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IPCC COP26 Report Summary for Policy-Makers

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Late-Breaking Optimism in Glasgow

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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.

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Pondering Puerto Rico, Mexico & LatAm

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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.

Resilience -- the New Umbrella Term for the Digital World

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Author’s Note: We have teamed up with McMaster University to develop a for a research and executive roundtable series on the primacy of networking technology to prepare for, drive, and enable the resiliency and sustainability of the new digital world order in which we all now live.

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.

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

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

SEC Proposal Addresses GHG Emissions Challenge

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The SEC's proposed rule changes regarding corporate reporting of Scope 1 and 2, and under certain circumstances, Scope 3 greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, strike a middle ground between the view that strong, relentless government regulation is needed to address climate-change and the view that the market should decide everything.

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

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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

Mobile is Driving Progress in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The dynamic growth of mobile communications is driving positive socioeconomic progress throughout the developing world. The most dramatic effects have been seen in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Climate 4.0 Economy

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Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0: the keys to bending the curve of the linear economy toward the circular The Climate 4.0 Economy will be achieved only when global warming is held to 1.5°C C above the pre-industrial-era level is achieved -- and well within this century.

If Climate 4.0 is the objective, what were/are Climates 1, 2 & 3?

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By Bruce Armstrong Taylor Climate 4.0 is a post-industrial-era state of biosphere equilibrium reached only when the unit being measured has not only achieved net-zero carbon, en toto, but is both circular and regenerative. And at the level of whatever unit is being measured. Unit being measured means the individual person (you/me), home, business, corporate enterprise, public agency, city, state/province, nation state.

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.

It's Climate Week at the UN

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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 Run-up to Glasgow and COP26

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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

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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

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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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The Need for Leadership Among the Big CO2 Producers

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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.

Looking to Europe for Leadership

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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

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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

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

New City Projects to be Sustainable

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A newly announced plan to build a $4.5

Does Congress Support Sustainability?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Tau Index Shows Opportunity for All

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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?

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(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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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.