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Accelerating global warming, climate crisis unpreparedness, Amazon's 'Project Nessie', AI security testing accord

Today ChatGPT read 1271 top news stories. After removing previously covered events, there are 4 articles with a significance score over 7.

[8.6] Global warming accelerating, 1.5°C limit unlikely. — The New York Times [$]

A new study suggests that global warming may be happening faster than previously thought, with the planet potentially exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming this decade and warming by 2 degrees Celsius by 2050. The study warns that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, set in the Paris Agreement, is unlikely to be achieved. The world has already warmed by about 1.2 degrees Celsius and is experiencing worsening heat waves, wildfires, storms, and biodiversity loss as a result of climate change.

[7.8] UN report: World unprepared for climate crisis, funding falls short. — The Guardian

A UN report warns that the world is unprepared for the escalating impacts of the climate crisis, with international funding for climate adaptation falling short. The report estimates that between $215 billion and $387 billion per year is needed for climate adaptation in poor and vulnerable countries alone, but funding fell to just $21 billion in 2021. Rich nations pledged to provide $40 billion by 2025, but more action is needed to close the adaptation gap and deliver climate justice.

[7.3] FTC alleges Amazon used secret algorithm to raise prices, generate profit. — Financial Times [$]

The US Federal Trade Commission has alleged in a lawsuit that Amazon used a secret algorithm called "Project Nessie" to increase prices on its platform and across the market, generating over $1 billion in extra profit. The algorithm identified products for which other online stores would try to match Amazon's prices, and when turned on, it raised prices for those goods and kept them higher when other platforms followed suit. The FTC also accused Amazon of strategically deactivating the algorithm during periods of scrutiny and of increasing "pay to play advertisements" on its platform, which made search results less relevant.

[7.2] AI companies allow governments to test AI models for security risks. — Financial Times [$]

Leading artificial intelligence companies, including OpenAI, Google DeepMind, and Microsoft, have signed a non-binding document allowing governments, including the UK, US, and Singapore, to test their latest AI models for national security risks before they are released to businesses and consumers. The document was also signed by governments from Australia, Canada, the EU, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and South Korea, with China not participating. An international panel of experts will also produce an annual report on the evolving risks of AI, including bias and misinformation.

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