Sara Ord has one of the most futuristic job titles around: Director of Species Restoration at Colossal Biosciences, the world’s first “de-extinction” company. His team is looking to transform Asian elephants into something resembling a woolly mammoth, by adding genes for cold hardiness and thick red hair, in hopes of creating an embryo and, eventually, an animal.
Although there is no resurrected species yet, of course, Ord’s work is really about an imaginary future, in which a high-tech combination of DNA technology, stem cell research, gene editing and artificial wombs could lead not only to the resurrection of lost species, but also to the preservation of those that are close to extinction.
If all goes well, the company hopes to successfully recreate its first long-extinct animal, the striped marsupial predator the thylacine, by 2025. And, just like jurassic parkhe can make a profit by selling tickets to see them. Read the full story.
The US climate bill has made emissions cuts dependent on economic success
In August, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the most significant U.S. climate bill in more than a decade. In the months that followed, it was enthusiastically received by politicians, manufacturers and scientists. But beyond enacting specific measures to cut U.S. carbon emissions by more than 40% by 2030, the IRA also fundamentally reframes the government’s approach to climate change.
Climate policy is now explicitly framed as a matter of economic policy, dependent on the success of economic policy in ways that could complicate U.S. carbon reduction efforts and potentially add to the already formidable challenges facing its national clean energy industries. Read the full story.
By Jonas Nahm, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and green industries expert.
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1 Donald Trump Was Allowed To Return To Twitter
But he says he sticks to his own Truth Social platform. (CNBC)
+ It’s possible that Trump is just tweeting links to Truth Social anyway. (NYT $)
+ Elon Musk also reinstated Kanye West’s account. (Bloomberg $)
+ It’s worth noting that Twitter workers on visas can’t just quit. (Motherboard)