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Launch HN: Wren (YC S19) – Offset Your Carbon Footprint


Hi HN,

We're Mimi, Ben, and Landon, founders of Wren (https://projectwren.com). Wren lets you offset your carbon footprint by funding projects that prevent or sequester greenhouse gas emissions. It works by calculating your carbon footprint and then funding a project of your choice through a monthly subscription. Some of the projects we have right now involve planting forests in East Africa, providing more efficient cookstoves to Ugandan refugees, and preventing deforestation in the Amazon.

We met in college, and worked together on numerous side projects and class projects. After a while we decided to try finding a meaningful project that we could work on after graduation. At the time, we didn't know much about the science or emerging technologies for mitigating climate change, but we saw carbon offsets and asked ourselves "why isn't everyone doing this?" Then we got to work on Wren.

Carbon offsets have been around for a while, and with some googling, research, and phone calls anyone can find reliable and transparent projects. Our goal is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible to offset your footprint. We only work with projects that have good evidence suggesting they're long lasting and reliable. We also only work with projects that wouldn't happen without support from Wren users. In addition to climate benefits, we prefer projects with strong social impact. Projects listed on Wren reduce lung cancer risk for refugees, provide millions of dollars of economic benefit to subsistence farmers, and protect biodiversity.

We see climate change as the most important problem we can work on. Despite growing evidence of the damage it will cause, governments are not taking necessary action. Wren is a way for an individual to have impact today.

Most in this space are nonprofits but we are a business. We take a 20% fee on each subscription. This allows us to hire talented engineers, invest in marketing, and raise capital. This way we can build tools that make our projects more transparent and reliable—daily satellite images of forest projects, data visualizations of tree trunk diameters, and other ways we can build more trust for these projects.

I've seen a lot of posts on HN recently about climate change and potential solutions so I'm looking forward to a good discussion :)

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20461577
Posted by landon32 (karma: 181)
Post stats: Points: 102 - Comments: 104 - 2019-07-17T17:01:42Z

\#HackerNews #carbon #footprint #launch #offset #s19 #wren #your
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“Why was Rust chosen for Libra?” in congressional hearing [video]


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20465184
Posted by mgraczyk (karma: 1245)
Post stats: Points: 160 - Comments: 37 - 2019-07-17T23:41:04Z

\#HackerNews #chosen #congressional #for #hearing #libra #rust #video #was #why
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 119 - Loop: 85 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 42
 

TurboTax to charge more lower-income customers


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20461169
Posted by howard941 (karma: 13518)
Post stats: Points: 119 - Comments: 63 - 2019-07-17T16:22:30Z

\#HackerNews #charge #customers #lower-income #more #turbotax
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 100 - Loop: 469 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 48
 

Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000 Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20465348
Posted by elijahparker (karma: 1097)
Post stats: Points: 126 - Comments: 47 - 2019-07-18T00:05:38Z

\#HackerNews #100 #13000 #accidentally #amazon #camera #day #for #gear #prime #sold
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 99 - Loop: 34 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 87
Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000+ Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day
 

Operating a large distributed system in a reliable way: practices I learned


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20462349
Posted by gregdoesit (karma: 1798)
Post stats: Points: 152 - Comments: 33 - 2019-07-17T18:07:03Z

\#HackerNews #distributed #large #learned #operating #practices #reliable #system #way
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 112 - Loop: 308 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 155
 

Issue: find a new home for repos including Requests


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20463163
Posted by maximilianroos (karma: 443)
Post stats: Points: 106 - Comments: 53 - 2019-07-17T19:34:33Z

\#HackerNews #find #for #home #including #issue #new #repos #requests
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What's Coming in Python 3.8


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20463170
Posted by superwayne (karma: 358)
Post stats: Points: 145 - Comments: 128 - 2019-07-17T19:35:04Z

\#HackerNews #coming #python #whats
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 139 - Loop: 158 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 111
 

Github became the web's largest font piracy site (2017)


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20462629
Posted by plibither8 (karma: 670)
Post stats: Points: 115 - Comments: 75 - 2019-07-17T18:34:08Z

\#HackerNews #2017 #became #font #github #largest #piracy #site #the #webs
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 101 - Loop: 174 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 40
 

If You're Poor in America, You Can Be Both Overweight and Hungry


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20461175
Posted by pseudolus (karma: 35022)
Post stats: Points: 66 - Comments: 170 - 2019-07-17T16:22:57Z

\#HackerNews #america #and #both #can #hungry #overweight #poor #you #youre
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 100 - Loop: 248 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 89
 

Firefox to Warn When Saved Logins Are Found in Data Breaches


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20460325
Posted by rahuldottech (karma: 1334)
Post stats: Points: 153 - Comments: 50 - 2019-07-17T15:14:24Z

\#HackerNews #are #breaches #data #firefox #found #logins #saved #warn #when
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 118 - Loop: 242 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 67
 

How can phone companies detect tethering?


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20460438
Posted by antouank (karma: 5763)
Post stats: Points: 127 - Comments: 74 - 2019-07-17T15:24:05Z

\#HackerNews #can #companies #detect #how #phone #tethering
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 109 - Loop: 180 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 64
 

The Raspberry Pi 4 needs a fan


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20459783
Posted by geerlingguy (karma: 4897)
Post stats: Points: 139 - Comments: 76 - 2019-07-17T14:22:16Z

\#HackerNews #fan #needs #raspberry #the
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Show HN: Turn your fzf into a live REPL


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20455857
Posted by pawelduda (karma: 116)
Post stats: Points: 145 - Comments: 21 - 2019-07-17T02:22:05Z

\#HackerNews #fzf #into #live #repl #show #turn #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 103 - Loop: 468 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 61
 

Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20457706
Posted by Luc (karma: 6714)
Post stats: Points: 152 - Comments: 69 - 2019-07-17T09:02:09Z

\#HackerNews #came #closer #collapsing #far #knew #notre-dame #people #than
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 124 - Loop: 190 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 39
 

How to Find Hidden Cameras in Your Airbnb


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20457419
Posted by greencore (karma: 113)
Post stats: Points: 101 - Comments: 51 - 2019-07-17T07:55:03Z

\#HackerNews #airbnb #cameras #find #hidden #how #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 84 - Loop: 125 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 62
 

Trump signals scrutiny of Google's ties with China after Thiel comments


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20452642
Posted by tosh (karma: 42073)
Post stats: Points: 82 - Comments: 94 - 2019-07-16T18:32:01Z

\#HackerNews #after #china #comments #googles #scrutiny #signals #thiel #ties #trump #with
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 86 - Loop: 487 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 67
 

My Last Macbook Pro


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20454155
Posted by ingve (karma: 107357)
Post stats: Points: 88 - Comments: 110 - 2019-07-16T21:41:24Z

\#HackerNews #last #macbook #pro
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 95 - Loop: 275 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 127
 

Inaccurate chart led to unwarranted fears of 5G wireless technology


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20454375
Posted by bookofjoe (karma: 10737)
Post stats: Points: 102 - Comments: 112 - 2019-07-16T22:15:47Z

\#HackerNews #chart #fears #inaccurate #led #technology #unwarranted #wireless
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 105 - Loop: 219 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 39

The New York Times: The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t (By WILLIAM J. BROAD)

 

The PGP Problem


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20455780
Posted by bellinom (karma: 1028)
Post stats: Points: 140 - Comments: 75 - 2019-07-17T02:05:53Z

\#HackerNews #pgp #problem #the
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Cobol Still Powers the Global Economy


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20454204
Posted by psim1 (karma: 201)
Post stats: Points: 114 - Comments: 77 - 2019-07-16T21:47:47Z

\#HackerNews #cobol #economy #global #powers #still #the
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 101 - Loop: 198 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 105
 

Neuralink Live Stream [video]


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20455873
Posted by miguelrochefort (karma: 2094)
Post stats: Points: 103 - Comments: 47 - 2019-07-17T02:24:54Z

\#HackerNews #live #neuralink #stream #video
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 84 - Loop: 45 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 11
 

What every computer science major should know (2011)


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20453241
Posted by rspivak (karma: 3554)
Post stats: Points: 191 - Comments: 88 - 2019-07-16T19:46:20Z

\#HackerNews #2011 #computer #every #know #major #science #should #what
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Ask HN: How to deal with constantly getting cut off in work discussions?


I work in an office environment (large Bay Area corporate enterprise software co) where people are constantly cutting each other off in conversations and technical discussions. For people that are a more soft-spoken, it is almost impossible to get a word in - nevermind getting a full thought-process in. This has negative implications on work discussions as the loudest people who are usually dominating the conversations, from my observation, are usually not the brightest.

I am not someone who tolerates getting cut-off easily but it is frustrating and it takes a lot of energy for me to drive the conversation back on track and say what I want to say. This is something that I never had to deal in previous work environments prior to moving to the Bay Area so I'm inclined to think it's something specific to this area. Recently, I have moved to a team in my company where it is almost damn near impossible to have my thoughts heard and in some cases, I just shut myself off from discussions to save my energy. It's starting to affect my work life and my daily mood because in a lot of cases I just don't have the energy to reject and explain why we shouldn't be doing X, Y, or Z.

Is this a common thing in workplaces? I would be interested in hearing if people have been in this situation and how they've dealt with it if so.

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20453248
Posted by president (karma: 563)
Post stats: Points: 136 - Comments: 144 - 2019-07-16T19:46:48Z

\#HackerNews #ask #constantly #cut #deal #discussions #getting #how #off #with #work
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Go Team Declines Try


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20454966
Posted by robfig (karma: 438)
Post stats: Points: 175 - Comments: 89 - 2019-07-16T23:40:28Z

\#HackerNews #declines #team #try
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 146 - Loop: 45 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 35
 

Apple Plans to Bankroll Original Podcasts to Fend Off Rivals


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20453047
Posted by MBCook (karma: 13324)
Post stats: Points: 100 - Comments: 115 - 2019-07-16T19:20:54Z

\#HackerNews #apple #bankroll #fend #off #original #plans #podcasts #rivals
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 105 - Loop: 214 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 34
 

Sia – Decentralized cloud storage network


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20453134
Posted by Geee (karma: 3082)
Post stats: Points: 115 - Comments: 100 - 2019-07-16T19:33:30Z

\#HackerNews #cloud #decentralized #network #sia #storage
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 110 - Loop: 180 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 25
 

Your nines are not my nines


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20451714
Posted by zdw (karma: 35761)
Post stats: Points: 158 - Comments: 37 - 2019-07-16T16:51:42Z

\#HackerNews #are #nines #not #your
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 117 - Loop: 292 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 119
 

Russia’s permafrost is melting and it could have a devastating global effect


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20451319
Posted by QuickToBan (karma: 732)
Post stats: Points: 126 - Comments: 97 - 2019-07-16T16:06:05Z

\#HackerNews #and #could #devastating #effect #global #have #melting #permafrost #russias
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 116 - Loop: 237 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 81
 


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20452013
Posted by ignaloidas (karma: 152)
Post stats: Points: 156 - Comments: 41 - 2019-07-16T17:23:16Z

\#HackerNews #has #its #own #url #video #youtube
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 117 - Loop: 103 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 29
 

DuckDuckGo Expands Use of Apple Maps


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20451536
Posted by doener (karma: 20784)
Post stats: Points: 163 - Comments: 78 - 2019-07-16T16:30:28Z

\#HackerNews #apple #duckduckgo #expands #maps #use
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 134 - Loop: 93 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 61
 

Show HN: OctoSQL – Query and join multiple databases and files, written in Go


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20449610
Posted by cube2222 (karma: 917)
Post stats: Points: 157 - Comments: 41 - 2019-07-16T13:04:35Z

\#HackerNews #and #databases #files #join #multiple #octosql #query #show #written
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 118 - Loop: 287 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 25
 

Google Protest Leader Meredith Whittaker Is Leaving the Company


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20449512
Posted by tech-historian (karma: 102)
Post stats: Points: 185 - Comments: 242 - 2019-07-16T12:48:27Z

\#HackerNews #company #google #leader #leaving #meredith #protest #the #whittaker
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 204 - Loop: 242 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 102
 

Lunar Eclipse: An Email to a Daughter and Son-in-Law


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20447378
Posted by susam (karma: 733)
Post stats: Points: 105 - Comments: 34 - 2019-07-16T04:03:25Z

\#HackerNews #and #daughter #eclipse #email #lunar #son-in-law
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 81 - Loop: 301 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 44
 

Italian police raid of neo-fascist militants finds air-to-air missile


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20447832
Posted by Ultramanoid (karma: 3081)
Post stats: Points: 81 - Comments: 59 - 2019-07-16T06:06:47Z

\#HackerNews #air-to-air #finds #italian #militants #missile #neo-fascist #police #raid
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 73 - Loop: 193 - Rank min: 60 - Author rank: 30
 

King – Man + Woman = King?


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20448249
Posted by flo_hu (karma: 53)
Post stats: Points: 89 - Comments: 29 - 2019-07-16T07:48:38Z

\#HackerNews #king #man #woman
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 69 - Loop: 109 - Rank min: 60 - Author rank: 66
 

NASA Says Earth Is Greener Today Than 20 Years Ago Thanks to China, India


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20447522
Posted by sidcool (karma: 9802)
Post stats: Points: 119 - Comments: 43 - 2019-07-16T04:40:55Z

\#HackerNews #ago #china #earth #greener #india #nasa #says #than #thanks #today #years
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 93 - Loop: 111 - Rank min: 80 - Author rank: 32
 

Defunctionalize the Continuation


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20444143
Posted by Darmani (karma: 1213)
Post stats: Points: 182 - Comments: 20 - 2019-07-15T19:15:58Z

\#HackerNews #continuation #defunctionalize #the
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 128 - Loop: 376 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 42
 

Thiel Urges U.S. Probe of Google's 'Seemingly Treasonous' Acts


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20447055
Posted by talentedcoin (karma: 60)
Post stats: Points: 115 - Comments: 75 - 2019-07-16T02:35:31Z

\#HackerNews #acts #googles #probe #seemingly #thiel #treasonous #urges
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 101 - Loop: 110 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 600
 

Mac Open Web


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20445261
Posted by mrzool (karma: 2923)
Post stats: Points: 117 - Comments: 68 - 2019-07-15T21:04:10Z

\#HackerNews #mac #open #web
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 100 - Loop: 243 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 85
 

Let's Build a Compiler


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20444474
Posted by syn_rst (karma: 95)
Post stats: Points: 153 - Comments: 24 - 2019-07-15T19:47:50Z

\#HackerNews #build #compiler #lets
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SpaceX says Crew Dragon capsule exploded due to exotic titanium fire


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20445725
Posted by aerophilic (karma: 658)
Post stats: Points: 127 - Comments: 52 - 2019-07-15T22:04:22Z

\#HackerNews #capsule #crew #dragon #due #exotic #exploded #fire #says #spacex #titanium
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 102 - Loop: 159 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 42
SpaceX says Crew Dragon capsule exploded due to exotic titanium fire
 

Google Legally Profits from Fraud on Its Platform


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20442478
Posted by rahuldottech (karma: 1188)
Post stats: Points: 138 - Comments: 47 - 2019-07-15T16:37:55Z

\#HackerNews #fraud #from #google #its #legally #platform #profits
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How Google Legally Profits From Massive Fraud on Its Platform (and What You Can Do About It)
 

Cargill: The Worst Company in the World


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20443472
Posted by vollmarj (karma: 828)
Post stats: Points: 144 - Comments: 30 - 2019-07-15T18:05:42Z

\#HackerNews #cargill #company #the #world #worst
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 106 - Loop: 282 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 78
 

I analyzed the history of “Who is Hiring?” threads


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20442789
Posted by philipkiely (karma: 169)
Post stats: Points: 157 - Comments: 68 - 2019-07-15T17:02:47Z

\#HackerNews #analyzed #hiring #history #the #threads #who
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 127 - Loop: 322 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 31
 

Cities: Skylines Is Turing Complete


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20444323
Posted by 0xdada (karma: 299)
Post stats: Points: 143 - Comments: 29 - 2019-07-15T19:33:46Z

\#HackerNews #cities #complete #skylines #turing
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 105 - Loop: 156 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 41
 

'My son spent £3,160 in one game'


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20444190
Posted by open-source-ux (karma: 4123)
Post stats: Points: 73 - Comments: 161 - 2019-07-15T19:21:15Z

\#HackerNews #£3160 #game #one #son #spent
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 102 - Loop: 150 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 52
 

How many kinds of USB-C to USB-C cables are there?


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20443765
Posted by zdw (karma: 35599)
Post stats: Points: 146 - Comments: 84 - 2019-07-15T18:38:35Z

\#HackerNews #are #cables #how #kinds #many #there #usb-c
HackerNewsBot debug: Calculated post rank: 125 - Loop: 152 - Rank min: 100 - Author rank: 118
 

Why did we wait so long for the bicycle?


HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20443822
Posted by exolymph (karma: 5362)
Post stats: Points: 159 - Comments: 158 - 2019-07-15T18:43:51Z

\#HackerNews #bicycle #did #for #long #the #wait #why
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