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At Microsoft we’re committed to both innovative technology and business practices that help us tackle environmental challenges—and we’re always on the lookout for new approaches to finding sustainable energy sources. That’s why a story this week about a lightning-charged Windows Phone caught our eye. Read on to learn more about how researchers are on the hunt for new sources for sustainable power and how businesses can expand their dedication to sustainability.
As we adapt to the impacts of climate change, technology will need to play a huge role in making our energy production more efficient and renewable. At the same time, as a changing climate threatens agricultural production around the globe, new data collection technologies have the potential to help farmers implement more environmentally-friendly growing practices. Read on to learn more about how emerging technologies are enabling more efficient practices across sectors of the economy and around the world.
Climate change is a serious challenge for our society and for businesses around the world. As a company, we are focused not only on ways for us to reduce the environmental impact of our business, but also on the important business opportunity climate change presents. We believe that climate change is and will continue to drive significant changes in business and society; this is why last week Microsoft joined the growing number of companies who have signed on to the Climate Declaration, a nonpartisan statement from the business community that “tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st Century.”
As urgency to address global warming has grown, climate modeling has become an increasingly valuable tool and resource for policymakers looking to understand how the planet is changing. Meanwhile, new energy storage technologies are being developed that have the potential to support low-carbon emitting energy creation such as solar and wind power. Read on to learn more about how technology can help us better understand the planet and the role emerging technologies have to play in tackling climate change.
Technology is playing an increasingly central role in providing access to water for people in developing countries. Recently profiled here on the Microsoft Green Blog, new technology in India is helping to combat water-borne diseases, while in Australia desalinization technology is advancing. Meanwhile in the developed world, corporate social responsibility (CSR) leaders are learning more about the positive impact sustainability efforts are having on their employees and, surprisingly, sometimes their bottom line. Read on to learn more.