How New Cellphones Could Help Revolutionize The World

I consider myself fortunate to live in a country – Luxembourg – where the principles of a Circular Economy are strongly endorsed by the government and starting to take ever-deeper hold throughout society.  And while the circular economy – an alternative to the current linear, “take-make-dispose” model of production and consumption – is gaining global traction with increasing speed, developing viable and sustainable circular business models presents a challenge crying out for answers. 

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Arvid Moss and David Suzuki debate about environmental costs of business

The 2018 Xynteo Exchange hosted a face-off between Arvid Moss, EVP of Energy at Hydro and David Suzuki, geneticist and broadcaster, on business and its environmental costs.  David started the discussion by pointing out how sustainability is a recent word in the business world and asked Arvid how it was incorporated in Hydro. Arvid replied that since 1905, when the company was founded, Hydro has built cities and sustainable societies in remote areas as that is where the water was. This not only helped the company but also created a lot of wealth for the societies, he said.

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Report calls for institutional investors to help solve social and environmental issues

A new report is calling for New Zealand institutional investors to allocate around 10 per cent of their portfolios to socially and environmentally postive “impact” investments.  Financing the Future, a multi-media report released by green growth promotion group Pure Advantage, cited the huge potential of impact investment to improve environmental and social conditions while generating a return for investors.  Simon Millar, executive director of Pure Advantage, said impact investing was possibly the most viable financing strategy for creating a desirable future.  “To resolve societal and environmental challenges such as affordable housing, biodiversity loss and climate change, we have three basic options: raise taxes, raise national debt or facilitate more private and community sector investment into social and environmental issues,” Millar said.

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Atomically thin, part-organic semiconductor for bendable phones

Engineers at ANU have invented a semiconductor with organic and inorganic materials that can convert electricity into light very efficiently, and it is thin and flexible enough to help make devices such as mobile phones bendable (Advanced Materials, “Efficient and Layer-Dependent Exciton Pumping across Atomically Thin Organic–Inorganic Type-I Heterostructures”).  The invention also opens the door to a new generation of high-performance electronic devices made with organic materials that will be biodegradable or that can be easily recycled, promising to help substantially reduce e-waste.

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