This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of June 26th
10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating.
...so here we go:
Make Life Itself Great Again. France will ban fossil fuel-powered vehicles by 2040 as part of Macron’s pledge to “make our planet great again,” with Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, being named as the catalyst for this decision. (Think Progress)
Building the Swedish Brand. Volvo Cars on Wednesday became the first mainstream automaker to sound the death knell of the internal combustion engine, saying that all the models it introduces starting in 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries. (NYT)
The Bear Truth. Google Earth has added live video feeds for watching natural wonders in real-time. The first location that you can check out is the Katmai National Park in Alaska, to see brown bears emerge from hibernation to catch salmon in the Brooks River. (TNW)
The Myth of Clean Coal. A Mississippi clean coal power plant that has been under construction since 2010 has been shut down due to massive cost overruns. The owner of the plant, Southern Co, is preparing to take a loss of as much as $3.4 billion on the project. Coal baron Robert Murray says carbon capture and storage ‘does not work’ and ‘is just cover for the politicians.’ (Chicago Tribune)
Windows to the future. In a new 8 part video series, PopTech and Microsoft spoke to experts on the subject of The Changing World of Work from around the world in an effort to understand what is happening. The series asks the questions: How do we lead in this world? How do we create value? How do we organize ourselves to be able to generate value collectively? (Microsoft)
What will I do when I am replaced by a bot? Mark Zuckerberg has joined the ranks of many futurists by doubling down on promoting a universal basic income. The idea is simple, but not easy - a percentage of the ungodly amount of wealth created by replacing bazillions of workers with low cost computers will be distributed to all the under employed thus solving for the problem that these machines will be so smart, so efficient and so cheap that there aren’t going to be all that many jobs for people is the coming future. (Business Insider)
Leaf them to their work. Artificial leaves hold the promise of a clean energy future. Scientists’ efforts to emulate the process of photosynthesis are flourishing. Scientific American, together with the World Economic Forum, has named the artificial leaf one of the breakthrough technologies of 2017. (Scientific American)
Kung Fuel Panda. A new solar power plant in Datong, China decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country's largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda. (Science Alert)
Stop! In the name of love. The Guardian ponders how climate scepticism turned into something more dangerous - doubts about the science are being replaced by doubts about the motives of scientists and their political supporters. The long opinion piece calls for us to not respond with ever-greater certainty in the name of science. “Expertise doesn’t just need humility. It also needs to reclaim the idea of scepticism from the people who have abused it.” (The Guardian)
If we can be sold things we don’t really need, why can’t we be sold things we do need? Google has partnered with The Common Ground Alliance — a group of the world’s largest advertisers — to launch the Common Future Project, a global YouTube-based campaign that aims to engage “Generation Z” (aged 15 to 24) around the Sustainable Development Goals. Google will provide a grant to support and amplify the campaign. (PR Newswire).