the Tomorrow Times — December’20

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Energy & Environment

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  • Protecting land and animals will mitigate future pandemics. We are part of a wonderful system of life, a network of things, animals, and people whose destiny is closely intertwined. The same forces driving extinction, habitat loss, and climate change will also lead to future pandemics, say an international group of scientists.
  • The ‘new normal’ with palm oil agroforestry. This article reveals the wonders of palm oil and how it is a product rooted in the history of mankind for thousands of years. Yet palm oil has recently received much negative attention. As always, the plant is not to be blamed — it is the human factor that constitutes the problem. Best practices for oil palm in agroforestry are already happening, ready to scale-up.

Business & Economy

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  • Plastics and the circular economy. In this interactive learning path, the Ellen Macarthur Foundation Discover guides you through some exciting innovations, making the concept of circular plastic so obvious that you will wonder “why isn’t it so then”? You can also download a full guide to upstream innovation in the packaging industry.
  • Five benefits of a circular economy for food. Today’s food system can be fundamentally redesigned to actively tackle climate change and biodiversity loss, and promote human health while reducing the overall costs to society.

Science, Technology & Design

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  • The world’s first in-store recycling system. Looop is now installed at H&M in Stockholm, turning old garments into new ones. In just eight steps, Looop shreds your old garment and knits a new one from the old fibers. No water, no dye.
  • The entire water-companies sector set to zero-carbon in UK. The Net Zero 2030 Routemap sets out the industry’s vision for how water companies, which together produce almost a third of UK industrial and waste process emissions, will deliver net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. The world’s first sector-wide plan of its kind.

Urban Environment

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  • Nature-based solutions for cities. The UrbanByNature program, a ground-breaking initiative to empower local governments to build more resilient and sustainable cities through nature-based approaches, was launched in China, in cooperation with EU-funded projects.
  • Cities that fly the rainbow flag are also the most innovative. Research published earlier this year has identified a strong correlation between innovation and LGBT+ inclusivity in the world’s cities. But it’s not all about innovation. Cities hitting high results on LGBT+ were also those attracting entrepreneurs and global talent.

Unexpected and Intriguing

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  • Italy accidentally invented the perfect Covid-era hotel. Since the 1990s, Italy has been pioneering a tourism model known as “albergo diffuso” or scattered hotel. These involve installing a full hotel into various buildings of a largely abandoned village which have suffered from depopulation. A perfect solution to enjoying a vacation in de social distancing era; at the same time a solution to the depopulation of rural villages.
  • What Japan’s future spaceport might look like? A team of Japanese architects, under the “Space Port Japan Association” (SPJ) banner, have designed a breathtaking concept for a futuristic, four-story spaceport, meant to float just off the shore in Tokyo Bay.

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