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Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs

Nonprofits worry sale of dot-org universe will raise costs

Technology
LOS ANGELES -- The company that controls the dot-org online universe is putting the registry of domain names up for sale, and the nonprofits that often use the suffix in their websites are raising concerns about the move. About 15 people protested Friday outside the Los Angeles headquarters of the regulatory body for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is meeting this weekend and is expected to rule by mid-February on plans by private-equity firm Ethos Capital to buy the Public Interest Registry for $ 1.1 billion. The protesters carried signs saying “Save Dot Org" and chanted “ICANN, you can, stop the sale.” They planned to give 34,000 signatures objecting to the sale to a board member. Around 700 organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, YMCA
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry

Health
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres (200,000 hectares) last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there's intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured in from hemp farmers, processors, retailers and state governments. Growers are concerned the government wants to use a heavy hand that could result in many crops failing required tests and being destroyed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency writing the rules, estimates 20% of hemp lots w...
Greta Thunberg’s father: ‘She is happy, but I worry’

Greta Thunberg’s father: ‘She is happy, but I worry’

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Greta Thunberg's father has said he thought it was "a bad idea" for his daughter to take to the "front line" of the battle against climate change.Millions of people have been inspired to join the 16-year-old in raising awareness of environmental issues.But Svante Thunberg told the BBC he was "not supportive" of his daughter skipping school for the climate strike.Mr Thunberg said Greta was much happier since becoming an activist - but that he worries about the "hate" she faces.As part of the same broadcast, guest-edited by Greta for Radio 4's Today programme, Sir David Attenborough told her she had "woken up the world" to climate change.She called Sir David on Skype from Stockholm in Sweden, where sh...
Jane Fonda: ‘I worry about climate activist Greta Thunberg’

Jane Fonda: ‘I worry about climate activist Greta Thunberg’

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The actress and activist Jane Fonda says she "worries" about climate activist Greta Thunberg."She understands that if she's attacked it's because she's making a difference and that scares people," says Fonda. The 81-year-old has vowed to protest every Friday until January to demand for action to be taken to address climate change. Thunberg, 16, found fame after her youth climate strike protests spread to schools around the world."They handcuff you with plastic things, not the old good metal ones. They hurt more," Fonda says of her most recent arrest.But she says: "I don't want to go to prison."I don't think that Jane Fonda the martyr is exactly what the movement needs right now." ...