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Solar Geoengineering Sparks Controversy, Facial Recognition in Vending Machines

Climate scientists argue solar geoengineering can cool our planet, facial recognition technology was recently discovered in vending machines, and the Biden administration signed a controversial plan to recover salmon populations.

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Climate scientists, environmental activists, and philanthropists recently convened to discuss the potential of solar geoengineering as a solution to global warming. The meeting aimed to establish guidelines for future research, as federal oversight is currently lacking. Despite concerns about potential risks such as ozone layer damage and disrupted weather patterns, supporters argue that solar geoengineering could help reduce global temperatures during the transition away from fossil fuels. The discussion remains complex and politically sensitive, necessitating careful consideration and collaboration among all parties involved.

In other news, Venezuelan migrant Leonal Moreno has sparked controversy by urging his followers to unite and pay the fines for a 15-year-old migrant who shot a tourist in Times Square. Moreno’s video received mixed reactions, with some criticizing the support for the young offender. The incident has raised questions about immigration policies and the Biden administration’s response to the crisis. President Biden has acknowledged the broken immigration system and the need for reform.

Meanwhile, the University of Waterloo is set to remove smart vending machines from its campus following a student’s discovery of an error code suggesting facial recognition technology. Adaria Vending Services clarified that the technology does not store photos and cannot identify individuals. The machines are GDPR compliant and do not collect user data. However, the use of facial recognition technology on college campuses has sparked global concerns, leading to the university’s decision to disable the software and remove the machines.

Lastly, the Biden administration, along with leaders of four Columbia River Basin tribes and the governors of Oregon and Washington, have signed a $1 billion plan to help recover salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. The plan does not call for the removal of controversial dams on the Snake River but aims to boost clean energy production and provide benefits for tribes and communities. Despite opposition from Congressional Republicans and critics who argue that the plan was developed without considering the concerns of those who would be impacted by dam removal, officials at the White House ceremony expressed optimism about the plan’s potential to restore the Columbia River Basin and benefit tribal nations, clean energy, agriculture, and transportation.

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Biden Administration and Columbia River Basin Tribes Launch $1 Billion Plan to Recover Salmon Populations

“President Biden understands that the Columbia River is the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest, for its culture, for its economy and for its people,” said Brenda Mallory, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.“`

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University of Waterloo to Remove Smart Vending Machines Over Facial Recognition Technology Concerns

“The university has asked that these machines be removed from campus as soon as possible. In the meantime, we’ve asked that the software be disabled,” Rebecca Elming, a representative for the University of Waterloo, told the outlet.

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VENEZUELAN MIGRANT URGES FOLLOWERS TO PAY FINES FOR TEEN ACCUSED OF TIMES SQUARE SHOOTING

President Biden recently said, “Congress has had a long, proud history — a bipartisan history — on immigration reform and abiding by our international treaty obligations, which we signed related to immigration. These reforms made America a nation of laws, a nation of immigrants and the strongest economy in the world. But something changed. Over time, our laws and our resources haven’t kept up with our immigration system, and it’s broken. And our politics has failed to fix it.”

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Climate Scientists and Tech Billionaires Strategize on Solar Geoengineering Funding Surge

“Does solar radiation management make sense? Is it more dangerous than climate change? Or is it actually something that will help?” McNerney said. “There are a lot of unanswered questions that need to be investigated before any kind of policy decisions are made.”

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