends with Ports and Roads. Now the U.S. Is Trying to Compete.  (Stu Woo and Daniel Michaels, Wall Street Journal) Rare bipartisan program dedicates $60 billion for overseas infrastructure projects including cellular networks, vaccine production and maybe even a crumbling Greek shipyard read more

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Understanding the U.K. Cybersecurity Labor Market

7/15/21 Cybersecurity workforce Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The U.K. government said it was undertaking the latest in an annual survey of U.K. businesses, public sector organizations and charities to help understand the U.K. cybersecurity labor market. The research will examine how organizations approach employing and training cybersecurity professionals, and understand the issues they face during

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RMVE Financing

7/6/21 Extremism Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Editor’s note: The FATF uses the terms “ethnically or racially motivated...

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Disrupting Hackers, Not Just Indicting Them | U.S. Navy Ditches Futuristic Railgun | Feds Used Face-Recognition Tech in 2019-20, and more

7/1/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  DOJ’s Future Is in Disrupting Hackers, Not Just Indicting Them  (Joseph Marks, with Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post) The Justice Department is increasingly aiming to disrupt adversaries’ hacking activity rather than just call it out in indictments. read more

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U.S. to Spend Big to Counter China | Europe Calls for “NATO for Trade” against Beijing | Spying for China, and more

6/30/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  America Plans to Spend Billions of Dollars to Counter China  (India Times) The US plans a massive spending plan to counter China. In a rare demonstration of bipartisan agreement, the Senate passed the United States Innovation and Competition Act 2021 to spend more than $250 billion

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U.S. Cybersecurity Agency Has Global Ambitions | Mass Testing & Pandemic Scale | Migrants & Pandemic, and more

6/29/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Countering Domestic Terrorism Requires More than a Counterterrorist Strategy  (Paul R. Pillar, National Interest) No matter how much counterterrorist work is done through interagency task forces, information sharing, and some of the other measures the new strategy document mentions, the problem of domestic terrorism will remain as long

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National Security Risks of the U.S. Drought | Not Ready for Another Pandemic | 50,000 Security Disasters Waiting to Happen, and more

6/28/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  50,000 Security Disasters Waiting to Happen: The Problem of America’s Water Supplies  (Kevin Collier, NBC News) “If you could imagine a community center run by two old guys who are plumbers, that’s your average water plant,” one cybersecurity consultant said. read more

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Big Future for CISA | NIH Removed Chinese Covid-19 Gene Data | NSA Collaborates with Private Sector, and more

6/25/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Chinese Covid-19 Gene Data That Could Have Aided Pandemic Research Removed from NIH Database  (Amy Dockser Marcus, Betsy McKay and Drew Hinshaw, Wall Street Journal) Researcher says he recovered gene sequences after a Chinese scientist asked that they be removed from government archive. read more

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Countries Stuck in Coronavirus Purgatory | Studying Unidentified Aerial Phenomena | Asylum Seekers’ Re-application, and more

6/24/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Pelosi Creates Panel to ‘Seek the Truth’ on Capitol Attack  (Associated Press / VOA News) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it official Thursday that she is creating a special committee to investigate the attack on the Capitol, saying it is “imperative that we seek the truth.” The new

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Can China Keep Rising?

6/23/21 PERSPECTIVE: The (Continuing?) Rise of China Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments “The East is rising,” Chinese leaders took...

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Role of Managed Retreat as a Climate Change Response

6/23/21 Managed coastal retreat Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  In a new analysis on managed retreat—the climate adaptation response of moving people and property out of harm’s way—researchers explore what it would take for managed retreat to be supportive of people and their priorities. A key starting point is considering retreat alongside other responses like coastal

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Extremism Has Spread into the Mainstream | Refugees & Security Concerns | Disasters & Language Gap, and more

6/21/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Fierce Capitol Attacks on Police in Newly Released Videos  (Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press / Military.com) Videos released under court order provide a chilling new look at the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, including body camera footage that shows a man charging at a police

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Managed Retreat Conference

Coastal challenges Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Columbia Climate School and its Earth Institute, will hold a virtual conference 22-25...

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Should Taiwan Worry about a Chinese Surprise Attack? | US “Strike Force” to Break China’s Grip on Trade | How Academic Freedom Ends, and more

6/9/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Why Israel’s 1967 Surprise Attack on Egypt Is a Warning for Taiwan  (Adam Leong Kok Wey, National Interest) Strategic similarities between Chinese air sorties and Israel’s air deception campaign against Egypt months before the Six-Day War cannot be easily dismissed. read more

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Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China | China Threat Meets the China Reality | China Turning Water-Scarcity into a Weapon, and more

6/8/21 Our picks: China watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Senate Poised to Pass Huge Industrial Policy Bill to Counter China  (David E. Sanger, Catie Edmondson, David McCabe and Thomas Kaplan, New York Times) The broad support for the bill highlights how competition with Beijing is one of the few issues that can still unite both

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A History of Political Murder

6/7/21 BOOKSHELF: Assassination handbook Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Review of Michael Burleigh, Day of the Assassins: A...