Tinder, OKCupid, Grindr and other apps share personal data with advertisers

Researchers in Norway say the data-sharing appears to violate European data privacy laws. In the U.S., groups are asking state and federal regulators to investigate whether the practices are illegal. — Read on http://www.npr.org/2020/01/14/796427696/study-grindr-tindr-and-other-apps-share-sensitive-personal-data-with-advertisers

Feral cats adding to the bushfire tragedy

I love domesticated cats who live inside as necessary to my life. But cats are remarkably efficient predators when allowed to run free. Bird lovers often hate cats with a passion for that very reason. And it's a sound reason for keeping pet cats indoors. What's happening now is that feral cats are heading into … Continue reading Feral cats adding to the bushfire tragedy

Australian authors are already challenging the idea that catastrophic bushfire is normal.

The stories Australian fiction authors tell about bushfire are changing to challenge past assumptions. A core belief in Australia has been that fires are basic to life in that country. These writers are now saying that the scale of these fires is new and specifically caused by the climate crisis. — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jan/14/australian-fiction-is-already-challenging-the-idea-that-catastrophic-bushfire-is-normal

Natural gas (much of it fracked) a disaster for the planet

The many people in favor of natural gas are very fast to obscure the environmental cost of producing and using it. The facts are that fracking carries a high risk of polluting our limited sources of fresh water plus its production and use will considerably increase U.S. emissions. Read on in the article below. Cheap … Continue reading Natural gas (much of it fracked) a disaster for the planet