Climate 4.0

Late-Breaking Optimism in Glasgow

Climate 4.0

I think of HAL 9000's implacable red eye staring relentlessly, tirelessly at the activities of the Discovery One's unfortunate crew in Arthur Clarke's novel and Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. I also think of the Eye of Sauron in J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier Hobbit creations.

Pondering Puerto Rico, Mexico & LatAm

Climate 4.0

There's a well-known fantastical element to much great Spanish Latin America literature and art, and one could regard fantastical aspirations such as creating a new EU as being in line with such a worldview. The reality is somewhat different.

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Which Sub-Saharan African Nation Will be Most Consequential?

Climate 4.0

I ran three little polls on my twitter account last week, seeking people's opinion as to what will be the most consequential country 30 years from now – in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and the world. By “consequential,” I don't necessarily mean “largest.”

Is keeping your old gas powered car to end-of-life more eco-friendly than ditching it and buying an EV?

Climate 4.0

Most analyses say no, and the best of the most recent studies say the gap is widening, but it's still worth thinking through.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

CleanTech Focus webinar: How digital transformation will bend the curve.

Climate 4.0

Under discussion is the notion that Industry 4.0 may be the way out of climate- change catastrophe as its transformative power to dematerialize and decarbonize the economy is marshalled by industries and governments By Bruce Armstrong Taylor SmartNations Foundation and The Climate 4.0

The Run-up to Glasgow and COP26

Climate 4.0

The governments of China and India have made their moves regarding the COP26 climate-change abatement conference, which opens in Glasgow on Sunday, October 31. Xi Jinping, Video Star China's supreme leader Xi Jinping has announced he will deliver remarks by video.

Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the LatAm Challenge

Climate 4.0

The Spanish language originates in the ashes of the Roman Empire, and today is the primary language of most of South and Central America, some of the Caribbean, Mexico, and about 10% of the United States.

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San Diego to Glasgow: SB21 & COP26 Address Sustainability Challenges

Climate 4.0

I just returned from four lovely days in San Diego, attending the Sustainable Brands '21 (SB21) ( www.sustainablebrands.com ) conference. I appeared on a panel that was focused on the potential ROI of sustainable, regenerative business practices.

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It's Climate Week at the UN

Climate 4.0

This week has been Climate Week at the United Nations in New York. Part of the General Assembly meeting, Climate Week saw both China and the United States, the world's two largest CO2 and related emissions producers, issue significant statements related to climate-change abatement.

The Need for Leadership Among the Big CO2 Producers

Climate 4.0

In my previous post , I discussed the large nations of Europe and the imperative for their leadership in global efforts at climate-change abatement and creating sustainable economies.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Looking to Europe for Leadership

Climate 4.0

Europe's five largest countries – Germany, France, the UK, Italy, and Spain – have a combined population about equal to that of the United States. They have a combined GDP about two-thirds the size of the US. Yet produce less than half the CO2 and related emissions of the US every year.

South Korean Energy Project Presented at Climate Week NYC

Climate 4.0

A project in South Korea to eliminate coal-fired electricity emissions to zero by the year 2050 illustrates both the promises of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving sustainability and the difficulty of doing it quickly.

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Building New Capitals is Not New

Climate 4.0

Capital-city relocation and construction projects as described in my previous post are not new.

New City Projects to be Sustainable

Climate 4.0

A newly announced plan to build a $4.5

Does Congress Support Sustainability?

Climate 4.0

I wrote the other day about Crossing the Chasm , a 1991 classic from Geoffrey Moore that addressed the stages of product adoption. I sought to apply its thesis to adoption of sustainability among the nations and peoples of the world.

US Lags Badly in Addressing Emissions

Climate 4.0

US Lags Badly in Addressing Emissions My previous post looked at how Members of Congress in the United States either support or lag in support of pro-environmental (and thus, sustainability) legislation.

Building a Sustainability Index for Our Times

Climate 4.0

Building A Sustainability Index for Our Times “Bending the linear economy towards the circular” is a nice way to visualize how humans must become far less wasteful and cognizant of how the damage we inflict on the Earth will destroy us in the end.

Chasmology: A Quick Look at Climate Change Efforts in the US

Climate 4.0

A quick review of the book Crossing the Chasm is useful in understanding how to frame the Climate Change movement. The book now 30 years old, was written by Geoffrey Moore, a former English professor who has made his living as a thoughtful consultant for the past few decades.

The Challenge of Developing East Africa – Part 2

Climate 4.0

The question is, how do the developed nations of the West effectively and honorably interact with the developing world today, in East Africa and elsewhere?

The Challenge of Developing East Africa – Part 3

Climate 4.0

Outside of Rwanda, which is in my current Top 10 most relatively dynamic sociotechnomic countries in the world, Tanzania finishes 67 th among the 143 nations I survey in my Tau Index , with the rest of the region below that.

The Challenge of Developing East Africa – Part 1

Climate 4.0

Africa is so large that even its regions are consequential in size, population, and potential global influence.

Tau Index Shows Opportunity for All

Climate 4.0

I don't use the term "Third World" to describe these nations, as it is certainly outdated and often perceived as insulting.

From 2019: Is Electricity Digital Infrastructure?

Climate 4.0

(Note: I wrote this article in August 2019 and published it our Tau Institute site. I was inspired by Bruce Taylor, who outlined for me the dimensions of the Digital Infrastructure that is increasingly essential to the global economy.

Addressing Climate Change and Economic Development at the Same Time

Climate 4.0

The world's citizens face a seemingly contradictory challenge: how to lighten our heavy carbon footprint while at the same time lifting the economies of the world's developing nations. By Roger Strukhoff The first part of the challenge seems existential.

Conserving a Network of Climate-Resilient Lands

Climate 4.0

By Eric Aldrich The Resilient and Connected Network, an ambitious GIS mapping tool developed over the past 10 years by more than 270 scientists led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), gives conservationists a way to save biodiversity for the future.

From the Economist: The Climate Issue

Climate 4.0

March 22, 2021 : In June 2019 Britain became the first advanced economy to enshrine in law a goal to eliminate or offset all greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050 , symbolising a growing trend towards “net-zero” goals. Governments from Costa Rica to America and China have adopted them.

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Climate 4.0 & The Developing World - Part 2

Climate 4.0

In my previous post , I reported on an analysis we've done at the Tau Institute that shows a relatively modest global investment to bring the electricity resources of the developing world much closer to developed-world standard.

Climate 4.0 & The Developing World - Part 3

Climate 4.0

In Part 1 and Part 2 of this post, I described how we can measure the economic and technology-driven challenge facing nations in the developing world to develop their energy grids.

Climate 4.0 & The Developing World - Part 1

Climate 4.0

The mission of getting the world to reach Climate 4.0 status, in which the global economy has transformed itself from being primarily focused on consumption to exclusively focused on regeneration, follows a path abounding with potholes and hurdles along the way.

Making #TechForGood mean more than a #Hashtag

Climate 4.0

It’s been fashionable in the 21st Century for large companies to pursue beneficent initiatives, i.e. create foundations, name Chief Sustainability Officers, develop Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, and, particularly in the technology business, support the notion of #TechForGood.

"Q Sectors" and Sustainability

Climate 4.0

About five years ago at the beginning of 2016 I wrote an article for the Altoros company blog about "Q sectors." All national economies are traditionally viewed as having three basic sectors – the first, or primary (agriculture and extraction), the secondary (industrial), and the third, or tertiary (services). The "Q" means "quarternary" and "quinary," more simply stated as "fourth" and "fifth."

Should ESG impact now move to a business "first principal" as a corporate policy priority?

Climate 4.0

For Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0 to be truly successful – in scale and velocity – in bending the curve of carbon-heavy linear corporate economics toward zero-carbon circular and regenerative business performance must become a priority matter. By Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Editor Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) corporate performance deserves to rise to the level of a business first principle.

Eco-friendly Ways to Build a Home Suitable for Your Climate

U.S. Green Technology

Traditionally, the construction industry has been one of the most wasteful industries worldwide. Making up for 50% of trash in landfills and 40% of power use worldwide, it is, simply put, a very unsustainable industry.

How Can You Maximize Energy Efficiency in New Home Construction?

U.S. Green Technology

To the casual observer, this might seem like the worst time to start building a new home. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the U.S.

6 Great Ways to Attract Employees with a Safe and Healthy Work Environment

U.S. Green Technology

Your workplace has one or more safety risks, just like any other working environment, no matter the industry you’re in. However, promoting safety and health at the workplace is a well-known factor for attracting and retaining top employees.

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5 Strategies on Improving A Business’ Sustainability

U.S. Green Technology

Business sustainability is the ability for your business to survive over the long term, measured by whether or not it can make money. Companies must compete effectively in their markets and generate enough cash flow or profit to grow at a sustainable pace. Why should I care about sustainability?

5 Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

U.S. Green Technology

People who wish to help protect local environment often begin by looking at what they can do in their own homes. Lowering energy consumption can help make the world greener. It also has the added benefit of decreasing your monthly bills.

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Sustainable Living: 6 Reasons Smart Home is a Greener Home

U.S. Green Technology

These days, technological advancements make it easy for us to manage our homes. From cooking to cleaning, there is a gadget or two that makes it easy to do our house chores. No wonder there is an increasing number of innovative home features being developed. What is a Smart Home?

Top Tips for Eco-Friendly Travel in 2022

U.S. Green Technology

Apart from developing sustainable habits at home, it’s also important to consider taking the same idea into travelling. According to the United Nations, international travel is expanding like never before, but unfortunately, this comes at an enormous social and environmental cost.

How Being More Sustainable Can Boost Employee Engagement

U.S. Green Technology

As global environmental consciousness rises, a higher percentage of companies around the world are now focused on creating a more sustainable company culture.

Is wood the new concrete?

GreenBiz

Companies looking for ways to reduce carbon emissions are turning to mass timber as a climate and building solution

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