Robin Chase, transportation entrepreneur, on opportunities fighting climate change through mobility

November 6, 2018 by  
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Robin Chase believes that “transportation is the center of our universe.”Founder and former CEO of ZipCar, one of the pioneering companies of the sharing economy, as well as tech startup Veniam (and VERGE Vanguard winner), Chase knows that there are major opportunities to cut carbon and enact systems changes through the transportation sector.”It’s a moment — can we capture the momentum and anxiety and deliver cities that are sustainable and livable?” she asked.

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Walmart’s senior director of food safety innovation Tejas Bhatt talks blockchain and suppliers

November 6, 2018 by  
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Walmart’s new food traceability initiative is a leafy green supplier data program, but with blockchain. Tejas Bhatt, senior director of food safety innovation at massive retailer Walmart, knows that blockchain is a buzzword, but in moving past that, there are enterprise-level applications to enhance customer safety and supplier resilience while cutting risk. The “decentralized, secure ledger of transactions” could have a huge impact.

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Asim Haque, chairman and CEO of the PUC of Ohio, on why consumer choice in electricity matters

November 6, 2018 by  
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Asim Haque is the chairman and CEO of the Public Utilities Commission for Ohio. There, the company regulates the energy market for the state, which includes electric, natural gas, telecoms, trucking, rail, movers and towers.Still, electricity takes most of his time. Ohio, a fully deregulated state, has a large mix of power dynamics, as coal fades, nuclear shakes and shale gains. 

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Scott Breor, deputy director at the Department of Homeland Security, on infrastructural resilience

November 6, 2018 by  
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Scott Breor works at the Department of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. He works with officers from every state and territoy to make sure that both cyber and physical assets are resilient.What does resilient mean? To Breor, “on the security side, we look at it as three variables: one, is the facility prepared? … the second variable, is can the facility adapt and withstand whatever that event is? … the third variable is recovery.”

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Is BEHA the Greenest Plane, or a Kitchen Sink?

December 5, 2014 by  
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Most people thought the triplane was a relic of the past, an ungainly aircraft from the early days, left behind as more modern designs came to the fore.  But the triplane could be getting another lease on life if the Kickstarter campaign by Faradair Aerospace Limited is successful. The BEHA (which stands for Bio-Electric Hybrid Aircraft) is an odd looking design which seems to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it.  The design is intended to be a six-seat aircraft with “sports car feel,” with an emphasis on safety.  The cabin is intended to have Formula 1 style crash protection as well as a ballistic parachute recovery fail-safe system.  The electric fans and ducted propeller, along with the lift from three wings, are intended to provide for exceptionally quiet flight. Bio-Electric Hybrid refers to the combination of propulsion systems being used.  This project combines a biodiesel engine (to generate electricity and to run a large ducted pusher propeller at the back) along with twin electric fan motors.  The plane will take off and land using the electric motors, and the biodiesel engine and pusher propeller are for in-flight recharging and aiding in cross-country cruising. But wait, like the late-night commercials say, There’s More! The triple wing provides greater lift for the plane.  It also provides more top surface area for solar panels.  Yes, this plane also has solar panels on all three wings, as well as the fuselage and on top of the duct surrounding the pusher propeller in back.  The solar panels “are not the primary power source for the electric motors, but simply additional trickle charge capability.” Does all of this unusual gear really make it a green aircraft?  Lots of aircraft have tested biofuels , and the performance has been pretty much uniformly acceptable.  Solar panels on the wings are part of the Solar Impulse , but that is a very specialized, purpose-built craft that does use its solar panels to power the craft.  Ducted fans and electric engines are being used in other applications.  Even whole-airplane parachutes are not new.  Does putting all these features together make a very green vehicle, or is it just a rough patchwork of other concepts all put together in a single vehicle? EcoGeeks like us have been intrigued by a host of other unusual aircraft concepts over the years. Certainly other pioneering vehicles seemed ungainly at first.  Whether the BEHA rises to become a star will remain to be seen. Link: Faradair Kickstarter

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Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change

August 7, 2013 by  
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As the world’s population soars above 7 billion , the threat of severe drought weighs heavily on global food supply. To help in the fight against worsening climate change , scientists in Japan have bred a new strain of rice that can survive severe droughts that have been plaguing and wiping out out staple rice crops around the world. Read the rest of Japanese Scientists Develop Pioneering Drought-Resistant Rice Crop to Battle Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Climate Change , deep rooting , deep rooting gene , DR01 , Drought , drought resistant rice , genetically modified crops , Japanese biotechnologists , Kinandang Patong , rice        

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Biomimicry’s Debt to Ray Anderson

August 15, 2011 by  
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Among the many achievements that Ray Anderson earned in his revolutionary career, one of the most often-overlooked is his pioneering use of biomimicry in product design.

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