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Here’s what they had to say this week:
A taste of climate change. For most people, climate change hits your plate first, perhaps as you notice the increasingly volatile weather events (too long, BLT) from the $12 head of lettuce.
While many protest GMO broccoli because it “can feel so big,” journalist Amanda Little makes a compelling case that 1) it’s not that scary, and 2) we should embrace it.
There is no doubt that regenerative, organic practices can help curb emissions by sequestering soil carbon and transform agriculture from climate sinner to saint.
But we need to combine it with the existing scientific food Voodoo (Fudu?). It allowed us to do more with less. To adapt to an already more dynamic environment.
Dr. Bezos will see you now. In the biggest move from big tech to healthcare to date, Amazon bought OneMedical, a membership-based primary care provider, for US$3.9b.
Big A is salivating over the size of the $1.5 trillion (T) wellness market as it builds a portfolio of pharmacy and telehealth services in its Amazon Care division.
But a business that has spent its wealth mining unregulated consumer data and logistics has left us scratching our heads as to how that information adds value to being your local doctor.
Megatrends to (mega) hour. The CSIRO has released its megatrend report, which extends its binocular vision to 2042.
Among the narratives of the digital and autonomous world where we have to do a little more, we like the fact that more “human” (ie different and transparent) decisions have made it to the megatrend level and, unfortunately, we’re not surprised by that adaptation. Climate change made the list.
In more promising news, Climate Tech VC is reporting a strong half-year of US$18.5b for new climate solutions, including surprise stars in the climate data and carbon avoidance sectors.
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The price tag for avoiding the climate apocalypseE… may be less than you think, according to historian Yuval Noah Harari.
His number crunching shows that an investment of as little as 2 percent of global GDP is enough to avoid catastrophic climate change (currently around $1.68 trillion.) As John Treadgold of OnImpact points out, we have the capital, it just comes down to priorities.
Recognition of indigenous environmental practices. Regulators are now paying respect to the way Indigenous Australians manage the environment. As Grist points out, this was loud and clear in the latest State of the Environment report, which painted a grim picture of Australia’s current environmental management policies.
Fiber to the brain. A brain computer interface startup in the US has received its first patent, paving the way for future innovations in devices that link neuropathy. In the year Founded in 2016, Synchron has developed technology that allows them to connect to the brain without cutting the skull or damaging tissue. The company has inserted the link in four patients in Australia, and is now looking to expand its development in the US.
What should be the value of a B-Corp? In an attempt to measure the impact of how consumers view B-Corp certification, it was found that B-Corp companies receive 3x the amount of sales on the platform. B-Corps generally rank higher than anywhere else.
Save now, buy later. App Bank has launched Maybuy, a rival to BNPL, to help people save money and buy things they can actually afford (and avoid going into BNPLs debt from impulse purchases they might regret later).
A spoonful of funding will help the medicine work. National biotechnology incubator Ureter has announced its first cohort of 23 companies to develop drugs to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other diseases.
For net real estate increase… Climate proptech fund Fifth Wall has doubled down on its mission to decarbonize real estate, raising a new $500 million. This is exciting news for the incredibly underserved high carbon sector.
And finally, a poo-dunnit… All brides Helen McLaughlin and Karen Whitehouse want to know is who’s brave enough to bare their guts on their special day. And they’ll do anything to find out, bringing in polygraphs, guest interviews, and forensics.