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Rethinking Transportation

Motor Car Allure

Is the allure of the motor car starting to fade?

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Jun 11, 2018

Americans love their cars. Have done since the first Model T Ford rolled off the production line back in 1908. By the mid-20s, more than 20 million were registered in the US.

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Zero Emission Miles

Zero emission miles: How to decarbonize road transport quickly and cheaply

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Mar 26, 2018

In my last blog, I talked in some detail about the need for leaders to rethink their road transport climate policy. This involves focusing on zero-emission miles (ZEMs) rather than zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs).

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Zero Emission Vehicles

Zero emission miles not zero emission vehicles: Why leaders are driving climate policy in the wrong direction

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Mar 21, 2018

Policymakers the world over are waking up to the power of electric road transportation. The problem is, they’re focusing on the wrong metrics.

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Rethinking Food & Agriculture

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spark global food riots – the solution is precision fermentation

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Apr 21, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is about to set in motion a chain of feedback effects leading to a sudden, rapid escalation of global political instability. Various UN agencies, and now the IMF, have warned of social unrest at a similar scale to the ‘Arab Spring’ events in 2011. What few understand is …

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The Coming Global Fertilizer Crisis – and How to Solve it (The Pattern of Disruption, Part 5)

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Mar 24, 2022

A global food crisis is looming, with high natural gas prices driving up the cost of ammonia fertilizer and the war in Ukraine threatening this year’s crops from both there and Russia. The consequences of mishandling this crisis could be dire. Research by complexity theorist Yaneer Bar-Yam suggests that high …

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How to go vegan without really going vegan: precision fermentation, cellular agriculture and the disruption of food

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Feb 22, 2022

  Last year, the folks at Our World in Data published an article and some graphics about how human diets affect land use. The conclusion, as you can see on their chart below, is that if everyone in the world ate a vegan diet – one without any animal products …

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Rethinking Investment

JP Morgan’s misinformation on the clean energy disruption – a handy guide

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Jan 31, 2022

  The JP Morgan Asset and Wealth Management Annual Energy Paper is one of the most influential publications among global investment and business leaders in the energy sector. But JP Morgan Chase’s 2021 Annual Energy Paper is a deeply flawed piece of work that promotes some serious misinformation about the …

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The power of disruption: Winners take it all

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Feb 18, 2020

Tony Seba’s virtual stock portfolio, created 15 years ago and containing some of the most disruptive companies of the 21st century, has returned more than 2,500%, outperforming the market by 10x.

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