Mastercard is updating requirements for banks that process payments for people and websites that sell adult content in an attempt to weed out illegal material. Banks will now have to ensure that sellers have documented consent as well as age and identity verification for those involved in the content before being able to process payments, Mastercard said in a blog post Wednesday. “In the past few years, the ability to upload content to the internet has become easier than ever,” wrote John Verdeschi, the company’s senior vice president of customer engagement and performance. “All someone needs is a smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection. Now, our requirements address the risks associated with this activity.” ADVERTISEMENT Banks will also be required to ensure that sites have a review process and a system for complaints that addresses illegal or nonconsensual activity. While the new requirements are aimed at combatting abuse, Mary Moody, a founding board member at the Adult … [Read more...] about Mastercard updates policy for adult content sellers
As the nation and Colorado slowly emerge from the pandemic with increased capacity limits and expanded hours for indoor spaces, like restaurants and gyms, the question arises: How well did we assess and manage the risk and threat of coronavirus over the last 13 months? There’s a good argument to be made that the hundreds of health directives and government-ordered shutdowns saved lives, though it will likely never be known how many. We do know more than 30 million people got COVID-19 in the U.S., and more than 550,000 died from the virus — 6,300 from Colorado. At the same time, the sometimes-draconian mitigation measures came with devastating impacts: mass unemployment, ruined businesses , degraded schooling , increased substance abuse and searing social isolation . Coronavirus, the first global pandemic in just about everyone’s lifetime, opened the door to the murky world of risk management — a discipline that’s entangled with conjecture, hypotheticals and the depths … [Read more...] about COVID-19’s risk factors played hard on our psychology: How did we do?
The nutrition crusader credited with popularizing the phrase “junk food” looks exactly as one would expect: bespectacled, vaguely professorial – and very, very thin. Michael Jacobson, who retired in September as executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, hasn’t eaten a hot dog or drunk a soda since the 1970s. That was when, at the behest of consumer advocate and activist Ralph Nader, the recent MIT graduate began researching the food industry and publicizing his findings about the safety of food additives and the health costs of poor nutrition. Since then, Jacobson has helped lead the fight to ban trans fats from the food supply, push the government to standardize nutrition labels, and expose the dangers of everything from movie-theater popcorn to sulfites and artificial colorings. In the early ’90s, the food industry dubbed him “the great ayatollah” – because of his zealous opposition to soda, Quarter Pounders and sugary cereals. But the foods … [Read more...] about How to fix the American diet, according to the man who coined the term “junk food”
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 1.7 percent in 2019 compared with 2018, according to a new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday. The Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks report , issued annually by the agency, said that the decrease was “largely driven” by decreased carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion. This decrease was the result of both a 1 percent drop in total energy use and a shift away from coal and toward natural gas and renewables in the electricity sector. ADVERTISEMENT In 2018, emissions increased by about 3 percent. Wednesday’s report indicated that the transportation sector remained the country’s largest source of emissions, responsible for about 29 percent in 2019. It was followed by the electricity sector, which was responsible for about 25 percent; the industrial sector, responsible for about 23 percent; commercial and residential emissions, responsible for about … [Read more...] about US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019, EPA says