Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?
What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed by geographically dispersed communities of scientists, designers and enthusiasts in a collaborative manner via the web. All knowled...
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How to get COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries – and still keep patent benefits for drugmakers

How to get COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries – and still keep patent benefits for drugmakers
The world has a COVID-19 vaccine access problem: Almost half of all doses administered so far have been in Europe and North America, while many poorer countries have vaccinated less than than 1% of their populations. With new coronavirus variants raising the health risk, South Africa and India have proposed that the World Trade Organization temporarily waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines to help ramp up production. The U.S., ...
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California's New Fossil Fuel Pledge 'Significant' But Still a 'Half-Measure,' Say Climate Advocates

California's New Fossil Fuel Pledge 'Significant' But Still a 'Half-Measure,' Say Climate Advocates
"The challenge now is to speed up the timeline so that it meets the urgency that science and justice demand." Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom's moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. The embattled Democratic governor of the world's fifth-largest economy directed t...
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New research shows South Africa’s levy on sugar-sweetened drinks is having an impact

New research shows South Africa’s levy on sugar-sweetened drinks is having an impact
Three years ago South Africa introduced Africa's first major tax on sugar-sweetened beverages based on grams of sugar. The tax now stands at about 11% of the price per litre. We assessed the impact in recently published research. We found that the health promotion levy coincided with large reductions in purchases of taxable beverages, in terms of both volume and sugar quantities. We didn't find significant changes for non-taxable beverages. This ...
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New Google Earth Timelapse Feature Offers Devastating View of Climate Emergency

New Google Earth Timelapse Feature Offers Devastating View of Climate Emergency
"We want this to be very visceral and real for people, and a ray of hope that there's actually a lot we can do." Google Earth's new Timelapse feature, released Thursday, provides a bird's eye view of nearly four decades of environmental transformation, allowing viewers to see how the climate emergency, a planetary crisis driven by fossil fuel-powered capitalism, has unfolded since 1984. Rebecca Moore, a director of Google Earth, wrote Thursday in...
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Nature studies could soon be a compulsory school subject in the UK. Here’s why

Nature studies could soon be a compulsory school subject in the UK. Here’s why
The UK government is reported to be considering making nature studies a compulsory subject for all pupils.A government-commissioned review called for environmental education programmes from primary school all the way through to university.Psychologist Matthew Adams explains how the plan could help build a sustainable, greener future. The UK government is reported to be seriously considering making "nature studies" a compulsory subject for all pup...
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'A Crisis for Climate Stability': Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Accelerated in 2020

'A Crisis for Climate Stability': Data Shows Rainforest Destruction Accelerated in 2020
"As in past years, commodity-driven deforestation was the leading cause of tree cover loss." Intentional deforestation as well as drought-induced wildfires made more frequent and severe by the climate crisis drove a significant acceleration of global rainforest loss in 2020, with new figures showing that 12.2 million hectares of tree cover were destroyed in the tropics last year. According to data from the University of Maryland and Global Forest...
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People Worldwide Said 'Build Back Better.' IEA Chief Says 'Just the Opposite' Is Happening

People Worldwide Said 'Build Back Better.' IEA Chief Says 'Just the Opposite' Is Happening
"As long as countries do not put the right energy policies in place, the economic rebound will see emissions significantly increase in 2021. We will make the job of reaching net zero harder." For the past year, climate campaigners and experts have urged heads of state around the world to "build back better" in the wake of the economic devastation wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic. But rather than pursuing a just and sustainable recovery, coun...
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How industries can collaborate to put stakeholder capitalism into practice

How industries can collaborate to put stakeholder capitalism into practice
This week the World Economic Forum is holding its Industry Strategy Meeting 2021.Leaders met to identify opportunities where sectors can collaborate on how industries can drive growth and put stakeholder capitalism into practice.Here are some of the takeaways from the four plenaries. More than 400 participants from the World Economic Forum's communities of Industry Strategy Officers, as well as senior deputies to the CEO Industry Action Groups, c...
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Greenpeace Says Biden Tax Plan for Fossil Fuel Subsidies 'Simply Not Good Enough'

Greenpeace Says Biden Tax Plan for Fossil Fuel Subsidies 'Simply Not Good Enough'
"Not a dime of our tax dollars should go towards corporations that poison our communities and wreck our climate." Greenpeace USA responded critically on Wednesday after the U.S. Department of the Treasury released a new report offering more details about President Joe Biden's Made in America tax plan—part of the $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal that the president unveiled last week. Specifically, the environmental advocacy group took ...
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