Technology Archives - State of the Planet

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The Truth About Bioplastics

Plastics made from organic material are often touted as being eco-friendly, but do they live up to the hype?

by |December 13, 2017

What it Will Take to Decarbonize the Economy

The transition to a renewable resource-based economy will be a massive and complex endeavor and its difficulty should not be underestimated. The transition depends on five key components.

by |December 4, 2017
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Why Climate Change Matters

Climate change is a test of our ability to identify, understand and act on critical global environmental issues. It tests our ability to work across national borders and across academic and professional fields of knowledge.

by |August 28, 2017

Tackling Sleeping Sickness in Maasai Communities

A powerful new tool helps rural Tanzanians reduce their exposure to tsetse flies and the deadly disease they carry.

by |August 4, 2017

Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

In the United States we need to build more and better mass transit options, but due to our land use development pattern in most of the country, personal transportation will always be part of our mix. The growth of the electric vehicle market provides an example of how the transition to a renewable resource based economy will probably take place.

by |July 31, 2017

Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World

For the 60% of people without Internet access across the globe, lack of connectivity can affect every facet of their lives – including healthcare. In the Dominican Republic, a team of MPA-DP students examines how Internet-in-a-box technology could help healthcare providers improve outcomes in the developing world.

by |June 13, 2017

The Beatles and the Dawn of Global Culture

The Beatles demonstrated that something foreign could be exciting and worth exploring. We don’t need to make America great again or only think of America first. The Beatles came into being at the dawn of our global culture and I strongly believe we are nowhere near its dusk.

by |April 24, 2017

Past This Absurd Election and Toward the Sustainable City

Our cities can bring us together in wonderful shared experiences; now it’s time for our political processes to reflect rather than refute that reality.

by |November 7, 2016
Aboard research cruises, the teams work around the clock, using every precious second of sea time. Scientists launched Sentry in the evening and monitored its progress through the night. Photo: Bridgit Boulahanis

Life Aboard a Research Cruise: 24-Hour Workdays, Amazing Discoveries

When scientists say “research cruise,” they aren’t talking about sunny afternoons of shuffleboard and margaritas on deck. Life aboard a research vessel means tight spaces, few amenities, and long workdays.

by |July 30, 2016

Quiet Moves Toward a Renewable Resource Based Economy

The transition to a sustainable, renewable resource based economy will take decades to complete. Just as our organizations learned to incorporate occupational safety, financial reporting, performance measurement, customer relations, employment law, social media marketing and many other elements into their standard operating procedures, so too will they need to incorporate a concern for the physical dimensions of sustainability

by |June 20, 2016