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Giving digital preservation a backbone

Libraries used to be the main stewards of the cultural and scientific record. But in the era of digital storage “cloud computing,” the institutions best-positioned to manage vast quantities of data are often companies such as Google and Elsevier.

Forget the Kyoto Accord and Tax Carbon consumption

Given the failure of international climate negotiations, a tax on carbon consumption is the most effective way of lowering CO2 emissions. If nations are serious about addressing climate change, then they must pay for the carbon pollution caused by what they consume.

New site seeks to “professionalise” homestay sector

A new software platform that seeks to simplify homestay bookings for language schools worldwide, while increasing service and safety for students, could “professionalise” the largely unregulated homestay industry, its owners claim.

New York looks for ways to hold back the sea

New York City had been gradually preparing for a world of rising seas and more powerful storms. But the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy is now forcing officials to consider spending billions of dollars on storm protection, including a network of surge barriers.