Gore Requests a Bit Less Soot for the Bottom Billion
When it comes to clean technology for the developing world, something as simple as a cleaner stove could help avoid a few impending public health and ecological disasters.
In a panel moderated by Charlie Rose, Gore brought considerable attention to south Asia, where much of the regional water supply comes from the Himalayas. Local wood stoves emit soot which leaches into the water table and, at higher altitudes, accelerates ice melting.
"You have an incredible, looming water crisis in southern Asia," said Gore.
An April Times article documenting the problem in India described how the collecting soot, also known as black carbon, was responsible for 18 percent of global warming, only second to carbon dioxide's 40 percent. With stoves producing the bulk of black carbon in Asia and Africa, the search for the cleaner stove has begun.
The most recent innovation is the Kyoto Box, a five-dollar stove that received the $75,000 FT Climate Change Challenge Award. The two-box model is designed to capture enough solar energy to bake and boil water. Kyoto Energy, the company behind the box, has apparently received requests for trials from 20 different countries and hopes to reach 500 million households.
Last year, the partnership worked to introduce the first market-based clean-burning wood stove model to 10 million homes, beginning with India, Brazil, Kenya and Uganda. The program was inspired by the less-documented problem of indoor air pollution created by dirty stoves. According to a 2008 Times story, the World Health Organization estimated that 1.6 million people a year died from indoor toxins created by old stoves.
While other groups are working to create similar clean-burning stoves, the movement to outfit the poor with these stoves hasn't yet gained real traction. But with Gore's blessing and the work of innovators like Kyoto, the bottom billion could cook its food far more sustainably.
What can 3D printing do for medicine? The "sky is the limit," says Northwell Health researcher Dr. Todd Goldstein.
- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
Torn between absolutism on the left and the right, classical liberalism—with its core values of compassion and incremental progress whereby the once-radical becomes the mainstream—is in need of a good defense. And Adam Gopnik is its lawyer.
- Liberalism as "radical pragmatism"
- Intersectionality and civic discourse
- How "a thousand small sanities" tackled drunk driving, normalized gay marriage, and could control gun violence
Irish president believes students need philosophy.
- President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins calls for students to be thought of as more than tools made to be useful.
- Higgins believes that philosophy and history should be a basic requirement forming a core education.
- The Irish Young Philosopher Awards is one such event that is celebrating this discipline among the youth.
The lost practice of face-to-face communication has made the world a more extreme place.
- The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.
- Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.
- Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspiracy theories and fascism, which Cameron describes as irrationally blaming someone else for your problems.
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