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Jacob Tell
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Jacob Tell facilitates Solutions for Dreamers
Jacob Tell facilitates Solutions for Dreamers

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"Most of Africa is still dark. Two-thirds of the people of the continent have no access to reliable electricity. The good news is that the fast development of the renewable energy technology makes it possible for Africa to leapfrog to a clean energy economy. The combination of solar and wind technologies with a microgrid infrastructure will enable Africa to catch up without the need for massive and expensive infrastructure investments."
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"Materials-science researchers are discovering that they can make many man-made materials stronger and more sustainable with the addition of plant fibers. Carrots can be used to improve concrete and wood can be turned into plastic. These innovations can impact the construction of buildings as well as goods ranging from toys and furniture to cars and aircraft. Adding the natural fibers also decreases carbon emissions as plants lock up carbon in their structure."
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"Why can’t companies be an instrument for goodness? That’s one of the questions spiritual guru Deepak Chopra posed to billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II in the fall of 2012, which led him to build a foundation based around the idea behind those questions. Until now that foundation merely listed the companies that did the most environmental and social ‘good’ for America, but now that list will become an exchange-traded fund that will reward socially responsible companies with investments."
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"The world’s richest people are pouring money into two startups that have developed different techniques for storing energy—one of the biggest bottlenecks in the widespread adoption of renewable-energy. The investors, which include Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg, have all invested through a $1 billion fund that aims to provide “patient capital” to startups. That means the fund is willing to forgo returns on investment for up to 20 years to give the scientists and engineers at startups a reasonable lead time to develop their world-changing technologies."
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"Of course, it looks great for a company if they’ve found a way to recycle their waste, but what is even better is if all companies can learn from advancements in recycling technology and implement them on a grand scale. That’s why the Closed Loop Fund and Recycling Partnership was made, which helps companies like Walmart, Amazon, and Coca-Cola tackle large sustainability challenges collaboratively. A recycling revolution starts with the greatest producers of plastic products, so the news that all these companies are teaming up is especially exciting."
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"About 39 percent of all water drawn from US rivers, lakes and reservoirs is used to cool electric power plants. What winds up happening with all that water is that it turns into steam which rises from the top of those plants’ cooling towers. A new system created at MIT, however, could convert that steam into clean drinking water. The system uses a variation of existing fog net technology and zaps the moist air with a beam of ions before it passes through the net. This causes the water droplets in the air to become electrically charged, so that they can drop and be captured."
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"Since the world is currently too reliant on conventional plastics, we need to produce bioplastics that don’t destroy the planet. Seaweed is so far the best candidate for use in bioplastics as it is both cheap and can be grown without land or fertilizers, and the best place to grow seaweed is in Indonesia. The archipelago may be one of the world’s worst plastic polluters in the world, but by stepping up its seaweed production, new research suggests it could help relieve the global plastic crisis."
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"Energy regulators in California have just approved a portfolio of EV charging projects worth a whopping $738 million that will multiply the number of charging stations across the state. The program, which will build chargers for both passenger and commercial vehicles, is one of the largest uses of public funding for utility EV charging infrastructure to date. Meanwhile in New York, the governor announced a $250 million plan to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure along highways, at airports and in communities."
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"Despite there being massive potential for offshore wind power on the east coast of the US, there has been little to no development of wind farms in the region. That is set to change as three northeastern US states have finally overcome the opposition to sign up for a cumulative 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind power this week. While 1,200 megawatts is a good start, the three states—Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey—have set ambitious targets to produce far more wind energy in the coming years."
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"For the past two years, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has been taking photos of Jupiter. But these are no ordinary photos of a distant minuscule planet. No, these photos come from a spacecraft that has gotten much closer to Jupiter than any craft has done before. Take a look here at the best shots Juno has taken."
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