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Last week I was fortunate enough to go to Fast Company’s Meeting of the Most Creative Minds conference in Los Angeles. The conference featured several amazingly innovative companies that I will also write about later but my favorite aspect was the other attendees. Most of these companies were based in LA but a few flew from all over the nation (and some even other parts of the world!) and there is one that I cannot get out of my head. BitSource is a company who is breathing life back into a sleepy town in eastern Kentucky. The economy there had heavily relied on the coal industry and had suffered tremendously in the loss. Two former coal miners founded BitSource with a mission to bring back jobs to Appalachia country.
The company offers an array of web development services from programming languages to media and VR design to application development (and much more). The founders knew coal miners to be logic-based thinkers willing to work hard and learn. Afterall, when you’re down in a mine and something breaks, there’s no one to guide them in diagnosing and fixing the problems. Coal mining is a highly technical field that relies more on engineering smarts than on physical labor so they knew the laid-off workforce would be primed to learn code and utilize their technical skills. “Appalachia has been exporting coal for a long time.” says Justin Hall, the company’s president who I met at the conference. “Now we want to export code. We’ve got blue-collar coders.”
Some of their work includes web design for Big Sandy Resources, Inc. a river dredging company. They worked on-site to capture footage and information about the services and materials that they provide. BitSource created the website and features then trained the BSR team so that they could update and manage the site internally and make change on demand when they add a new service, product, or project. Check it out here! BitSource worked with Hashtag Appalachia and Unity to create an augmented reality application that uses artwork on a garage door as a trigger. The trigger can call any animation or content that they specify when you hold up your phone and engage the trigger by pointing it at the artwork. See a video of the project here: https://vimeo.com/214003642 Another great project BitSource completed is for their city, Pikeville, Kentucky. They created infographics, animations, an interactive map and software solutions for the city’s Office of Economic Development. The projects range even further but you’ll have to check them out to learn what other awesome things their up to.
Justin Hall was voted one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business this year and the company is quickly becoming a leader in sustainable redevelopment of our country’s workforce. BitSource provides pragmatic problem-solving, modern project management, and diligent quality assurance and is passionate about their customers. For this and many reasons I wanted to highlight this company.
This year has been the hottest year on record and this has been a trend for the past 3 consecutive years. Fire season has moved from summer to February in many wildfire hotspot locations. For 3 days last week, I was trained by Al Gore on the current state of the climate and how to become a leader in the topic – a Climate Reality Leader. 972 people being in Denver, CO wanting to learn, network, connect, motivate and take action had me certain that the most successful people would see the possibility of tackling this pertinent issue head on.
With 97% of scientists aware that the climate is changing due to human causes, climate change is no longer a liberal or conservative issue. Al Gore calls it the Sustainability Revolution. Like the Industrial Revolution and the Digital Revolution, sustainability is finding its way into every industry and its making business more efficient and cost-effective, and with it comes a better quality of life. Yet deniers still wave their hands in protest.
Climate denial comes in various forms:
Climate change is not happening
All is due to natural causes
Sure it’s happening, but we’re going to love it. (more beach days)
We can’t afford to do anything
Perhaps the facts are too big to take on – they are relentlessly suggesting urgency in climate action. Global warming is a global issue with planet-wide variables and consequences, so an individual can get lost in the crowd and wonder why they must be the one to change and ask why today, rather than next year?
If we stopped emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere tomorrow, 50 percent would fall out of the atmosphere within one generation. That would make a world of difference for our environmental hazards like flash floods, droughts, wildfires and ocean acidification that now affect every population, not just the residents in coastal Florida or the divers in Australia. We have a renewable market that is currently competitive and is already replacing coal and natural gas. Does this mean you have to install solar panels today? There are a world of possibilities from changing your light bulbs to turning off power strips when you leave the house to installing a Nest thermometer. Whether you make these small changes or can afford larger ones like an electric car, everyone has a place in transitioning.
And if you think its up to liberals and people of the green mentality, the red state of Texas is today’s leader in renewable energy. Why? Because renewables are a growing industry with pay off, both financially and for the health of the planet. With financial payoff, even if you’re a climate skeptic, there’s a monetary reason to reverse our impacts and plan for our future.
Senior US military and national security experts demand “robust” strategy to tackle climate change, labelling it a major threat to US and international security
A bipartisan group of 25 senior military leaders and national security experts have described climate change as a “significant risk” to national security and issued a joint call for a “comprehensive policy” response.
The group, which includes the former security advisers to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, said in a letter published yesterday that it is critical the US address climate change at a scale appropriate to the risk it presents. They called for a “robust agenda” to prevent and prepare for climate change risks – and warned a failure to do so would amplify risks to national security.
“There are few easy answers, but one thing is clear: the current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically-significant risk to US national security, and inaction is not a viable option,” the letter states.
In particular, the experts highlighted the destabilising effect water and food shortages are likely to have on society, as well as the increased likelihood of international conflict as extreme weather and resource shortages spark mass migration or state failure.
“We’re going to have more intense, more frequent and more dramatic events caused by weather on large populations, large geographic areas than we’ve had in the past,” said former US Army General Charles Jacoby. “Because we define our interests globally, we have to take these things into account. Many conflicts throughout our history have been based on resource competition. Increasingly in the future we’ll be defining some of our national security interests in those resource contests.”
The letter’s publication coincides with two new reports, one focused on the US military’s potential response to climate change and the other designed to brief a new administration on the climate risks facing the US government.
The warnings come ahead of a meeting of political leaders at the UN to discuss the migrant crisis affecting large swathes of the Middle East and Europe. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has described climate change and migration as a “key risk”, with a changing climate having “significant consequences” for migration flows at particular times and places, creating both risks and benefits for migrants and states.
Rising sea levels, extreme temperatures and soaring humidity could make it impossible for athletes to compete in many major cities around the world, study warns.
Rising temperatures will radically limit the number of cities able to host the summer Olympics by 2084, according to a study by the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), published last week in The Lancet.
Just eight Northern Hemisphere cities outside of Europe will have a cool and stable enough climate to host the games in 70 years time, with just three cities in North America – San Francisco, Calgary and Vancouver – deemed suitable for hosting the Games in 2084.
The study focused on the Northern Hemisphere, which is home to nearly 90 per cent of the world’s population, partly in order for there to be a consistent definition of “summer” as the period between July and August – when the Olympics are traditionally scheduled.
The researchers measured the suitability of future Olympics sites using climate change projections and a “wetbulb” globe temperature measurement, which combines humidity, heat radiation, temperature and wind. Only cities with at least 600,000 people resident were considered – the minimum size for cities to host the games. Meanwhile, cities located more than a mile above sea level were excluded, as altitude can make it difficult for athletes to compete.
The final results of the study have not yet been released, but the preliminary research reveals huge swathes of cities in contention to become Olympic hosts today would be ruled out in the coming decades for safety reasons.
By 2085, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, Paris and Budapest – cities that have bid to host the 2020 or 2024 games – would be unsuitable to host, the report said, while the site of the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo, was also deemed to be out of the running.
By the 22nd century, if the researchers’ predictions prove accurate, only Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow would be suitable for hosting the Games in the Northern Hemisphere.
The news follows a similar study, also released last week, which warned Olympic athletes would struggle to beat world records in the future as soaring temperatures caused by climate change damage elite performance.
“Climate change is going to force us to change our behavior from the way things have always been done,” Smith said. “This includes sending your kids outside to play soccer or going out for a jog. It is a substantially changing world.”
The Olympic-themed studies join a growing body of work demonstrating how if climate scientists projections for the century prove accurate a wide array of climate impacts will result in enormous disruption to the global economy.