Expect to see developers and the tech industry calling for and partnering in institutional fixes - for climate change and for problems that the internet has drawn blame for in recent years, writes Tal Niv of GitHub
climate change - News, Features, and Slideshows
Greenpeace has released the fourth version of its Cool IT Leaderboard and Cisco, Ericsson and Fujitsu ranked atop the list of 17 global high-tech companies.
"The Cool IT leaderboard evaluates global IT companies on their leadership in the fight to stop climate change," notes the announcement. "The IT sector possesses the innovative spirit, technological know-how and political influence to bring about a rapid clean energy revolution."
The massive dust cloud that turned Sydney red this week was blowing towards New Zealand last night.
A picture shot by NASA's Terra Earth-observation satellite yesterday morning, and processed by the Bureau of Meteorology, above, showed the brown cloud riding on a swirling low pressure system off New Zealand's west coast.
Businesses under pressure to reduce their impact on the environment have been advised to establish carbon banks that can channel cash collected from customers into greenhouse abatement programs such as computer system reforms.
Jetstar was already harnessing such an initiative, the airline's chief information officer, Stephen Tame, said. About 16 per cent of its passengers were now participating in its carbon offset scheme.
The big four accounting firms will this year take on more graduates from a non-accounting background than ever before as they seek to bolster their knowledge and skills base in areas of increasing global importance such as sustainability, water accounting and climate change.
Between them, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG will find space for a total of more than 2000 graduates nationally, which must be good news for those just finished or close to finishing university, including those with science and engineering degrees.