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The Download: urgent climate change questions, and DALL-E’s big launch

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This is today’s edition of The Download , our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

Do these heatwaves mean climate change is happening faster than expected?

Blistering heat waves have smashed temperature records around the globe this summer, scorching crops, knocking out power, fueling wildfires, buckling roads and runways, and killing hundreds in Europe alone.

The sudden shift from an abstract threat to reality has many people wondering: is climate change unfolding faster than scientists had expected? Are these extreme events more extreme than studies had predicted they would be, given the levels of greenhouse gases now in the atmosphere?

As it happens, those are two distinct questions, with different and nuanced answers. Our senior climate change editor James Temple explains the issues point-by-point in this explainer .

Meanwhile, our energy and climate reporter Casey Crownhart examines the fact that recent heat waves might help to tip Europe over into adopting air conditioning en masse, and why that’s such a big problem. Read her story . OpenAI is ready to sell DALL-E to its first million customers The news: OpenAI will now sell its image-making program DALL-E 2 […]

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