Steve Pullins of Hitachi on technology, social innovation and things that matter

September 30, 2016 by  
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A 20+ year sustainability executive talks about the intersection of technology and sustainability in the context of social innovation and the opportunities that microgrids provide to accelerate corporates and community resilience.

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The State of Green Business: Coping with Mother Nature’s fury

February 25, 2013 by  
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Natural disasters are changing the way companies view risk and resilience in the context of sustainability. 

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Planning for a sustainable future: Q&A with Helen Clarkson

February 25, 2013 by  
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The director of Forum of the Future US shares advice to help companies prepare for a sustainable, prosperous future.

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Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs

October 17, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Catherine Nelson Creates Incredible Floating Worlds From Hundreds of Nature Photographs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 300 , australia , catherine nelson , context , digital photos , future memories , galerie paris-beijing , gallery now , harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban , Miami , moulin rouge , seoul , visual effects , visual poetry

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World’s Most Powerful Climate Change Supercomputer Switches on at National Center for Atmospheric Research

October 17, 2012 by  
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This week the world’s most powerful climate change supercomputer switched on at the National Center for Atmospheric Research ‘s Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) . The 1.5-petaflop IBM supercomputer known as Yellowstone will be used to study everything from atmospheric disturbances to subterranean faults. It is hoped that the results will help improve predictions of tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and other natural disasters. The center is located in Cheyenne’s North Range Business Park and the new computer system will allow researchers around the world to access their projects remotely via a laptop or desktop computer and the Internet. The new center’s advanced computing resources will aid understanding of complex processes at work in the atmosphere and throughout the Earth, and the computer will “accelerate research into severe weather, geomagnetic storms, climate change, carbon sequestration, aviation safety, wildfires, and other critical geoscience topics.” The NWSC itself has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its sustainable design. The center takes full advantage of Cheyenne’s elevation and cool, dry climate by employing ambient air to cool the facility nearly year-round, significantly reducing its energy use. 10% of its power also comes from a local wind farm ! “This center will help transform our understanding of the natural world in ways that offer enormous benefits to society,” says Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “Whether it’s better understanding tornadoes and hurricanes, or deciphering the forces that lead to geomagnetic storms, the Yellowstone supercomputer and the NWSC will lead to improved forecasts and better protection for the public and our economy.” “Our access to Yellowstone will allow the university to reach new heights in our educational and research endeavors in engineering; atmospheric, hydrological, and computational sciences; Earth system sciences; and mathematics,” says UW President Tom Buchanan. “The supercomputer is a huge draw for students and faculty. It opens the door to scientific innovation and discovery that will benefit our state, the nation, and the world.” + NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center Via Time Techland

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VIDEO: A New Approach to Building Greener Cities

October 17, 2012 by  
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When you hear about green building, it’s usually in the context of new construction. But in most cases, the biggest energy-suckers are actually structures that already exist and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. According to research conducted by…

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How to make corporate reporting more meaningful

September 12, 2012 by  
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Corporate reporting: there's so much of it, but where's the context?

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Flexible Solar Cells Reach Record Efficiency of 18.7%

May 31, 2011 by  
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Photo: Empa The Previous Record was 17.6% Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have made flexible solar cells made of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) with a light-conversion efficiency of 18.7 percent, a new world record. This milestone, about 1% higher than the previous record, might seem like a small step forward, but when looked at in the context of constant incremental improvement, it is significative.

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"Fate of the World" Shifts Gamers’ Focus Toward Battling Climate Change

November 15, 2010 by  
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Image via Fate of the World The mix of annihilation of the human race with solving problems against a whirring clock are key ingredients for a compelling video game.

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Swedish Museum’s Stunning Architectural Homage to Wood (Slideshow)

October 5, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Courtesy of Virserums Konsthall via Michelle Kaufmann This guest post was written by Michelle Kaufmann , architect and founder of Michelle Kaufmann Designs. Deep in the Swedish forest there is an equally exquisite art museum. Created from an abandoned furniture factory, the Virserum Art Museum connects seamlessly with the context and surrounding community, all with a rich tradition in wood.

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