Small amounts of money can go a long way in the developing world. This is such a neat idea connecting it so small debts we owe our friends. I hope this app really takes off.
Small debts among friends turned into charitable donations
It only stands to reason that the easier it is to give to charity, the more donations will be made. We’ve already seen a few different efforts to elicit donations via rounded-up credit card purchases or even unused subway fares, but recently UNICEF Germany came up with another tactic: an iPhone app that enables friends who owe each other small sums of money to pay off their debt through a charitable donation instead. READ MORE…
Maplecroft’s Climate Innovation Indexes (CIIs) – which rank 360 of the largest US companies according to their innovation of clean-tech solutions and new products, mitigation of climate change related risks and management of carbon emissions - was released earlier this morning.
The top 20 US firms are ranked below, along with their sectors:
- General Electric Co, Industrial
- Alcoa Inc, Basic Materials
- Johnson Controls Inc, Consumer, Cyclical
- Ford Motor Co, Consumer, Cyclical
- Intel Corp, Technology
- Hess Corp, Energy
- Air Products & Chemicals Inc, Basic Materials
- Praxair Inc, Basic Materials
- United Technologies Corp, Industrial
- Autodesk Inc, Technology
- Covanta Holding Corp, Energy
- PG&E Corp, Utilities
- Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Financial
- Life Technologies Corp, Consumer, Non-cyclical
- Lexmark International Inc, Technology
- Weyerhaeuser Co, Basic Materials
- Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, Consumer, Non-cyclical
- Advanced Micro Devices Inc, Technology
- PSEG Inc, Utilities
- Applied Materials Inc, Technology
The Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes (CIIs) are the single most exhaustive study of the USA’s largest multinational companies are managing and adapting to climate change, with a special focus on innovation.Maplecroft rated each company against more than 100 criteria, including: technological innovation and new working practices to combat climate change impacts; management of climate-related issues; adaption to physical climate-related risks, such as flooding or more extreme weather events throughout the supply chain; and the reduction of GHG emissions.
See Fast Company’s The Companies Combatting Climate Change In The Most Innovative Ways for more details
Very interested to see how ‘Film farming’ unfolds. Surely the technique is highly innovative and has undeniable benefits such as water efficiency, especially given the lack of fresh water in so many parts of the world, but perhaps this perspective is shortsighted? Excited to learn more about this technology as it becomes more widely used.
‘Film farming’ uses no soil and just one-tenth the water
With water efficiency in mind, Dubai-based Agricel recently launched a farming system that uses a film-like material instead of soil and allows farmers to use 90 percent less water.
Paul Higgins: Not sure about this and reads a little like a scheme but worth having a look at.
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