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Ending the Super-Heated Summers

Tim Rumage - Planetary Ethicist
07.24.2023

 

June 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded in human history1.   The first week in July was the hottest week ever recorded in human history2.   July 2023 is on track to exceed June 2023 as the hottest month ever recorded in human history3.   Many cities and communities are experiencing the amplification of […]

 

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Heat Stroke Reality – the Summer of 2023

David Houle - Futurist
07.16.2023

 

The future predictions of climate scientists are now our current reality. The summer of 2023 is the hottest summer on record in the US and in much of Europe. June was the hottest month on Earth since measurements started. The hottest day on record was July 3. That record was broken on July 4. That […]

 

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Less is More: Quality Not Quantity

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
07.10.2023

 

I think a lot about our divisive societies and the constant war and strife around the world, while we absolutely must work together to solve our climate crisis. I don’t have the answer, but I think a sharing economy is a step in the right direction.   Sharing Economy   A sharing economy delivers the […]

 

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UNESCO Designates 11 New Biosphere Reserves

David Houle - Futurist
06.26.2023

 

Earlier this month, UNESCO added 11 new biosphere reserves to the 737 already existing reserves. Here are the new 11.   This is a wonderful action taken. As the human population exploded beyond 8 billion in the last few years, our species risks overwhelming sensitive biosphere habitats. As a species, we are unique in our […]

 

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Insuring Climate Risks w/ AI, IoT, Satellites & Big Data

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
06.20.2023

 

Insurers are being overtaken by the pace of change. Our climate crisis (among several other factors including technology) is redefining the nature of risk. The industry needs to move quickly to keep up with consumer expectations, close protection gaps, and respond to emerging threats.   Now is a moment of truth for insurers to consider their […]

 

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It IS Happening Faster Than Projected

David Houle - Futurist
06.05.2023

 

One of the truest statements about our climate crisis, and an attempt  at humor amidst crisis, is:   No one has ever attended a Climate Change conference and returned to say, “Wow!  Global warming is happening slower than expected.”   The painful truth is that global warming and our resultant climate crisis is happening faster […]

 

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UK Startup ENSO Tire Reinvents the Wheel

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
05.29.2023

 

We are at the beginning of a sea change in product design and manufacturing that can lead us to a circular zero carbon economy. Massive opportunities abound and ENSO CEO Gunnlaugur Erlendsson has a first mover advantage.   When tires make contact with the road, tiny particles are worn away by friction. Two billion tires […]

 

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Origina Becomes Lead Corporate Supporter of This Spaceship Earth

David Houle - Futurist
05.22.2023

 

We are thrilled to announce that Origina is the lead corporate supporter of TSE. Here is the official press release.   Origina easily met the two criteria we at This Spaceship Earth consider when evaluating a potential corporate supporter. First, they have already shown a clear commitment to the environment by working to solve the […]

 

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The Right to Repair is Long Past Due

David Houle - Futurist
05.15.2023

 

Every person reading this column lives in a consumer economy. A consumer economy is a linear process of extract/produce/distribute/sell/buy/discard. We live in a world where waste has been planned into the equation. There is no waste in nature. Waste is a design flaw unique to humanity.     A consumer economy not only promotes consumption, […]

 

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The Insurance Industry Must Evolve to Meet the Growing Risks of Our Climate Crisis

Bob Leonard - Climate Risk Manager
05.09.2023

 

About 40% of the US population lives in an area vulnerable to climate impacts including sea level rise, extreme weather and forest fires. How do we pay for the damages that occur and distribute the risk? This is a huge concern for the insurance industry in particular.   Ten insurers have gone belly up in […]

 

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