- “Leapfrogging Tech Is Changing Millions of Lives. Here’s How.” • In developing countries, particularly in Africa, millions of people are skipping the technological evolution process, leapfrogging over now-obsolete technologies and going straight to modern fixes. These often happen to be green, sustainable, and relatively inexpensive. [Singularity Hub]
- In what seems to be an about-face from his stance two years ago, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo introduced a bill calling for a ban on single-use plastic carrier bags by 2019. The governor, who will stand for re-election in November 2018, said the proposed statewide ban is part of an effort to fight the “blight of plastic bags.” [Plasteurope]
- A working paper by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond concludes that global warming could significantly slow economic growth in the US. Hardest hit will be Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Arizona, states that voted for Donald Trump in 2016. [The Guardian]
- The government of the UK failed to consider the climate or the economic costs of a policy change that led to a 94% drop in applications for onshore wind developments. Documents that were obtained under Freedom of Information rules show the government did not conduct relevant impact assessments before implementing the changes. [The Independent]
- Buyers of new-build houses and apartments at a development in Perth’s northern suburbs are being offered an innovative solar power purchase agreement that promises to cut their daytime power costs by 40%. Home buyers who opt into the program get a rooftop solar system of about 3.8 kW to 4.8 kW installed at no upfront cost. [One Step Off The Grid]
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