John Lanier: Rewriting Ray Anderson’s sustainability vision in the 21st century

July 31, 2019 by  
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The Ray C. Anderson Foundation encourages innovation in biomimicry to solve sustainability challenges in today’s businesses.

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Episode 180: Moonshots and a new operating manual for spaceship Earth, a redesign for circular jeans

July 19, 2019 by  
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Featuring chats with Francois Souchet, the CircularFibres Lead at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Amanda Ravenhill, executive director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

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Beth Rattner and John Anderson Lanier: Ray of hope prize

July 15, 2019 by  
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Seven international teams have spent the past year working with experts and mentors to bring their biomimicry innovations closer to market. These teams take the stage at Circularity 19 to find out who will win the world’s premiere biomimicry design award, the $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®, sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.

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Episode 177: Sounding off at Circularity 19

June 21, 2019 by  
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Highlights from keynotes by Google’s Kate Brandt, Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s Andrew Morlet, and Cradle to Cradle co-founder Bill McDonough. Plus, on-the-spot interviews with UL engineer Bill Hoffman, General Motors materials guru Lauren Smith and World Wildlife Fund research Erin Simon.

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Investing in peace through innovation

May 17, 2019 by  
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A Q&A with Blossom Hill Foundation founder on how she works towards peace and sustainable development.

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Scientists around the world are turning agricultural waste into food, packaging and skincare products

May 17, 2019 by  
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By upcycling biomass, innovators aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the economic viability of farming.

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In the U.K., a creative recycling project finds success and expansion

May 17, 2019 by  
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Hubbub and Ecosurety are rolling out an initiative that has doubled recycling rates in Leeds City Centre, creating a replicable model for other cities to follow.

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Retired oil rigs off the California coast could find new lives as artificial reefs

May 17, 2019 by  
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Unnatural ecosystems can work for marine life, too.

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Koalas declared "functionally extinct"

May 16, 2019 by  
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The Australian Koala Foundation declared koalas officially “functionally extinct,” a term which means that though there are still about 80,000 koalas, they are either unlikely to reproduce another generation, prone to inbreeding due to low numbers or may no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem. The iconic Australian animal is on a fast track to extinction and has suffered from deforestation , disease, climate change-driven drought and a massive slaughter for fur in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Australian government listed the species as “vulnerable” in 2012 when there was thought to be between 100,000 and 500,000 koalas. Since the declaration, the government has done very little to develop or implement a protection and recovery plan. Related: 1 million species are at risk of extinction, says new UN report With an estimated population that could even be as low as 43,000, koalas are very likely to inbreed and become even more susceptible to disease. At these small population numbers, the marsupial has very little impact on its ecosystem, the eucalyptus forest. Koalas were once critical to the nutrient cycling of the forest, with their feces an important source of fertilizer. Large koalas can consume up to 1 kilogram of eucalyptus leaves per night. Logging and urban development has encroached into what was once an abundant forest ecosystem, leading many to believe that the government needs to declare and expand protected areas of the forests. The Australia Koala Foundation has proposed a Koala Protection Act that focuses on conserving the forest as the primary strategy for protecting koalas. “The koala is one of Australia’s most recognizable symbols, but its survival hangs in the balance,” the  San Diego Zoo said  in a statement. “Formerly thought to be common and widespread, koalas are now vulnerable to extinction across much of its northern range.” According to fossil records, Koalas are native to Australia and have been there for at least 30 million years . Via EcoWatch Image by Mathias Appel

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Many electric utilities are struggling — will more go bankrupt?

May 16, 2019 by  
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With the energy marketplace and climate change affecting the foundation of the industry, traditional utilities are facing trouble.

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