Technological Change for Climate Change, but only with full cycle solutions

The C40 research blog lists city finalists. Cities were assessed in categories from waste management to renewables, mobility to greener buildings. Read more about the finalist projects in their worldwide competition and see what Dhaka has done to be a finalist in waste management. However, can industries do much more to reduce emissions and water pollution? And the big ones: full lifecycle management of products and processes. Consider India's CFL disaster in Down to Earth. What was considered a climate-friendly transition to a new product has generated a poisonous environment in the absence of industrial life-cycle approaches. This is a call to action. The IPCC report appears to have sidestepped the issue, says zerowasteeurope. TCLab's new ARVI project with Tampere University of Technology's CITER on waste materials chains may be a modest step forward.

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Former TCLab Visiting Professor Saku Makinen has been active in the new Finnish award on the urban waste industry.

Read about the Finnish state-industry-research CLEEN consortium and the ARVI program on waste materials value chains

"For most, the match ends when the Sun goes down, but in the Morro da Mineira favela, in Rio de Janeiro, play can continue long into the night, thanks to lights powered by the players themselves.

The six LED floodlights surrounding the field are powered by 200 kinetic tiles buried under the Astroturf, which capture the energy generated by the players' footsteps.

As players put weight on the tiles beneath the pitch, it causes electric-magnetic induction generators to kick in and generate electricity."

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Smita Srinivas and Saku Makinen have been studying the utility of different technology transfer waste processing and absorptive capacity frameworks to see whether Finnish waste technology firms can adapt to waste processing contexts outside of Finland. Former TCLab Program Manager  May Yu recently completed her thesis research studying the complexities of this process in Brazil.

"...there is a comment that made me run out of my office to share it with my colleagues:

An analyst of today’ s mixed economies has no excuse for minimizing the state’s roles by pointing to past errors of centralized socialism. (p. 183)

Indeed!"

The challenges of running economic governance via the nation-state are many. Especially in a world where technological change is moving about the institutions and production sites we have taken as the foundation of these nation-states.

City and Regional governments are becoming more important (in some cases again), especially evident in the EU, in South Asia, and in famed examples such as secession-prone Quebec or new sub-national states such as Telengana.