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As the impact of climate change becomes increasingly evident (case in point: this week’s news that global carbon dioxide levels have reached 395 parts per million), technology will need to be part of an “all of the above” approach that includes innovative approaches to both energy generation and efficiency. While renewable energy gets a lot of attention (and rightfully so), there’s also a huge opportunity for developing smart buildings and smart cities that are built on the back of IT. Read on for more on how technology is making buildings smarter and how smart city spending is expected to reach $20 billion by 2020.
The experiments of today are the innovations of the future. Scientific American profiled the work of Mark Jacobson and Mark Delucchi, two scientists keen on discovering ways to power the world without fossil fuels who have pioneered plans that show how communities can get energy exclusively from renewable sources. Meanwhile, the Financial Times looks at how the MIT Media Lab is passionately developing projects that range from robo-cars to bionics. Read on to hear more about how today’s tinkerers are setting the stage for the sustainable society of tomorrow.
To be successful in today’s market, businesses must be efficient. From managing paperwork to managing inventory, efficiency at all levels of business has an effect on the bottom line. At Microsoft, we’re constantly adapting to remain a leading technology company, and that is why we’re proud to support Anywhere Working— a United Kingdom-based group initiative that has called attention to the role flexible working plays in efficiency. Along with the benefits of increased productivity and employee wellbeing, flexible working can also support businesses’ environmental sustainability efforts.
The following blog post comes from our colleague TJ DiCaprio, who will be participating later today in the Commonwealth Club event titled ‘Forest Wars,’ and who published the article below over on Greenbiz.com.
This evening I’m participating in a discussion at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club with thought leaders from various industries to explore the environmental and economic impacts of deforestation.
Deforestation represents a large environmental issue: it is the source of 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Each year, 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere as 35 million acres of forest are destroyed through slash and burn agriculture, logging and charcoal production. The impact is economic as well as environmental.
Since committing to carbon neutrality last year, we here at Microsoft appreciate hearing how others around the world are striving for similar goals of net-zero emissions. This week, Copenhagen announced its plan to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2025, according to Clean Technica. This would give Denmark’s capital the honor of being the world’s first capital city to achieve carbon neutrality. Read on to learn more about how governments and organizations alike are working toward carbon neutrality.