Richard Branson on Clean Energy Investment
"Climate change poses a serious challenge to business, and business must be part of the solution," says Branson. The business mogul says change is happening too slowly.
What's the Latest Development?
A key step in slowing climate change will be to find fuels that burn cleaner, releasing less carbon dioxide into the air. Biofuels might help, says Branson, but they remain unjustifiable if they come at the expense of food production and contribute to rising world food prices. "Our studies found that cellulosic biomass is a better alternative, as is waste from agriculture, municipal sewage and animals. Prairie grass, willows, corn stalks and wheat straw all can be used to manufacture cellulosic ethanol."
What's the Big Idea?
Branson's Virgin has begun investing in biofuel companies that use local resources to create fuel for local energy demands. Biofuels is not a one-size-fits-all solution, he says. Instead, a suite of solutions should be developed that work in different places. Branson emphasizes the role of the private sector in positive social change: "Given our rapidly rising population and the consequent environmental pressure, our solutions have to be technological as well as social—business must be a part of this equation as well."
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.
- Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
- The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
- Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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