“BLUE ECONOMY: HOW TO MAKE LOCAL ECONOMY GROW"
Blue Economy: what comes to your mind the first time you see this expression? You can say an economy related to oceans and that is true…but there is another more visionary model of how the economy should be to be very sustainable: Gunter Pauli’s Blue Economy – taking examples from nature to develop a more sustainable model that boost local production without further investment of resources on Green Economy. First introduced in 1994, the Blue Economy model now counts over 180 concrete cases. It proves that it is possible to generate more revenue, while generating more jobs and still compete on the global market. Blue Economy takes into account social, economic and environmentally factors. What are its basic principles? In whose hands does the responsibility lie for such a change? How is the situation in Italy? How to educate children and young generation? Gunter Pauly, Economist, initiator of the Blue Economy, answered to these and other questions.
“HYPERLOOP: SOON A REALITY IN SOME COUNTRIES"
Sometimes a disruptive innovation changes the way people organise their activities, social and working life (e.g., train, car, print, internet etc…). The next one is likely to be the Hyperloop. Conceived by the visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk, the technology has now being developed by Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies Inc.), Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), and Transpod. With speeds 2-3 times faster than high-speed rail and an on-demand, direct to destination experience, hyperloop technology can reduce journey times, exponentially increasing connectivity inside and across countries. Many project are being developed in the Middle East, in the Kingdom od Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Hyperloop across GCC countries can soon become a reality. But also some European Countries are working on this technology and with a Long Term Vision in mind they can ride this important technological shift. What are the advantages of such a form of transport? Where we first will be able to travel on an hyperloop pod? What is needed to develop the infrastructure? Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director Middle East & India at Hyperloop One, answered to these and other questions.
“TOURISM: REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT IS POSSIBLE, BUT GLOBAL EFFORT IS NEEDED"
We all like travelling… But do we know how much impactful are our travelling choices in terms of carbon emissions? In which way can we reduce them? The answer comes from a study conducted by Arunima Malik (University of Sydney ) and a team of researchers from China, Indonesia and Australia. They say 8% of global emissions come from Tourism and that a lot can be done to lessen this percentage. Arunima Malik gave us more details about their study analysis and results.
“HONG KONG: REPLACING COAL WITH NATURAL GAS IN THE MIDDLE-TERM"
Hong Kong and Climate Change….What is it doing to reduce emissions? Yes, Climate Change is a global issue and each country should do its efforts on reducing carbon emissions and adapting to extreme events in the best possible way. But Hong Kong has its own peculiarities. What is the point of view of this High Density city on Climate Change? Christine Loh, Chief Development Strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17), answered to these and other questions.
“THE ‘DATASPHERE:’ WILL IT HELP US IMPROVE OUR SUSTAINABILITY?"
Technology or not technology is that the question? Today we are with Pippa Malmgren, an American policy analyst. She served as Special Assistant to the President of the United States, George W Bush, for Economic Policy on the National Economic Council and is a former member of the U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets. She is also a tech-entrepreneur, founder of H Robotics, which make aerial robotics (industrial drones). We discussed on the economic scenario, its emerging ‘signals, and the role Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to play in our future: will it help us to overcome some of the most important ecological, economic and social crisis we are facing today?