Google requested to label anti-fracking websites as fake news

May 9, 2017 by  
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Following the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential election , search engine website Google rewrote its engine algorithm to bury “fake news.” They were consequently blamed for Hillary Clinton’s loss and the “propaganda” which supposedly defamed President Trump . Since then, the phrase “ fake news ” has been a readily-used one. And, members of the industry-funded Texans for Natural Gas are taking advantage of it by urging Google to include anti- fracking websites in its list of sources that lack integrity and accuracy. In an open letter to Google which was published on Monday, the group wrote , “We believe many of the most prominent anti- fracking websites have content that is misleading, false, or offensive – if not all three. As a result, we urge you to consider purging or demoting these websites from your algorithm, which in turn will encourage a more honest public discussion about hydraulic fracturing , and oil and natural gas development in general.” Bloomberg reported in April that due to immense pressure to eliminate fake news , or what the company calls “low-quality” content, Google raters now “assess search results — to flag web pages that host hoaxes, conspiracy theories and what the company calls ‘low-quality’ content.” The process in question is hydraulic fracturing ( fracking ), which involves injecting large amounts of water, mixed with sand and an assortment of chemicals, deep into the ground to unlock reserves of oil and natural gas . The drilling technique is responsible for igniting the energy boom, but many environmentalists view it as a threat to the planet. This is because the process may contaminate groundwater, pollute the air and threaten wildlands. Additionally, some scientists believe fracking causes earthquakes, as Inhabitat previously reported . Related: EPA finally admits fracking contaminates drinking water Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did announce in 2015 that no widespread evidence was found proving that fracking contaminates groundwater, it later reversed its decision. In late 2016, the EPA concluded that there is evidence that fracking has contaminated drinking water in all stages of the process. Because of these findings, many citizens are adamant that they deserve the right to be skeptical of the process, especially considering the country’s reliance on fossil fuels is propelling climate change . Texans for Natural Gas believe otherwise, however. The group wrote to Google, “Claims made by the radical environmentalist campaign against hydraulic fracturing are protected by the First Amendment.” “Groups that wish to peddle misleading information about oil and natural gas are fully within their rights to do so. Many of the groups engaging in anti-fracking advocacy have devoted significant resources to Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and as a result they receive significant web traffic,” they added. “But that is no reason for Google to reward such misinformation with its powerful search engine. We urge you consider adding these groups’ websites to your review of fake news and the kinds of content that you do not wish to promote.” Via The Daily Signal Images via Bloomberg

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Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees every time you click

April 11, 2016 by  
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Ecosia is an eco-friendly alternative to Google – it works just like any other search engine, so you can still find what you are looking for, but Ecosia donates surplus advertising income to a tree planting program. All told, that’s at least 80% of its profits, all going towards making the planet a little greener, and all you have to do is do what you are already doing. A small team of Ecosia users have already contributed enough to plant 4 million trees, so imagine what we could do if everyone switched. Want to be sure all that money is going where they say it will? You can  keep tabs on Ecosia  because they publish proof every month of the work they – and you – are doing. + Ecosia

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Nendo unveils stylish I beam-inspired rocking horses for Kartell

April 11, 2016 by  
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Prolific Japanese studio Nendo has unveiled their latest minimalist and stylish take on a traditional product: the rocking horse. Crafted from three curved pieces of transparent plastic, the H Rocking Horse references the steel I beams—also known as H beams—used in large structures like skyscrapers. The playful toy was created for Italian furniture brand Kartell and will be presented at the 2016 Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan. + Nendo The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Google is considering ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

June 12, 2015 by  
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Google is reportedly stepping up their investments in renewable energy. Apple may be the world’s greenest tech company , but the search engine giant is primed to get serious about clean energy sources. The company is negotiating to become an investor in the largest wind power project in Africa, the Lake Turkana Wind Power Project located in Kenya . At this time, the size of Google’s proposed investment is unknown, but even a small contribution could give a project like this a significant boost. Read the rest of Google is considering ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , Africa , Google , google clean energy , google investing in africa , google investing in renewable energy , google investments , google renewable energy , google wind farm , kenya , lake turkana wind power project , renewable energy

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Google Goggles Will Give You a Terminator-Style Augmented View of the World

February 29, 2012 by  
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Google Goggles may sound like a mouthful to you but you might be wearing a pair before you know it. Word on the street is that the search engine giant is developing the high-tech specs , which will stream information about the world around you onto the lenses in real time, Terminator-style. Read on to learn about what you’ll be able to “see” through these super-advanced new eyeglasses. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: augmented reality , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Google , Google glasses , Google Goggles , green fashion , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , Terminator , virtual reality , wearable technology

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New Search Engine For Carbon Emissions Data Launched By AMEE

January 25, 2010 by  
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Images via AMEE The Avoiding Mass Extinctions Engine, or AMEE, is an organization with an audacious goal: to track the energy footprint of everything on earth. It entails an enormous amount of work, from figuring out how to track it to actually aggregating the data.

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What Does Apple’s Tablet Really Mean for Our Society?

January 25, 2010 by  
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Image via Gizmodo The Internet is abuzz with talk about the next BIG thing. Really big. Really, really, really big

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the 13th day of christmas.

January 9, 2010 by  
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That’s tree-cycling day, of course! Start your new years off right by disposing of your Christmas tree properly. Recycled Christmas trees end up doing a lot of good in 5 major categories: chipping (chippings are used for various things from mulch to hiking trails), beachfront erosion prevention, lake and river shoreline stabilization, fish habitat and river delta sedimentation management. Why throw your tree in the trash when it has so much potential

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World’s First Green Search Engine Launches Tree-Planting Email Service

December 9, 2009 by  
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Image via Treehoo Treehoo already made it onto one of our lists of top green search engines last year, but this latest move might bump it farther up to the top.

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