Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies

Who wins as energy bills soar? Oil and gas companies Ingvar Tjostheim/Shutterstock Your annual energy bill could rise by another £800 in October according to UK electricity and gas market regulator Ofgem, which is set to lift the cap on energy prices (the maximum that energy suppliers can charge customers…

Cost of living: the unhealthy coping strategies which are likely to rise as energy bills soar – plus how to get help

Cost of living: the unhealthy coping strategies which are likely to rise as energy bills soar – plus how to get help Vlaimages/Shutterstock The burden of very high energy prices does not fall evenly across society. The most vulnerable customers are more likely to be on the most expensive tariffs…

Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Taxonomy and Tools of Intermediary Liability

This is the second installment in a four-part blog series surveying global intermediary liability laws.  The web of global intermediary liability laws has grown increasingly vast and complex as policymakers around the world move to adopt stricter legal frameworks for platform regulation. To help detangle things, we offer an overview…

Why Seventh-day Adventists are so often vegan or vegetarian

Why Seventh-day Adventists are so often vegan or vegetarian CC BY-NC-SA Christianity is often regarded as a staunch opponent of veganism – after all, most Christian denominations are highly carnivorous in their dietary ethics. Many proclaim liberty to consume animal flesh as they assume animals to be a gift created…

Climate change: UK’s net zero target is under threat because there’s no plan to pay for it

Climate change: UK’s net zero target is under threat because there’s no plan to pay for it Costs for achieving net zero are mounting, with no clear plan to afford them. Shutterstock The UK government’s plan for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is at a serious risk…

Podcast Episode: Securing the Vote

U.S. democracy is at an inflection point, and how we administer and verify our elections is more important than ever. From hanging chads to glitchy touchscreens to partisan disinformation, too many Americans worry that their votes won’t count and that election results aren’t trustworthy. It’s crucial that citizens have well-justified…

Data Brokers and True the Vote are the Real Villains of "2000 Mules" Movie

2000 Mules is a movie which claims to expose election fraud with phone app location data. While these claims have already been thoroughly debunked, the movie also deserves condemnation for performing wildly invasive research on thousands of people’s location data without their consent or even knowledge. It is a reminder…

EFF to Court: California Law Does Not Bar Content Moderation on Social Media

Moderated platforms often struggle to draw workable lines between content that is permitted, and content that’s not. Every online forum for user speech struggles with this problem, not just the dominant social media platforms. Laws protecting companies’ ability to moderate their platforms free from legal mandates benefit the public, and…

EFF Opposes Anti-Fiber, Anti-Affordability Legislation in California That Will Raise Prices on Middle Income Users

California taxpayers are funding the creation of rural fiber infrastructure and should be guaranteed affordable access to 21st century broadband infrastructure. SACRAMENTO, CA – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) opposes legislation sponsored by AT&T, AB 2749 (Quirk-Silva), that would undermine California’s historic broadband infrastructure law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom…

Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics

Plastic pollution: European farmland could be largest global reservoir of microplastics Dylan de Jonge/Unsplash, CC BY-SA Plastic particles smaller than 5mm (known as microplastics) are well-documented pollutants in ocean and freshwater habitats. The discovery of microplastics in the most remote rivers of the Himalayas and the deepest trenches of the…

Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps

Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps Malloscelis taiwanianus, a spider wasp, found in Sichuan, China. Shutterstock Most people recognise a wasp as those stripy insects who ruin our summer picnics. They live in huge societies, much the same as the honeybee; you might even have a nest…

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future

David Bowie and the birth of environmentalism: 50 years on, how Ziggy Stardust and the first UN climate summit changed our vision of the future David Bowie released his seminal album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars 50 years ago, on June 16, 1972.…

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