Episode 84: China’s clean tech assent and that Salesforce tower

July 14, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode: Michelin, GM halt deforestation; a G20-approved guide to disclosure; and the troubling new math on carbon reduction.

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Here’s what a sustainable highway looks like

July 14, 2017 by  
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On an 18-mile stretch of highway in the heart of Georgia, the late Ray Anderson’s daughter has created a testbed for sustainable transportation nicknamed “the Ray.”

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GM, Michelin put brakes on deforestation linked to rubber

July 13, 2017 by  
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Deforestation has accelerated in the rubber producing countries of Southeast Asia to feed global demand for tires. But Michelin and now General Motors have launched zero deforestation rubber procurement policies.

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New Belgium, Yards, Sierra Nevada breweries leverage green tech

July 13, 2017 by  
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We’ll toast to that!

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Michelin unveils airless 3D-printed tires that last virtually forever

June 20, 2017 by  
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Fear not the flat tire, road trippers! The future of tire technology is rolling into reality, thanks to Michelin’s Vision tire. The 3D-printed tire does not need to be inflated, and it’s designed to last through the entire lifetime of a vehicle. It’s also equipped with high-tech sensors and it’s 100% biodegradable to boot. Michelin used 3D printing technology to create an airless tire modeled on alveolar structures – like as the air sacs found in human lungs. This means that the tire’s interior is structurally solid, while the outer layers are more flexible, which prevents blowouts and flat tires. The tire is printed from organic , recyclable, biodegradable materials and it can be recycled when it has reached the end of its product life. Related: Continental Tire looks to dandelions for a more sustainable tire 3D printing allows the tire’s treads to be customized to meet the needs of a specific vehicle , and Michelin minimized the amount of rubber used in the tire to enhance its sustainability. Embedded sensors keep track of each tire’s wear and proactively order reprints for smooth driving. Michelin imagines an eventual product that incorporates butadiene – a major component of modern synthetic rubber that is derived from wood chips or straw. Although Michelin has not discussed when these tires will be available for purchase, the company believes that the concept may soon become a reality. Via Yanko Design Images via Michelin

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Forgotten ancient city recently found in Ethiopia offers new insight into country’s history

June 20, 2017 by  
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Archaeological research in Ethiopia has largely centered around early humans , but there’s more to the country’s past than just our origins. Researchers recently found an ancient city at Harlaa, Eastern Ethiopia, that offers clues into the early days of international trade between the 10th and early 15th centuries. Legends has it the city was once the home of giants. Archaeological work has been lacking around Harlaa, where University of Exeter researchers, working with archaeologists from Leuven and Addis Ababa , recently uncovered the forgotten city. But local farmers, who had found pottery and even Chinese coins, suspected there may be more to find in the area. The massive size of some of the building stones for the city – which is around 1,640 feet by 3,280 feet big – led to stories it had once been populated by giants. Related: Research suggests humans emerged 2.8M years ago amid major climate change event Giants didn’t live there, according to Timothy Insoll, professor in the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the university. But the area was home to a wealth of archaeological treasures. Researchers uncovered a 12th century mosque as well as indications of Islamic burials. They found glass vessel pieces, beads, and imported cowry shells. They unearthed pottery that came from faraway places like China, the Maldives, Madagascar, and Yemen. They also discovered silver and bronze coins that came from Egypt in the 13th century. Insoll said in a statement, “This discovery revolutionizes our understanding of trade in an archaeologically neglected part of Ethiopia…The city was a rich, cosmopolitan center for jewelry-making and pieces were then taken to be sold around the region and beyond. Residents of Harlaa were a mixed community of foreigners and local people who traded with others in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and possibly as far away as the Arabian Gulf.” Archaeologists partnered with the local community to excavate the area over two years. So far they’ve dug down around eight feet, and plan to continue the work next year. Many findings will be displayed in a heritage center operated by locals for a new source of income. Some pieces will go to Ethiopia’s national museum in Addis Ababa. Via the University of Exeter Images courtesy of Tim Insoll

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Do you work for a self-regulating psychopath?

June 4, 2016 by  
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Don’t believe the Michelin Man and Ronald McDonald. Corporate social responsibility is an oxymoron, and citizens are “asleep at the switch.”

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ANMA transformed marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

July 17, 2015 by  
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2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets

January 31, 2014 by  
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Entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring are planning to transform the passageways under London’s Northern Line into the world’s largest subterranean farm. The project, named “Growing Underground,” would grow 2.5 acres of fresh veggies for London restaurants and supermarkets. The ambitious project is backed by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr. , and it will become a reality if the team can raise £300,000 in the next two months through their crowdfunding campaign . Read the rest of 2.5 Acre Underground Farm Could Grow Fresh Veggies Below London Streets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Growing Undergroun , London underground farms , Michel Roux Jr , Michelin star , reen design , Richard Ballard , Steven Dring , sustainable design , Urban Farming        

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Cars Merge Onto a Maglev Rail Line for High-Speed Travel in this Transportation Concept

January 27, 2014 by  
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Many visions for the future of transportation involve everyone being driven around on superfast, self-driving robotic cars or trains. Getting to that future, however, means letting go of the wheel and not everyone is ready to do it. Now a new second-place winning 2014 Michelin Challenge design suggests a stopgap solution that adds a maglev railway option to the side of the road. The AKA24 system allows drivers to transport themselves in electric cars or turn onto a self-navigating pod lane when they want to commute . Read the rest of Cars Merge Onto a Maglev Rail Line for High-Speed Travel in this Transportation Concept Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Michelin Challenge Design , AKA24 system , Batman Begins , Chuang Dong , electric cars , Future Tech , green technology , green transportation , Haowen Deng , Jiangnan University , Jiangnan University School of Design , Maglev , Memory Fabric , michelin , Robotic Car , Second Place 2014 Michelin Challenge Design , self driving cars , self-navigating transportation , transportation pods , Zhen Qiu        

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